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March — October

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This tour is the history of the great Macdonald clan and its involvement with Scotland’s story. It’s also for those who want to experience some of Scotland’s most dramatic Highland and Island scenery, and to get a flavour of local Scottish culture.

We have developed the Clan Donald of the Isles Tour for anyone fascinated by the history of the great Macdonald clan and its involvement with Scotland’s story from Robert the Bruce to the Jacobite rebellions. It’s also for those who want to experience some of Scotland’s most dramatic Highland and Island scenery, and to get a flavour of local Scottish culture.

We include some places that consistently delight our visitors: Castle Tioram, Glencoe, and the Isle of Skye, and have the chance to meet some members of todays’ clan on their home territory.

Each tour is with a group small enough to access the best places to stay and the most interesting sites, but with a convivial feel. It is for a maximum of seven people, travelling in a nine seater minibus with an expert guide. Dates are flexible. We can arrange this tour for a group of four or more. If you would like to join a group, but are travelling with fewer than four people, we can try to combine you with others. In either case, please contact us to discuss dates.

If you wish to plan a 'self-drive' version of the tour, please contact us for a quote.

Arrival day

Experience teaches us that people prefer to give themselves at least a full day to recover from the flight, adjust to the time zone and explore a little on their own. We are therefore including a night at a chic Bed and Breakfast close to Edinburgh city centre before you meet your tour guide. If you would like to arrive in Scotland earlier, let us know and we can help arrange more accomodation.

While in the City, visit he National Museum of Scotland to see key Clan Donald artefacts such as the books of Clanranald, West Highland sculptures and the sections on the Lordship of the Isles and the Jacobites.

Day 1 with guide

We all meet in the foyer at 9.15 am and set off for the West Highlands. Through the ‘cockpit of Scotland’ (dominated by Stirling Castle and the scene of Bannockburn) and on to dramatic GlenCoe. We pay our respects at the massacre memorial before crossing the Corran Ferry into the remote ‘Rough Bounds’ and our Moidart hotel.

Day 2

A day exploring MacIain and Clanranald territory. We visit two of the great Clan Donald castles – restored Mingarry Castle and romantic, ruined Castle Tioram. In the evening, a taste of local culture – music and perhaps a wee dram or two courtesy of some local Macdonalds.

Day 3

North into Arisaig, past the Seven Men of Moidart. A visit to Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the clans. Then we make for the sea via the white sands of Arisaig. Our ferry to the isles sets off from Mallaig and we pass Skye, Eigg, Rhum and Muck on our way to the Outer Hebrides. A night in a South Uist Inn.

Day 4

After a short trip to Eriskay – scene of ‘Whisky Galore’ as well as where the Bonne Prince landed, we meet up with a local clansman for some insights into island life and culture. Then to Howmore, burial place of Clanranald, and the Kildonan museum before a second relaxing evening at the inn.

Day 5

Through Benbecula and North Uist – both Macdonald islands. We take in the Neolithic sites at Carinish and Langais and Amy McRuari’s Trinity Temple. Then ‘Over the sea to Skye’ in Flora Macdonald’s footsteps (and wake) with the Skye ferry, where we stay the night. 

Day 6

Our cameras are out as we tour the magnificent Clan Donald territory in North Skye: Duntulm Castle, Flodigarry (and Flora’s grave) plus the dramatic, volcanic Quirang.

Day 7

We drive through the island to Sleat, the garden of Skye and heartland of Clan Donald today. A visit to the Museum of the Isles at Armadale Castle. Ruined Dunscaith, then a meal at Kinloch Lodge, family home of Lord Macdonald – with a chance to meet the High Chief.

Day 8

Over to mainland, via the old turntable ferry at Glenelg. A look at the extraordinary Iron Age brochs before venturing into Glengarry and Keppoch territory. Then back via Killiekrankie to Edinburgh and a final night in a comfortable hotel.

COVID-19 information

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Contact details

Scottish Clans and Castles
West Mains
Ancrum
Jedburgh
Scottish Borders
United Kingdom
TD8 6UL
Starting
Edinburgh
Length
8
Days
Transport
Driver guide Minibus
Type
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Ancestry Archaeology Architecture Castles History Island Hopping Landscapes Literature

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Tour company information

Scottish Clans and Castles

Scottish Clans and Castles focuses on bespoke tours of Scotland and its castles. We offer exclusive driver-guided and personalised holidays throughout Scotland, specialising in taking people to see their ancient clan lands. Based in Scotland since 2000, we work closely with a number of Clan Chiefs (many of whom guide for us) and castle owners. We have been running Outlander Tours since the books came out here in 2003. They are well received, and Diana Gabaldon even kindly mentions us on her website to tour with. We also have several tours including food, wildlife, art etc.

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9am - 5pm

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