Clan Cameron Tour from Inverness – Itinerary
On the Clan Cameron Tour from Inverness our first visit is to the Commando Memorial. Then we spend the rest of the morning getting to know Cameron country. We will visit the Cameron areas of Glen Nevis and Fassifern and see Glenfinnan because of the 1745 Rising. There will be free time for lunch in Fort William following which we will visit the ruined Cameron stronghold of Torcastle. Next we’ll see the clan seat, Achnacarry, and the Clan Cameron Museum followed by the heartland of the Dark Mile, the Cia-aig Falls and Loch Arkaig. After returning to Inverness our last visit of the day will be to the Clan Cameron stone on Culloden Battlefield.
The army made great use of Achnacarry Castle during WWII, with the blessing of the chief of the Camerons. Special Forces used it as the secret base and centre for training in Britain and as a result it became known as Castle Commando, In order to commemorate these heroic soldiers the Commando Memorial was created, in 1952. It stands on a hill above Spean Bridge, a memory in bronze, because this rough country was their training ground.
We include Glenfinnan because, without the support of 800 Camerons, the 1745 Rising would never have got off the ground. The morning of 19th August 1745 saw Bonnie Prince Charlie waiting patiently, but by the afternoon he was worried. No support seemed to be forthcoming. Then they heard the bagpipes, and Clan Cameron came marching down the glen. The 1745 had begun! The National Trust for Scotland run the visitor centre at Glenfinnan which tells more of the story.
The name means the field of the fish trap. Sir Ewan Cameron built the first castle here in the mid-1600’s, but the British army burned it, in 1746. It was over half a century until the new castle was built, in broadly the same location, in 1802. We have already heard how it served in WWII, and now, of course, it is the home of Donald Cameron of Lochiel, 27th chief of the clan. We always manage at least a walk and some exterior photographs here, although we may be able to arrange a visit with your chief if you request it.
Clan Cameron Museum
The Clan Cameron Museum is located in an old cottage, near Achnacarry Castle. It’s many fine displays do an excellent job of illustrating the history of the clan since earliest times. The Cameron Cairn is also located just outside the museum, and much visited by returning clansfolk.
Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil, stands atop a ridge, four miles from Inverness. Here, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army met a final and chilling end. Clan Cameron, led by the Gentle Lochiel stood towards the right wing of the Jacobite front line. The Clan Graves await, on the battlefield and so we will walk you out and show you the stone that marks where those fallen Cameron clansmen are buried.
Some Clan Cameron Snippets
Clan Cameron are one of the oldest, and fiercest, clans in the Highlands. Some tales suggest that they are related to the early Caledonians, but other legends suggest that they originally descend from a son of the Danish Royal Family, in the 780’s AD. Sir Ewan Cameron, 17th of Lochiel, became chief in 1647. Known as the Ulysses of the Highlands, this man waged successful campaigns against Cromwell’s Forces. His grandson, Donald (the Gentle Lochiel) was a constant support to Bonnie Prince Charlie during the ’45 Rising, and eventually followed his Prince into exile in France.Many Camerons joined the British Army from 1757 onwards, and Allan Cameron of Erracht raised the 79th Highlanders (later the Queens Own Highlanders) in 1793.
The oak leaf is the plant badge of Clan Cameron. Let us Unite is their motto. The war cry is – Sons Of The Hounds, Come Hither And Get Flesh – because of a great story which we’ll tell you.
Clan Cameron Tour from Inverness – Price
£560 for the tour
Clan Cameron Tour from Inverness – Departure
The tour departs from your Inverness accommodation, or any transport hub, such as bus station, train station or airport. You tell us, and we’ll be there.