3 Day Clan Macdonald Tour (Isle of Skye and Highlands)

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.

Culloden Battlefield, Scottish Highlands Portree, Isle of Skye The Quiraing, Isle of Skye Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye

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 pass the ruins of Duntulm Castle, former clan stronghold, before arriving at the Museum of Island Life. Nearby is the grave of one of the clan's most celebrated figures - Flora Macdonald. The afternoon takes us south to the Sleat Peninsula to explore the Museum of the Isles (which tells the history of the Macdonalds) along with 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.

Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye Castle Tioram, Scottish Highlands Inverlochy Castle, Scottish Highlands Castle Tioram, Scottish Highlands

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. 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  (per tour)

April to October:            £1500

November to March:    £1300 *

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 8.30am
Return Inverness
(3 Days)

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, a driver/guide and ferry tickets but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Portree (Day 1) and Mallaig/Arisaig (Day 2) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat in Portree.

* Winter Tour (November to March)
Due to reduced daylight hours we offer a modified itinerary with slighty shorter tour days and earlier start times to maximise touring during the daylight hours. While the Highlands are renowned for changeable weather all year round, please note that for tours during autumn and winter months, poor weather conditions are more likely and weather disruptions can be more common. Please email for information about our winter tour itinerary.