The Clan Macdonald tour to the Isle of Skye begins at Inverness where we follow the banks of Loch Ness to Invermoriston. Turning west we journey through Glen Shiel and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains. Loch Duich awaits us at the foot of the hills with the stunning Eilean Donan Castle in the distance. Here have one hour to explore the castle surroundings - with time for a short visit (optional) inside - before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye.
We then make our way down the Sleat peninsula - known as the 'Garden of Skye' - towards the Clan Donald Centre where we have up to two hours to explore the centre. As well as enjoying the great Museum of the Isles (which tells the history of the Macdonalds over the centuries) there are beautiful gardens to explore along with the ruins of Armadale Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Donald of Sleat.
Leaving Armadale we spend the rest of the afternoon 'getting off the beaten path' and exploring the remote western side of the Sleat Peninsula for a tour of ancient Clan Donald lands and some great views across to the Cuillin mountains before we begin our journey back to Inverness.
The tour covers approx. 220 miles over 10 hours which allows for lots of stops and time out of the vehicle enjoying the scenery. We have 2 long stops on the tour - 1 hour at Eilean Donan Castle (mid morning) and up to 2 hours at Clan Donald Centre (lunch). Additionally, we have at least 6 viewpoint and photo stops between 10 and 15 mins.
...and because it's the Highlands and we can have "four seasons in one day"!