Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands tours from Inverness
Isle of Skye Clan Macdonald Tour and Armadale Castle

Isle of Skye Clan Macdonald Tour inc. Armadale Castle

One Day Isle of Skye Clan Macdonald Tour

The Clan Donald is the largest clan in Scotland and with the descendants of thousands of Macdonalds who emigrated also the largest clan in the world. Discover the ancient history of the Macdonalds.

On the southern tip of the Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye, in the grounds of the ruined Armadale Castle, lies the Museum of the Isles. Discover more about the Norse/Gaelic roots of the Macdonalds and the powerful Lordship of the Isles with Clan Donald at its helm. Explore how this sea kingdom - based around the Hebrides - became one of the most powerful forces, not only the Highlands, but also in Scotland during 14th and 15th centuries.

Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye

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.

Museum of the Isles, 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.

Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye

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.

April to October:     £425
This tour is not available from 29th October to 31st March.
Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes and a driver/guide but exclude your entrance fees and meals.