August 21 to August 26 2017
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 August 2017.
The theme this year will be Scotland’s year of History, Heritage & Archaeology and the Gathering will be centred around a spectacular ‘Splash of Tartan’ event at Edinburgh Castle on August 24th which is taking place as part of the Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival. On the evening of August 24th, 50 fully tartan-clad Clan members are invited to join your Chief, as his retinue, with banners, pipers and honour guard on the march into the stadium, to be greeted by the Pipe Major. It has been suggested that the middle person in the honour guard should carry a broken spear. Your Chief will toast the Tattoo with the Pipe Major from the ceremonial quaich and we will all then join our fellow Carmichael guests and find our seats throughout the stadium. If you would like to be considered for this retinue, please tick the relevant box on the booking form when it is sent to you. Preference will be given to regular Clan gatherers with full tartan gear and the final selection, if over subscribed, rests with your Chief.
The Gathering in 2017 will also visit some incredible Scottish historic sites and take in the spectacular history and heritage that we have on offer. We will be boarding boats on the Firth of Forth, trying our hand at tossing the caber in the Mini Highland Games, whirling our families through sets of Scottish reels and eating first class Scottish produce! Combined with the Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival, this will be an incredible once in a lifetime experience and a clan moment to rival Homecoming 2009 and Bannockburn 2014. We are looking forward to it very much and we warmly invite you to join us for the festivities in 2017.
Gathering Schedule 2017
MONDAY August 21
- am / pm Airport Collections
- eve Clan Gathering Welcome dinner
TUESDAY August 22
- am Explore the Firth of Forth, South Queensferry and Inschcolm Island whilst aboard the Maid of the Forth. See puffins, seals, islands, history and 3 beautiful bridges
- eve Group dinner and tour of Rosslyn Chapel
WEDNESDAY August 23
- am Clan lands march / mini highland games
- pm Carmichael Day BBQ, Scottish heritage demonstrations / activities
- eve Clan Ceilidh &Tartan Ball
THURSDAY August 24
- am / pm Edinburgh International Fringe Festival
- eve Group dinner on the Royal Mile Edinburgh
- 9pm A Splash of Tartan – Edinburgh Military Tattoo
FRIDAY August 25
- am / pm Visit to Drumlanrig Castle & country park, Dumfries & Galloway
- eve Gala dinner
SATURDAY August 26
- am Highland Tour Departs for Oban
- am / pm Gatherers Depart
How much does it cost?
As with all our previous events the 2017 international gathering is priced fully inclusive of all transportation, meals, entry fees, tickets, banquets, tartan balls, taxes at 20 %, gratuities and accommodation for all five nights at £790 per person. Children under 16 sharing a Clan lands cottage 50% discount. Local hotel instead of Clan lands cottage supplement £175. Cottage reservations first come first serve.
Standard seated tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Clan Carmichael tartan night will be reserved for Clan members who are attending the gathering and book prior to the 1st March. For bookings received after the 1st March we will not be able to guarantee a seat at this popular international event. The price of a standard seat at the Tattoo is included in the gathering price. However, there are various levels of seat selection available so there is an option to upgrade at the time of placing your gathering deposit. We will endeavor to secure the upgraded tickets but can not guarantee their availability. Seats will be spread throughout the stands on the north side of the castle esplanade in areas 1,3,5,7 & 8 so we will not all be able to sit together in one group.
For those wanting to join the gathering for a lesser period and arrange their own travel and accommodation the cost for attending the Carmichael Day BBQ lunch on Wednesday August 23 is £30 or £100 including the ceilidh and dinner. If you book this option and pay in advance now we will still be able to secure tickets for you at cost price (£31-£125) to the Tattoo on the 24th August as long as some of our clan allocation of 150 seats remain available.
Full gathering deposit to secure a place £150 per person due now. Deposit non refundable. You must insure yourself for any possible reason you may have to cancel. Balance due June 30 2017 fully refundable for cancellation by July 31. Regret non refundable thereafter.
How to book?
To book please go to the Clan gathering please for the the link to place your deposit. Once we have received your deposit we will email you a full booking form for further details.
There are two specially created products in the shopping cart which can be accessed from the link on the Clan Gathering 2017 page or by selecting ‘Buy Now’ on the home page and looking for Clan Gathering 2017.
- Clan Gathering deposit including Tattoo seat (Area 1) – £150
- Clan Gathering deposit including Tattoo Seat (Area 3) – £150 + £12 ticket premium = £162
- Clan Gathering deposit including Premier Tattoo seat (Area 5) – £150 + £17 ticket premium = £167
- Clan Gathering deposit including Tattoo Seat (Area 7 & 8) – £150 + £39 ticket premium = £189
- Clan Gathering deposit including Premier Tattoo Seat (Area 8) – £150 + £94 ticket premium =£244
Edinburgh Tattoo Seating Plan
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