The Annual Clan Gathering
The Clan Grant Society hosts its annual Clan Gathering over a weekend in August to coincide with the Abernethy Highland Games. For details of this year`s Highland Games Program please visit the official Abernethy Highland Games website.
A memorable feature each year is the Clan March, where members of the Society march to the opening ceremony of the Games in traditional dress, led by our Parade Marshal and following the band of massed pipes and drums. The procession begins at the Nethybridge Hotel, where many Clan members stay overnight, and ends in the Games Field for the opening ceremony.
Look in The Gallery for images from the latest Clan Gathering and Games.
The Clan Grant Society has a Welcome Tent at the Games where society members from the UK and overseas can meet each other and share information with visitors relating to Clan Grant and its history. There is a visitor`s book to sign, fruit cake and a dram to enjoy, and the Society always hopes to recruit one or two new members during the day.
The games are a great family day out and gives clan members a chance to meet their kinsfolk for a wee dram (or two)!
Following an eventful day at the Games on Saturday, a formal kilt and black tie evening meal and ceilidh is hosted at a local hotel.
Past venues have included the Hilton Coylumbridge near Aviemore, the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey and the Nethybridge Hotel.
On Sunday the Clan Grant Society AGM is held at the Clan Centre at Duthil, for those who have not overdone it the night before!
On Monday afternoon, Sir Archie and Lady Fiona Grant invite members to join them for Afternoon Tea at their home at the House of Monymusk, which is a nice way to round off the weekend`s activities.
There are also Spring Weekends held annually in the North of England (either in Harrogate in Yorkshire, or Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria), and International Gatherings are sometimes held for our overseas members.
We have new website for visitors to the Strathspey area, to help with planning a trip to the annual Clan Gathering, visiting Clan Grant sites of interest, booking accommodation and travel etc. Check it out at: www.clangrantvisitors.org
The Annual Clan Gathering - Programme of Events
Friday 11th August 2017
6 - 8 pm - Drinks party at the Clan Grant Centre, Duthil.
Saturday 12th August
10.30 am - Clan Tent at Abernethy Games Open.
12.30 pm - Assemble at Nethybridge Hotel for March to opening ceremony of the games. March starts at 1:15 pm sharp.
7:30 pm - Welcome drink at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey
7:45 pm - Group Photo.
8:00 pm - Buffet Dinner and Ceilidh (Blackrock Ceilidh Band) at the Grant Arms Hotel.
12:00 Midnight - Auld Lang Syne.
The buffet consists of three main courses to choose from, a selection of puddings, followed by tea or coffee. Please pre-order your wine before dinner. The cost of the dinner this year is £ 35 per head in advance. Please make cheques payable to "Clan Grant Society" and send to Judy Lewis at: -
The Old Manse
Please note that receipts and tickets will not be sent out to keep our costs down, but your place(s) will be reserved on receipt of your cheque.
Sunday, 13th August
11:00 am - Clan Grant Society AGM at the Clan Centre, Duthil Kirk.
Monday, 14th August
3 - 5 pm - Afternoon Tea at the House of Monymusk.
(Programme of Events for 2016 available for download above)
Summer Gathering Report 2016
by Andy Grant - Treasurer
Printed in Standfast Magazine edition MK48 - November 2016
I’ve been a member of Clan Grant for many years and Treasurer for the last four so it is with some embarrassment that I tell you that this is the first summer gathering I have attended. There was always a reason - or excuse - not to make the effort, but this we decided to take the plunge.
We drove up on the Wednesday; it was a long haul (440 miles) but when we finally reached our B&B (Kinross House) received a warm welcome by our hosts, Jane and Gary. After a refreshing cup of tea and delicious cake the journey did not seem so bad!
On Friday afternoon, we arrived at Nethy Bridge to help with the Clan Grant tent, which turned out to be more fun than hard work with the Chief and Judy desperately trying to explain how the thing went together! Before long it was up and looking good, ready for the next day’s games. Back to the B&B for a refreshing cup of tea and delicious cake before the evening "welcoming drinks" at Duthil Clan Grant Centre.
The weather on Saturday was good with only a couple of light showers during the day. We were both enthralled with the "Heavy" games: Caber, Hammer, and Shot-Put etc. But the highlight of the day was the Pipe band and Clan march into the grounds. Exhausted and parched, it was back to the B&B for... (you get the idea), and to get ready for the evening meal.
We arrived at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey for welcome drinks and a group photo followed by the piping in of the chief and the Selkirk Grace given by Sir Archie. The meal and company was excellent and replete with good food and wine, we were ushered out so that the room could be cleared ready for the Ceilidh.
This year, Judy had booked a five piece band called Blackrock Ceilidh and from the moment they started playing we all knew it was going to be a good night; they even got us up dancing! This was partly due to Judy pronouncing before every dance, "this one’s EASY". Later in the evening the band were joined by Sir Patrick Grant, who showed us his extraordinary talents as a piper.
Sunday was reserved for tent removal and the AGM.
On Monday we, and several other society members, accepted Lady Fiona and Sir Archie’s invitation to visit Monymusk House, where we were given a brief history and tour around part of the House and grounds followed by afternoon tea and cake!
So that was our first summer gathering.
Did we enjoy it...? Absolutely!
Would we go again...? It’s already booked!