The ‘spiritual home’ of Clan Donald, Armadale is a centre for the global Macdonald family and has resonance worldwide. We are privileged to be able to share this legacy with clansfolk from around the globe.
The Clan Donald Lands Trust was formed in 1971 to purchase the last remaining 20,000 acres of the once vast Macdonald lands. As custodian of these resources, the Trust enables members of Clan Donald, the other clans in the Hebrides and West Highlands, to learn about their individual and shared heritages.
Outwith Armadale the Trust has worked at several sites linked to Clan Donald history. These include the restoration of the Monument to the Glencoe Massacre and of the Well of the Seven Heads, Laggan. The Trust has also co-funded an archeological dig at Finlaggan on Islay, the centre of power of the Lordship of the Isles.
In the 150 years after the Battle of Culloden (1746), it is estimated that upwards of two million people left Scotland. As a result of this Scottish Diaspora, Macdonalds today are found all over the world. Clan Donald societies exist in Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, dedicated to preserving and promoting the customs, tradition and heritage of the Clan and the Highlands.
Clan Donald Lands Trust nurtures strong links with the international Diaspora. Every year we welcome Clan visitors from around the globe seeking to connect with their heritage. We are also pleased to have members of Clan Donald USA represented on our Board of Trustees.
We are keen to promote Clan activities and encourage Clan societies to share relevant news and events with us via social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram); we will be happy to publicise where possible.