4 Day Clan Macleod Tour

4 Day Clan Macleod Tour

inc. Isle of Lewis, Harris, Skye and Highlands
from Inverness
4 Day Clan Macleod Tour (Isle of Lewis, Harris and Skye) inc. Dunvegan Castle

Discover the ancient history and traditions of one of Scotland's most celebrated clans - the Macleods - with a four day tour from Inverness to the North West Highlands and over to the Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris and Isle of Skye.

Descended from the Norse Kings of the Man, there are two main clan branches - the Macleods of Lewis and the Macleods of Dunvegan and Harris. Over the four days we explore the ancient lands of the clan Macleod in the North West Highlands, the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Skye.

Day 1 - Departng from Inverness we tour towards the North West Highlands and the coastal village of Ullapool. Following an early lunch we spend the afternoon exploring the ancient lands of the Macleods of Assynt (a branch of the Macleods of Lewis) including a visit to view the ruins of Ardvreck Castle. After a late afternoon visit to Lochinver we return to Ullapool we board the evening ferry for a 2½ hour journey across the Minch to Stornoway (my native town) for our overnight stay.

Day 2 - A full day on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides exploring the ancient lands of the Macleods of Lewis. The morning is spent around Stornoway with a visit to the medieval St Columba's church – home of the graveslab of Torquil Macleod, chief of the Macleods of Lewis in the late 15th century – followed by the Lewis Chessmen at the Museum nan Eilean in Lews Castle. The afternoon touring includes the magnificent Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones, the 2000 year old Dun Carloway Broch, and a traditional Hebridean blackhouse. We end the day at the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point in the Outer Hebrides before our return to Stornoway.

Ardvreck Castle, Assynt Ullapool, North West Highlands Graveslab of a Macleod chief, Isle of Lewis Ardvreck Castle, Assynt

Day 3 - Departing from Stornoway we head south to the Isle of Harris. The drive along the Atlantic coastline of Harris includes the stunning beach at Luskentyre. We visit Rodel to explore the beautiful medieval St Clement’s church, home to one of Scotland's most remarkable 16th century tombs - Alasdair Crotach Macleod, 8th chief of the Macleods of Dunvegan and Harris. The late afternoon takes us back to Tarbert (home of Harris Tweed and Isle of Harris distillery) for a 1¾ hour ferry journey across to the Isle of Skye. Arriving in Uig it is just a short drive to Portree for our overnight stay.

Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis St Clements Church, Isle of Harris Tomb of a Macleod chief, Isle of Harris Tomb of a Macleod chief, Isle of Harris

Day 4 - Departing from Portree we have a day discovering the dramatic history of the Clan Macleod on the Isle of Skye with a visit to the magnificent Dunvegan Castle, spiritual and ancestral home of the Clan MacLeod of Dunvegan and Harris. As well as being the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland, Dunvegan also has wonderful gardens to explore. Leaving Dunvegan we head south to enjoy the stunning views of the Black Cuillin mountain range in ancient Macleod lands before our return to Inverness.

The Cuillin, Isle of Skye Portree, Isle of Skye Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:    £2050

Tour Information

Depart Inverness
Return Inverness

This tour is available on Monday or Wednesday start days from Inverness.

Please note that there are late finishes on Day 1 (approx 8.30-9pm) and Day 3 (approx. 7pm) during this tour.

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 Stornoway (Day 1 and 2) and Portree (Day 3) 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.

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally reliable in the summer months, but delays can occasionally occur. While we cannot be responsible for any extra accommodation, food or other costs that clients may incur due to ferry delays and cancellations, we will make every effort to adapt the tour to minimise disruption. Please note that no refunds will be given for tour and itinerary changes due to ferry changes and cancellations.

Tours in April and October
Generally we only offer this tour between May and September when ferry sailings are least likely to be disrupted by weather. However, should you be interested in travel in April or October and have a flexible schedule that can adapt to possible ferry delays or cancellations and itinerary changes then please contact us and we can discuss tour options. Please note that Dunvegan Castle is only open from April to Mid-October.