3 Day Clan Macdonald Tour

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

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

Discover the 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 historic past before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye to explore the 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. 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 (or Arisaig) for our overnight stop.

Culloden Battlefield, Scottish Highlands Portree, Isle of Skye Flora Macdonald Grave, Isle of Skye Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye

Day 3 departs from Mallaig/Arisaig through the lands of the Macdonalds of Clanranald to Glenfinnan where the Clanranald stood with Bonnie Prince Charlie as the Standard was raised in 1745. After a visit to the Jacobite monument and museum we take a breath-taking drive through the magnificent Glencoe, home to the Macdonalds of Glencoe and location of the infamous massacre of 1692. Leaving Glencoe we head back north through Fort William and visit the nearly 800 years old ruins of Inverlochy Castle, location of two famous Macdonald battle victories. The late afternoon takes us through the lands of the Macdonalds of Keppoch before reaching the ancestral lands of the Macdonalds of Glengarry where we stop at the ruins of Invergarry Castle before our return to Inverness.

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

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:    £1500

October to April:        £1300 **

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 9am
Return Inverness
(2 Days)

This tour is not available from December to February as Armadale Castle is closed.

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, ferry tickets and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation Options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Portree (Day 1) and Mallaig or 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. The tour quote will include a list of accommodation recommendations and suggestions for overnight locations.

Tour option - Visit Castle Tioram
Castle Tioram, MoidartOn the morning of Day 3 we can detour south into the remote lands of Moidart and visit the wonderful ruins of the fourteenth-century Castle Tioram, the ancestral castle of Macdonalds of Clanranald. This is a viewpoint visit only as the castle is unsafe inside and is located on a tidal island, although it may be possible to walk around the island if it is low tide. With this option we would add a further two hours on to the last touring day and would return later in the evening to Inverness. Tour option surcharge - £70 per tour

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally very reliable in the summer months, but delays can occasionally occur. In the event of a ferry cancellation from Armadale to Mallaig on Day 1 we would have an extended road journey (approx. 3 hours) to our overnight accommodation in Mallaig or Arisaig with a later arrival around 7-8pm.

** Off Season Touring
The Highlands are renowned for changeable weather, even over the summer months. However, from October to April, poor weather conditions are more common and ferry sailings are more likely to be affected by weather disruptions. Further, daylight hours are reduced (particularly from late-October to early-March). The itinerary may be changed at short notice to adapt to weather conditions, and on very rare occasions tours may be cancelled due to severe weather. Please note that for tours in March and November, Armadale castle is only open on weekdays.

Interested in a longer multi day Clan Macdonald Tour?
If you would like a longer tour we offer a six day tour that include the Highlands, the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Islay.