Our tour begins as it often has, in Edinburgh, at the Macdonald Holyrood
Get some rest, and we will have a dinner together.
Day Two, we depart in our coach bus for Skye. This is a very scenic drive on the way to the Highlands and Islands. Depending on the ferry schedules, which are out in January, we should be able to have a little respite near Mallaig, at Arisaig House, long years ago a home of Clanranald. A short ferry ride to Armadale, on to our hotel, the King's Arms, along the shore, to unpack, and on to the Clan Donald Center at Armadale for BBQ.
Day Three, time for a boat ride to see the seals and photograph the shore. We shall warn the Macleods this time that the Macdonalds are on the way to see Dunvegan Castle. We will leave the Fairy Flag where it is. We will eat either at the Clan Donald Center or the hotel.
Day Four, Ferry back to the mainland, and another scenic drive. We plan on stopping at the village of Killin, in the Central Highlands, once the vacation home of our Clanranald. Hopefully, the primary school children Gaelic choir will give us a short concert. Walk the village main street, find a small stone ring, before going on to Kenmore, to the top of Loch Tay, to see the Crannog, Iron Age housing. Back to Edinburgh, back to the Macdonald Holyrood for dinner and a good night's rest.
Day Five (NOTE: the Royal Highland show has been cancelled for this date!)
We will take a bus to Killin, have lunch and explore this small village. Hopefully we can
visit the crannog, and the Kenmore hotel where Robert Burns wrote a poem on a wall.
We will then go to Stirling to see the Pipefest and back to Edinburgh.
Day Six, OYO (on your own) If you want ideas or help, Rob Parker is ready with some suggestions, Peggy will help as well, and there are pamphlets in hotels and stores. No group dinner is planned. Pubbing?
Day Seven, Off to Stirling! Bannockburn! Battle plans changed to be more accurate due to research by Ian MacDonnell, Australia. Battle reenacted by the "boys" of the Clanranald Trust, Charlie Allan their leader (not connected directly to our chief Clanranald). Clan Donald Highlands and Islands will be manning a tent on the grounds. Stop by, help out, and have a good time.
Depending on the event planners vision, we are thinking of dinner back in Edinburgh, but time will tell as plans are revealed by the Bannockburn Committee You will need to buy lunch on the grounds.