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2023

International Gathering of the Clan Maclean

 
 

 

The Clan Maclean Association is organising the International Gathering on Mull from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th June 2023

 

 
The Reception Centre at the Aros Hall, Tobermory will be open Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday. 9.00 am to 5.30 pm . Check in there on arrival to collect your “Gathering Welcome Pack” (one for each family or group), Tickets and Name Badges.
 
The detailed programme for the Gathering is as follows:-
 
Excursions / Events:
 
Monday 19th June – 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. - Meet outside Aros Hall
Guided historical walk. Hosted by Clan Maclean Heritage Trust
Visit places of interest around Tobermory with a local guide.
Cost: Free
 
Monday 19th June – 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. – Aros Hall
Welcome with light refreshments.
Meet and greet social for attendees. Wear some tartan!
Cost: Free
 
Tuesday 20th June – 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Departing from the Calmac pier.
Visit to Ardnamurchan and Ardgour - Limited Numbers
Ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan. Coach to Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre and tour of Ardnamurchan distillery with dram and light lunch. Afternoon visit for tea and biscuits at Ardgour Farm House courtesy of Robin and Fiona Maclean of Ardgour. Return by coach via Morvern peninsula, crossing back to Mull by Lochaline ferry.
Cost: £80
 
Tuesday 20th June – 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Visit to Iona guided by Nicolas Maclean of Pennycross
Coach from Tobermory including Iona Ferry fare and Iona Abbey entrance fee. The Abbey and its museum contain many important Clan Maclean items.
Cost: £35
 
Tuesday 20th June – 12.00 noon – 5.00 p.m.
Visit to Duart Castle – Fare pays for coach from Tobermory
Welcome by a member of the Duart family. Opportunity to enjoy a guided Castle tour and also the grounds, shop and Tea Room at leisure.
Please note that the Duart Appeal is inviting Guardian (& above) Donors to attend a special Reception at the Castle on Thursday.
Cost: £15
 
Tuesday 20th June – 7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. – Aros Hall
Lecture
By historian Jenn Scott. Interesting look at culture, clothes and weapons of the ‘45
Cost: Free
 
Wednesday 21st June – Clan Heritage Day – 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Visit to the Treshnish Isles - Limited Numbers
Coach from Tobermory to Ulva Ferry. Boat trip to Treshnish Isles and Staffa, returning by coach to Tobermory.
Cost: £80
 
Wednesday 21st June – Friends of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust – 2.30 p.m.
All welcome to the unveiling of a memorial to The Rankin College of Piping at Kilbrenan. Own transport necessary (share if you can).
Followed by exclusive afternoon tea at Torloisk House for friends of Clan Maclean Heritage Trust only. If not already a Friend, you are welcome to join. Annual subscriptions are:
Already a member: Free
Join as Individual: £20
Join as a Family: £30
 
Wednesday 21st June – 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Venue tbc.
Films for families
Showing Scottish themed films suitable for all ages to enjoy.
Cost: Free
 
Wednesday 21st June – 7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Venue tbc.
Lecture – (ties in with visit to Lochbuie on Friday)
Johnson and Boswell’s visit to Mull in 1773
Cost: Free
 
Wednesday 21st June – 9.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. – Aros Hall
Whisky Tasting - Over 18’s only, proof of age may be required.
Specialist tasting hosted by whisky experts.
Hector Maclean of Jeffrey Street Whisky (www.jeffreyst.com);
Charles MacLean (www.whiskymax.co.uk) and The Tobermory Distillery
Cost: £30
 
Thursday 22nd June – 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Visit to Iona guided by Nicolas Maclean of Pennycross
Coach from Tobermory including Iona Ferry fare and Iona Abbey entrance fee. The Abbey and its museum contain many important Clan Maclean items.
Cost: £35
 
Thursday 22nd June – 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. - Meet outside Aros Hall
Guided historical walk. Hosted by Clan Maclean Heritage Trust
Visiting places of interest in the immediate area.
Cost: Free
 
Thursday 22nd June – 11.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Visit to Glengorm, and Isle of Mull Cheese Factory
Coach from Tobermory. Enjoy walks short or long in the grounds of Glengorm Castle with great views to the north and west. Refreshments can be purchased at Glengorm Coffee Shop and Art Gallery. Return via tour of world-famous Isle of Mull Cheese factory, afternoon tea included in ticket price.
Cost: £35
 
Thursday 22nd June – Duart Castle Restoration Appeal Reception for Guardian (& above) Donors at Duart Castle 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Free optional coach from Tobermory, depart 3.45 pm and returning at 8.15 pm.
Using own transport - arrive for 5.00 pm
This event is exclusively for Guardians, Life Guardians, Patrons and Chief’s Circle Donors. Please wear your Guardian badge to gain entry. To become a Donor or upgrade your Donor status, please donate via one of the following websites:
Worldwide donors in GBP: www.maclean.org/duart-appeal/
USA donors in USD: www.duartappeal.org
 
Thursday 22nd June – 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. - Venue tbc.
Films for families
Showing Scottish themed films suitable for all ages to enjoy.
Cost: Free
 
Thursday 22nd June – 9.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. – Aros Hall
Whisky Tasting - Over 18’s only, proof of age may be required.
Specialist tasting hosted by whisky experts.
Hector Maclean of Jeffrey Street Whisky (www.jeffreyst.com);
Charles MacLean (www.whiskymax.co.uk) and The Tobermory Distillery
Cost: £30
 
Friday 23rd June – International Day - 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.- Maclean Marquee, Tobermory
Clan Congress
Learn more about the Duart Castle Restoration progress. Meet the International Presidents; hear more about how the Associations operate worldwide; have your say on your clan, Associations, and the future.
Cost: Free
 
Friday 23rd June – 2.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Visit to Lochbuie.
Coach from Tobermory to where Johnson and Boswell stayed in 1773
Cost: £30
 
Friday 23rd June – 3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. – Maclean Marquee, Tobermory
Dance practice - No need to book.
Learn the basics with Charlie Kirkpatrick’s band and fully enjoy the Grand Dance.
Cost: Free
 
Friday 23rd June – 8.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. – Maclean Marquee, Tobermory
Chief’s Grand Ceilidh Concert
Come for a casual evening listening to local performers.
Cost:Adults£25.00
 Children (7-15 yrs inc.)£10.00
 
Saturday 24th June – 11.00 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. – Duart Castle
Main Clan Gathering - free coach available from Tobermory departing at 9.00 a.m. – departing Duart Castle at 4.15 p.m to return to Tobermory.
Duart Castle – arrive by 10.30 a.m. ready to muster in the car park for the Grand March starting at 11.00 a.m.
Cost:Adults£15.00
 Children (7-15 yrs inc.)£5.00
 
Saturday 24th June – evening. – 8.30 p.m. - midnight – Maclean Marquee Tobermory
Grand Dance
Wear the finest clothes you have with you, lots of tartan, and join in the dancing to Charlie Kirkpatrick’s Band.
Cost:Adults£20.00
 Children (7-15 yrs inc.)£5.00
 
Sunday 25th June – 11.00 a.m. – noon - Tobermory Parish Church
‘Kirkin o’ the Tartan’
Cost:Donation to church funds during service
  

 
Currency: It is recommended that you ensure you have enough cash in Pounds Sterling for your needs. There is very limited availability of cash machines (ATMs) on the Isle of Mull and some retailers also have limited or no network availability to be able to accept card payments
 
Coach departures: (Excepting the Tuesday visit to Ardnamurchan leaving by ferry from Calmac pier Tobermory) all excursions by coach leave from the Ledaig Car Park, west end of Tobermory Main Street.
 
Mobility Issues: If you have problems with mobility and would like to discuss your needs with regard to events on this form, please contact in the first instance Mrs Vera MacLean on col.damaclean@btinternet.com.
 
Accommodation: Booking of accommodation is solely the responsibility of the attendee and not the CMA.
 
Travel Arrangements: It is advisable to check ferry times before travelling and book your vehicle space if travelling by your own transport.
 
Personal Insurance: Please ensure that you have suitable, and adequate, personal health insurance.
 
Travel Insurance: Please ensure that you have taken out suitable travel insurance for your journey and stay, including cancellation insurance in case of a resurgence of the Covid pandemic.
 
Compliance with local laws: Be aware that on arrival at the event should there remain Government ruling regarding pandemic safety, the laws may be different between England and Scotland and all local laws in place at the time of your visit must be complied with.
 

 
Dress for the Gathering Week. This is largely a matter of choice but the weather on Mull is very variable. For all excursions warm clothing, flat shoes and a light weight waterproof are advisable. Please wear something tartan whenever you can such as tie, hat, scarf or kilt. Dress for the Ceilidh/concert is casual. The Dance is the occasion to wear all the best you have brought with you and the Gathering is a tartan occasion.
 
Booking of Accommodation. It is anticipated that there will be a heavy demand for accommodation on Mull during the Gathering. It is up to those attending to make their own arrangements and this can be done by contacting:
 
Craignure Tourist Information Centre - Isle of Mull, Argyll PA65 6AX, UK
Tel: 01680 812377
 
Find Accommodation:
 
www.tobermory.co.uk
www.visitscotland.com
www.isle-of-mull.net
www.isleofmullcottages.com
www.holidaymull.co.uk
www.islandholidaycottages.com
 
Registration and Booking for the Gathering.
 
The details of the Gathering week are shown on the offline booking form and on the programme page.
 
Offline Booking To be used if you do not wish to pay online.
   
Online Booking Use our online booking and payment system for speed and convenience.
 
Email Addresses. For those mailing the Form, please remember to include your email address so that we can keep you up to date with extra events and any changes to the arrangements. The email addresses of those booking online are received automatically.
 
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