Clan Munro itinerary

Clan Munro's origins may be uncertain but tradition states during the 11th century a group of mercenary Irish soldiers were given lands in Ross-shire in return for helping defeat Viking invaders.

This four-day itinerary explores Clan Munro lands across the Cromarty Firth and Black Isle. Discover martial traditions which included forming part of the Scottish regiments who fought in the 17th and 18th century European struggles.

  • Dingwall with the clock tower of the town hall visible
    The market town of Dingwall, near Inverness
  • Fort George - an 18th century military fortification and working army base, Ardersier
    Fort George, Ardersier
  • Outside the Highland Archive and Registration Centre, Inverness
    The Highland Archive and Registration Centre, Inverness
  • A stone carving on display at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
    Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Arriving in the bustling Highland capital of Inverness, start your ancestral journey by exploring Highland heritage at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. You can also find out more at the Highland Archive Centre in the city which features a dedicated Family History Centre and archive conservation unit.

On the western outskirts of the city, in the village of Clachnaharry, make sure to visit the Clachnaharry monument which commemorates the bloody battle between Clan Munro and Clan Mackintosh in 1454.

Back in Inverness, why not stay over and enjoy the many attractions and restaurants available.

On your second day, take the short journey south to the village of Newtonmore and discover over 400 years of Highland life at the Highland Folk Museum. The past is brought to life through displays and exhibitions which chart the fascinating experiences of clansmen and crofters.

Head back up north to the outskirts of Inverness and visit the atmospheric Culloden battlefield. The excellent visitor centre perfectly tells the tale of the bloody battle of April 1746 when Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rebellion was crushed by government forces. The Munros fought on the Jacobite side at Culloden.

Leave Inverness and cross the Cromarty Firth where you’ll enter the heartland of Clan Munro. The clan seat of Foulis Castle lies near Evanton village, just outside Dingwall. This is now a private home and not normally open to the public. However visits can be arranged by appointment.

Nearby is Storehouse of Foulis, a restored girnel or rent house on the shores of the Cromarty Firth which is run by Clan Munro. Stop off for a bite to eat in the restaurant before looking at the wildlife and history exhibitions which include detailed information about the Clan Munro through the ages.

Enjoy a walk up to the Cnoc Fyrish monument, which was built by Sir Hector Munro of Novar who served in India during the 18th century. The monument was created to represent the scene of one of his victories, the gates of Negatapam, and offers visitors spectacular views across Munro country.

Drive the short distance to Dingwall where you can stay overnight.

One of best ways to uncover the history of Dingwall is by following the Dingwall Heritage Trail. The town has a long history which includes being a meeting place or ‘Ting’ during Viking times.

From Dingwall, head east and spend the day exploring the Black Isle peninsula which is just across the Cromarty Firth from the ancestral homeland of Clan Munro.

In the seaside village of Rosemarkie, visit the Groam House Museum, along the Highland Pictish Trail and find out about these ancient people who inhabited the area before Munro clansmen arrived.

Look across the Moray Firth where you’ll find Fort George which was built as a garrison after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745-46 was suppressed, and it remains an active army base to this day.

The Moray Firth is also famed for its dolphins which can be seen swimming off the coast.