4 Day Clan Macleod Tour
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 – Departing 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.
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.
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.
Private Tour Price (per tour)
May to September: £2150
This tour is available on Monday or Wednesday start days from Inverness.