Clan Lennox itinerary

The ancient and powerful Lennox Earldom included much of Dumbartonshire and parts of west Stirlingshire amongst other lands. The clan history is intertwined with that of Scotland's kings and queens and your ancestral journey will take you to some of Scotland's most famous historic sites.

  • Aerial view over Balloch Castle and Country Park, West Dunbartonshire
    Balloch Castle and Country Park, West Dunbartonshire
  • Dumbarton Castle and Dumbarton Rock, Firth of Clyde
    Dumbarton Castle and Dumbarton Rock, Firth of Clyde
  • An aerial view over Inchmurrin island in Loch Lomond
    Inchmurrin island in Loch Lomond
  • Looking over to the outside of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
    The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
  • An illuminated Stirling Castle at dusk viewed from the battlements
    Stirling Castle viewed from the battlements

In the north of Glasgow is Strathblane and the original site of Lennox Castle. Built by John Lennox in the 15th century, this was the family home for the next eight generations. A new castle was built in the 19th century and following its sale in 1927, became a hospital for people with learning difficulties until it closed in 2002. The clan seat moved to Downton Castle near Ludlow in Shropshire, England.

Continue northwards towards Loch Lomond as you journey through The Lennox, as the Lennox Earldom has been called. The urban landscape of Glasgow and its suburbs gives way to a lusher, greener environment and you will feel closer to the land your ancestors knew. Between the 12th and 14th centuries much of the land around Loch Lomond belonged to the Earl of Lennox. Amongst the rhododendrons and azaleas at Balloch Castle Country Park, at the southern end of the loch, you can still see faint traces of one of the earliest Lennox castles.

Inchmurrin Island, situated on Loch Lomond, is the largest inland island in Britain and is easily defended. Because of this the Lennox Earls built a castle here and the remains can still be seen. Today the island is in private hands but can be visited.

Your journey takes you south towards Dumbarton Castle. This dramatically situated castle has links with the Earls of Lennox and Mary Queen of Scots. The castle was captured by the Earl of Lennox in 1514 in the wake of the Battle of Flodden and some years later the child, later Queen Mary, stayed here.

Continue on to Stirling, and Stirling Castle, one of the most famous sites in Scotland. Parts of Stirlingshire were in The Lennox. The impressive Stirling Castle was a favoured royal retreat for the Stuart dynasty and the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots.

Edinburgh, Scotland's magnificent historic capital, is your destination. Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley and son of the fourth Earl of Lennox, was the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots. You can visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile to see the place where Lord Darnley married Queen Mary in a private chapel on 29 July 1565. Born a year later, their son James became King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England. Lord Darnley later played a part in the murder of the Queen's Secretary David Rizzio at Holyrood but soon met his own fate.