Clan Morrison itinerary

The lands of Clan Morrison can be found to the west of Scotland, on the windswept shores of the Outer Hebrides. An area where the Gaelic language and culture retains its vibrancy with the traditions being handed down through the generations.

Follow this four-day itinerary to trace the ancestral roots of the Morrisons, who are thought to hail from County Donegal in Ireland, with a branch in Habost on the north-east coast of Lewis.

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  • Old woman in historic dress cooks at an open hearth in the centre of a reconstruction of an old croft house
    The Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
  • Inside of Seallam! Visitor Centre, a family and social history research centre at Northton, Isle of Harris
    Seallam! Visitor Centre at Northton, Isle of Harris
  • Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Arriving in the bustling Highland capital of Inverness, start your journey with the short drive south to the village of Newtonmore and visit the Highland Folk Museum. This fascinating attraction charts more than 400 years of Highland life and brings the past to life through a series of exhibitions and displays. Learn about the everyday experiences of clansmen and crofters.

From Newtonmore, head back up towards Inverness before travelling west to the harbour town of Ullapool, admiring the stunning views of the Fannich mountain range along the way.

Board the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ullapool and sail across The Minch to the capital of the Western Isles, Stornoway (Steornabhagh in Gaelic). Soak up the breathtaking views to Skye and the mountains of Coigach and Assynt on the mainland as you sail.

Once you arrive at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, spend the night and enjoy the welcoming island hospitality and look out for traditional entertainment including ceilidhs.

Continue your journey and head to the most northerly tip of Lewis and the village of Ness. This coastal settlement is home to the Morrison clan and a good source of genealogical research can be found at the Ness Heritage Centre.

Travel south to the town of Tarbert (Tairbeart), which is the meeting points of the islands of Lewis and Harris. It was also the site of two centuries worth of feud and unrest, where the Morrisons were defeated by the Macleods and Macaulays.

For a true treasure trove for family historians, continue a few miles south to the village of Northton (Taobh Tuath). Co Leis Thu?(Who do you belong to?), housed within the Seallam! Visitor Centre, is one of the only genealogy centres of its type in Scotland, with records on every Western Isles family, some of which go back more than 200 years. Local experts Bill and Chris Lawson are on hand to answer any questions.

Return to Stornoway and take the ferry back to Ullapool and look out for the abundance of wildlife during your sail, including dolphins, porpoises and seals. Continue on to Inverness, where your journey began.

Find more information about things to see and do in the Morrison lands of the Outer Hebrides.