Clan Montgomery itinerary

The Montgomery clan is one of the oldest known clans, with Roger de Montgomery having arrived in England with William the Conqueror in 1066.

American history enthusiasts will be familiar with the name as General Richard Montgomery was the first American general to die in the fight for independence in 1775.

Follow this three-day itinerary and discover the traditional Montgomery lands from Renfrew to the Ayrshire coast

  • The beautiful grounds of Brodick Castle in summer, Isle of Arran
    The beautiful grounds of Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran
  • Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre and Museum, Ayrshire
    Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre and Museum, Ayrshire
  • The interior of the Mitchell Library in Glasgow
    Mitchell Library

After arriving in the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest urban centre, enjoy the museums, galleries and parks across the city.

Start your genealogical journey at the Mitchell Library which not only houses the city’s archives, but is also one of the largest public reference libraries in Europe.

From Glasgow, travel west and into the Clan Menzies territories of Renfrew and North Ayrshire. Skelmorlie Castle which was originally the property of the Cunningham clan was passed to Clan Montgomery in the 1460s. Although now a private residence, this impressive building can be viewed from the road.

Continue your journey by following the coast road south through Largs and Ardrossan where you can catch the ferry to the picturesque island of Arran. It is clear to see why Arran’s name means ‘peaked island’ in Gaelic.

The ferry docks in the town of Brodick, so make sure to visit Brodick Castle, which was once in possession of Lord Montgomery and is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. Although beautiful at any time of year, the castle gardens are particularly colourful in spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

Spend the rest of the today exploring the many attractions across Arran and stay overnight to enjoy some island hospitality.

Take the ferry back to Ardrossan on the mainland and travel the short journey south to visit Eglinton Castle, situated in Eglinton Country Park. Although only the ruins remain, this was an important stronghold of the Mongtomery clan for over two centuries. It was also the site of the extravagant mock-medieval Eglinton Tournament in 1839 in which Napoleon III of France participated.

Spend the rest of your day exploring North Aryshire and perhaps follow in the footsteps of Colin Montgomery with a round of golf on one of the region’s wonderful golf courses.

You could also visit the impressive 14th century Dundonald Castle near Kilmarnock which was a royal residence for the early Stewart Kings and from where you can admire the stunning views over the lands that Montgomery clansmen would have known well.