Clan Macdonald Tour inc. Armadale Castle (Isle of Skye)
Discover the ancient history of the Clan Macdonald in the Hebrides with a tour of Clan Donald lands on the Isle of Skye. Visit Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles which details the history of the Macdonalds over the centuries.
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.
The Clan Macdonald tour to the Isle of Skye begins at Inverness where we follow the banks of Loch Ness down past Urquhart Castle to Invermoriston before turning west through Glen Moriston on the way to Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel. Loch Duich awaits us at the foot of the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains with the stunning Eilean Donan Castle in the distance.
At Eilean Donan Castle we explore its ancient past with time for a short visit (optional) into the castle to discover its secrets before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye, where the spectacular Cuillin mountains greet us in the distance. 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 wonderful 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 Armadale Castle and the Musuem of the Isles (lunch). Additionally, we have at least 6 viewpoint and photo stops between 10 and 15 mins.
Private Tour Price
April to October: £450
Depart Inverness 8.30am
Return Inverness 6.30pm
(approx. 10 hours)
...and because it's the Highlands and we can have "four seasons in one day"!