Douglas Gathering Newsletter No. 5
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Douglas Clan Gathering
30th June - 6th July 2014

Travel arrangements - USA and Canada

Chas MacDonald, organiser of the 2014 Arisaig Highland Games, has put together a great travel deal through local agent Al Included*. Return flights leave from New York, Boston, Toronto and Halifax to Glasgow. Please note that the deals won't last long, and need to be booked by mid-November at the latest.

This seems like a good opportunity  to take advantage of a ready made package, so check out their website by clicking here.

*Yes we know we've spelt 'Al Included' wrong - Al is the name of the travel agent!
The Arisaig Highland Games take place on the last Wednesday of July.

Fares shown below are approximate and held til 2nd November.

Further details can be found in the Gathering website>>>

We are working on a deal for Australia.

Book launch

Karl Sabbagh will be launching his book on the Douglas Cause, "Whatever Happened to Lady Jane?" at the Douglas Clan Gathering.
This will be accompanied by an illustrated lecture and book signing, a free to enter event provisionally set for Thursday 3rd July.

Karl Sabbagh is a writer, journalist and television producer. His work is mainly non-fiction: he has written books about historical events and produced documentaries for both British and American broadcasters.

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.

Stirling to Host 2014 Armed Forces Day National Event

The city of Stirling has been chosen to host the Armed Forces Day national event on 28 June 2014.  This coincides with the Bannockburn 700 celebrations and Pipefest.

Plans will soon be underway to create a spectacular national event in the historic city, enabling the local community the opportunity to lead the nation in honouring the UK Armed Forces past and present. 
Armed Forces Day in Stirling will be the sixth national event since the Historic Dockyard Chatham hosted the inaugural event in 2009. This year’s host city of Nottingham attracted 100,000 people, and was attended by The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester representing HM The Queen.

Stirling is the home city of the Scottish regiment, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, whose headquarters and museum are in Stirling Castle.
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