11am onwards - Clan meetings at the Cuillin Hills Hotel
7pm - Portree Community Centre Dinner and ceilidh dance with the Cast Ewe Ceilidh Band Dress - smart, tartan encouraged.
Saturday 5th 2pm Work party at Scorrybreac Your chance to work on the clan land or just learn about the wide range of plants and trees in the area. Colin and Karen Johnstone lead Lusan Landscapes, who are the excellent team that carries out the grass cutting and general maintenance of the clan land. They will share their vast horticultural knowledge and lead with what light tasks can be carried out on the day. Dress - appropriate footwear
7pm onwards - An evening of entertainment from loacl artists and you!
With casual dining at Gasta in Portree
Many years ago, a Ceilidh would be the word Scottish and Irish people would use for a social gathering and probably didn’t always involve social dancing. There was a time in Scotland when it was forbidden to play Scottish traditional music, to wear a kilt or tartan and it could be punished by death. So, a ceilidh might have been a code word that the ‘Authorities’ didn’t understand. A ceilidh may have been an evening of poetry and a nice chance for a good yarn and a few drams with family or friends. Without any television or a Netflix subscription the highlight of entertainment would be the ceilidh and the stories, legends told of the days of old. The Witches and the Fairies. The Princess and her wedding or Selkies from sea. What yer Grannie did before the Battle… Tales of bravery against the English, Wallace and Bruce or fights among the clans.
So lets create our own ceilidh! Can you sing, play an instrument, dance, read poem, tell a story? If so we want to hear from you.
Dress - Smart casual.
Sunday 6th 10am - Going away brunch at Skeabost Hotel
11.30am - A gentle walk to St Columba's Isle According to tradition, twenty-eight chiefs of the MacNicols or Nicolsons lie buried in holy ground on St. Columba's Islands. A detached chapel by the medieval church is known as Aite Adhlaic Mhic Neacail, rendered loosely in English as `Nicolson's Aisle'. In it lies a recumbent stone of typical West Highland type, of sixteenth century date, displaying an armed warrior, reputed to be a MacNicol. If the tradition of burial at Snizort is accurate, the connection between the Clann MhicNeacail or Nicolsons and Skye must be as old as the name itself.
To register for the International Clan Gathering please email email@example.com and provide details on who will be attending and any dietary requirements.
Skeabost House Hotel are offering a discounted rate for those attending the Gathering. Please make them aware of your reason for visiting when booking. Portree and the surrounding area has an abundance of accommodation options, but with October still being relatively busy here on Skye its advised to book as early as possible.