Coylumbridge, Aviemore, Scotland
September 5-8, 2019
Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms National Park. Photo credit Visit Scotland and photographer Kenny Lam
MacAulays (of all spellings) will gather in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park at the Hilton Coylumbridge, Aviemore on September 5th to 8th in 2019. It will be a time to connect with our fellow MacAulays, make new friends and reacquaint with friends you’ve made at previous Gatherings.
Hotel reservations: Book your rooms now for the MacAulay Clan Gathering 2019! We have rooms reserved for September 5-8, 2019 at the Hilton Coylumbridge. The rates are inclusive of Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and our group rate is £145/night/person for a double and £165 for a single. To take advantage of these group rates you must call the Hilton Coylumbridge directly at 00441479 811 811 and use Group Code GMACA.
Registration for the Gathering: You can register now for the Gathering by clicking HERE. Please note that pricing hasn’t been finalized at this time; details will follow late fall/early winter.
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Celebrating is what we do really well in Scotland, and if there is one day of the year where you’ll hear a lot of noise from us, it’s St Andrew’s Day (30 November) when Scots and Scots-at-heart celebrate the patron saint of Scotland and our national day with a holiday and fantastic events, which showcase the very best of Scottish culture. Enjoy a lively programme of events and festivals happening towards the end of November, featuring uniquely Scottish line-ups of music, dance, food and drink.
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The Saltire Society, Highland Branch, warmly invites you and your friends to their St Andrew’s Day Lunch at the Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness on Saturday 1st December. A Scottish themed lunch will be followed by a presentation by Derek Alexander, head of archaeological services with the National Trust for Scotland. He’ll discuss recent research in Glencoe and Glenshiel, two sites associated with the Jacobites but much less well investigated than Culloden. Please click here for more information and to register.
Thinking about what to do for Hogmanay for 2019 or 2020? We’ve put together some information that we hope will help with your planning. Thinking of Edinburgh for Hogmanay? Check out the Independent Travel Cats excellent A Guide to Celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh.
Source: Visit Scotland – Why would you choose a New Year break in Scotland? Well, no other nation in the world celebrates the New Year with quite as much revelry and passion as Scotland does, and it’s hardly surprising that the enormous celebration that engulfs the country is legendary the world over. Hogmanay is what we Scots call New Year’s Eve – 31 December – the big night that marks the arrival of the new year. Its origins reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings with wild parties in late December. Click here to read more at Visit Scotland.
by Jessica Secmezsoy-Urquhart and The Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh
St. Cecilia’s Hall, The University of Edinburgh, 50 Niddry St, Cowgate EH1 1NQ
From Meghan Markle’s coat of arms to examples of heraldry in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Outlander, heraldry is as relevant today as it was 300 or 700 years ago. Join the CRC at St. Cecilia’s Hall just off the Royal Mile for an unmissable engagement event. You will have the unique chance to see heraldry from the CRC and enjoy group discussion and talks on heraldry as well as its surprising connections to media, animals, class, gender and place, today and in the past. Guests delivering talks include: Elizabeth Roads, the first woman appointed as an officer of arms, genealogist, broadcaster and author Dr. Bruce Durie and Dr. Gillian Black, expert in family law and modern heraldry. Continue reading
Very excited about the new Netflix film Outlaw King.
Click here to read the Herald review by James Mottram’s.
Netflix: In 14th-century Scotland, Robert the Bruce claims the crown and leads a fierce uprising to win back the country’s independence from English rule. Starring Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Florence Pugh.
Halloween isn’t your typical celebration.
And, Halloween food isn’t exactly ‘normal’ either.
Fact: we owe Halloween to Ireland.
This is the autumn festival when, as my ancestors believed,
the ghosts of the dead
returned to the land of the living.
Really, though, that’s why we like Halloween. It’s not ‘normal’.
It’s scary, it’s unpredictable and it’s a little bit weird.
Just look at the food. Continue reading
With a deep and rich history, it’s little wonder that Scotland has more than a few ghost stories to tell. Over the past few years there have been over 1,100 ghost manifestations declared in Scotland*. Continue reading
There’s a chill in the air and I don’t just mean the temperatures outside are getting cooler. Halloween is nearly here. We take it very seriously in Scotland, with ancient traditions and superstitions living on. What will you be doing on All Hallows’ Eve? Cowering under the covers?
We hope not, because we’ve come up with some suggestions of the best things to do this Halloween with a range of events to suit everyone; from fun events for all the family to the downright terrifying. Take your pick from haunted houses, ghost walks, scary films, pagan fire festivals and more. Continue reading
It’s time for us to wrap up warm and take to the streets to fight the darkness with spectacular winter fire festivals in Scotland! Flickering flames are fascinating when they dance in the dark, perhaps because they have the ability to both support life through their warmth, but also the power to devastate it. Whatever the draw, Scotland has a long history of brightening dark winter nights with great displays of fire, and the season approaches with much excitement. Continue reading