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THE TENTH CLAN CARMICHAEL

INTERNATIONAL GATHERING

& 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 in support.

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

THURSDAY June 26th.   Welcome dinner 7.30 pm.

FRIDAY 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.

                                pm. Pipefest Stirling Castle. We march on parade as a global clan with a 1000 pipers through the streets of historic Stirling. (www.pipefest.com)

SATURDAY 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!

There will also be Carmichael clan visits to Stirling Bridge, Stirling castle and nearby  Wallace monument during these days. (www.battleofbannockburn.com)

SUNDAY 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 Falkirk Wheel.

MONDAY 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.

TUESDAY 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.

WEDNESDAY July 2nd. Departure


 Gathering Price

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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 The 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 world.    

 

The 30th Chief’s Highland Tour to the Argyll, the Hebrides, (Coll, Tiree, Barra, Eriskay, The Uists, Benbecula, Harris & Lewis.) plus Sutherland & Orkney 2014


Wednesday 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.

Thursday July 3. We sail from Oban (0815)  via Coll (1055) & Tiree (1200) to the Isle of Barra (1500) in the outer Hebrides. Overnight stay Barra.

Friday July 4. Explore beautiful Barra and take the afternoon sailing from Barra to Eriskay. (Barra 1545-Eriskay 1625). Overnight Lochboisdale.

Saturday 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 Tarbert)

Sunday 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.

Monday 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.

Tuesday 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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Clan Gathering & Highland Tour Booking form (Word)

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Richard Carmichael of Carmichael 30th Chief
(September 2013)

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