Clan MacMillan 7-day Lochaber Gathering and Tour.

Clan MacMillan Tayside, Lorn and Galloway homelands

Based in The "Fair City" of Perth for five days, we will visit sites of the Tayside and Lorn MacMillans, including beautiful areas of the filming of "Outlander" TV series.  This tour will take us to castles, churches, distilleries and through beautiful mountain passes, concluding in the Clyde Valley in Langbank on the Firth of Clyde, the home of beautiful Finlaystone, home of the Clan Chief and the Clan MacMillan International Centre.

Day 1

"The Fair City"

We leave Glasgow in the early afternoon for the relatively short drive to Perth, where we’ll be based for the first five nights of our tour. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring "The Fair City" - as Perth, the old capital of Scotland, is known - visiting in particular the North Inch where the Battle of the Clans took place in 1396, and the Museum of the Black Watch, the oldest of the Highland Regiments in the British Army.

Day 2

Rest & Be Thankful

Day 2 will take us to Loch Tay via Aberfeldy, which is reputed to be the original home of the Black Watch. We’ll travel along the north side of the loch, through Lawers where the MacMillans are once supposed to have had their seat, and then head west via Tyndrum and Taynuilt to the port of Oban from whence the ferries leave for Mull and other Hebridean islands. Near there we’ll see Dun Airbertaich, the hill fort named for the grandfather of the MacMillans’ founder, Gilchrist Maolan, and Cleigh, the seat of the clan named for Malcolm the son of Maolan. On our return we’ll head south beside Loch Awe, where we’ll see the ruins of Kilchurn Castle, and visit Inverary, the seat of Clan Campbell and the home of many MacMillans who used the septname Bell. From there we’ll cross the pass known as the "Rest and Be Thankfull" to Loch Lomond and, having travelled north along its bonnie banks, we’ll turn east again to Crianlarich, south to Loch Earn, and come back to Perth via the charming town of Crieff.

Day 3

Falkland and St. Andrews

Day 3 will start with a visit to the charming Fifeshire village of Falkland, and the magnificent remains of the old royal palace there that feature briefly in the “Outlander” TV series. We’ll then continue eastwards to the cathedral city, and the Scottish home of golf, St Andrews. Our final destination on this day will be the city of Dundee, which was once home to the family of Bells who became famous as blenders of whisky.

Day 4

Cormac, Gilchrist Maolan and MacMillans

Day 4 takes us to Dunkeld, where Airbertach’s son Cormac - the father of Gilchrist Maolan - was bishop in the early 12th century, to visit the magnificent ruins of the later medieval cathedral. Continuing north, we’ll pass through the picturesque town of Pitlochry, past magnificent Blair Castle (and the nearby distillery of Blair Atholl, whose product is a key ingredient of Bells Whisky), and on into Badenoch, which was home in the 13th century to the first man recorded with the surname MacMillan. At Newtonmore we’ll tour the museum of the Macphersons, a clan closely related to the MacMillans, and then we’ll visit the kirkyard at Kincardine, where many MacMillans and Camerons are buried under a yew tree said to have been brought from their old home in Lochaber. Our return journey will take us up to Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands - with its "Whisky Castle" shop - then to Crathie, near the Queen’s Highland home at Balmoral, and Braemar, before coming over the “Devil’s Elbow” pass back into Perthshire.

Day 5

Roads to the 21st Century

Day 5 will see us return to Loch Tay, this time traveling along its southern shore to visit Saint Cormac’s church at Ardeonaig. Having viewed the famous Falls of Killin, we’ll turn south to Callander, and visit the mausoleum at Leny, the home of a medieval branch of Clan MacMillan who used the surname de Lany or Lennie. From there we’ll travel the short distance to the castle of Doune, where part of the “Outlander” TV series was filmed, and then on to Falkirk to see the magnificent “Falkirk Wheel”, the modern link between two old canals that connected the rivers Clyde and Forth. Our final destination on this day will be the picturesque village and port of Cramond, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, which once formed part of the southern estates of the family of Leny. Our return to Perth will take us over the Firth of Forth on a 20th century road bridge which is flanked by the historic 19th century Forth Rail Bridge, and the new road crossing for the 21st century.

Day 6

General Sir Gordon MacMillan and Chief George

Day 6 takes us from Perth to Langbank, the village on the Firth of Clyde which is home to the chief of Clan MacMillan. On the way we’ll see the remains of the church at Aberuthven dedicated to Catan, a saint that the early MacMillans were especially devoted to, and we’ll visit the Tullibardine Distillery near Auchterader before arriving at Stirling where the famous castle houses a portrait of the chief’s father, the late General Sir Gordon MacMillan in the Regimental Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Later in the afternoon we’ll join the chief himself for a tour of the wonderful gardens at Finlaystone and a visit to the Clan MacMillan International Centre. Our two nights at Langbank will be spent at Gleddoch House, which was once the home of the shipping magnate Sir William Lithgow, and is now a luxury golfing hotel and spa.

Day 7

Bicycles, Clan Seats and Towers

Day 7 will be spent mostly in the county of Dumfries and Galloway, which was home to one of the largest branches of Clan MacMillan. From Glasgow we’ll head south on the M74 as far as Elvanfoot where we’ll turn off to go to the Keir smithy near Thornhill, where Kirkpatrick MacMillan invented the bicycle in the 1830s, and then visit the nearby Bicycle Museum at Drumlanrig, the stately home of the Dukes of Buccleuch. From there we’ll travel west over the Galloway hills to the Glenkens, which was the centre of the MacMillan lands going right back to the 14th century. We’ll visit the remains of the old clan seat at Earlston Castle, and pass by Arndarroch (the clan’s seat in the 15th century) on our way to the church at Carsphairn where many of the MacMillans of Brockloch - the leading family in the 16th and 17th centuries - are buried. We’ll return to Langbank via Ochiltree in Ayrshire, where lived the ancestors of Douglas MacMillan, the founder of the charity now known as MacMillan Cancer Support, and pass by "Milliken’s Tower" in Renfrewshire. We’ll finish the tour by hosting Clan Chief George MacMillan for dinner at Gleddoch House.

Day 8

Glasgow and/or Glasgow Airport.

Daily itineraries are subject to last minute change depending on traveling conditions, venue closures, etc.

$3300 per person for this tour. Price includes all transportation, accommodations and reservations at sites requiring them. Pricing is subject to change based on accommodation/transportation changes. Read more about pricing specifics.

See an illustrated map of key sites of this tour.

A complete map of Clan MacMillan lands is on the Clan MacMillan International website.

A view across Loch Tay.

Galloway is a scenic area in southwest Scotland characterized by rugged topography and numerous historical sites and landmarks. It played an integral part in the histories of Clan MacMIllan and Scotland in general.

All Clan MacMillan tours 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.