Finding group tours to Iona

TRAVEL Q&A

February 28, 1993|By New York Times News Service

Q: Are there any group tours that include Iona?

A: Tours to the barren island of Iona are usually combined with visits to other islands in the Inner Hebrides. It was on Iona that the Irish missionary St. Columba founded a monastery from which he set forth in the sixth century to spread the gospel in Scotland.

Among the operators of tours to Iona, whose rates are per person and include breakfast and another meal, are these:

* Page and Moy Holidays Ltd., 138-140 London Road, Leicester LE2 1EN England; call (533) 524433, fax 549949. A six-night bus tour includes a day visiting the islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona. Tours leave from central London, Birmingham and Manchester on 10 dates between May 22 and Sept. 11. Prices: $421 to $479, calculating the pound at $1.45.

* Wallace Arnold Tours, Gelderd Road, Leeds LLS12 6DH England; (532) 636456; fax 310436. Trips are nine days, three of them in Oban from which visitors can take the ferry to Iona. There are five departures from central London between May 29 and Aug. 21. Cost: $434.

* Gordon Grant Marine, Staffa Ferries, Isle of Iona (6817) 338, offers a day's excursion to Staffa and Iona, via the Isle of Mull. It operates from mid-April to mid-October, leaving from Oban at 10 a.m. and returning at 7:40 p.m.; on Fridays, it leaves at 8 a.m. and returns at 5:40 p.m. The charge is $29; $16 for children.

* Shearings Holidays, Miry Lane, Wigan WN3 4AG England, (942) 824824, fax (942) 824978. Two different seven-day tours that visit Iona. "Isle of Mull and Idyllic Iona" departs from points in England and costs $358 to $394; "Highland and Oban" departs from England and Wales and is $363 to $442. Both run from early May to late September.

Q: Is there a booklet for drivers listing major radio stations in the United States and their programs?

A: The publication that suits your needs is "Radio on Wheels," which comes in Eastern United States and Western United States editions. The bulk of each volume is devoted to an Interstate section. Under Interstate 95 in the Eastern edition, for example, you will find stations you can listen to on a drive from Key West, Fla., all the way to Fort Kent, Maine. Listed for each station are format, frequency, signal power and, in many cases, when one can expect to hear news, sports and traffic reports. Each volume is $8.95.

"Radio on Wheels," by Paul Rocheleau, was published in July 1991 and is available at some bookstores or from the publisher. Call (800) 631-8571 or write Berkley Publishing Group, 390 Murray Hill Parkway, Department D, East Rutherford, N.J. 07073. The charge: $1.75 for the first book, an additional 75 cents for the second.

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