Douglas Gathering Newsletter No. 3
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Douglas Clan Gathering
30th June - 6th July 2014

Booking Office now open

We have for a week or so been able to accept bookings for registration and castle tours using a mail order downloadable form.

Today, the e-Booking Office opens for business. We accept payment by Paypal and credit card.

All tours can now be reserved, and some events. As the programme for the Gathering develops, more events will be added.  News of this will be shared via this newsletter.

Preferential hotel rates

We have secured preferential rates at both the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club (pictured right) and the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel for the Douglas Clan Gathering.
Dalmahoy was the home of the Earls of Morton.  Events will be held in both hotels
Book at group rate: Dalmahoy

Book at group rate: Marriott

Gathering Programme

We are now fairly firm on how the programme will look for daytime events. 

Monday  30th June:    Visit Aberdour and Lochleven Castles
Tuesday 1st July:       Visit Bothwell and Douglas Castles, the Douglas Heritage Museum and St Bride's Church
Wednesday 2nd July: Visit Dirleton and Tantallon Castles and Lennoxlove House
Thursday 3rd July:      Visit Lincluden Abbey, Threave Castle and the Douglas Mausoleum
Friday 4th July:            Tour Edinburgh, or a location of your choice
Saturday 5th July:        Clan Muster at Drumlanrig Castle, with an opportunity to visit Morton Castle and the Queensberry Tomb.

On Sunday 6th July, we will be in Stirling, where a Kirkin o' the Tartan church service is planned. We will march with banners flying from the Castle to the Kirk.  You will then have the opportunity to visit Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument and the site of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Further details of the daily programme are available on the Clan Gathering website.
Scottish Clans are invited to take part in Pipefest Stirling on 27th June 2014. Marching from the gates of Stirling Castle to mark the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and joining over 1,000 pipers and drummers, Scottish Clans are all welcome to  take part in this international event.  The Parade will be led by the Atholl Highlanders – Europe’s only private Army!

Pipefest is a mass-participation event, aimed at pipe bands and Scottish Clans around the world. The vision of thousands of pipers and drummers, Scottish clans and Highland Dancers parading through Stirling, will be a wonderful sight not to be missed, as Scotland marks the 700 anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn!

Let us know if you plan to bring your pipes to the Gathering!
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