3 Day Clan Macdonald Tour (Isle of Skye and Highlands)
Discover the ancient history and traditions of one of Scotland's greatest clans - the Macdonalds - with a three day tour from Inverness to the Isle of Skye and the West Highlands where we explore the lands of the Macdonalds of Sleat, Clanranald, Glencoe, Keppoch and Glengarry.
Day 1 begins at Inverness where we visit Culloden Battlefield to explore the bloody history surrounding Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters (which included the Macdonalds of Keppoch, Clanranald, Glengarry and Glencoe). We then follow the Great Glen down the banks of Loch Ness before turning west to Glen Shiel and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains. Arriving at Eilean Donan Castle (which was involved in a 'less than successful' Macdonald uprising in the 1530s) we discover its ancient and historic past before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye to explore the ancient lands of the Macdonalds of Sleat (the most powerful Macdonald branch of Clan Donald). Our late afternoon journey through the Isle of Skye takes us to Portree for our overnight stop.
Day 2 begins with a tour to the Trotternish Peninsula (ancient Clan Donald lands) including the Old Man of Storr and to Kilt Rock before we take a drive up the old cattle pass road for the stunning views provided by the Quiraing. Continuing north, we visit the ruins of Duntulm Castle, former stronghold of the Macdonalds in Skye. Next is a visit the Museum of Island Life including the nearby grave of one of the clan's most celebrated figures - Flora Macdonald. The afternoon takes us south to the Sleat Peninsula and the Clan Donald Centre. Along with the Museum of the Isles (which tells the history of the Macdonalds) there are the ruins of Armadale Castle, the last ancestral home of the Macdonalds of Sleat. We then take the late afternoon ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig for our overnight stop.
Day 3 departs from Mallaig/Arisaig along the 'road to the isles' where we take a detour south into the remote lands of Moidart and the wonderful ruins of the fourteenth-century Castle Tioram, ancient heartland of Macdonalds of Clanranald. Located on a tidal island, it is possible to walk around the island at low tide. Next we visit Glenfinnan with its historic monument to the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie. The afternoon takes us on a breath-taking drive through the magnificent Glencoe, home of the Macdonalds of Glencoe and an infamous massacre in 1692. Leaving Glencoe we head north through Fort William on the journey back to Inverness. Along the way we visit the ruins of Inverlochy Castle (another Macdonald stronghold) and pass through the lands of the Macdonalds of Keppoch before reaching Glen Garry, the ancient lands of the Macdonnells of Glengarry where we have a brief stop at the ruins of Invergarry Castle.
Private Tour Price
April to Mid-October: £1500
Depart Inverness 8.30am
Return Inverness 6-7pm