Events Programme 2010

Events Programme of the 3rd International Gathering - 2010

Saturday 14th August
Morning and Afternoon
: Abernethy Highland Games https://nethybridge.com/ The Games start at 10:30 am
Clan March: All attendees please muster outside the Nethybridge Hotel at 12:15pm. Prompt attendance is vital
The official opening of the Games will take place after the march while the bands and marchers are still in the arena.
Evening: Banquet at the Hilton Hotel, Colylumbridge. 7:30pm (Dress: kilts, black tie, formal) http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hilton-coylumbridge-hotel-INVCOHN/index.html
Transport will be arranged from Grantown and Nethybridge and back. The evening will commence with a group photograph to be taken by Stewart Grant http://www.swpp.co.uk/members/Grant5947.htm
Copies will then be available for purchase from his studio in the Square, Grantown. Dinner will be followed by a tombola and dancing to the Graeme McKay Band: http://www.mackaymusic.co.uk/
As requested there will also be a "quiet area" for those preferring not to dance.
Midnight: Auld Lang Syne

Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey
Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey


Sunday 15th August
Morning
: An informal Golf competition will be held at Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club organised by Prof. David Grant of Hull University.
Afternoon: 2pm (weather permitting): A walk up Craigelachie (yes this is the real spelling!) led and guided by a local Ranger http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/craigellachie.shtml
Afternoon: 2pm: Peter Grant will give an overview of the last ten years` Clan History research. Venue: the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey
Evening: 6:30 Peter Grant will do a second session (venue as above) particularly for the walkers and golfers


Monday 16th August
Morning
: Visit to the Battlefield at Culloden and new Visitor Centre http://www.nts.org.uk/Culloden/Home/
Expected departure from Grantown: 9:30 am Lunch at Visitor Centre
Afternoon: Visit to Fort George http://http://www.thehighlandersmuseum.com/
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/nairn/fortgeorge/
Evening: Free Time


Tuesday 17th August
Morning
: Excursion into the Moray Firth for Dolphin watching http://www.inverness-dolphin-cruises.co.uk/ followed by a tour of the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness courtesy of Alistair Macleod, Archivist https://www.highlifehighland.com/highland-archive-centre/ (this will be of special interest to those interested in researching their family history)
There will also be an opportunity to explore Inverness City Centre. http://www.inverness-scotland.com/
Lunch: bring or pick up a "piece" to eat on the bus or, time permitting, lunch in Inverness....
Afternoon: visit to Brodie Castle https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/brodie-castle
Evening: Free Time

At the Glen Grant Whisky Distillery
At the Glen Grant Whisky Distillery


Wednesday 18th August
Morning
: A special tour of Glen Grant Whisky Distillery. http://www.glengrant.com/
Glen Grant distillery also has extensive gardens which were laid out in Victorian times - and ideal stroll for those for whom whisky is not their "thing".
Lunch: will be provided courtesy of the distillery and there will also be an excellent opportunity for retail therapy at the gift shop.
Afternoon: early return to give you a chance to put your feet up!
Evening: Dinner on the Strathspey Steam Railway http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk/  [Dress: Black Tie, Kilt. Timings: TBA..]

Thursday 19th August
Morning: Visit to Braemar Castle http://www.braemarcastle.co.uk/
followed by lunch in Braemar. This visit is exclusive to the Clan Grant group as it is normally only open at weekends.
Afternoon: Visit to Tomintoul (the highest inhabited village in Scotland). https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/tomintoul/tomintoul/
You can choose between a "Nosing and Tasting" courtesy of Whisky Castle https://www.whiskycastle.com/default.aspx and a tour of the small Folk Museum (free entry). The tea shop at the The Clock House seats 60 and there are gift shops..... or just soak up the atmosphere..
Evening: Optional visit to Grantown Museum. the Curator, Molly Duckett has kindly arranged to open the museum for Gathering participants only. [Make your own way there.]

Visit to Elgin Cathedral
Visit to Elgin Cathedral


Friday 20th August
Morning
: Visit to Elgin. The visit will begin with a tour of Elgin Cathedral http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/elgin/cathedral/ followed by a talk by Graeme Wilson, Moray Council Archivist (this will be of special interest to those interested in their family history)
Lunch: Johnston`s Woollen Mill http://www.johnstonscashmere.com/ This is a a working mill and tours are available. A little retail therapy is a must.
Afternoon: Visit to Speyside Cooperage which promises to be fascinating http://www.speysidecooperage.co.uk/
Evening: Ceilidh to be organised by Norman Grant in the Clan Grant Centre: Duthil Kirk. Please eat first.


Saturday 21st August
Morning
: Gather at the Nethybridge Hotel for a talk by Professor James Hunter, of the University of the Highlands and Islands. His talk will be entitled "A MacDonald in the Camp of Sitting Bull: Highland Clans and the Indian People". Prof Hunter is a well known author on the Highland Diaspora and his book “A Dance called AMERICA” is now a classic on the subject.
The talk will be in the Revack Suite of the Nethybridge Hotel https://strathmorehotels-nethybridge.com/
Lunch: The International Gathering will close with a farewell lunch in the dining room of the Nethybridge Hotel which will be open for our use exclusively.