Clan Donald is the largest of the Highland Clans, reputedly with a worldwide membership of 15 million and the only clan with a High Chief, Godfrey James Macdonald of Macdonald, 8th Lord Macdonald, 34th High Chief, who inherited and converted Kinloch in 1972 with his wife, the cook and writer, Claire Macdonald.
During a two-night stay guests receive a private tour of Kinloch’s historical paintings and artifacts, a guided walk to a nearby archaeological site - one of Skye’s abandoned villages - and can take self-guided excursions to some of Clan Donald’s ancient strongholds.
The Heritage Experience costs from £450pp to £650pp*
*depending on the time of year and based on two sharing a standard room with sea view) and includes Kinloch’s famous breakfast, five-course dinner in the Michelin star dining room on both nights, plus one afternoon tea.
Tour & Historical Highlights
All guests can view the house’s treasures but the tour helps unveil the past… The family portraits include the famous painting of the two Macdonald boys (dressed in flamboyant tartan, which was banned following the 1745 uprising), by 18th century painter Jeremiah Davison, the original hangs in the National Gallery. More recent mementos include a letter from Queen Victoria to Lady Maria Macdonald and a letter from Winston Churchill to Lord Macdonald's father.
The Clan Chiefs are often perceived as being responsible for The Clearances, the Macdonald history however, tells a different story, and as guests head out on a delightful walk to the deserted village of Leitir Fura over Kinloch hill, that truth unfolds. On return to Kinloch, guests can ask more questions while they enjoy afternoon tea with their guide.
The Macdonald estates had to be sold off to pay death duties but a number of the castles (many in ruin) can be found across Skye and information is provided so guests can take a self-guided tour to nearby Armadale and Knock Castles and travel to the North of the island to Duntulm castle and the final resting place of the great heroine of Highland history, Flora Macdonald.
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