International Clan Gathering 2015 Oban

The 2015 International Clan Gathering was held at the Royal Hotel, Oban on 14th and 15th August 2015. 

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Many of our Gatherers arrived on Thursday evening and we all enjoyed dinner and drinks and a lot of catching up with old friends.

On Friday lunchtime, the Clan was welcomed by a piper and dignatories from the town of Oban.

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Welcoming us in the Olive Garden Restaurant were Councillor Roddy McCuish, Chairman

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of Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee, Graham McQueen, Depute Lord Lieutenant, Argyll and Isles, and Neil Mackay, Events and Marketing Manager Bid4Oban. We had a delicious lunch celebrating the best of local Argyll produce; venison, lamb and salmon. More photos can be seen here.


After lunch we held the Clan Association Annual General Meeting in the Royal Hotel which was quite well attended.


We hastily changed into more formal attire for the Drinks reception. A photographer took the formal and not so formal photographs of the Gatherers. Then we sat down for the formal banquet, before the top table were piped in. The ir-reverend Iain Galloway gave the Selkirk Grace and we enjoyed a four course dinner. More photos can be seen here.

After dinner, there was much merriment and singing 'til the wee small hours.


Six hundred years ago, the Clan Maclean stole the Isle of Coll from the MacAulays, so on Saturday, we invaded Duart Castle on Mull to invite the Macleans sign a peace treaty. After the 45 minute ferry crossing in the sun with a short but heavy storm, we took a 12 minute bus trip from Craignure to Duart, with a very eloquent driver.


We were welcomed by Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart and Morven, the Chief of the Clan Maclean and owner of Duart. Duart CastleSir Lachlan gave us a guided tour of the castle, telling us personal accounts of his childhood in the castle.


In the Dining Room, Sir Lachlan signed the Treaty making the Macleans and the MacAulays friends and allies inperpetuity. Outside the castle the re-enactors fought. More photos can be seen here.


After the bus and ferry journey back to Oban in the sun, we got ready for the ceilidh.


To start with, we had a whisky tasting hosted by Ronnie Galloway with 5 different malt whiskies. More photos can be seen here.

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After a buffet supper, we had a ceilidh with about 150 people dancing. We had an excellent band, The Sequins Choir, and a dancing piper.

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Morem photos of the ceilidh can be seen here.


The apres Ceilidh party continued in the downstairs bar with Barry on the penny whistle.


On Sunday morning we said our goodbyes with many of our overseas Clansfolk heading off to enjoy Scotland's Highlands and Islands.


Cameron Harris of Highland Photos took these pictures.