The Clan Macpherson Association Gathering

August 4th - 8th 2022

Clan Ceilidh

On-line booking for the Gathering is now open from here. The Gathering this year will follow the traditional format and will include additional events to celebrate the welcoming of our new Chief, the 75th anniversary of our Association, and the 70th anniversary of our clan museum. We are realistic, however, that adjustments may have to be made in light of any worsening Covid conditions. Please check regularly with this website and with the clan Facebook page for updates. We encourage members to book early, and, if possible, ensure your air, hotel, and rental car reservations can be changed or cancelled without penalty. You may consider purchasing travel insurance for this purpose.

The regulations current at the time concerning the pandemic will be strictly adhered to. In the event that makes it impossible to operate the Gathering, it will be cancelled and full refunds for the CMA events given. We will attempt to notify everyone by the 15th of May 2022, if the Gathering is a "Go or No Go". Do not wait until the 15th of May to book, most, if not all of the events may already be booked. Surprisingly the Gathering takes quite a bit of time and effort to organise; please be kind to us and get your booking in early.

Thursday 4th August

Museum Tours - Pre-scheduled for early arrivals

Clan Chattan AGM - Locahardil Hotel - Inverness - Evening (Optional for members of Clan Chattan)

Friday 5th August

Registration from 09:00 to 16:00

Golf Outing - Tee-off at 08:00

Welcome Meeting for first attendees 09:30 to 10:30

Informal Picnic and Talk - Glen Banchor 12:00 to 13:00

Museum Grand Opening - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and group photo 14:00

Ewen's Book Signing and Museum Tours - 14:30 - individual tour schedule at registration

Dance Practice, Duke of Gordon, Kingussie 15:00 to 16:00

Chief's Reception, Dinner and Highland Ball 19:00 to 01:00

Saturday 6th August

AGM of Clan Macpherson Association: Village Hall, Newtonmore 10:30

Highland Games - Held at the Eilan from 10:30

Clan March from Old Ralia to the Eilan (Newtonmore Shinty Ground) followed by conviviality in the Clan Tent. Marchers meet at Old Ralia at 1:45 pm.

Stovies Supper - Duke of Gordon Hotel from 6.00pm

Junior Ceilidh 19:30

Ceilidh 20:00 to 22:00

Sunday 7th August

Church Service: In Kingussie Parish Church 10:30

Informal Picnic: At Cairn Site, Glentruim 13:00

Group Photo - Cairn Site TBA

Pipes Galore and More! 14:30 to 16:00. Clan pipers will play some of their favourite tunes, as well as talking about the composers and the stories behind the tunes. So often we hear the tunes without understanding the melodies and the events that shaped them. The Great Highland Bagpipe is the only musical instrument that has ever been proscribed as a weapon of war, with the penalty for playing it being death, many only knowing its stirring marches. Yet in the right hands it can be hugely versatile, with styles ranging from laments to reels, from piobaireachd to marches, even Rock! Come along and find the soul of the instrument.

Monday 8th August

Local walk of interest led by Angus Macpherson: meet at 09:30, details in the Gathering Guide

Illustrated Talk by Shelagh Macpherson Noble 14:00 Venue TBA

Dress code

Most events at the Gathering don't have a dress code - just wear what you feel comfortable in for the occasion - the exceptions being the Dinner and Ball and the March on Saturday. The Dinner and Ball is Highland Dress/Black Tie/Formal and the March on Saturday afternoon is Smart Day Wear (kilt for men, with jacket and tie; smart tartan knee-length or slightly longer skirt for women). If wearing headgear please use Highland style (Glengarry, Balmoral, TOS). Please remember that this is a formal march behind the Chief. It attracts attention from local people and visitors so, please, neither mini nor full length skirts, no breeks (trousers), trews nor jeans, no trainers/sneakers, sandals or other casual items, no baseball caps, trilbys and no pets.

Further Information

Numbers are limited for the events and tickets will be supplied on a first come, first served basis. Members may have up to two guests, any guests over that number will be put on a waiting list and spaces allocated shortly before the event. Please notify the Secretary as soon as possible if booked tickets are not required, to allow speedy re-allocation.

For additional information on any aspect of the Gathering please contact CMA Secretary at the address listed on the Clan Macpherson Association Officers page.

For information on where to stay and what to do please visit the Newtonmore site on the Web.