What better way to let the MacAulays in your life know you love them than by buying them a Clan MacAulay Membership. They’ll receive a lovely certificate and all the latest news from Clan MacAulay. Even better, you could win a prize! We’re having a contest and you could win your registration to the 2022 Clan MacAulay International Gathering in Stornoway! Here are the rules …

For every new Adult Membership (£10), the person entering them (the “referring person”) will get one entry in the pool.

  • For every new Family Membership (£20), the referring person will get two entries in the pool.
  • For every Life Membership (£200), the referring person will get 10 entries in the pool.
  • A draw will be held and the winner will receive a free registration* for our Gathering in 2022.
  • The more entries you have, the more chance to win! The contest ends January 1, 2022.

Apply for membership HERE

* The registration is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. If the winner is unable to attend, a second draw will take place.

Clan MacAulay Memberships Make Great Gifts!

It’s that time of year — the time you’re thinking of something special and unique for a stocking stuffer or gift.  Have you considered giving a family member the gift of Membership in Clan MacAulay?

We’ve made the process even easier!  Simply complete the on-line membership application for the person you want to gift.  The application will give you the opportunity to state that the membership is a gift.  You will receive an invoice via PayPal and once payment is made, your giftee will be notified of their new membership along with a Welcome Letter from Chief Joan and their official Membership Certificate.

To get the process started, click Membership Application.

Happy Holidays!
Saor-làithean Sona

Ceilidh Dancing vs. Scottish Country Dancing vs. Reeling – What’s the difference?

Ever wonder what distinguishes Ceilidh Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, and other forms of Scottish dance?  Here’s a quick primer that will answer your questions and prepare you for the fun the Clan will have at the upcoming 2022 Gathering!

Ceilidh Dancing

‘Ceilidh’ (pronounced ‘Kay-lee’) is the Gaelic word for gathering. It’s also a type of dancing that is relatively informal, done in couples or groups to traditional Scottish and Irish tunes, usually played by bands featuring fiddles, accordion, and keyboard.

Scottish ceilidh dancing is great fun – energetic, uplifting, and sociable. It is a common form of entertainment in Scotland, and the UK in general. Ceilidh dancing is frequently an integral part of wedding receptions, birthday parties, and other celebrations.

Ceilidh dances are simple, and no experience is necessary as all the dances and moves are cued by a caller, making it easy to follow. Just about anyone can get up and join the dance. A caller selects the dances and provides basic instruction to ensure everyone can have a good time.

A major reason ceilidh dancing is such fun is the rousing music used – Scottish and Irish traditional reels and jigs. A typical ceilidh dance event consists of a mix of dances, some with a partner dancing as a group with other couples, and some with a partner dancing around the room. Favorite dances include Strip the Willow, Gay Gordons, Canadian Barn Dance, and Virginia Reel. Examples can be seen on YouTube by searching for “Scottish ceilidh Dancing.”

Scottish Country Dancing

Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) as practiced by many around the world tends to be more formal than ceilidh dancing and incorporates some ballet-style footwork.  Where there are a limited number of ceilidh dances, there are over 1,000 dances published by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and many thousands more published in other sources.  It takes practice to become proficient in SCD, but the effort pays off in the fun and sociability and the friendships you make.


Scottish Reeling has elements of ceilidh dancing and SCD.  As in ceilidh dancing, there is not particular footwork involved and most of the ceilidh dance repertoire overlaps with the reeling repertoire.  There are also some Scottish country dances that are included in the reeling repertoire, but these are best done by those who already know the dances.  These include The Eightsome Reel, The Duke of Perth, Hamilton House, The Dashing White Sergeant, and the Reel of the 51st Division.  This is the type of dancing that the Royal Family does at the Ghillies Ball at Balmoral (


In all three types of Scottish dancing, the same reels and jigs, and the occasional waltz and schottische, are played to accompanying the dances.  The main difference is that Scottish Country Dancing includes are large repertoire of strathspeys, which are danced to a slower tune.  Strathspeys are never included on a ceilidh dance program, and rarely on a reeling program, typically restricted to The Glasgow Highlanders.


It’s that time of year!  Clan MacAulay Association Executive committee is hosting the 2nd ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHEER EVENT – Virtual of course.   The date is Saturday, December 11.  World times are below.

Not a member yet?  Click HERE to learn about membership and apply.

This year we’re keeping it relaxed with more time for visiting while still sharing some of the great musical talent we have in Clan MacAulay. To register, send an email to

Here’s the line up for the event:

Welcome ~ Bob MacAuley
Music with Barry Macaulay
Don Mackenzie ~ Hogmanay Traditions
Music with Don Mackenzie and Marianne Kelly
Marianne Kelly ~ Holiday Memories
Music with Betty Ribble
Music with Barry Macaulay
The MacAulay Pipe Band
Bud MacAulay Lush [“The Night Before Christmas”]
Joan McAulay ~ memories of holidays past

Holiday Cheer (aka visiting)!

Saturday, December 11, 2021

12 pm Pacific
1 pm Mountain
2 pm Central
3 pm Eastern
4 pm Atlantic
8 pm UK
7 am (Sunday) Sydney, Australia
9 am (Sunday) Wellington, New Zealand

Victoria Highland Games, September 4 and 5, 2021 (Join Chief Joan there!)

Chief Joan McAulay was honoured to be asked to be the Honorary Chieftain of the 2021 Victoria Highland Games. You can visit Joan on Saturday or Sunday and enjoy the festivities. As this is a modified Games, they will be held on the grounds of the Craigflower Manor. We look forward to seeing MacAulays and all those who enjoy a day out in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Continue reading