This Gathering midi coach tour has a limited availability of 20 persons.
A basic outline to be updated closer to the gathering.
Wedneday 21 June Arrive into Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport. Make your own way to Glasgow, drop off luggage and explore the city. Overnight Glasgow at the lovely The George Hotel, George Square, city centre. Complimentary spirits in your room and in the VIP lounge, top floor. This evening we have a meet and greet with your tour director, enjoy a beer or wine with nibbles.
Thursday 22 June after your first fully cooked Scottish breakfast and head north past Loch Lomond (time for photos) then through the mountains and glens (Rest and be Thankful). Then on the quaint wee town of Inveraray (HQ to Clan Campbell). Finally we reach Oban and for those who wish, Oban Distillery. We take the evening (6pm) ferry to Mull. A 45 minute sailing to Craignure, going right passed Duart Castle. Then up to Tobermory and check in. Tip; we do suggest pre booking dinner tonight.
Friday 23 June We travel to the holy isle of Iona today, with a sail to Staffa to see the puffins and Fingals Cave. On Iona you will see the Maclean’s Cross, the Street of the Dead (Scottish kings buried here), the abbey, chapel and other Celtic crosses. The incompleted Book of Kells was started here, due to Viking raids it was moved to Dublin – ironic as Dublin was a Viking capital! Take sturdy walking shoes and rainproof jacket. Iona and Staffa are self guided, return to your hotel early evening. A great day out! Tip; we do suggest pre booking dinner tonight.
Depending on what the Clan Maclean are arranging you may wish to participate, or alternatively a day exploring the island with us, visit the Maclean witches graves at Pennygown Graveyard near Salen, a wee trip over to the isle of Ulva. Should you wish, you can have a free day to walk around Tobermory, perhaps a boat trip, or a distillery tour. Tip; we do suggest pre booking dinner tonight.
Saturday 24 June The gathering events at Duart Castle. We drive you there for the clan opening walk and bring you home again. This evening free for any clan events you may wish to book in advance, usually the Chief’s ball in Tobermory. Again we suggest pre booking dinner this evening. Overnight Tobermory.
Sunday 25 June We leave Mull on the morning ferry to Oban, then through the infamous Glencoe and the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor, on to Edinburgh where your driver and guide leave. We will be stopping en route for lunch time. Overnight Edinburgh, the Victorian Braid Hills Hotel with distinctive corner towers, stained glass windows and original ornate ceiling cornicing. Just 8 minutes from the city centre the hotel is in a quieter part of the city. Deluxe Rooms with views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Enjoy the capital.
Monday 26 June Final day/night in Edinburgh. The day is totally yours! Should you fly from Glasgow please let us know as you will probably need your final night to be in Glasgow instead. Airport transfers are not included as the coach will be leaving on Sunday.
This tour is £1350 per person sharing, at 2020 prices, it will increase by 2023. Single supplement: £350. For ALL tours there is a non refundable deposit of £300 per person. Full balance will be required 6 months prior. Minimum age 9 years old, sharing, price on application.
The Clan Maclean Gathering do not have an official tour operator/partner. MCLEANSCOTLAND are wholly independent and have been offering tours for the Maclean Gatherings for 25 years. Paul is a life member of Clan Maclean.