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International Gathering 2023 - Programme

MONDAY 19th June

Registration – 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory.
Collect your Welcome Pack and tickets. Information here on the Duart Restoration Appeal; the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust; purchase and collect items at The Gathering Shop.
 
Guided Walk – 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Meet outside the Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory. A guided historical walk in the afternoon arranged by the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust visiting places of Maclean interest around Tobermory.
 
Welcome Social – 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street Tobermory. Meet other attendees and start your gathering week. Wear something tartan. Light refreshments.
 

TUESDAY 20th June

Registration – 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory.
Collect your Welcome Pack and tickets. Information here on the Duart Restoration Appeal; the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust; purchase and collect items at The Gathering Shop.
 
Visit to Ardnamurchan and Ardgour – 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Depart from the Calmac pier. 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.
 
Visit to Iona – 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. – Meet at Ledaig Car Park. By Coach to Iona Ferry. Guided by Nicolas Maclean of Pennycross. Ferry fare and entrance fee to Iona Abbey are included. The Abbey and its museum contain many important Clan Maclean items which Nicolas will highlight and explain.
 
Visit to Duart Castle - 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m. Meet at Ledaig Car Park. (This visit is for those who do not have independent transport and who are not donors of the Duart Castle Restoration Appeal - see Thursday’s programme). 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.
 
Evening lecture - 7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory. Historian Jenn Scott will take an informative and entertaining look at what life was like for the Jacobites. Author of “Better is the Proud Plaid” and “I am Minded to Rise: The clothing, weapons and accoutrements of the Jacobites from 1689 to 1719.
 

WEDNESDAY 21st June

Registration – 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory.
Collect your Welcome Pack and tickets. Information here on the Duart Restoration Appeal; the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust; purchase and collect items at The Gathering Shop.
 
Visit to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa - 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Meet at Ledaig Car Park. Coach to Ulva Ferry to board ship for a trip around the Treshnish Isles and Staffa. Landing (weather permitting) to see puffins, seals, Fingals Cave. Returning by coach to Tobermory.
 
Visit to Kilbrenan on the west of Mull, all welcome. - Own transport needed to arrive at 2.30 p.m. for unveiling of the memorial to the Rankin College of Piping erected by the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust. (Share your transport with others if you can).
Friends of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust only are invited after the unveiling to afternoon tea at Torloisk House, courtesy of Lucinda and Richard Compton Maclean of Torloisk.
 
Films for families – 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Venue to be confirmed. Scottish themed films suitable for all ages to enjoy.
 
Evening lecture – 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Venue and lecturer to be confirmed. A look back at Johnson and Boswell’s visit to Mull. This lecture will tie in with the visit to Lochbuie On Friday to see where the diarist and his companion stayed when visiting Mull in 1773.
 
Whisky tasting – 9.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory.
(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.
 

THURSDAY 22nd June

Registration – 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory.
Collect your Welcome Pack and tickets. Information here on the Duart Restoration Appeal; the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust; purchase and collect items at The Gathering Shop.
 
Visit to Iona – 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Meet at Ledaig Car Park. By Coach to Iona Ferry. Guided by Nicolas Maclean of Pennycross. Ferry fare and entrance fee to Iona Abbey are included. The Abbey and its museum contain many important Clan Maclean items which Nicolas will highlight and explain.
 
Guided Walk – 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet outside Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory. A guided historical walk in the afternoon arranged by the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust visiting places of Maclean interest around Tobermory.
 
Visit to Glengorm and Isle of Mull Cheese Factory and Shop - 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Meet at Ledaig Car Park. Visit north west Mull and enjoy walks short, or long, around the grounds of Glengorm Castle. Return via a tour of the world-famous Isle of Mull Cheese Factory including afternoon tea in the shop café.
 
Duart Castle Restoration Appeal Reception for Guardian Donors and above. Duart Castle - 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Free optional coach from Tobermory, departs 3.45 pm and returns at 8.15 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
 
Films for families – 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Venue to be confirmed. Scottish themed films suitable for all ages to enjoy.
 
Whisky tasting are invited after – 9.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory.
(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.
 

FRIDAY 23rd June

Registration – 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Aros Hall, Main Street, Tobermory.
Collect your Welcome Pack and tickets. Information here on the Duart Restoration Appeal; the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust; purchase and collect items at The Gathering Shop.
 
Clan Maclean International Clan Congress 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Maclean Marquee. Memorial Park, Tobermory.
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.
 
Visit to Lochbuie – 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Coach from Tobermory to Moy House to see where Johnson and Boswell stayed in 1773. Afternoon tea courtesy of Patience and Jim Corbett. (Please note this visit is only to the building visited by Johnson and Boswell and NOT to Moy Castle.)
 
Dance Practice are invited after - 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Maclean Marquee Memorial Park, Tobermory. To learn the steps to the dances for the Grand Dance on Saturday.
 
Chief’s Grand Ceilidh Concert – 8.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Maclean Marquee, Memorial Park, Tobermory
Gather for a casual evening listening to local performers.
 

SATURDAY 24th June

The Clan Maclean International Gathering - 11.00 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. Duart Castle.
Free coach travel from Tobermory and return departing at 9.00 a.m. from Tobermory departing 4.15. p.m. from Duart Castle.
Arrive by 10.30 a.m. ready to muster for the Grand March starting at 11.00 a.m.
 
Grand Dance 8.30 p.m. to midnight. Maclean Marquee, Memorial Park, Tobermory
Wear the finest clothes you have with you, lots of tartan, and join in the dancing to Charlie Kirkpatrick’s Dance Band.
 

SUNDAY 25th June

Kirkin o’ the Tartan Church Service - 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon. Tobermory Parish Church.
Bring your own piece of tartan and come to commemorate at this lovely local Church. There will be a collection during the service towards the Church funds.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
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