The Clan MacAulay had another very successful International Gathering in Crieff, Perthshire, on Thursday, 8th to Sunday 11th August. Clansmen and Clanswomen gathered from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and from all over the United States. Hosted by Chief Hector, we welcomed our Clan Commissioners, Bill O'Reilly (Commissioner for the American Mid-West), Ruth Cooper (Commissioner for New Zealand) and Laurence McAuley (Commissioner for Northern Ireland).
On Friday morning, we walked to Glenturret Distillery, had lunch then a tour of the distillery with a couple of drams to finish! Some of us walked back with an extra spring in our step! There was a sumptuous banquet on Friday evening. The chefs of Crieff Hydro delighted us with a starter of either juniper berry cured salmon or crispy goat's cheese. Soup was a delicious leek and tattie with cheesy croutons. Main course was chicken stuffed with "cock-a-leekie" or a beautifully rare thick slice of roast sirloin of beef. To finish we had lemon tart or Eton Mess. Some of the more resilient Gatherers stayed up to the wee small hours slaking their thirst!
On Saturday we held a well attended AGM. Then we took a bus on a trip to Stirling Castle. That evening we had a buffet dinner of roast lamb, smoked salmon and an array of vegetables and salad. Puddings and cheese with home-made oatcakes finished off dinner before the superb "Gleuda" played at the ceilidh, making everyone dance. Laurence even was made to dress up as a wee weaver wifie from Harris! Very fetching! With very generous donations, the raffle made an excellent £530! As usual, the Gathering was over too quickly and we said our farewells after breakfast on Sunday. Special thanks to the O'Reilly McAuleys from all over the USA whose company made Crieff 2013 extra special.
It was also excellent to see so many young people of all ages enjoying themselves.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for the Homecoming 2014 in Stirling.