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Best Staffa tours from Oban?

Hi Everyone,

Looking at some of the tour options from Oban to Staffa in June - and there are quite a lot! I like the itinerary and look of Staffa Tours (my parents are interested in Mull, Iona, and Staffa, while my husband and I are more interested in Staffa, Lunga, and Tobermory). Has anyone had experience with Staffa Tours, or another tour group you'd recommend?


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Hi, jjancose,

Turus Mara also run boat trips to Lunga and Staffa. Most of the Treshnish Islands (Lunga) combined with Staffa tours leave from the Ulva boat dock, which is a wonderful drive from Tobermory or Salen. Check out the Turus Mara website for more information.

Tobermory is a charming lochside town, albeit very hilly once you get away from the harbour. It books up very quickly, so be sure to make accommodation arrangements as soon as you know your dates.

CalMac has frequent ferries from Fionnphort to Iona, so if your parents want to spend more time on Iona than a tour operator allows, that would be the way to go. The drive down to Fionnphort is very pleasant, although one lane with passing places a good part of the way.


Mike (Auchterless)

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Staffa Tour runs the segment to Staffa on the West Coast Tours Three Island Tour (mull, Iona, Staffa). I enjoyed it very much and had no complaints with their service.

Whichever tour company you take to Staffa, they all land at the same small landing. They will discharge passengers and then move off shore for a period of time to free up the landing for others. You climb a series of stairs to access the upper parts of the island and then hike a bit more to get where the puffins are.

It was pure pleasure to sit quietly and watch the puffins. There is also an option to walk along the lower part of the cliff to Fingal’s Cave. You will also see the entrance to this cave from the water.

Staffa tours were professional and did exactly what they said they would. I would highly recommend the 3 isles tour purchased through West Coast Tours. They have a nice video on their website to give you a taste of what the tour is like.