4 Day Clan Macdonald Tour
Discover the history of one of Scotland's greatest clans - the Macdonalds - with a four day tour from Inverness to the Isle of Skye and the West Highlands including the lands of the Macdonalds of Sleat, Clanranald, Glencoe, Keppoch and Glengarry.
Day 1 – begins at Inverness where we visit Culloden Battlefield to explore the bloody history surrounding Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters (which included the Macdonalds of Keppoch, Clanranald, Glengarry and Glencoe). We then follow the Great Glen down the banks of Loch Ness before turning west to Glen Shiel and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains. Arriving at Eilean Donan Castle (which was involved in a 'less than successful' Macdonald uprising in the 1530s) we enjoy viewpoint break before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye on our journey north to Portree for our overnight stop.
Day 2 – a full day on the Isle of Skye begins with a tour to the Trotternish Peninsula (ancient Clan Donald lands) including the Old Man of Storr and to Kilt Rock. Continuing north we pass the ruins of Duntulm Castle, a former clan stronghold, before arriving at the Museum of Island Life. Nearby is the grave of one of the clan's most celebrated figures - Flora Macdonald. The afternoon takes us south to the Sleat Peninsula to explore the Museum of the Isles (which tells the history of the Macdonalds) along with the ruins of Armadale Castle, the last ancestral home of the Macdonalds of Sleat before our return to Portree for our overnight stop.
Day 3 – leaving Portree we return to the Sleat Peninsula to explore more of the clan lands by its western coastline including the ruins of Dunscaith Castle. We catch the early afternoon ferry (40 minute sailing) across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig and follow the 'road to the Isles' through the lands of the Macdonalds of Clanranald to Glenfinnan where the many Macdonalds stood with Bonnie Prince Charlie as the Standard was raised in 1745. After a visit to the Jacobite monument and museum, we tour towards Glencoe for our overnight stop overnight.
Day 4 – the early morning is spent exploring the magnificent lands of the Macdonald of Glencoe before we head back north through Fort William to visit the nearly 800 years old ruins of Inverlochy Castle, location of two famous Macdonald battle victories. The afternoon takes us to the lands of the Macdonalds of Keppoch and the ancient church of Cille Choirill, then the lands of the Macdonalds of Glengarry where we stop at the ruins of Invergarry Castle and the Well of the Seven Heads, before our return to Inverness.
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Tour company information
The Hebridean Explorer
The Hebridean Explorer (John Alasdair Macdonald) has been an independent private tour guide for over fifteen years specialising in private guided tours for small groups (up to 3) from Inverness covering the Scottish Highlands and Islands including the Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Orkney and Shetland.
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