5* Private and bespoke Clan Battles Tour


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Youth and Family, Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: Yes. The tours are suitable for children.
PLEASE NOTE: If you need a children's car seat please inform before booking.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent)

Clan Battles on the Island of Skye

Clans consisted generally of "native men" and broken men. " The "native men" were related to the chief and to each other by blood ties. This blood relationship is an important fundamental in the clan system and was a strong element in the patriarchal system of government, all being bound together in a common interest.

The clan also contained septs or branches composed of clansmen who had become powerful or prominent in some way, and founded families almost as important as that of the chief. The "broken men" were individuals or groups from other clans who sought and obtained the protection of the clan.

The Chief, dispensed the law in times of peace and led them in war. He governed the clan territory for the benefit of the clan and divided the land in such a way that each member had a portion sufficient for his needs.

The clan had a definite formation in war, with officers and ranks much the same as military regiments. The social customs of the clans evolved largely from Celtic sources.


We spend the day at five very unique places which are steeped in history and heritage. The topics of conversation will cover the process of change, clan conflict, the clan system and battles which took place between rivalry clans on Skye.

The Battle of the Braes: Here you will hear about the Crofters struggle.

The Battle of Coire na Creiche: The last highland battle fought between the MacLeod's and the MacDonald's in 1601.

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens: The Island's most famous Castle. Home to the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for over 850 years. See and hear the famous Fairy Flag stories. Follow in the footsteps of Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, who stayed at Dunvegan in 1773.

The Battle of the Spoiling of the Dyke: Trumpan Church has a dark and bloody past. The year was 1578 and a battle broke out between the MacDonald's and the MacLeod's, the two biggest rivalry clans on the Isle of Skye.

St. Columba Island: Ancient battle location and sacred Burial Ground of the bishops of the Isle

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Visit Scotland Portree Information Centre, Bayfield House,
Bayfield Rd,
AV51 9EL

End location: Meeting point and leaving point will be the same.

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.


2016 Vauxhall Zafira Tourer with plenty of room to accomodate six passengers comfortably. The light, bright clean interior makes every journey a plesent one.

What’s Included

Other: Included in the tour is your local guide/chauffer/historian. Expertly led fully guided tour. All admission fees, along with light snacks and refreshments. Throughout the tour we also offer a selection of whisky as and when requested.
In the vehicle we have an extensive selection of history books and maps which are beneficial to the places we will visit.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

40 Pound Stirling - You may need around £40 for lunch and souvenirs.

What’s Extra

Other: Any items of a personal purchase and meals.

A Recent Review of this tour

Michelle was absolutely wonderful! She was able to squeeze in everything we wanted to see and do even tho it was pouring rain. Taking us to the Rha waterfalls so my daughter could swim was definitely the highlight of our excursion. You will be pleased if you book a tour with Michelle!
Debra Lund

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