Clan Macdonald Tour inc. Glencoe and Culloden Battlefield
Discover the ancient history of the Clan Macdonald in the Highlands with a tour down the Great Glen that includes the lands of the Macdonalds of Keppoch, Macdonalds of Glencoe and the Macdonnells of Glengarry. Begin the day with a visit to Culloden Battlefield and end with a visit to Glencoe - two sites that are powerfully linked with the history of the Macdonalds.
Our Clan Macdonald Highland tour from Inverness begins at Culloden Battlefield where the Macdonalds of Clanranald, Keppoch, Glencoe and Glengarry fought for Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) in the Jacobite uprising of 1745. Here we take a poignant walk through Culloden field to the Clan Donald stone.
Leaving Inverness we follow the ancient geological fault line that cuts through the Highlands - the Great Glen - along the banks of Loch Ness to explore the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland's largest castles and often a target of the Macdonald Lords of the Isles. We then continue along Ness-side through Fort Augustus to the lands of the Macdonnells of Glengarry and the ruins of Invergarry Castle.
Further along the Great Glen we visit the lands of the Macdonalds of Keppoch around Roy Bridge, site of the last clan battle - the Battle of Mulroy in 1688 between the victorious Macdonalds of Keppoch (and the Camerons) against the Clan Chattan confederation led by the Mackintoshes. Nearby is the beautiful 15th century Cille Choiril church, likely burial ground of Iain Lom, the famous Clan Macdonald of Keppoch bard.
Passing throught Fort William we arrive at Glencoe which along with being one of the Highlands most beautiful glens is also where the infamous massacre of the Macdonalds of Glencoe took place in 1692 by government-led Campbell troops. On our return journey back to Inverness we visit the nearly 800 years old ruins of Inverlochy Castle a former stronghold of the Macdonald Lords of the Isles and site of the Battles of Inverlochy in 1431 and 1645 - both involving the Macdonalds.
The tour covers approx. 220 miles over 11 hours which allows for lots of stops and time out of the vehicle enjoying the history and scenery. Along with over an hour at both Culloden Battlefield and Urquhart Castle we have 30-45 minute stops at Inverlochy Castle, Invergarry Castle, Roy Bridge and Glencoe along with a number of shorter photostops.
Private Tour Price (per tour)
March to October: £500
Depart Inverness 8am
Return Inverness 7pm
(approx. 11 hours)