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The Clan MacMillan 2020 Lochaber & Perthshire Tour runs 30 August to 9 September.

The tour includes visits to Bannockburn, Perth, Scone Palace, Dunkeld, Loch Tay, Falkland Palace (Outlander film site), Murlagan and Loch Arkaig, Inverness, Glenshiel, Eilean Donan Castle, Highland Folk Museum, Dalwhinnie Distillery, and Finlaystone, home of the Clan MacMillan International Centre and Chief George MacMillan of MacMillan & Knap.

Four-star hotels

All three hotels featured on our tour provide four-star accommodation. From August 30 to September 2 you will stay at The Royal George Hotel in Perth. September 4 to 6 accommodations will be at the Muthu Newton Hotel in Nairn. Ashtree House Hotel in Paisley will provide our lodging for September 7 and 8.

[PAYG] = Pay As You Go
Bold Italic type = Stop or Attraction

Day 1 - Sunday 30 August

1400 Depart Holiday Inn at Glasgow Airport for Glasgow and Bannockburn

1500 Tour Bannockburn Battlefield & Visitor Centre. Cafe for PAYG refreshments

1700 Depart Bannockburn for Yetts O' Muckhart, Auchterarder and Aberuthven. Photo Op at "Kattan’s Chapel" (church dedicated to St. Catan by MacMillan ancestors).

1800 Depart Aberuthven for Perth

1830 Arrive The Royal George Hotel, Perth

1930 PAYG Dinner at The Royal George Hotel

Day 2 - Monday 31 August

0915 Depart The Royal George Hotel Hotel for Bridgend - Scone

0930 Tour Scone Palace & Gardens, Café for PAYG refreshments.

1130 Depart Scone for Perth - Dunkeld

1210 Tour Dunkeld Cathedral [No charge, but donation desirable].

1240 Depart Dunkeld for Milton - Aberfeldy - Weem

1315 PAYG Lunch at Ailean Chraggan Hotel.

1430 Depart Weem for Aberfeldy - Kenmore - Scottish Crannog Centre

1445 Tour Museum and reconstructed crannog (medieval house on artificial island) PAYG refreshments available across the road in Taymouth Marina Restaurant.

1600 Depart Crannog Centre for Kenmore - North shore of Loch Tay - Killin - Balquhidder Rob Roy’s grave in Parish Kirkyard

1730 Depart Balquhidder for Lochearnhead - Crieff - Muthill

1830 PAYG Dinner at the Barley Bree, Muthill.

2000 Depart Muthill for Crieff - The Royal George Hotel, Perth

Day 3 - Tuesday, 1 September

0915 Depart The Royal George Hotel for Invergowrie – Dundee Discovery Point

1000 Tour RRS Discovery & Museum - PAYG refreshments in Cafe

Choices for the rest of the morning:

- V&A Design Museum next to Discovery - Free
- HMS Unicorn (1824 frigate) further along the waterfront - PAYG
- McManus Art Gallery in city centre - Free
- Shopping in the city centre
- PAYG lunch in restaurant at V&A or elsewhere in city centre

1400 Depart Discovery Point Dundee for Freuchie – Falkland

1500 Tour Outlander film location Falkland Palace & Gardens - PAYG refreshments available in the village

1630 Depart Falkland for Strathmiglo – Gateside – Aberargie – Abernethy (Photo-op of parish church with round Pictish tower)

1730 Depart Abernethy for Bridge of Earn – South Inch of Perth – North Inch of Perth

1830 PAYG Dinner in Perth at choice of City Centre Restaurants

2100 Depart Perth City Centre to The Royal George Hotel

Day 4 - Wednesday, 2 September

Morning off for R&R or exploring/shopping in Perth.

1230 Depart Hotel for Stockbridge - Doune - Aberfoyle - Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine

1430 Depart for 1-hour cruise on Loch Katrine steamship "Sir Walter Scott" 

1545 Depart Trossachs for Kilmahog - Callander. PAYG refreshments in picturesque town - with option of walk to Leny Mausoleum - Photo-op at burial place of medieval family who were MacMillans using a different name, which is also where John Macmillan of Murlagan was buried in 1768.

1745 Depart Callander for Doune – Stockbridge - The Royal George Hotel, Perth

1930 PAYG Dinner at The Royal George Hotel

Day 5 - Thursday, 3 September

0900 Check out of The Royal George Hotel

0930 Departure (with box lunches) for Pitlochry - Dalwhinnie - Loch Laggan - Spean Bridge – Commando Monument – Achnacarry

1230 Tour Clan Cameron Museum - Picnic Lunch

1345 Depart Achnacarry for Murlagan. Photo-stop at MacMillan Burial Ground and Emigration Monument at Murlagan

1500 Depart Murlagan for Achnacarry (possible rest-stop) - Spean Bridge - Fort Augustus - Drumnadrochit (possible rest-stop)

1830 Arrive at Muthu Newton Hotel in Nairn

1930 PAYG dinner in Muthu Newton Hotel

Day 6 - Friday 4, September

0830 Depart Muth Newton Hotel for Inverness - Dochgarroch Lock

0930 Depart on Jacobite Cruise to Urquhart Castle. Tour Castle and Visitor Centre with Café for PAYG refreshments

1145 Depart Urquhart Castle for Drumnadrochit Hotel

1200 Tour Loch Ness Monster Centre & Exhibition at Drumnadrochit Hotel

1300 Depart Exhibition – Kilmore [Macmillan graves] – Loch Ness Inn, Drumnadrochit

1345 PAYG Lunch at Loch Ness Inn

1515 Depart Drumnadrochit for Glen Urquhart (MacMillan homes) - Cannich - Beauly - tour ruins of Beauly Priory and see grave of Buchanan Macmillan

1645 Depart Beauly for Kirkhill

1700 Tour Wardlaw Mausoleum (Outlander site) - £3 donation

1745 Depart Kirkhill for Clachnaharry

1800 PAYG Dinner at Clachnaharry Inn

1930 Depart Clachnaharry for Inverness and Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn

Day 7 - Saturday 5 September

0900 Depart Muthu Newton Hotel for Achnasheen and Plockton. PAYG Refreshments in Plockton.

1245 Depart Plockton for Eilean Donan Castle

1315 Eilean Donan Castle tour with PAYG lunch in Cafe

1500 Depart Eilean Donan Castle for Glenshiel

1530 Photo-op at Glenshiel battlesite

1600 Depart Glenshiel for Fort Augustus – Foyers – Dores 

1800 PAYG Supper at Dores Inn

1930 Depart Dores for Inverness and Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn

Day 8 - Sunday 6 September

Morning off for R&R and/or exploring Nairn and its seashore.

1230 Depart Nairn for Inverness

1300 PAYG lunch in Inverness

1400 Walking Tour of Inverness – or just shopping and exploring the city

1530 Depart Inverness for Culloden Battlefield

1545 PAYG Refreshments/Visitor Centre Exhibition/Battlefield Walk

1800 Depart Culloden for Nairn

1830 PAYG Dinner at Aurora Hotel Italian Restaurant

2000 Depart Aurora Hotel for Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn

Day 9 - Monday 7 September

0900 Check out of Muthu Newton Hotel

0930 Depart Nairn for Newtonmore

1100 Tour Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore - PAYG Lunch in Café

1300 Depart Newtonmore for Dalwhinnie

1330 Tour Dalwhinnie Distillery

1445 Depart Dalwhinnie for Pitlochry – Perth (possible rest-stop) – Argyle Street, Glasgow

1800 PAYG Dinner at Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery

1930 dep. Glasgow for Paisley

1945 Arrive at Ashtree House Hotel, Paisley

Day 10 - Tuesday, 8 September

0900 Depart Hotel for Wemyss Bay Pier

1000 Depart Wemyss Bay on CalMac Ferry to Rothesay, Isle of Bute

1045 Depart Rothesay Harbour for Mount Stuart Estate

1130 Tour of Mount Stuart House & Gardens – PAYG Lunch at Bute Kitchen Café

1345 Depart Mount Stuart for Rothesay Harbour

1430 Depart Rothesay on CalMac Ferry to Wemyss Bay

1515 Depart Wemyss Bay for Finlaystone Estate, Langbank. PAYG Tea in Celtic Tree Café and Tour of Clan MacMillan International Centre

1800 Depart Finlaystone for Ashtree House Hotel in Paisley

1930 Dinner with the Chief at Ashtree House Hotel

Day 11 - Wednesday, 9 September

0930 Check out of Ashtree House Hotel

1000 Depart from hotel for Paisley Abbey/Cathedral. Tour Paisley Abbey [no charge but donation would be appropriate].

1110 Depart Abbey for 67 High Street, Paisley. Shop at Houston Kiltmakers.

1215 Depart Houston Kiltmakers for Houston Village.

1230 PAYG Farewell Lunch at Fox & Hounds Pub

1400 Depart Houston for Glasgow Airport

1450 Arrive at Glasgow Airport Holiday Inn

- End of tour -