THE TENTH CLAN CARMICHAEL
& HOMECOMING 2014
June 26 to July 2 2014
The latest in a series of International Carmichael gatherings - each
organised by Chief Richard and his family since 1983 - will be held at
Carmichael Scotland in late June and early July 2014. Previous gatherings have
been held at the rate of three a decade and this year’s event will be the
second hosted by Chief Richard with son Andrew and grandsons Fraser & Aidan
The theme this year will be to celebrate the second
Great Scottish Homecoming Year (the first was in 2009) and the 700th
anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn, which led to the creation of the
Barony of Carmichael. The Scottish victory in this battle confirmed the
Independent Nation of Scotland and the supportive families and clans were
rewarded with land grants. Sir James Douglas was King Robert The Bruce’s right
hand and the Carmichaels were kinsmen and neighbours in Douglasdale, and as
such instrumental in the victory. If this battle had been lost we would not be
here now and the origins of the Carmichael name would also have been lost! This is a unique historical opportunity to
celebrate in style.
Clan Carmichael Gathering 2014 Schedule
June 26th. Welcome dinner 7.30
June 27th am. Clan lands march with piper opening remarks. An introduction to
Carmichael the place, and an historical
perspective presentation by your Chief, on the occasion of the 700th
anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn.
Stirling Castle. We march on parade as a global clan with a 1000 pipers through
the streets of historic Stirling. (www.pipefest.com)
June 28th – SUNDAY June 29th. (plus Monday June 30) Clan Carmichael has been approved and will
have a tent in the Clan village at the National Trust of Scotland Battle of
Bannockburn re-enactment weekend. You can choose to attend on either one, two
or all three days and may be asked to help with our presentation which will
include food from our 900 year old clan lands farm, Bannockburn era artefacts,
clan migration and global clan data 2014!
will also be Carmichael clan visits to Stirling Bridge, Stirling castle and
nearby Wallace monument during these
June 29th . Alternative day 1 Church service in Carmichael. Bless this gathering. Whereas many of us will
be at Bannockburn we also hope to have a significant presence in the historic
Carmichael kirk (1750) now called Cairngryffe Parish church. Afternoon trip to
June 30th. Alternative day 2 (last day volunteer team to Stirling).
We visit historic Abbotsford House the home of Sir Walter Scott returning in
plenty of time to prepare for the 2014 Tartan Ball in the evening.
July 1st. Based at Carmichael in the
gathering field we tour our district in a lighter day with plenty of relaxation
time built in. Carmichael in the landscape,
and in its historical perspective. Come find our Bannockburn roundels.
BBQ clan lands meats on the ground itself. Challenge orienteering on a 1750 map.
Mini Highland Games and Gala Dinner pm.
July 2nd. Departure
As with all our previous events the 2014 international
gathering is priced fully inclusive of all transportation, meals, entry fees,
banquets, tartan balls, taxes at 20 %, gratuities and accommodation for all six
nights at £780 per person. Single room
supplement £50. Local hotel instead of
Clan lands cottage supplement £175. Cottage reservations first come first
served. For those wanting to join the gathering for a lesser period and arrange
their own travel and accommodation the cost for attending the open day BBQ
lunch on Tuesday July 1st is £30. Individuals can also visit the
Carmichael clan tent at Bannockburn, day tickets cost £20-£75 and also
obviously join the Sunday Clan Carmichael church service. Full gathering
deposit to secure a place £100 due now.
Deposit non refundable. You must insure yourself for any possible reason
you may have to cancel. Balance due April 30 2014 fully refundable for
cancellation by June 10. Non refundable
thereafter. Further reductions are available (please ask) for children under 16
staying in clan lands cottage with family.
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Thirtieth Chief’s Last Highland Tour.
July 2-July 9 2014
During the past thirty years I have taken clan tours
after each gathering to most parts of Scotland and to the Western Isles and Northern
Isles as well as to Mont St Michel(s) in Cornwall and Normandy and to the Bauge
battlefield in Anjou and Orleans city France. This year’s final tour
(definitely my last) completes the set with an outer Hebrides circuit and a
Heart of Neolithic Orkney spectacular finish. We will see the Airds Michael and
standing stone circles and some of the most impressive coastal scenery in the
30th Chief’s Highland Tour to the Argyll, the Hebrides, (Coll, Tiree, Barra,
Eriskay, The Uists, Benbecula, Harris & Lewis.) plus Sutherland &
July 2. We
leave late morning as the gathering ends and drive north & west from
Carmichael past Glasgow and along Loch Lomond to Oban for our first night stay.
Visit to Oban whisky distillery.
July 3. We
sail from Oban (0815) via Coll (1055)
& Tiree (1200) to the Isle of Barra (1500) in the outer Hebrides. Overnight
July 4. Explore
beautiful Barra and take the afternoon sailing from Barra to Eriskay. (Barra
1545-Eriskay 1625). Overnight Lochboisdale.
July 5. We
travel north through the Uists and Benbecula visiting aird michael sites and
take the ferry (Berneray 1300- Leverborough 1400) on Isle of Harris. (overnight
July 6. South
Harris via North Harris to Isle of Lewis. Seallam Hebrides centre, Rodel St Clement’s 16thC church,
Calanais standing stones. Overnight Stornoway.
July 7. Early
sailing (Stornoway 0700-Ullapool 0945) then north along the fantastic north
west Sutherland coastline to Cape Wrath and Durness and on to Thurso.
July 8. Day
trip to Orkney. Visit the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Skara Brae, Maeshowe,
Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar.Wednesday July 9. Travel south, tour ends at Inverness airport
for your flight connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow, London or Manchester or
travel home to Carmichael by coach.
This is a unique Carmichael family holiday, only
available to members of Clan Carmichael international and will be personally
led by your thirtieth Chief and his Lady who still believe “real clans and
families holiday together.”
Highland Tour Price
As with previous Clan Carmichael Highland tours the
price includes all travel costs ferries, coach and minibus hire and taxis. It
includes all accommodation costs and food (not bar or snacks) and all entry
fees and excursion costs for the seven nights from Wednesday to Wednesday. It
includes taxes at 20% and gratuities. If flying home at the end of the tour you
need to book a flight connection from Inverness after midday on Wednesday or
you can be dropped off at Edinburgh airport in the late afternoon on our way
back. Fully inclusive price per head is £2000 GBP. (excludes flights). Single
room supplement £200. Deposit to secure
a place (very limited numbers) £500 payable now (first come first served)
balance due by April 30 2014. Regret deposit is non refundable. You
must insure yourself for all possible reasons that you may choose to cancel.
Balance once paid is fully refundable for cancellation before June 10th 2014
and non refundable thereafter. When booking for the tour we will need your full
name as shown in your passport and your passport number and country so that
reservations can be made on your behalf. Note that there are six ferry boat
rides and many mini bus miles in this adventure.
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Richard Carmichael of Carmichael