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Islands, island touring, island stays, nature, wildlife & walking & Island hopping is one of our specialities at Unicorn Tours and we have visited the majority of the over 70 Scottish islands, which can be reached by ferry.

We offer various island tours throughout the year and are happy to pick up/drop off at any Scottish ferry port (incl. Oban, Mallaig, Ullapool), subject to overall route and requirements.

Check out our https://unicorntours.co.uk/island-destinations/

Scottish Island tours
73 Scottish islands to chose from on our flexible and personalised tours.

for more info about each of the 73 islands, check out the weblinks further below.
Most of these islands have regular ferries or
as with

Ailsa Craig

for example are otherwise accessibly, by causeway, bridge or tourist boat, etc.

Let us know, which islands you would like to visit and we can include these in your tour and work out a great route for you to maximise your travel experience every day.

Even though, we do recommend more time for any of these fantastic places

Our 1 day tours
can include one of these islands:

Crammond (1)

Inchcolm (2)

May (3)

4 of the over 30 Loch Lomond islands Inchtavannich (4), Inchmurrin (5), Inchcruin (6) and Inchfad (7)

Arran (8)

Cumbrae (9)

Bute (10)

Castle Stalker (11)

Our 2 day tours
can include at least one of these islands:

Gigha (12)

Davaar (13)

Islay (14)

Jura (15)

Colonsay (16)

Seil (17)

Luing (18)

Easdale (19)

Kerrara (20)

Lismore (21)

Mull (22)

Iona (23)

Castle Tioram (24)

not to mention that much of the countless peninsulas of Argyll, Kintyre, Morven, Moidart, Ardnamurchan and Sunart have very much an island feel.

Our 3 day tours
can include one or more of the islands of the 1 and 2 day tours plus:

Coll (25)

Tiree (26)

Eigg (27)

Muck (28)

Rum (29)

Canna (30)

Skye (31)

Raasay (32)

Handa (33)

Eilean Donan Castle (34)

not to mention that much of the countless peninsulas of Knoydart, Applecross, Wester Ross and north of Ullapool and along many other stretches of the Scottish coastline have very much an island feel

Our 4 day tours
can include one or more of the islands of the 1,2 and 3 day tours plus:

Mingulay (35)

Vatersay (36)

Barra (37)

Eriskay (38)

South Uist (39)

Benbecula (40)

North Uist (41)

Berneray (42)

Harris (43)

Scalpay (44)

Lewis (45)

South Ronaldsay (46)

Burray (47)

Hoy (48)

Graemsay (49)

Mainland (Orkney) (50)

Orkney East Mainland

Orkney West Mainland

North Ronaldsay (51)

Sanday (52)

Stronsay (53)

Papa Westray (54)

Westray (55)

Eday (56)

Rousay (57)

Egilsay (58)

Wyre (59)

Eynhallow (60)

Shapinsay (61)

Our 5 day tours
can include one or more of the islands of the 1,2 and 3 day tours plus:

Mainland (Shetland) (62)

Shetland South Mainland

Shetland West Mainland

Shetland North Mainland

Bressay (63)

Noss (64)

Whalsay (65)

Papa Stour (66)

Muckle Roe (67)

Yell (68)

Fetlar (69)

Unst (70)

plus if you do have more time:

Foula (71)

Fair Isle (72)

St. Kilda (73)

– that is 73 Scottish islands that you could visit with Unicorn Tours and more (as we have not mentioned some of the smallest islands that can also be accessed)…what are you waiting for?

for beaches also check https://unicorntours.co.uk/special_interests/beaches-2/

for coast & cliffs also check https://unicorntours.co.uk/special_interests/coast-cliffs/

Year of the coast & waters 2020 – Visit Scotland


At Unicorn Tours we are soo passionate about our island tours, that we even give you (a) discounts for any longer tours – i.e. 2 days + more, the longer you travel with us, the higher your discount – and (b) apart from on 1 day tours, Unicorn Tours pays for your ferries as part of our tour prices, so no extras – again this is to encourage to take the step to hop on board with us:

See our pricing structure and discounts for our private small group tours:

  • Scheduled ferries to any Scottish islands included
  • on 2 days & longer tours (Outer Hebrides minimum of 3 days & Shetland minimum of 4 days tour)

 

SEASONS: LOW =  November to 15 March MID = 16 March to 30 April + October PEAK = May to September
Tour (=driver/guide+vehicle) Cost per day 10 hours (or longer – no extra)
Tour price per person/passenger numbers  for your private small group tour: Low- Mid- Peak-season
8 tour passengers £30 (£20*) £37 £45
7 tour passengers £34 (£22*) £42 £51
6 tour passengers £40 (£26*) £50 £60
5 tour passengers £48 (£32*) £60 £72
4 tour passengers £60 (£40*) £75 £90
3 tour passengers £80 (£53*) £100 £120
2 tour passengers £120 (£80*) £150 £180
1 tour passengers £240 (£160*) £300 £360
 

Low season full day private small group tour = £240 per day

Mid season full day private small group tour = £300 per day

Peak season full day private small group tour = £360 per day

The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.
*=Short (2/3) day 7 hour low season or winter short daylight hours tour = £160 per day    
Included: Fully guided tour Driver/guide & vehicle Scheduled ferries to any Scottish islands included on 2 days & longer tours (Outer Hebrides minimum of 3 days & Shetland minimum of 4 days tour)  
Excluded: Entrance fees Castles, museums, attractions, food/drinks & overnight accommodation – we recommend/assist – but you choose your price category, i.e. hostel, B&B or hotel  
  DISCOUNTS      

Discount # 1

(applies all year round)

Based on

(1 hour

 

Half day tour

1/3 day tour

standard

represents

 

= 5 hours

= 3.5 hours

10 hours = 1 day rates

10%)

 

= 50% off

= 2/3 off

 

Discount # 2

(applies all year round)

2 day tour

3 day tour

4 day tours

5 day tours

6 day tours

7 days & longer tours

save 5%

save 10%

save 15%

save 20%

save 25%

save 30%

Discount 2

does neither apply

if Loch Ness

nor if Skye is included

(other than a brief pass through photo-stop)

 
 

Discounts 3,  4  & 5

only apply

from October to April: (i.e. don’t apply May to September)  
Discount # 3

Early booking/

paying discount

1 month =

2 months & earlier =

10 % off

20% off

 
Discount # 4

3 people or more booking/paying together

at the same time,

 students

or

the tour is designated as a multi-day walking tour

20 % off  
Multiple discounts are not available for discounts # 2, 3 & 4 but ok  incl. discount #1 & 5  

 

Discount # 5 = just charging for the driving time:

Concerning same day VISITS (i.e. no scenic touring & multi-stopping involved), A to B journeys & day WALKS (from October to April)

 

 

Example only for a same day VISIT, A to B journey or day WALK:

 

  • Pick you up from A (i.e. where you live or stay)

 

  • Drive for 2.5 hours (in this example) from A to B

 

  • At B you have free time or a VISIT (a town, castle, whisky distillery, museum, attraction, event or similar at your own expense) or go for a WALK

 

  • After a few hours at the end of your VISIT Unicorn Tours picks you up again from B or meets you at the other end of your WALK ( & often I meet you half way into the walk, as I am parked at the far side of the trail, where your walking path ends. On a circular walk I might join you – please note there is no extras payable for those semi-guided same day walks.)

 

  • From B we drive back for 2.5 hours (in this example) to A and drop you off there or anywhere else you choose/pre-arranged

 

We only charge for the driving time in this example = 2.5 hours from A to B + 2.5 hours from B back to A = 5 hours

5 hours in this example = half of the 10 hour standard daily rate

 

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Please note that there is a different rate for fully guided CITY (walking) tours, for example a whole day fully guided tour of Edinburgh, subject to duration, season, itinerary & group size.

Special interests, hobbies, activities & themes

Scotland has a lot more to offer and something for everyone should you have a special interest, hobby, activity, which you would like to experience on your tour with us throughout Scotland, please mention it to us and if at all possible, we will attempt to include it in your itinerary.


Private, personalised small group tours (maximum 8 passengers)

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group

– individuals, couples and friends – for example 1 – 4 people are still welcome to book their own private tour, but the cost per person will be higher

3 day tours

1 day tours (short)

1 day tours

4 day tours

2 day tours

5 day tours


Destinations

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group.

Regions

  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Southern Scotland
  • Glasgow and the Clyde
  • Central Scotland
  • Argyll
  • Northeast Scotland
  • The Highland region 
  • Skye and the Western Isles
  • Orkney and Shetland