Clan MacMillan 7-day Knapdale Gathering and Tour.

Clan MacMillan Lochaber, Knapdale, Glen Urquhart and Perthshire homelands

Based in Fort William for five days, taking in ancients sites associated wiith the MacMillans of Lochaber, Glen Urquhart, Knapdale and Perthshire, concluding with two nights at the luxurious Gleddoch House Hotel in Langbank, Renfrewshire, where we will visit the Clan Chief and the Clan MacMillan International Centre and Finlaystone gardens.

Day 1

MacMillans versus Macintoshes

Day 1 leaves Glasgow in the afternoon, going northeast to Perth, where in 1396 the MacMillans fought the ancestors of the Macintoshes in "The Battle of Clans". From there we proceed north to Dalwhinnie in Badenoch, then west through Laggan to Fort William, a historic garrison town and sea port nestling beneath the slopes of Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in Scotland), where we’ll be based for the first five days of the tour.

Day 2

Movie sites

Day 2 will be spent exploring Fort William and nearby attractions, such as the West Highland Museum, with its wonderful collection of Jacobite relics; the ruins of Inverlochy Castle, the seat of the medieval Lords of Lochaber; the Ben Nevis Distillery; Glen Nevis, where scenes from "Braveheart" and "Rob Roy" were filmed; and Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745 (and where the railway to Mallaig crosses the viaduct made famous in the Harry Potter films).

Day 3

Clan Homes and the "Great Return"

Day 3 is centred on the old MacMillan homes in Lochaber. In the morning we'll visit the Commando Monument near Spean Bridge, on our way to the Heritage Centre at Invergarry to learn about the Roman Catholic MacMillans who lived in the 18th century as tenants of MacDonell of Glengarry. From there we’ll proceed to Achnacarry, the home of the Cameron chief, Lochiel, under whose banner the Lochaber MacMillans fought at the battle of Culloden in 1746. After visiting the Clan Cameron Museum there, we’ll proceed westwards, along the shores of the beautiful, wild and remote Loch Arkaig, to Glenpean, which was held by the MacMillans for centuries prior to their departure from the area in 1802. On the way back along the loch we’ll stop at Murlagan, the seat of the chiefs of the Lochaber MacMillans, to view the loch-side cairn built by Chief George MacMillan and others during the "Great Return" gathering of 2002, which was held to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the mass migration to Canada of Clann 'ic 'illemhaoil Abrach (Clan MacMillan of Lochaber).

Day 4

MacMillan Tower & MacMillan Cross

Day 4 takes us south to the ancestral lands of the MacMillans’ parent kindred, Clann Cormaic, whose name came from their progenitor Cormac mac Airbertaich - the father of Gilchrist Maolan - the 12th century Bishop of Dunkeld (whose diocese then included most of Argyll). Our first stop will be at Dun Airbertach, the hill fort just south of Oban, which was named for Cormac’s father. Then we'll pass the Dunadd, the original inaugural place of the Kings of Scots after the arrival from Ireland, en route to Castle Sween, the 15th century seat of Alexander MacMillan of Knap, and Kilmory Knap, the ancient chapel that now houses the old Celtic Cross bearing Alexander MacMillan’s name (and the stump of the second MacMillan Cross, which was in memory of Alexander’s son Malcolm and grandson Duncan). If time permits our return may include a stop at Craignish where an important branch of the MacMillans were lairds using the name MacCoul (i.e. MacDhughaill) after Gilchrist Maolan’s grandson Dugal mac Malcolm.

Day 5

Culloden & 18th/19th Century MacMillans

Day 5 sees us going north to Fort Augustus, at the south end of Loch Ness, then along the south east shore of the famous loch, and up to Culloden, the scene of the battle in 1746 where the MacMillans fought under the banner of the Camerons. After lunch in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands, our return down the northwest shore of Loch Ness will take us to Glenurquhart, which was home to a substantial branch of MacMillans in the 18th and 19th centuries, where we’ll stop to visit one of the Loch Ness Monster Exhibitions, and the famous ruins of Urquhart Castle.

Day 6

Medieval MacMillans to Langbank

Day 6 takes us south east to Glencoe, the scene of the famous Campbell massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692, en route to Loch Tay, which was one of the homes of the medieval MacMillans. There we’ll visit the church of St Cormac at Ardeonaig, before heading south, past the Braes of Balquidder (famous in MacGregor history) to the estate of Leny, just outside the picturesque town of Callendar, which was home to an important branch of Maolan’s descendants who used the surname de Lany or Lennie. Leny was also the burial place of John MacMillan of Murlagan, the chief of the Lochaber MacMillans during the 1745 Jacobite Rising. From Callander our route will take us through the beautiful "Trossachs" area, en route to Glasgow, and then Langbank where we’ll be staying for the last two days of the tour. Our base there will be 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

Wars of independence

Day 7 will feature a morning trip to the Royal Burgh of Stirling, with its historic medieval bridge - the scene of a famous Scots’ victory over the English during the Scottish "Wars of Independence" - and the castle containing the portrait of General Sir Gordon MacMillan of MacMillan & Knap, the present clan chief’s father. We’ll return to Langbank via Dumbarton Castle, the ancient seat of the kings of Strathclyde, which is directly across the firth from Finlaystone. The afternoon will be spent with clan chief George MacMillan, going round the wonderful gardens at Finlaystone, and visiting the Clan MacMillan International Centre. In the evening the tour party will host the chief 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.

$2950 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.

Knapdale has a trove of MacMillan-related artifacts including MacMillan's Cross (above) and Castle Sween. Read more about the clan's Knapdale branch on the history of Clan MacMillan on the clan website.

Lochaber, in the West Highlands, is noted for its rugged and beautiful scenery. Above are two of the “Three Sisters” of Glencoe. See a complete map of Clan MacMillan lands on the Clan MacMillan website.

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.