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.
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
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
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 -