Do you have Scottish heritage? Have you ever wondered where and how your ancestors lived? Where they played, roamed and fought?

Clan MacKenzie Routes is a bespoke, luxury family business aimed at providing members of the Clan MacKenzie and Septs with dedicated, personal 1, 2, 3 or 4 day tour itineraries from Edinburgh to sites of historical and heritable interest relating to Clan MacKenzie for parties of up to six.

The business, which is based in Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland and burial place of Robert the Bruce, is operated by Donald MacKenzie, who is a registered member of the UK Clan MacKenzie society. Donald has had an interest in both Scottish and Clan history for some time, but in researching his own family history, (tracing MacKenzie ancestors back to 1738), has become excited and enthusiastic on the subject. Donald would like to introduce other Clansfolk to the many sites, landscapes and stories of this mighty Clan. Go to family history >

Clan MacKenzie Routes Themed Tours

 “This tour group is awesome. Went with them to Stirling Castle, Scotland for the DG book signing last Nov and they were very lovely people. Picked us up from our hotel & dropped us off. Waited almost 2 hours for me & my daughter to get through the book signing line”

California Outlander group member Michelle USA

“Accommodating and flexible. Always felt safe.”

Whitney D. USA

“Charming, kind and informative. Appreciate the helpfulness & the information”

Liz F. USA

“Wonderful service. If possible some type of audio to help hear in the back. You have a wealth of knowledge. Loved IT!!!”

Cathy F.  USA
(In response to the constructive comment above there is now a PA system in place).

 “Wonderfully friendly and accommodating. Very knowledgable about many things. Scotland is a beautiful place that I hope to visit again”    Heather S. USA

“Thank you for your hospitality. We had a great night and your advice to visit Culross paid off as I met Sam. Thank you for your help and advice”

Adele C. England

“Thank you for being such a good chauffeur and host. We both really enjoyed the event. Hope to meet up with you before too long”

Kate W. Scotland

The MacKenzies were of Celtic origin and probably descended from Gilleoin of Aird.

The surname MacCoinneach(pronounced machk coen-yeech) in Gaelic means "son of Coinneach" or in English "Son of Kenneth", meaning fair or bright. The earliest known Kenneth was closely related to the Earls of Ross, and in 1267 resided at Eilean Donan, Loch Duich, one of Scotland's most photographed castles. King Alexander III then gave the castle to Colin Fitzgerald and the family changed their name to MacKenzie.

Succeeding generations were vassals of the Earls, but the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, gained the superiority through marriage. In 1362, Murdoch MacKenzie was granted lands of Kintail by King David II. Initially the clan was dependent on the MacDonalds but lent their support to the Stewart dynasty and defeated the MacDonalds at the Battle of Blair-na-Park. They were rewarded with extended lands in the north-west following the overthrow of the Lords of the Isles.

By good marriages and further service to King James the IV, the clan extended further, including parts of the island of Lewis. Their chief was captured at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, supporting James IV. Colin, the 11th chief, fought in the army of Mary Queen of Scots when she was defeated at the Battle of Langside in 1568. In 1607, Kenneth, the 12th chief was given the lands of Lochalsh and Lochcarron so that all the land from Ardnamurchan to Strathnaver was in the possession of MacKenzies. Two Earldoms were granted to the MacKenzies, Seaforth and Cromartie. As royalists supporting the Jacobite Uprising, however, lands were forfeited, though later restored.

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Clan MacKenzie routes bring you the ultimate tailor made tours of Scotland, offering luxury travel experiences in and around places of historical interest.


With MacKenzie routes you can take history lessons in castles and museums, visit a whisky distillery, enjoy traditional Scottish cuisine and produce, meet local people or just soak in the wonderful sites and views of a spectacular and beautiful country. The choice is yours.

If you are looking for some inspiration as to places to visit and enjoy, then why not choose destinations from our one and two day tours.  Alternatively, we are very happy to create a bespoke tour that suits your specific requirements.

 More information on bespoke tours.