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Clan Macleod Tour inc. Dunvegan Castle (Isle of Skye)

3 Day Clan Macleod Tour inc. Dunvegan Castle (Isle of Skye) from Inverness

Near the north west of Isle of Skye, in the Hebrides, stands the magnificent Dunvegan Castle, ancient home of the Chiefs of the Clan Macleod for nearly 800 years.

The Clan Macleod 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.

The Red Hills, Isle of Skye

At Eilean Donan Castle we have a brief visit to admire the castle views and enjoy a short refreshment break before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye and on to explore the magnificent Cuillin mountain range. We stop near the old bridge at Sligachan where we get a great view of the peaks of the Black Cuillin in ancient Macleod lands.

The Red Hills, Isle of Skye The Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye The Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye

From there its a short drive to Dunvegan Castle - the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland - where we have around 2 hours to explore the castle, its gardens and enjoy a late lunch. Leaving Dunvegan Castle we drive to the main town in Skye - Portree - where we have a brief late afternoon stop to explore its beautiful harbour and town centre before we begin our return journey to Inverness arriving back in the early evening.

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye

Tour Option - Extend your visit to Dunvegan Castle or Eilean Donan Castle
Our standard visit to Dunvegan Castle is for around 2 hours, however this can be extended to nearly 3 hours (if you are of Macleod ancestry you may wish to have extra time at the castle). Alternatively, you could extend your stop at Eilean Donan Castle to around 1½ hours with time to explore inside the castle. With either of these options we would not be visiting Portree.

Tour Notes
While the tour does cover over 260 miles we do this over 11 hours which allows for lots of stops and time out of the vehicle exploring the scenery. We have 1 long stop on the tour for 2 hours at Dunvegan Castle. We also have 2 shorter coffee stops, one at Eilean Donan Castle for 45 minutes and one in the late afternoon at Portree for 45 minutes. Additionally, we have at least 7 viewpoint and photo stops between 10 and 15 minutes. Please note that it is quite a long drive to Dunvegan Castle but we try and make sure you get as much time as possible out of the vehicle.

Finally, I hope your group doesn’t mind being taken there by a Macdonald - I promise to be impartial (most of the time) especially as my great grandmother was a Macleod!

Highlights of Dunvegan Castle (Isle of Skye)

Private Tour Price

April to Mid-October:    £475

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 8.30am
Return Inverness 7.30pm
(approx. 11 hours)

This tour is not available from 15th 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 and a driver/guide but exclude entrance fees and meals.