I will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. You can rest or perhaps begin to explore Scotland’s ancient yet modern and bustling capital city.
Starting at the Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels we move on through the heart of the Old Town. After lunch in one of the many convenient pubs or cafes we continue to Holyrood Palace, official residence of Queen Elizabeth in Scotland. We also make time to find the grave of the MacLeod Chief known as ‘The General’. Perhaps there will be time to find other hidden corners of this fascinating city.
We drive to the Isle of Skye, the Heart of MacLeod Country. En route we stop at impressive Glen Coe, scene of a massacre and learn how MacLeods were also involved in Highland massacres. We take lunch near Fort William within sight of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Later after climbing over the pass of Mam Rattagan, we cross to Skye on a unique ferry boat. This traditional crossing from Glenelg takes only five minutes. Before the crossing, if time permits, we can see the mysterious Iron Age brochs (fortified dwellings).
We first visit Dunvegan Castle where MacLeod’s can sign in their own special visitors book. We see the many treasures of the Castle; the Faery Flag which has saved the Clan in Battle, Rory Mor’s Drinking Horn taken from the bull that appears on the MacLeod crest and the Dunvegan Cup given by an Irish chief as a thank you to MacLeod’s help in fighting off an invasion by Elizabeth I of England. There are many other sights to explore on the island which we can choose at your preference. These include the rock formations of the Quirang, fossil beaches, the Museum of Island Life and the grave of Highland heroine, Flora MacDonald. There are many more options.