Scotland island hopping vacation, car free

“An 8 day, tailor made Scottish Island Vacation seeing iona, Skye and Mull, traveling without a car.”


West Highland Line railway | Oban | Mull | Iona | Spean Bridge | Skye


Departure information

This trip can be tailor made only from April to end September.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Scotland island hopping vacation, car free


We are continually increasing our range of public transport vacations for those who want to leave the car behind. We grapple with the timetables of trains, boats and buses, and fill-in the gaps with short taxi transfers to make this possible in the more remote areas. Not having a car in tow can transform your experience, especially on a Scottish island – exploring on foot and by bike helps you to properly engage with the environment and experience the place at a more appropriate, slower pace. In each place, there are plentiful local walks, and some short trips available by local bus on Mull and Skye - we will provide suggestions and recommendations in your vacation pack, but do check the most up-to-date information with the staff at your hotel.

We take the utmost care to choose local business partners who share our values and commitment to sustainable travel, preferring to work with locally-owned and managed businesses wherever possible. Your hotel in Spean Bridge is committed to home-cooked organic food, while the shellfish for the hotel restaurant on Skye is landed at the local pier. We build long-term relationships based on mutual trust with our business partners, with a joint commitment to excellent customer satisfaction and care for the environment.


For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. That’s why we work almost exclusively with local, family-run businesses, not with large corporate organisations. We build close and lasting relationships with our business partners, based on mutual trust and an unerring commitment to customer satisfaction. We carefully select these partners to ensure that they share our values of sustainable and responsible travel. For example, the small hotel featured in this vacation on the Isle of Skye is based in the heart of a Gaelic community, and all staff are encouraged to learn the language, whatever their original native tongue.

All of our vacation packs include "Robert's Recommendations", our specific tips on places to visit, places to eat and places to shop locally, all of which have been researched by us, and many of which are off-the-beaten track.

We are corporate members of the John Muir Trust, an organisation committed to protecting the wild land of the Scottish highlands and islands.

Reviews of Scotland island hopping vacation, car free

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Traveling without a car made us travel with less, slow down, and engage more with people around us. So we had a wonderful time meeting people from Scotland and all over, which was great.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Recognize that you'll spend a bit more time getting between places than you otherwise might, so let go of the rush to "get there". And pack light.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We were in small hotels except for the extra nights we added in cities, and staying in small towns. So we definitely benefited those small business (including many pubs). And the hotels were all fantastic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a great vacation. We were very happy with it.

Popular similar vacations

Scotland by railway vacation

Scotland by railway vacation

Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free

From £1000 - £1080 8 days excluding flights

Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England

Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England

Discover Kent's history, its landscape and its people

From £587 6 days excluding flights

Jersey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands

Jersey self guided walking tours, The Channel Islands

Island walking vacations on the Channel Islands

From £574 - £1393 8 days excluding flights

Peak District walking vacation

Peak District walking vacation

A walking break in the finest dale country

From £221 3 days excluding flights

Convert currencies