Clans Mackay, Gunn, Sutherland, Sinclair & the remote beauty of the far north of Scotland.
The Far North is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and remote regions. It combines stunning mountain scenery, dramatic cliffs and beaches with a sense of remoteness and that is hard to match anywhere in Europe. This tour is based in the lovely ‘Big House’ – an old Clan Mackay headquarters on the north coast of Sutherland.
The tour is ideal for anyone with an historical interest in the northern clans – MacKay, Sutherland, Gunn, Sinclair etc – or those who simply want to get away from it all in some of Scotland’s most beautiful surroundings 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 fourteen people, travelling in seven-seater minibuses.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 two nights at a chic Bed and Breakfast close to Edinburgh city centre before you meet your tour guide.Arrival day + 1
Time to get out and about... see Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the elegant new Town…. While in the City, visit he National Museum of Scotland to see key Highland artefacts, West Highland sculptures and the many other fascinating displays.Day 1 with guide
We all meet in the foyer and set off for the north. Across the Forth bridge and int the Highlands. Stop at pretty Dunkeld and then the Highland Folk museum to get a feel for life in northern Scotland in the days of the clans. We stay near Inverness (those flying straight to Inverness can join the tour here).Day 2
A visit to the mystical Bronze Age Clava Cairns and Culloden battlefield. Then over the Kessock bridge and into the far North. Drive straight to the Big House and settle in.Days 3 - 7
Five days exploring the Far North from our base. The order of events is flexible and can be adjusted according to the priorities of the group, their clan affiliations, as well as the vagaries of the weather.
NB: The Big House is not suited to very small groups, so in the event of lower numbers we reserve the right to arrange alternative equivalent accommodation for this section of the tourDay 8
An early start for the drive south to Edinburgh and a final night in a comfortable hotel.
We offer exclusive driver-guided and personalised holidays throughout Scotland. Specialising in clan history and the traditional clan lands, working with a number of Clan Chiefs and castle owners. We have an intimate knowledge not just of the top tourist attractions, but also of the roads less travelled. We were also the first Scottish company to recognise the growing interest from Outlander fans and have been organising successful Outlander Tours for the past 13 years. We’re delighted by the number of clients who ask us to help them explore Scotland further, returning again and again.
History, Castles, Ancestry, Film and TV
This suggested itinerary is a self drive tour for two people following the story...