Clan MacMillan Heartlands Tour

Tour the MacMillan heartlands of Lorn, Knapdale, Kintyre and the Inner Hebrides. September 2-12, 2018.

The tour will be led by Highland Roots Ancestral Tour's proprietor Carol Morris and guided by Clan MacMillan's historian and genealogist Graeme Mackenzie. Read more about Carol and Graeme.

Lorn, Mull and Iona

Our first four nights at the spectacularly situated Brander Lodge Hotel, near the historic north Argyll village of Taynuilt, will allow us to explore the lands in Lorn ruled by the MacMillans' illustrious ancestor Airbertach (great-grandson of King Macbeth - see a graphic of our Chief's lineage), as well as visiting the beautiful islands of Mull and Iona - the original seat of Scotland’s Celtic church.

Day 1 Sunday, Sept. 2
An afternoon departure from Glasgow Airport, via the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, to Inverary Courthouse & Jail and the magnificent ruins of Kilchurn Castle near our hotel.

Day 2 Monday, Sept. 3
Ferry to Craignure on the beautiful Isle of Mull to visit Duart Castle and Iona Abbey, returning via Dun Uabairtaich (Airbertach’s Fort) and along the “Road of the Kings” in Glen Lonan.

Day 3 Tuesday, Sept. 4
To Macbeth’s seat in Lorn on Loch Craignish, the Church and Museum at Kilmartin, the ancient hill fort at Dunadd (original inauguration site for the High Kings of the Scots), the gardens at Duntrune Castle, and the spectacular shores of Loch Awe.

Day 4 Wednesday, Sept. 5
A morning exploring and shopping in the port of Oban, and an afternoon trip across Rannoch Moor to see the Visitor Centre commemorating the infamous Massacre of Glencoe.

Kintyre, Knapdale, Gigha and Arran

Three nights at the luxurious Ugadale Hotel near Campbeltown - the port where the present clan chief’s forebears lived in the late 18th century - will allow us to visit Dunmore, (their earlier home in Knapdale), the enchanting islands of Gigha and Arran (ancestral home of the publishing Macmillans) and Southend & the Mull of Kintyre, which were home to many MacMillans who emigrated to America in the late 1700s.

Day 5 Thursday, Sept. 6
Visiting Castle Sween (MacMillan’s Tower), Kilmory Knap (the MacMillan Crosses), the Crinan Hotel (for PAYG lunch in their famous Seafood Bar), Lochgilphead, and Glenbarr Abbey, on our way to Campbeltown.

Day 6 Friday, Sept. 7
Ferry to the beautiful island of Arran (known as "Scotland in miniature") to visit the church at Lamlash (where the ancestors of the publishing Macmillans worshiped), the Machrie Moor Standing Stones, and the Arran Heritage Museum.

Day 7 Saturday, Sept. 8
Back to Knapdale to see the Bishop’s Cross at Kilberry, the MacMillan Mausoleum at Dunmore, and the ruins of Tarbert Castle, before taking the ferry to Gigha to visit the lovely Achamore Gardens.

Stirling, Callander and the Glengoyne Distillery

An evening sail across the Firth of Clyde will take us on our way to bustling Greenock - the main port of embarkation for Scots emigrating to America - to spend the final three nights of our tour at the historic Tontine Hotel, near the chief’s home at Finlaystone.

Day 8 Sunday, Sept. 9
A morning of relaxation and exploring Campbeltown, will be followed by an early afternoon trip to the Mull of Kintyre and Southend (with nearby ruins of Dunaverty Castle) - before returning to Campbeltown for our ferry to Ardrossan, en route to Greenock.

Day 9 Monday, Sept. 10 
A day in the great city of Glasgow - full of museums, art galleries, and wonderful shopping - and a late afternoon visit to the nearby Glengoyne Distillery, followed by PAYG supper on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Day 10 Tuesday, Sept. 11
A morning visit to the lovely town of Callander, and the nearby mausoleum of the family of Leny (Macmillans who used a different surname), will be followed by PAYG lunch in Stirling and a visit to the regimental museum in Stirling Castle which houses a portrait of the present chief’s father, General Sir Gordon MacMillan.

A visit with Clan MacMillan's Chief.

Our tour will conclude that afternoon with a visit to Finlaystone to see the Clan MacMillan International Centre, and to meet the chief, George MacMillan - who will join us for our farewell dinner that night at the Tontine Hotel.

Day 11 Wednesday, Sept. 12

After a farewell PAYG lunch at the Fox and Hounds in Houston (where the idea of the Community of the Tonsured Servant was first aired in 1994), the bus will return us to Glasgow Airport.

For further details contact Carol Morris by email or phone 1-865-765-1120.

Get a taste of one of our tours. See photos and video of the 2017 MacMillan-Millican tour of Galloway & Northern Ireland on our Facebook page.

$3175 per person for this tour. Price includes:

Transportation in a luxury executive bus with pick-up and drop-off at Glasgow International Airport.

Accommodation includes 10 nights with breakfast in four star (or above) hotels.

Admission to main visitor attractions including castles, museums, heritage centres, gardens, distillery.

Meals All breakfasts, and the formal dinner with the chief, are included in the tour fee. All other meals are paid by guests as you go (PAYG).

2018 MacMillan tour map

See an illustrated map of key sites of this tour. Find a detailed map of Clan MacMillan lands and sites on the Clan MacMillan International website.

This tour will feature a dinner with Clan Chief George MacMillan of MacMillan and Knap. Read more about George on his bio page on the Clan MacMillan website.