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Click icons for information Fàilte Welcome We’d like to introduce one of our Heartlands tours of the stunning west coast of the Scottish Highlands. This is the home of the Clan Donald, once known as The Lords of the Isles, from Somerled onwards. Tours are adaptable, according to the parties taking part and expected events. So if you have a whole family or other group, we can focus on your particular interest in Clan Donald; one of Scotland’s most famous and alluring clans. You will find more information about how the tour operates on the last page. There are some important details there, which we hope will make your choice that much easier, and raise your expectation to that of any Clan Donald kinfolks. Fraoch Eilean!
Click icons for information Day 1 At a glance Arrival You arrive in Glasgow according to your own schedule. We can arrange flights and transfers for you Accommodation Glasgow Millenium Hotel Dinner Piper’s Tryst at the National College of Piping on McPhater Street in Glasgow’s Cowcaddens Arrival, Glasgow, and Welcome! you are right in the city centre; the Merchant City, stuffed with pubs, clubs, and eateries; and numerous galleries within very easy reach. Glasgow Millenium Hotel is right next to Queen St. station. Overlooking George Square. An intimate restaurant, it’s great for a relaxed evening with friends, and dare we say, some good malt. The Piper’s Tryst Restaurant is attached to the National Piping Centre. Along with an exhibition of piping history, the restaurant has a great reputation for excellent food.
Click icons for information Day 2 At a glance Departure 10:00 Bannockburn 11:00 We visit the 1314 site of the battle of Bannockburn in which Clan Donald played such an important part with King Robert the Bruce. Stirling Castle Lunch 12:15 Explore 13:15 – 15:00 The Castle and nearby Argyll’s Lodgings; Church of the Holy Rood; the Old Town Jail Travel 15:00 Glencoe Hotel 17:00 Glencoe Museum 18:30 A private tour of the museum in this most historic little corner of Scotland Glencoe Hotel 20:00 Dinner Glencoe Museum just a few moments from your hotel. It houses many artefacts and tells the story of the infamous massacre of the MacIans of Glencoe Robert the Bruce statue at Bannockburn Heritage Centre which has just been completely rebuilt and upgraded Stirling Castle one of Scotland’s two most important castles. The Queen’s Palace and Banqueting Hall have now both been fully renovated to a brilliant standard of story telling. Loch Leven from Glencoe King Robert, Bannockburn, Stirling Castle, and Glencoe
Click icons for information Day 3 At a glance Fort William 10.45 The local garrison town Departure 10:00 West Highland 11:00 Museum Jacobite and local history Lunch 12:15 Crannog seafood restaurant Free time 13:15 Clans talk, local archives, shopping, looking at the Ben? Steam to Mallaig 14:20 Voted top railway journey in the world three years running – stunning! Harry Potter??!! Mallaig 16:30 Live harbour / Heritage Ctr Borrodale House 18:30 First house Bonnie Prince Charlie entered upon landing Borrodale Beach Landing and leaving point Dinner 20:00 Arisaig House Crannog’s Seafood fresh, rich, and tasty The West Highland Railway voted as top train journey in the world three times is also the setting for the Harry Potter Express. Shown on Glenfinnan’s spectacular viaduct. Borrodale Beach place of landing and departing for Bonnie Prince Charlie The Appin Gun? one of four in the UK said to be the gun used to kill the Red Fox at Appin. It is kept in the West Highland Museum Crannog in Fort William serves fabulous seafood from its lochside restaurant Fort William, A Steam Train Trip, Mallaig, Arisaig, & Borrodale
Click icons for information Day 4 At a glance Departure 10:00 Cèilidh 19:15 Some music before dinner Knoydart Ferry 10:30 20 mins seascape splendour Inverie, Scotus, 11:00 and Kilchoan Local historian walk and talk following the time, content, and abilities of individuals Lunch 12:30 Old Forge, the remotest pub on mainland UK Mallaig Ferry 14:00 & Blessed Morar 14:45 Morar RC church, Prince Charlie’s priest’s vestments, seminaries, manhunts, monsters, Europe’s deepest loch and shortest river Soldier’s Tour 16:00 WW2 Special Ops sites, inc Morar MacDonalds’ homes Scotos Knoydart, Loch Morar, Morar Mac Donalds, and a secret war St. Cumins & Loch Morar Eilean Bàn, seminaries, monsters, deep loch, short river Seascape en route to Knoydart - Loch Nevis, Rum, Skye Arisaig House 3 nights accommodation with history! The Old Forge most remote pub on the UK mainland Czech memorial (above right) a token of thanks from old soldiers for the training they received around Arisaig
Click icons for information Day 5 At a glance Departure 10:00 Moidart Bound 10:00 A drive-by guide to important places, landmarks, and events - Loch nan Uamh, Ardnish, Loch Ailort, Glenuig & Kinlochmoidart Loch Ailort & Loch Eilt 16:30 Home and more fascinating histories and places on this delightful little fresh water loch Shiel Folks 10:45 An important area and loch for Mac Donalds over centuries Castle Tioram 11:00 The Clan Ranald stronghold Lunch 13:00 Loch Shiel Hotel, or Dalilea Shiel Cruise 14:15 A glorious loch cruise - nature, wildlife, and the Glenaladales! Glenfinnan 16:10 Iconic for the Jacobite rising, now too for the Harry Potter Express. You will have a chance to ascend the monument and visit the NTS. Dinner 20:00 After some time to relax Jacobite Monument Glenfinnan Tioram, Loch Shiel, Glenaladale Mac Donalds, &Glenfinnan Boathouse jetty on Loch Eilt Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair in a pretty bonkers artistic impression! MV Sìleas Loch Shiel pleasure cruiser Polnish Church Ardnish / Loch Ailort Castle Tioram ancient stronghold of Clan Ranald, built by Amy Mac Ruari
Click icons for information Day 6 At a glance Departure 09:30 Clan Donald 10:30 Centre, Armadale, Skye The fabulous Castle gardens, a stunning view onto Knoydart and Arisaig, and the award winning Museum of the Isles. Terrific! Tea 16:30 Tea at Glengarry Castle Hotel, then time to settle and relax Lunch @ Kinloch 13:00 Kinloch Lodge, former home of the High Chief and his wife, Lady Claire. Some of the best food to be found in Scotland. Over the sea… 10:30 Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale on Skye. What a vista! Travel 14:30 Bus trip, seeing: Broadford; Skye Bridge; Eilean Donan Castle; Loch Duich; Five Sisters of Kintail; Glen Shiel; Cluanie, Loch Garry Local history 18:30 from Glengarry Historical Society Dinner 20:00 Glengarry Castle Hotel Rock of the Raven a memorial statue to the previous Chief of MacDonell of Glengarry Armadale, Skye, Glen Shiel, Cluanie, and Glen Garry Clan Donald Ctr Armadale, Skye. Beautiful grounds and an award winning Museum of the Isles Kinloch Lodge renowned for the excellence of its food The Five Sisters of Kintail Glengarry Castle sacked after Culloden by Butcher Cumberland, and later abandoned Glengarry Castle Hotel your accommodation base for two nights. The Castle looks over Loch Oich and is close to the original Invergarry Castle
Click icons for information Day 7 At a glance Option 2 Easy Day 11:00 With Clan Donald A good Clan Donald historian will be on hand to discuss the history of the clan. Give us some prior warning, and perhaps we can tell your story a bit better too. Tomorrow is a longish day, so today is much more about relaxation and slow! Option 1 Easy Day 09:30 with Culloden An early run to Culloden. On the way: Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Urquhart Castle (Nessie?!). If the all agree, some time in Inverness. Option 3 Easy Day 15:00 with Genealogy A good DNA specialist explains. Early notice to us will help get your profile delivered and explained on the day. Dinner 19:30 Glengarry Castle Hotel Urquhart Castle is one of those icons of Scotland which simply endures. Sitting its promontory iy has a majestic view of the loch in all directions. Free Day with Easy Options Fort Augustus is a dainty little village marking the last Caledonian Canal lock set before the final flight at Inverness. Culloden needs no introduction. Just east of Inverness, it has a marvellous exhibition and interpretation space alongside the preserved ruggedness of the historic moor where such an awful set of events passed. Genealogy is important to kinsfolk. We can team you up with a good company. With the right time frame, they can give you your family history while on the trip.
Click icons for information Day 8 At a glance Departure 09:00 Invergarry 09:00 This is a fairly long stint. Leaving the hotel, we pass the Well of the Seven Heads, Loch Lochy, the Cameron lands, Keppoch lands, Spean, Fort William to Corran Ferry. A short boat across to Ardgour, then to Loch Sunart and down into Morvern to Lochaline. Iona 15:00 Between 1-1.5 hours Lochaline 12:00 A pretty short ferry again. Lunch 12:30 Craignure Hotel. This will also be an opportunity to drop luggage. Fionnphort 14:15 From Fionnphort to Iona by pedestrian ferry. Dinner 19:30 Isle of Mull Hotel Fionnphort 16:15 Text Ardgour, Morvern, Mull, and Iona Corran Ferry to Ardgour The Island of Iona is Scotland’s spiritual heart with a long history of religious activity. Many Clan Donald chiefs are buried here, including Angus Òg. Mull is the only way to get to Iona without making a long trip by boat from the mainland. Duart Castle is the ancient stronghold of the MacLeans, an ally and neighbour clan to Clan Donald The Well of the Seven Heads In 1663, two sons of MacDonell were killed in a quarrel with an uncle and his six sons, who were executed in revenge by 60 men who cut off their heads, washed them in this spring, and took them to the Chief in Invergarry
Click icons for information Day 9 At a glance Departure 10:00 Duart Castle 10:15 Home of the MacLeans, a good ally clan to Clan Donald, it would be a pity to miss it! Dinner 19:30 Highland Hotel Ferry to Oban 13:00 This is a short run, just about three quarters of an hour with some glorious views of the town on the way in. Oban 13:45 Oban is a pretty little town, but not an essential part of the tour. If the group wishes it can visit, or just crack on for an early finish, and time to relax in Stirling. Stirling 17:00 Highland Hotel, a former school, which was attended by one of the few Scottish Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom. Duart Castle, Oban, Loch Etive, Loch Awe, and Stirling Loch Lubnaig a jewel of the Lomond & Trossachs National Park, between Strathyre and Callander Loch Etive A real, striking enigma, very tide dependent, so far inland The Loch Awe Viaduct When the banks are too steep … ! Oban, an important west coast market town, gives access to many of the south western islands, including Mull and the Uists. The Stirling Observatory still a working part of the old school which is now the hotel. Duart Castle A quick morning visit before catching the ferry to Oban Stirling Highland Hotel accommodation for two nights
Click icons for information Day 10 At a glance Farewell Dinner 19:30 Hermann’s Restaurant, Stirling Stirling is a great transport hub and we recommend getting to main cities by train.The station is about 5 minutes walk. Ask us about what’s on offer, but here’s some highlights: Option 2 - Glasgow 35 mins Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, The People’s Palace, The Gallery of Modern Art, Transport Museum, Shipbuilding, Science Museum, Barras, Cathedral Quarter, galleries, City Hall, Italian Centre, & great food Option 3 - Dundee 50 mins Verdant Works jute mill, The Tay Bridge, Scott’s ship Discovery, frigate Unicorn, Broughty Ferry Museum, Mills Observatory, shopping Option 4 - Edinburgh 60 mins Castle, Parliament, Holyrood Palace, Royal Mile, many galleries, the New Town, Camera Obscura, Whisky Centre, endless tartan! Option 1 - Stirling --:-- Castle, Argyll’s Lodging, Church of the Holy Rood, Cowan’s Museum, Smith Art Gallery, Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey, Bannockburn Option 5 - Trossachs 10:00 A bus based tour around Stirling’s hinterland and the National Park Free Day with Big City Options Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Wallace Monument Stirling Scottish Parliament Mace Edinburgh World’s Oldest Football Stirling Smith Art Gallery Scott’s ship Discovery Dundee Verdant Works Jute Mill Dundee Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow
Click icons for information The Trip notes and considerations General Information Tour Content Access Issues Clan Donald places are very … ‘natural’! Much of the tour is in the area known as The Rough Bounds. If you have mobility problems, please let us know. Accommodation and transport will always be sought to suit, but adapting to some locations is less easy, and you may need to decide whether you want to take part in a particular activity or not. Some walks are quite long and on unmade tracks or parkland. Access Issues Tour Content The tour is totally adaptable to you if it is a single group taking part. If you prefer to have a longer or shorter trip, or see some different locations, please just let us know. Mixed groups tours will be much less able to vary. However, there are always some options on a tour that can be omitted in favour of something else, if the group agrees. Travel Flights & Transfers Accommodation Pricing Genealogy Alterations Food and Drink Facebook Heading Facebook If you are happy to, we will set up a secret Facebook group which will allow you to upload photographs and videos for your friends and family to share in your experiences. Travel, Flights & Transfers No allowance has been made in the costing shown. Flight or other travel costs to get to the start of the tour will be additional. We can organise flights and transfers for you, should you wish. It is often more effective to arrange group bookings for better rates. Accommodation can be varied if you wish to go for a higher or lower cost option. Providers shown are not guaranteed until your booking has been made, and is according to availability at that time. Food and Drink All breakfasts and dinners are included in the package price. However, beverages are not. Lunches are not included so that you may adapt to your own particular needs. Pricing Due to the adaptability of the tour, the prices shown can only be considered indicative for the tour content shown, Prices have been given in pounds Sterling as the local currency, and you should use current exchange rates to calculate approximate costs. Prices will be quoted in your local currency when the trip has been agreed. Genealogy No allowance has been made for the genealogy component. We will introduce you to one (or more if you prefer) providers, and any arrangements will be between you. We will have no part. Alterations Clearly nobody wants to be altering agreed schedules. However, from time to time it may be necessary to adapt to local or personal conditions. We advise that you take out insurance to cover such eventualities. Deposits and planned payments will be non-refundable. In the case of our need to alter all costs will be refundable