Clan Munro Tour from Inverness – Itinerary
We think the best place to hear some Munro history is at their heritage centre; Storehouse of Foulis. The next stop is the Munro burial ground at Kiltearn, after which we head for the clan seat – Foulis Castle. When we leave Foulis, we head back for Inverness. We end with a visit to the Clachnaharry monument. Standing atop a rocky knoll, it remembers a particularly bloody clash between Clan Munro and Clan Chattan in 1454.
Foulis Ferry Clan Museum
Clan Munro built an agricultural Storehouse in the 1740’s. Agricultural rents were preserved and stored here, prior to export. Once exported, they could be exchanged for inbound goods or for hard cash. Either way, the storeman was in charge of it all. Clan Munro still value the building today, as it now preserves stories of a thousand years of land and people. The Clanland exhibitions give great insights into the history of Clan Munro.
Kiltearn – Munro Burial Ground
Munro of Foulis chiefs were, in earlier times, buried at Chanonry (Fortrose). Since 1588, however, they have used Kiltearn instead. Their burial enclosure within the graveyard has a large monument consisting of three panels. They tell a fascinating history of the Foulis family. The ruins of Kiltearn Parish Church date from 1791.
The Munros fought for the government against the Jacobites during the 1745 Rising. Young Sir Harry lost both Father and Uncle at the Battle of Falkirk. Jacobites burned Castle Foulis as a result of the clan’s support of the government. On returning home Sir Harry decided to rebuild, raising the slightly continental-looking Georgian mansion between the 1750’s and 1770’s. We always manage at least a walk and some exterior photographs here. However, we may be able to arrange a visit with your chief if you request it.
The Clachnaharry monument stands at the top of a rocky cliff, on the western outskirts of Inverness. It commemorates a battle between the Munros and the Mackintoshes. The Munros won victory, and their wounded leader was nursed back to health by a Fraser. This is the background to the long and still-continuing friendship between Clan Munro and Clan Fraser. We look forward to telling you this whole exciting story.
Some Clan Munro Snippets
The Munros, under chief Donald Munro, came from Ireland and settled in Scotland in the 11th century. Malcolm II granted them lands in Ross-shire and a seat at Foulis Castle. This was as a reward for helping to defeat Viking invaders. Loyal to the Crown, early in the reformation the Chief and his followers adopted the Protestant faith. This move greatly influenced future clan policy. Through more recent centuries clansmen and women have excelled in many professions including medicine and politics. Military expeditions, adventurism and social change in the Highlands saw the name Munro spread throughout the world.
Common Club Moss is the plant badge of Clan Munro. Dread God is their motto. The war cry – Caisteal Folais’n a theine (Castle Foulis in flames) is because of the Jacobite attack in the ’45.
Clan Munro Tour from Inverness – Price
£220 for the tour
Clan Munro 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.