Gatherings

INTERNATIONAL CLAN GATHERING 2018  – Advance Notice!

The 2018 International Clan Gathering will take place from 15 to 22 July 2018. It will incorporate the highlight of our annual calendar, the Lochearnhead Highland Games, on 21st July 2018. This is a great day out and, if you wish to actually compete in any of the events, please let us know well in advance.

Loch Awe Hotel, Kilchurn Castle, and Ben Lui - vintage photochrome

Loch Awe Hotel, Kilchurn Castle, and Ben Lui – vintage photochrome. Click to enlarge.

We will base our accommodation at the picturesque Loch Awe Hotel which is near Dalmally and squarely within the MacGregor homelands. It’s in the West Highlands at the foot of our ancestral Glen Strae overlooking Loch Awe. It features spectacular views of Kilchurn Castle as seen in the “No Surrender” documentary on our Clan Gregor TV web page. The hotel is also close to our archaeological digs at Stronmilchan and Tigh Mor.

The hotel is providing the coaches which we will use for many of the activities and is within easy driving distance of the Western coastline. The hotel also has its own train station with services to Oban and Glasgow with connections from Glasgow to all other stations on the rail network such as Edinburgh.

Note: Space is limited to Clan Gregor Society members only.
However, if you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership, you are still welcome to attend and the cost of a one year subscription (currently £14 per person) will be added to your bill.

We are currently planning coach tours to places such as

  • the Isle of Iona
  • Appin and Lochaber
  • Historic Argyll, including Kilmartin Glen (one of the most amazing Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age sites in Europe)
  • Loch Tay and Perthshire, around which many of our forebears settled

If you want to take a day off to do your own thing that will not be a problem, however we cannot offer partial attendance as this is not possible with the hotel.

The AGM is likely to be at the hotel on Friday the 20th followed by our annual formal dinner that evening in Oban. More information as we confirm the details.

Gathering Dates: Arrival on Sunday 15th July to departure on Sunday 22nd July.

Transportation from both airports is available.

The hotel is offering coaches to collect those arriving by plane from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports only on Sunday the 15th and return transportation only on Sunday the 22nd. If you intend to use this service, please note it in your reservation form in the message section. There will be ONE pick up from each airport (late afternoon) so depending on your flights, you may have to arrange accommodation at one of the airport hotels. Alternatively, there are trains from Glasgow Queen Street station to Oban which stop at the hotel.

If you are making your own way to the hotel by train or car, please do not arrive earlier than 12 noon. Parking at the hotel is very limited.

Costs

If you INTEND to come we would ask you to fill out the form below as soon as possible. The form will be taken as your definitive booking form. You will receive, by return email:

  • a statement of your costs (which depends on the type of room you request, number in your party, and whether you are currently a member or not, etc.)
  • a request for a 15% deposit per person (non returnable) payable by 30th November 2017.
    (Note: Bookings made after 1st March 2018 will receive a request for full payment.)

Costs will be in the range £550 – £750, per person. The exact costs will depend on the type of room requested (view, number of beds) and if you are a member or not. All side tours are included; a lower price for partial attendance is not available.

A 15% deposit is payable by 30th November 2017 and the balance by the end of February 2018.
NB. We strongly suggest that you take out cancellation insurance in case you are unable to come at the last moment.

Rooms available include

  • 11 single rooms
  • 29 doubles
  • 21 twins
  • 2 triples (3 single beds)
  • 17 family (1 double plus 1 single)

As not all the rooms in the hotel have a view of the loch, please let us know whether you are prepared to pay a little more for a loch view from your room. Requests are subject to availability and on a strictly first come, first served basis. Please be as specific as possible and please include the number of children who may be attending.

Summary

If you plan to attend the International Gathering in 2018, please fill out the form below. Please count children in the number of people in your party and please make sure you answer all of the questions when you reply. By submitting this form you agree to the payment requirements as stated above.

As well as keeping you up to date on the website, we will also send personal Gathering Newsletters by email to those who are coming. To contact us by email, send your note to:  clangregorsociety@gmail.com.

Please visit this page often for regular updates.

Reservation Form

I wish to reserve one or more places for the Gathering in 2018. I understand that further information will be sent to me in due course and that I must pay a 15% deposit per person by 30th November 2017, with the final payment due before 28th February 2018.

Room Type(s) (required)