Clan Grant Society Spring Weekend
Fri 31 March – Sun 2 April 2017
£39.50 per person Dinner, Bed & Breakfast per night.
Please book directly with the hotel quoting Clan Grant. There is the option of a Sunday night at the same rate, and there is no single supplement. Please BOOK EARLY as there are only so many rooms reserved and when these are gone you may have to pay a higher price. Please note payment is by cash, credit or debit card only (no cheques).
It is easy to drive to: leave the M6 at junction 36, take the A590 and follow signs for Grange-over-Sands, and the hotel is on the right before entering the village.
By train: take the west Coast line to Oxenholme in the Lake District, and then the smaller branch line to Grange-over-Sands. The hotel is within walking distance of the station, however there are always plenty of taxis.
We look forward to seeing many of you in the Spring!
Photos of previous Spring and Autumn Weekends can be viewed in the Gallery.
Spring Weekend in Rome - April 2016
Letter from Clan members
Thank you so much Chic and Barbara for arranging the Spring Weekend in Rome, and to Christina and Vittorio in Rome for organising the Saturday night Ceilidh and Sunday lunch at the Rowing Club. On arrival on Saturday evening, the venue was hidden behind trees, and whilst approaching we could hear the sounds of bagpipes and we were surprised to find there was actually 2 pipers in highland dress to welcome us. Sir James and Chic presented an engraved quaich to the Rowing Club on Sunday. We feel privileged to have been invited for a fabulous lunch in such lovely surroundings, and appreciate the hospitality extended to us from members and staff of the Rowing Club. They were highlights of our holiday and we take home many happy memories. The atmosphere was informal, very happy and relaxed. We appreciate all the hard work organising these events and making them so enjoyable.
We returned home yesterday after spending 7 nights at the Hotel Regno. It was ideally located mid-way between the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps. We were blessed with 7 days of warm sunshine, temperatures 20+ degrees C and no rain. The Italian taxi driver yesterday informed us that rain was forecast the following 2 days, so feel very lucky having had such comfortable weather. We explored a lot of churches and main historical sites, including visiting the Mouth of Truth and taking an ancient lie detector test (if a liar puts their hand inside its mouth, they will lose it - happily ours are still intact!) We look forward to meeting our kinsmen at future events.
Spring Weekend at Grange-over-Sands 2010
Report by Don Grant
(printed in Standfast Magazine, Issue 36 - Summer 2010)
In 2010 and 2011 the annual Spring Weekends were held at the Cumbria Grand Hotel in the Edwardian seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands, set between Morecambe Bay and the Lake District.
With a fine spell of weather over the Lake District and Morecombe Bay the weekend could not fail! Members of the Society arrived during the Friday from various parts of the UK. The Cumbria Grand Hotel is a splendid building with a long history as a Hotel.
The accommodation is good, the food varied and appetising, served by friendly staff. On Friday evening, we assembled for dinner in the spacious, high vaulted dining room and which has splendid views over the bay in one direction and the fringes of the Lake District on the other.
After breakfast on the Saturday we were free to explore the local area, which many did, while others made their brief excursions into the Lake District such as to Kendal and Windermere.
In the evening, the dinner was served again in the dining room, but the seating was arranged in a more pleasant horseshoe formation. As expected there was banter between the flanks of tables.
The Chief was piped in by Piper Iain Grant with the usual cry from the Chief of "Standfast" with the response "Craigelachie" from the clansmen. Many of the other diners had finished their meals and departed to other lounges, but the remainder were somewhat startled. This was a little surprising as most of the other hotel guests were coach parties from Scotland on short breaks.
The staff were most attentive and Judy found out later that the Chef was one under whom our Chris Grant, Head Chef at the Grant Arms Grantown-On-Spey studied when training.
The general consensus of opinion of those attending was that it was a successful weekend, enjoyable, and definately a venue to which we should return in the future.