Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands tours from Inverness
3 Day Isle of Skye and Highland Clan Macdonald Tour

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

3 Day Isle of Skye and Highland Clan Macdonald Tour

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). The excellent interactive visitors centre sets the scene of this decisive battle along with the Jacobite campaign before you embark on a walk through the Culloden field. We then follow the Great Glen down the banks of Loch Ness towards Urquhart Castle. After a short stop for photos near Urquhart Castle (we may have raided it a few times!) we continue along Ness-side to Invermoriston. Turning west we journey through Glen Moriston on the way 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 - with time for a visit into the castle - 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 scenic town of Portree for our evening and overnight stop.

The Quiraing, Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye

Day 2 begins with a tour to the Trotternish peninsula (ancient Clan Donald lands). First stop is the Trotternish ridge, with the Old Man of Storr in the distance. Next is a visit to Kilt Rock for an amazing view out across the Sound of Raasay and beyond, 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 which provides a wonderful glimpse back into the history and culture of the Hebrideans, including a stop at the grave of one of the clan's most celebrated figures - Flora Macdonald.

Armadale Castle, Sleat Peninsula, Isle of Skye

The afternoon takes us south to the Sleat Peninsula and the Clan Donald 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 last ancestral home of the Macdonalds of Sleat. We then take the late afternoon ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig for our evening and 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. We then continue our tour along the ‘road to the isles’ to Glenfinnan where we stop to admire the historic monument to the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie and the raising of the standard in 1745.

Castle Tioram, Moidart, Scottish Highlands

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.

2018 Booking Update - Please note that available dates in 2018 for Multi Day Tours are filling up quickly. Also, accommodation in Portree (Isle of Skye) tends to book up quite far in advance so for the widest choice of accommodation and available tour dates I would recommend that you book as early as possible.

April to October:     £1500
This tour is not available from 16th 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, a driver/guide and ferry tickets but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.