Clan MacMillan Heartlands Tour

Tour the old MacMillan heartlands of Lochaber and Perthshire. June 2-12, 2019.

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.

In 1719 Clann 'ic'illemhaoil Abrach (Clan MacMillan of Lochaber) joined the Camerons, the MacDonells of Glengarry, the Murrays, the MacKenzies and the MacGregors - led by Rob Roy himself - in a another bid to put James Stuart, "the Old Pretender", on the throne. After the Royal Navy destroyed their base in the original Eilean Donan Castle, the Jacobite army was defeated in nearby Glen Shiel, forcing Cameron of Lochiel - and possibly also MacMillan of Murlagan - to go back into exile in France.

Our June 2019 tour will feature a weekend in Inverness and Kintail with members of other clans marking the anniversary of the 1719 rising, and will include visits to Lochaber MacMillan homelands on Loch Arkaig and in Glenurquhart. We'll explore lands on Loch Tayside anciently associated with Clan MacMillan, visit Dunkeld where the father of Maolan - the founder of Clann MacMhaolain - was "the Great Bishop", and see where in Perth the MacMillans fought the ancestors of the Macintoshes in the infamous "Battle of the Clans" in 1396 (see a map illustrating Clan MacMillan lands and landmarks). The tour will finish at Finlaystone, where we’ll meet the Chief and visit the Clan MacMillan International Centre.

Bannockburn, Loch Tayside, Dundee and Crieff

Our first four nights will be at the Sunbank House Hotel in Perth.

Day 1 Sunday, June 2
We'll travel from Glasgow Airport, to Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce secured Scottish independence in 1314, and then on to Perth where we’ll be exclusive guests for four nights at the lovely four star Sunbank House Hotel.

Day 2 Monday, June 3
Visit Scone Palace, built where Scotland’s medieval kings were crowned; the cathedral at Dunkeld where Maolan’s father was bishop in 1132; the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay; and Rob Roy MacGregor’s grave in Balquidder.

Day 3 Tuesday, June 4
Visit RRS Discovery - tall ship built for Antarctic research in 1901 - and V&A Design Museum in Dundee and 16th century Falkland Palace (Outlander film location).

Day 4 Wednesday, June 5
Morning off for rest and/or shopping in Perth. Then travel to Trossachs to sail on Loch Katrine in steamer "Sir Walter Scott"; explore picturesque town of Callander; visit Leny Mausoleum where last McMillan of Murlagan buried in 1768.

Loch Arkaig, Culloden & Eilen Donan Castle

Days five through seven we will stay at Invernairne Hotel in Nairn.

Day 5 Thursday, June 6
Leaving Perth we’ll head northwest to Lochaber, to visit the Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry, the home of Cameron of Lochiel. After a picnic lunch there we'll travel west along the shores of beautiful Loch Arkaig to see the monument to the Lochaber MacMillans who emigrated en masse to Canada in 1802 - at Murlagan, the seat of Clann 'ic 'illemhaoil Abrach. From there we'll head north to the lovely resort of Nairn, and our base by the sea for the next four nights, the beautifully restored Invernairne Hotel.

Day 6 Friday, June 7
Cruise on Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle; see old homes of Glenurquhart MacMillans; visit the ruins of Beauly Priory; take part in the first of the 1719 Anniversary events in Inverness.

Day 7 Saturday, June 8
Learn about the 1719 Rising and the Battle of Glenshiel; visit the site of the battle; tour the rebuilt Eilean Donan Castle, home of Clan Macrae, and one of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland. Return to Inverness for supper and ceilidh hosted by Clan MacKenzie.

Day 8 Sunday, June 9
Morning off to worship, relax, or explore Nairn; all-clan Kirking of the Tartan in Inverness Cathedral; walking tour of the ancient Highland capital; and visit to the battlefield at Culloden, where the last Jacobite Rising ended in 1746.

Bute, Dalwinnie & Paisley

Days eight through eleven we'll lodge at the Ashtree House Hotel in Paisley.

Day 9 Monday, June 10 
Leaving Nairn, we’ll travel south to the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore to see how our ancestors lived in medieval and early modern times, and then we'll tour Dalwhinnie Distillery, the highest in Scotland. After that we'll head for Paisley - a few miles west of Glasgow - where we'll be based for the last two nights of the tour at the historic Regency period Ashtree House Hotel.

Day 10 Tuesday, June 11
A morning sail to the Isle of Bute to visit the spectacular Mount Stuart House, and an afternoon rendezvous at Finlaystone with Chief George MacMillan, who will join the tour party in Paisley for dinner at the Ashtree House Hotel in the evening.

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 Ashtree House Hotel.

Day 11 Wednesday, June 12

A visit to the historic Abbey/Cathedral in Paisley, followed by a farewell lunch in the Fox ‘n’ Hounds pub in nearby Houston, which finishes the tour.

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:

Ground 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).

2019 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.