The Clan Macpherson Association Gathering

August 3rd - 6th 2018

Clan Ceilidh

Friday 3rd August

Registration from 9 am until 5 pm

Dance Practice 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Welcome Meeting for newcomers: 3:30-4:30 pm

Sir Tommy Macpherson Memorial Cup Shinty match at the Dell, Kingussie (just down the road from the Duke of Gordon Hotel) at 6:00 pm

Chief's Reception 7 pm

Dinner 8 pm

Highland Ball 10 pm - 1 am

Saturday 4th August

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

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 (Highland Games are held on the Eilan from 10:30 am)

At Home: At Home in the Clan Museum will take place from 4 - 5 pm

Supper from 6 pm

Ceilidh 8 pm.

Sunday 5th August

Church Service: In Kingussie Parish Church 11 am

Informal Picnic: At Cairn Site, Glentruim 1 pm

Pipes Galore 4 pm. This is a new event. The pipe-off last year morphed into a very interesting hour-long masterclass of piping that held the audience spellbound, and the format will be reprised in this year's 'Pipes Galore'. 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, and 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 6th August

Local walk of interest: Led by John Barton 9:30 am

Illustrated Museum Talk 2 pm

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). Please remember that this is a formal march behind the Chief, and 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, and no pets.

Further Information

Numbers are limited for the events and tickets will be supplied on a first come, first served basis. If fully subscribed a waiting list will operate. Please notify the Registrar as soon as possible if booked tickets are not required, to allow speedy re-allocation.

For additional information on any aspect of the 2018 Gathering please contact CMA Registrar 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.