Exclusive LUXURY TOUR for the Maclean Gathering – SOLD OUT, sorry!

Liz and Paul iln the still room at The Speyside Distillery
MONDAY 19 JUNE – The maclean gathering starts!

Arrive into Glasgow and take a taxi to The George Hotel where you check your bags in. Spend a leisurely day exploring Scotland’s largest city. This evening (approx 7pm) meet Liz and Paul for a drink in the hotel to chat over the Clan MacLean Gathering tour. Your executive room has a complimentary mini bar with decanters of gin, vodka and whisky. The private lounge with a real fire offers tea, coffee and soft drinks all day and complimentary selected wines and beers in the evening.   We’ll probably head to Waxy o’Connors, the Irish pub attached to the hotel for a bite. Overnight Glasgow, enjoy your first night in Scotland – we will!

the lounge at Melfort House

We travel up to Loch Lomond where we have a photo stop, then on to Inveraray, a quaint wee town with the Campbell Castle, 2 whisky shops and nice places to eat and drink.  We have reserved a table at The George Hotel, 2 converted churces, for those who wish to purchase lunch. This afternoon we take you to Kilmartin Glen where you can see and touch 5,000 year old standing stones and see burial cairns.

Then up the glorious west coast, where you stay at the outstanding country house, Melfort House. All three bedrooms (no other guests) share the lounge and dining room which are both stunning, see left and below left.  You can enjoy wandering the 70 acres or just enjoy the views of Loch Melfort.  It’s a wonderful day of scenery with many stops along the way, at a pace to suit the group – stunning sunsets and starry skies, islands, inlets and mountains. This evening why not wine and dine at the pub in a nearby village, a genuine locals pub! Overnight Melfort House.

The dining room at Melfort House

We have a 10am start taking you to Croabh Marina where we meet Barry and Jenny Wren,  a Redbay Stormforce which cruises at 30 kniots.  We hope to see sea eagles, red door, otter, seals and maybe dolpins.  First sailing down the west of the wee isle of Suna then past Luing and on to a pass of water called Grey Dogs.  We head into the Corryvreckan whirlppol and across the Bay of Pigs (Jura, not Cuba!!) for a dram or two. We then head to the Crinan Canal where we stop for lunch then maybe a spot of fishing before we get off on Seil Island. Time for drinks in a local pub before Paul collects us in the car and drives us over the Atlantic Ocean, HONESTLY!  This evening we have arranged (and paid for) Matthew who owns Melfort House to cook dinner for us.  You bring your own wine (corkage will be applicable), overnight Melfort House.

Glengorm Castle, Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Today we head to Oban, Maclean country.  You have a free morning to explore the seafood capital of Scotland.  There’s a distillery (can buy a dram if no time to tour), a lovely harbour and plenty of shops.  We’ll take the 2pm ferry,  a 45 minute sail to Mull, passing Duart Castle (where the Clan Maclean Gathering takes place on Saturday) entering the Craignure bay. We call into Tobermory to register and collect tickets you have purchased for the Clan Maclean Gathering.  Then a 20 min drive to your accommodation, the 5 star Glengorm Castle. The castle, also known as Castle Sorn, is a 19th-century country house located 5 miles north west of Tobermory and is  a Category B listed building. It’s located on a headland and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. There are open fires in all public rooms and complimentary whiskies in the library. Early evening Liz and Paul can drive you into Tobermory, where you may wish to have a dinner reservation,  We will reserve a taxi back to the castle at 1045pm.  Overnight Glengorm Castle.

Fionophort beach on the Isle of Mull awaiting the Iona ferry

On a clear day the Outer Hebrides and islands of Uist, Rùm and Canna can be viewed from the dining room where you have breakfast. Glengorm use fresh free range eggs and sausages made from Glengorm beef. We take a leisurely island tour, driving to Calgary Bay, then over mountains and moors towards Ulva, if you wish you can visit this wee island.  We know some of you are attending the Fri function in town therefore Iona is not possible for you, sorry to say!

This afternoon we drive to Salen, stopping at the graveyard where a couple of wee naughty Maclean’s are buried! UPDATE The Friday night ceilidh will held in a marquee at Tobermory High School and will include the Mull Gaelic Choir,the new Tobermory High School Pipe Band, Isle of Mull Fiddlers etc.   Paul and Liz will drive you to Tobermory in time for dinner and arrange a taxi for your return.

Duart Castle, the Clan MacLean castle. Isle of Mull.

After another sumptuous breakfast we leave Tobermory heading for Duart Castle and the Clan Maclean Gathering activities.   We need to be there for 1030 to be ready to participate in “the Grand Walk” at 1100.  Spending time here doing as you wish (it closes at 1615), we depart whenever you chose and head back to Glengorm Castle.   CLAN UPDATE:  there are around 6 local suppliers taking their food stalls to the gathering.  They supply good quality, reasonably priced, hot local produce from soup, local venison to seafood and even haggis samosas!

The tea room at the Castle will also be open for snacks.  There will be a beer tent and a large marquee as in 2012  with local crafts people displaying and selling their goods.

We can stop at the Craignure Inn for a dram or for lunch mid way through the Gathering, if you wish. This evening is the Chief’s night in Tobermory (if you have tickets – again at the marquee) we will take you to Tobermory in time for dinner, which will need to be booked as it will be a busy location.  A taxi will take you back to the castle after midnight.

Inverness Luxury Tours

We leave Tobermory on an early  ferry to Maclean’s Nose and drive through Maclean country to Arasaig, stopping as you wish. We pass the silver sands at Loch Morar (the deepest Loch in Scotland, with its’ own monster/Kelpie). Then you board the Jacobite Steam Train at 1410 where you have first class tickets for this scenic journey. Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 42 mile trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes ending  near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, Fort William where Liz and Paul meet you.

We visit the Spean Bridge woollen mill, Neptune’s Staircase before stopping to view Castle Urqhuart, ending the day in Inverness. Free time this evening to explore the city or walk along the river. We will of course be suggesting our favourite places to eat and drink and are happy to make dinner reservations, our favourite is a converted church.

cullodenmoor macleans battlefield

This morning free time or those who wish go to Culloden Battlefield. On 16 April 1746 the last battle to be fought on British soil took less than an hour to reach its’ bloody conclusion. The Jacobites had 5,000 men, whilst the Duke of Cumberland’s Government army facing them was 8,000 strong. 50 Government troops had been killed and 300 wounded. Much of the battlefield has been cleared and is now as open as it would have been on the day of the battle. The new centre is home to a series of exhibition areas using state of the art techniques to help bring the battle to life.

Then to Clava Cairns – dating back to around 2000 BC, the prehistoric Burial Cairns of Balnuaran of Clava. The central cairn at Balnuaran is a ring cairn and is surrounded by a ring of nine standing stones, no one knows their purpose. This afternoon should you wish, we take a half day trip to the Black Isle to the wee towns of Fortose and Rosemarkie. Overnight Inverness.

Heather Gems - heather dried then pressed and made into jewelry

We drive south after breakfast stopping for lunch in a pub in the Victorian town of Pitlochry. We can take you to see how heather is made into jewellery or alternatively have free time, just let us know what you would like to do. For those interested we will tour the lovely wee, pretty, Edradour Distillery. We then head via Edinburgh straight to The Holiday Inn at Glasgow airport for your final night in Scotland.

Total cost per person sharing a double room, en suite: £1950 pounds

Edinburgh Castle

ADD ON TOUR : 2 nights in Edinburgh and train to Glasgow

27th June

Aften the above tour we check you in to the hotel in Edinburgh where you spend the next two nights exploring our capital city. There will be suggestions on where to eat, shop etc in your personalised tour notes from the Maclean tour.

28th June

A totally free day for you to explore Edinburgh, or if you wish ask us about day trips that are available.

29th June

You have tickets for the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street station included. Then take a taxi to The Holiday Inn Hotel, Glasgow Airport where you have a room reserved, on room only basis.

ADD ON TOUR Total cost per person sharing a double room, en suite: £395 pounds.