Clan Mackintosh Tour from Inverness – Itinerary
The Clan Mackintosh Tour from Inverness stops first at Clachnaharry, where we will visit a battle monument and viewpoint. Then we leave Inverness eastbound past the Mackintosh properties of Stoneyfield and Seafield. We stop for photos at Petty Church and Castle Stuart, and then drive by the original seat of the clan at Connage. Next we pass through Nairn and see the ruins of Rait Castle. Dalcross Castle is a drive-by, enroute to Culloden which is our first major visit of the day. The afternoon contains a stop at Moy Hall, the clan seat, and then Dunlichity churchyard. If time permits we shall visit Dores Bay on Loch Ness during our return.
The Clachnaharry monument stands atop a rocky cliff, on the western outskirts of Inverness. It commemorates a fierce battle in the 1450’s between the Munros and the Mackintoshes. The battle occurred as a result of the cattle-raiding culture. Neither side gained clear victory and the crags at the monument became known as the red rocks. In fact the Mackintoshes (Clan Chattan) lost their chief. We look forward to telling you the whole story.
Clan Mackintosh use Petty Churchyard as the burial ground of the chiefs of Clan Mackintosh. It is an ancient site of worship, although the present church building dates only from 1839. Many chiefs of Mackintosh were buried in the churchyard here, until the construction of a burial vaulthere, instead, in the late 1600’s. A small watch-house, built because of the threat of body snatchers, dates from 1825.
The Mackintoshes lost Rait Castle to the Comyns in the 1200’s. This ignited a feud which rumbled on until the mid 1400’s. There were many clashes in many places. The feud however, ended at the place it had begun – Rait Castle. The Mackintoshes massacred the Comyns, and the story we will tell you is a particularly gripping one. We can also explain why Rait has been haunted from that day to this!
The Frasers built Dalcross Castle, but by the time of the Jacobite Risings in the eighteenth century had become a Mackintosh house. It later passed out of Mackintosh ownership too, and became ruinous until it’s restoration in private hands in the 1890’s.
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. This story is well-told in the multi-media centre onsite, and you can access specific information on the Mackintoshes. There is a shop and a restaurant as well as the exhibitions. We will also take you on a walk on the battlefield. You’ll see the Well of the Dead, the Main Cairn and the Clan Graves. Your fallen clansmen lie in three graves each marked by a Clan Mackintosh Stone, and as a result we will spend time there.
The Mackintosh clan chiefs have lived at Moy since the 14th century, originally in a castle on an island in Loch Moy. Because times seemed to have become more peacable around 1700 they built Moy Hall at the north end of the loch. They have, however, had to rebuild it twice since then. The first time was in 1800 as the result of a fire, and then again after demolition in 1950’s due to dry rot. The new Moy Hall therefore dates from the 1950’s and is the home of Lady Mackintosh, mother to John Lachlan Mackintosh, the 31st Chief. We always manage at least a walk and some exterior photographs here, although we may be able to arrange a visit with Lady Mackintosh if you request it.
Dunlichity is an ancient site of worship, although the current church building only dates from the 1750’s. As a burial site this churchyard is very imprtant to Clan MacGillivray and Clan Shaw as well as Clan Mackintosh. It served as a battle muster point for Clan Chattan. As a result, the very stones carry marks left when swords are sharpened. The little watch-house, built because of the threat of body snatchers, dates from 1820.
Some Clan Mackintosh Snippets
About 1160, a man called Shaw, son of Duncan MacDuff, Thane of Fife, came north, to help Malcolm IV quell a revolt in Moray. He was rewarded with lands in Petty & Strathdearn and made Keeper of Inverness Castle. His descendants were known as Mac an Toisich (son of the leader), and led a confederation of many clans – Clan Chattan. Chiefs from the various Clan Chattan septs met in 1609 signing a “Bond of Union” for mutual support. Then, in 1665, Lachlan (the 19th chief) made peace with Clan Cameron, ending a 360 year feud. He built Moy Hall, and died in 1704, being buried at Petty, in presence of 2,000 armed clansmen. The current chief (31st) is John Mackintosh of Mackintosh, and he currently resides in Singapore (teaching Humanities).
Red Whortleberry is the plant badge of Clan Mackintosh. Touch not the cat bot a glove is their motto. The war cry is – Loch Moy (because it is the view from their clan seat).
Clan Mackintosh Tour from Inverness – Price
£540 for the tour
Clan Mackintosh 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.