Clan MacKenzie routes bring you the ultimate experience in 7 day tours of Scotland.

For 7 days of luxury travel, we will showcase the best Scotland has to offer in scenery, film locations, places of historical interest and family history.

7 DAY CASTLES OF SCOTLAND TOUR
Dates available by arrangement only. (Book now for 2018)

2017 has been designated the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in Scotland. Clan MacKenzie Routes are proud to be able to offer a tour which visits some of Scotland's greatest Castles along with other lesser known gems.

DAY ONE:

  • DEPART EDINBURGH
  • Travel through East Lothian
  • Craigmillar Castle (Royal retreat from Scotland’s capital. One of the most perfectly preserved)
  • Direlton Castle (Medieval fortress/residence, besieged in 1650 by Cromwell)
  • Tantallon Castle (semi ruined mid-14th C fortress, home to the Red Douglas, besieged by Cromwell)
  • Dunbar Castle (Ruins of one of the strongest fortresses in Scotland overlooking Dunbar Harbour)
  • Stay overnight in Dunbar

DAY TWO:

  • Travel through the Borders
  • Floors Castle (Seat of the Duke of Roxburghe, Scotland’s largest inhabited Castle)
  • Drumlanrig Castle (Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry Dumfriesshire home)
  • Stay overnight in Prestwick

DAY THREE:

  • Travel along the Ayrshire Coast
  • Culzean Castle (Former home of the chief of Clan Kennedy)
  • Kelburn Castle ( Seat of the Earl of Glasgow, built in the 13th C)
  • Dumbarton Castle (The longest recorded history of any stronghold in Scotland)
  • Travel along Loch Lomondside
  • Stay overnight at Cairndow,

DAY FOUR:

  • Inveraray Castle (Seat of the Dukes of Argyll, chiefs of Clan Campbell since the 18th C)
  • Kilchurn Castle (ruined 15th/17th C structure, the stronghold of the Campbells of Glenorchy)
  • Castle Stalker (4 storey tower house/keep set on a tidal islet)
  • Inverlochy Castle (Now a ruin, but was one of the most important castles in Scottish history)
  • Stay overnight in Fort William

DAY FIVE:

  • Glenfinnan Monument (Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard here in 1745)
  • Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, Skye (40 minute crossing)
  • Armadale Castle (ruined former home of the Clan MacDonald, first built around 1790)
  • Dunvegan Castle (Oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland, home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod)
  • Drive around Skye, Quiraing, Old Man of Storr
  • Back to the Mainland via the amazing Skye Bridge
  • Stay overnight in Kyle of Lochalsh

DAY SIX:

  • Eilean Donan Castle (13th Century stronghold of Clan Mackenzie, now rebuilt and home to the Macraes)
  • Travel along Loch Ness
  • Urquhart Castle (Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, blown up by the Government troops after the Risings)
  • Inverness Castle (Present castle built in 1836 on the site of an 11thC defensive structure)
  • Stay overnight in Grantown on Spey

DAY SEVEN:

  • Travel through the Cairngorms
  • Balmoral Castle (Scottish home to the Royal Family)
  • Braemar Castle (Possession of the chief of Clan Farquharson)
  • Scone Palace (The crowning place of Scottish Kings and family home of the Earls of Mansfield)
  • RETURN TO EDINBURGH

Included: Accommodation (minimum 3 star rating), Driver/guide, transport, pick up/drop off at your place of residence in Edinburgh (others by arrangement), entry to some locations, water.
Exclusions: Gratuities (optional), Meals, Car Booster seats for children under 5 years.

Cost: From £200 Per Person Per Day based on double/twin occupancy*
*Each tour requires a minimum of 2 people. Single supplements apply.

7 DAY HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS TOUR

Dates available by arrangement only (BOOK NOW FOR 2018)

 

CLAN MACKENZIE ROUTES offer a 7 day tour around the West Coast of Scotland, including 2 nights over the sea on the Isle of Skye, One night in the picturesque village of Gairloch at a country shooting lodge, One night in Ullapool and Two nights on the rugged but beautiful Island that is Lewis and Harris. Explore the splendour and culture of this part of Scotland with us. Tha sibh fàilte an-seo. You are welcome here. 

DAY ONE SATURDAY DEPART EDINBURGH APPROX. 9AM SATURDAY 10th JUNE 2017

  • Travel to Mallaig through Callander, Tyndrum, Glencoe, Fort William, Glenfinnan
  • Ferry to Armadale, Skye (Home of Clan Ranald)
  • Broadford (2nd largest settlement on Skye)
  • Sligachan (Great viewpoint for the Black Cuillins)
  • Overnight in Skeabost,Skye (township at the head of the sea loch, Loch Snizort Beag)

DAY TWO: SUNDAY 11th JUNE 2017

DAY IN SKYE

  • Dunvegan Castle  (Oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland, home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod)
  • Portree (A bustling port and cultural centre. The main town on Skye)
  • Uig (The Ferry terminal to the Outer Hebrides and location of the Skye brewery!)
  • Quiraing (A massive landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach)
  • Staffin (160 million year old dinosaur footprints were found here on the beach)
  • Kilt Rock (The waterfall pours into the sea and if its windy enough, can go up instead of down!)
  • Old Man of Storr (A rocky hill on the Trotternish pensinula)
  • Overnight in Skeabost, Skye

DAY THREE: MONDAY 12th JUNE 2017

  • Travel back to the mainland via the Skye Bridge
  • Eilean Donan Castle (13th Century stronghold of Clan Mackenzie, now rebuilt and home to the Macraes)
  • Plockton (Filming location of Hamish MacBeth)
  • Lochcarron (Lochcarron of Scotland, the world's leading manufacturer of tartan is based here)
  • Applecross (Famous for the spectacular drive to it)
  • Shieldaig (founded in 1800 with a view to training seamen for war against Napoleon)
  • Through the Torridon Mountain Range (The majestic mountain peaks soar up from sea level)
  • Loch Maree (Described as the most beautiful it is the 4th largest freshwater loch in Scotland with its own monster)
  • Overnight in Gairloch

DAY FOUR: TUESDAY 13th JUNE 2017

  • Poolewe (Home to Donald MacKenzie GGGGrandfather of celebrity chef Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake Off)
  • Inverewe Gardens (Created by Osgood MacKenzie, run by the NTS and famed for its exotic plants)
  • Gruinard Bay (Gruinard Island, used as a bioweapons trial of anthrax is situated in the Bay. Completely safe now!!)
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge (1.5km long and 60m deep it was formed in the last ice age by rapid erosion caused by meltwater
  • Loch Broom (Gaelic: Loch Bhraoin..loch of rain showers)
  • Overnight in Ullapool

DAY FIVE: WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE 2017

  • Ullapool to Stornoway ferry 10.30, arriving in Stornoway 13.00
  • Barvas Moor (A windswept, rugged moor crossing Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Lewis)
  • Butt of Lewis (most Northerly point of Lewis, site of the lighthouse built by Stevenson)
  • Port Nis (Where the Ness men leave to collect young gannets on Sula Sgeir)
  • Callanish Stones (Set of stones erected in the late Neolithic period. A long time ago!!)
  • Blackhouses (The blackhouse museum ar Arnol)
  • Overnight in Stornoway

DAY SIX: THURSDAY 15th JUNE 2017

  • Harris Distillery, Tarbert (One of the newest Distilleries in Scotland, but famous for its Gin at present)
  • Luskentyre (Voted one of the world's most beautiful beaches)
  • Leverburgh (Named after William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, who tried to create a fishing empire)
  • Rodel (The site of Rodel Church, burial place of the MacLeods of Harris)
  • The Golden Road (The road that runs up the rugged Easten shore of Harris)
  • Overnight in Stornoway

DAY SEVEN: FRIDAY 16th JUNE 2017
Ferry to Ullapool 07.00 (2h 30m) 

  • Strathpeffer (Home to the Earl of Cromartie, Clan MacKenzie Chief, at Castle Leod)
  • Inverness (Cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands)
  • Aviemore (Situated in the Cairngorm National Park it is famous for its tourist industry and surrounding beauty)
  • House of Bruar (One stop shopping experience with a reputation for quality)
  • Killiecrankie (Site of the Jacobite victory on the 27th of July 1689)


BACK TO EDINBURGH FOR APPROX 5.30PM

Included: Accommodation (minimum 3 star rating), Driver/guide, transport including ferries, pick up/drop off at your place of residence in Edinburgh (others by arrangement), entry to some locations, water.
Exclusions: Gratuities (optional), Meals, Car Booster seats for children under 5 years.

Cost: On application. Based on double/twin occupancy*
*Each tour requires a minimum of 2 people. Single supplements apply.

7 DAY OUTLANDER LOCATIONS TOUR

2018 SATURDAY 12th MAY to FRIDAY 18th MAY Inclusive

(4 SPACES AVAILABLE) 
 

This is an opportunity to visit "The Land of Outlander". As well as enjoying the locations, come and  marvel at the beauty of Scotland and immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Scottish nation.

Dates available for 2018:

Saturday 12thMay to Friday 18th May (inclusive) 4 Spaces remaining

(Other dates may be available - please enquire).

DAY 1  Start Edinburgh 09.30

  • Cumbernauld Outlander Filming Studios
  • Glasgow Cathedral (L’Hopital des Anges) Filming took place in the Lower Church of the Cathedral
  • George Square (Registry Office) Scene of Franks (Tobias Menzies) spontaneous marriage to Claire (Caitriona Balfe)
  • Pollock Country Park (A few Outlander scenes) The Duel between Jamie Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Black Jack Randall being one of them
  • Overnight in Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland

DAY 2

  • Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) Home to Jamie’s sister Jenny (Laura Donnelly) and husband Ian Murray (Steven Cree)
  • Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) The site of scenes that many Outlander fans would like to forget
  • Blackness Castle (Fort William) The site of Jamies horrible flogging by Black Jack
  • Bo’ness Railway Where Frank Randall and Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser said goodbye to each other
  • Callendar House (Duke of Sandringhams murder) The Duke (Simon Callow) is a secret Jacobite murdered by Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) who is Jamie’s Godfather
  • Kelpies (not in Outlander but on our way!)
  • Overnight in Dunfermline, the burial site of Scottish Kings and Queens, including Robert the Bruce.

 DAY 3

  • Doune Castle (Castle Leoch) Home to Clan Chief Colum (Gary Lewis) and Dougal (Graham McTavish) MacKenzie
  • Deanston Distillery (French Wine Warehouse) Where the Comte St Germain (Stanley Weber) stores his wine
  • Drummond Castle Gardens (Versailles) Where Claire and Jamie meet Louis XV of France (Lionel Lingelser)
  • Tullibardine Chapel (Redcoat attack) Where Claire takes the bullet out of Rupert’s (Grant O’Rourke) eye
  • Tibbermore Church (Witch Trial) Where lawyer Ned Gowan (Bill Paterson) defends Claire and Geillis
  • Overnight in Perth area

DAY 4

  • Craigh Na Dun (Filming Site only..no stones!!) Where Claire passes through the Stones
  • Trip through Glencoe Beautiful scenery and site of the infamous Massacre in 1692
  • Kinloch Rannoch Bleak and desolate but strangely haunting
  • Overnight in Fort William 

DAY 5

  • Loch Ness Where Claire saw the Water Horse
  • Beauly Priory In the lands of Simon Fraser of Lovat (Clive Russell) where Claire meets seer Mairsi (Maureen Beattie)
  • Culloden Moor Where the Jacobites, led by Prince Charlie (Andrew Gower) were decimated in reality
  • Clava Cairns A Neolithic burial site with Cairns and Stones
  • Overnight in Inverness area

 DAY 6

  • Highland Folk Museum where Claire took part in the “waulking” the cloth
  • Killiecrankie Site of the Battle on 27th July 1689 during the first Jacobite rebellion
  • Falkland (Inverness) Mrs Baird’s (Kathryn Howden) guesthouse where Frank and Claire see the Highlander
  • Dysart Harbour (Le Havre) Where Jamie and Claire arrive in France
  • Aberdour Castle (Saint Anne de Beauprès monastery) Where Jamie flees to in France
  • Overnight in Dunfermline including Dinner

DAY 7

  • Culross (Cranesmuir) Home to Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) and husband Arthur (John Sessions)
  • West Kirk (Black Kirk) Where Claire identifies the poison of  the boy that Father Bain (Tim McInnerny) is exorcising
  • Dunfermline Walk around Dunfermline, ancient capital of Scotland and burial place of Robert the Bruce
  •  Finish in Edinburgh.

Included: Accommodation (minimum 3 star rating), Dinner on day 6, Driver/guide, transport, pick up/drop off at your place of residence in Edinburgh (others by arrangement), entry to some locations, water.
Exclusions: Gratuities (optional), Meals, Car Booster seats for children under 5 years.

Cost: From £170 Per Person Per Day based on double/twin occupancy*
*Each tour requires a minimum of 2 people. Single supplements apply.

7 DAY WHISKY TASTING TOUR OF SCOTLAND
Dates available by arrangement only (Book now for 2018)

WHISKY or UISGE-BEATHA, to give its Gaelic name (translated as the Water of Life) is renowned the world over. Join Clan MacKenzie Routes on a journey of discovery through the Highlands and Islands, exploring the complexities of Scotch Whisky production and best of all sampling the finished product. We have a saying in Scotland that "Today's rain is tomorrow's whisky" so come along and enjoy a dram (or two). Slàinte Mhath. 

DAY ONE: DEPART EDINBURGH APPROX. 9AM

  • Edradour for distillery visit and tasting (at present the smallest Distillery in Scotland) HIGHLAND
  • Dalwhinnie tasting (The highest Distillery in Scotland) HIGHLAND
  • Tomatin tasting (16 miles South of Inverness) HIGHLAND
  • Overnight in Grantown on Spey in the Speyside Whisky area


DAY TWO: SUNDAY

  • Glenfarclas tasting (Originally purchased by John Grant for £511.19s.0d in 1865. Still independent) SPEYSIDE
  • Cragganmore tasting (one of the few distilleries that boasts flat top stills) SPEYSIDE
  • Glenfiddich tasting (means 'Valley of the Deer' in Gaelic. Hence the Stag symbol) SPEYSIDE
  • Speyside Cooperage see the coopers at work reconstructing casks
  • Overnight in Craigellachie


DAY THREE: MONDAY

  • Macallan tasting (world renowned malts, based in Scotland since 1824) SPEYSIDE
  • Glen Moray tasting (Founded on the site of a former brewery in 1897 on the banks of the River Lossie) SPEYSIDE
  • Benromach tasting (Founded in 1898 and now run by Gordon and MacPhail) SPEYSIDE
  • Dallas Dhu Distillery Visit and tasting (Closed in 1983 but Historic Scotland now run it as a museum) SPEYSIDE
  • Stay overnight in Nairn

DAY FOUR: TUESDAY

  • Balblair tasting (Founded in 1790, rebuilt in 1895 to be closer to Edderton Railway Station) HIGHLAND
  • Glenmorangie tasting (One of the best known and best selling Malts in the world) HIGHLAND
  • Dalmore tasting (Once owned by the MacKenzie Brothers, it now releases some of the finest malt whiskies) HIGHLAND
  • Glen Ord tasting (The only remaining distillery on the Black Isle) HIGHLAND
  • Stay overnight in Beauly

DAY FIVE: WEDNESDAY

  • Travel down the side of Loch Ness
  • Ben Nevis tasting (Founded at the foot of Ben Nevis in 1825) HIGHLAND
  • Oban tasting (Now owned by Diageo, it is one of Scotland's smaller distilleries) HIGHLAND
  • Overnight stay in Tarbert

DAY SIX: THURSDAY

  • Ferry to Islay at 10.00 arrives Port Ellen 12.10
  • Bunnahabhain tasting (Lies on the peaceful, sheltered north-eastern coast of Islay) ISLAY
  • Bruichladdich tasting (Produces classic, peaty single malt whisky) ISLAY
  • Bowmore tasting (Founded in 1779 and home to the world's oldest Maturation Warehouse) ISLAY
  • Overnight in Port Ellen, Islay

DAY SEVEN: FRIDAY

  • Ardbeg tasting (Revered worldwide as one of the peatiest, smokiest and most complex malts) ISLAY
  • Lagavulin tasting (Many regard this as the definitive Islay malt, come and judge for yourself!!) ISLAY
  • Laphroaig tasting (Described as the most richly flavoured scotch whisky in the world) ISLAY
  • Ferry to Kennacraig at 12.45 arrives 14.55
  • Back to Edinburgh for around 19.30

Included: Accommodation (minimum 3 star rating), Driver/guide, transport, pick up/drop off at your place of residence in Edinburgh (others by arrangement), entry to Edradour and Dallas Dhu, water.
Exclusions: Gratuities (optional), Meals, Car Booster seats for children under 5 years, Whisky tastings.

Cost: From £200 Per Person Per Day based on double/twin occupancy*
*Each tour requires a minimum of 2 people. Single supplements apply.