Events Programme 2010

Events Programme of the 3rd International Gathering - 2010

Saturday 14th August
Morning and Afternoon
: Abernethy Highland Games 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)
Transport will be arranged from Grantown and Nethybridge and back. The evening will commence with a group photograph to be taken by Stewart Grant
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:
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
: 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
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
: Visit to the Battlefield at Culloden and new Visitor Centre
Expected departure from Grantown: 9:30 am Lunch at Visitor Centre
Afternoon: Visit to Fort George http://
Evening: Free Time

Tuesday 17th August
: Excursion into the Moray Firth for Dolphin watching followed by a tour of the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness courtesy of Alistair Macleod, Archivist (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.
Lunch: bring or pick up a "piece" to eat on the bus or, time permitting, lunch in Inverness....
Afternoon: visit to Brodie Castle
Evening: Free Time

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

Wednesday 18th August
: A special tour of Glen Grant Whisky Distillery.
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  [Dress: Black Tie, Kilt. Timings: TBA..]

Thursday 19th August
Morning: Visit to Braemar Castle
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).
You can choose between a "Nosing and Tasting" courtesy of Whisky Castle 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
: Visit to Elgin. The visit will begin with a tour of 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 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
Evening: Ceilidh to be organised by Norman Grant in the Clan Grant Centre: Duthil Kirk. Please eat first.

Saturday 21st August
: 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
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.