2017 Elliot Clan Gathering

Every four years, the Elliot Clan Society holds a gathering of the clans in Scotland.

Date: August 24 – 27, 2017.
Location: Redheugh, Roxburghshire, Scotland

Itinerary

Wednesday 23 August – Edinburgh Tattoo featuring Clan Elliot

  • The Chief will be asked to take the toast with the Pipe Major on 23rd August 2017
  • We will be going on to the Castle Esplanade as a group then moving to our own seats for the event. To make a good show all members in the group should wear as much Elliot tartan as possible.
  • 150 tickets will be available in the arena for our Clan Members to book.
  • Seats can be booked from 21st November 2016 but no later than 1st March 2017.
  • Tickets go on sale to general public 1st December, 2016.
  • No more than eight tickets can be bought by any one Clan Member.
  • A password has been allocated to our Clan must be used when booking seats.
  • For those of you who are interested in attending send an email to elliotgathering@btinternet.com and you will be provided with the designated password to enable you to book your seats wherever you choose in the arena.
  • Also provide the names of all Clan members who wish to travel by coach from Newcastleton.
  • Please look on  Edintattoo.co.uk for the seating plan and costs of the seats in the various areas.

Thursday 24 August – SCOCHA concert

7.30 pm – concert

  • The Holm Show and the Elliot Clan Society are hosting this event to take place on the Holm Show field, Newcastleton.
  • SCOCHA are an extremely popular and lively Hawick folk ‘n rock band.
  • This will kick off the Gathering with a bang!
  • Order tickets online for SCOCHA. (A small booking fee will be added.)

Friday 25 August – Main gathering day

10.30 – 12.30 – REDHEUGH Clan Room and House open

  • Shop. Refreshments.
  • Shuttle bus operating from Douglas Square, Newcastleton all day.
  • No parking up at the house apart from disabled.
  • Demonstration of dry stone wall and stick making.

1 pm – 2.30 pm – Barbecue in the field below the house

  • Marquee.
  • Bar.
  • Toilets.

2.30 – 5 pm – Formal Gathering

  • We blast off with the cannon!

7.30 pm – Officers’ Dinner

Saturday 26 August – Holm Show day

Morning

  • Suggest a visit to Hermitage Castle and the Heritage Centre in Newcastleton.
  • Entry fees apply.

From 12 – Holm Show

  • Small entry fee at the gate.
  • This is a perfect example of an old established local agricultural show with animals, sports, terrier racing, Cumberland wrestling, crafts and competitions.
  • Good fun.
  • Bar and ice creams.
  • Stalls.
  • Vintage machines.

6 – 7.30 pm

  • “An Evening of Debatable Crack” event at Kirkandrews on Esk (10 miles away). Admission by donation.
  • “Clans and Kilts at the Kirk” a weekend exhibition of the Clans who fought in the Debateable Lands open 11 am to 5 pm.
    • Admission by donation.
    • A beautiful location on the banks of the River Esk.
    • 10 miles from Newcastleton.
    • Home baking and soft drinks, tea & coffee.

Sunday 27 August – Day coach trip

10 am – Pick up from Douglas Square, Newcastleton

11 am – Church service at Bedrule Church

12.30 – Lunch at Dryburgh Abbey

3 pm – Afternoon guided tour of Abbotsford, home of the writer, Walter Scott. Return to Newcastleton about 6 pm

General Info

Attendees

  • There have been about 250 people at past gatherings.
  • Children of any age are welcome.
  • Photographs are permitted at Hermitage Castle and also in the Clan room.

Weather

  • Weather in Scotland is never predictable! It may be warm and sunny; it may be cold and wet.
  • Wet-weather gear is essential in Scotland at all times of the year, especially in the footwear department.
  • Wear as much Elliot tartan as you can muster!
  • Current and forecast weather conditions in Carlisle (about 40 minutes from Redheugh)

Travel and transportation

  • Newcastle Airport — 1 1/2 hours away.
  • Glasgow — two hours away.
  • Edinburgh — two hours away.
  • To get to Redheugh, you will have to hire a car.
  • Stations: Carlisle and/or Lockerbie (both 45 mins drive away)
  • Google map and directions from Edinburgh airport to Redhuegh.
  • Newcastleton is a rural community with bad public transport and you will need a car. You will not, however, be able to park your car at Redheugh on the day of the Gathering as there will be a shuttle bus operating from Douglas Square, Newcastleton (approx. 2m away) all day.

Events and sightseeing

Accommodation

  • There are many hotels and B&Bs nearby. If you would like help with accommodation please contact us and we will try to find you a location.
  • Hotel and B&B list

Disability access

  • Special parking passes available on request.

Ticket Orders

You have two options for ordering tickets:

  • Email ordering with payment through PayPal
  • A printable order form

NOTE: You must be a member in good standing of the Elliot Clan Society to request tickets.

Email ordering

  • Send an email to elliotgathering@btinternet.com with the following information:
    • Elliot Clan Membership Number:
    • Name:
    • Address:
    • Email address:
    • Name of those attending:
    • # of adult tickets required for the Gathering and BBQ (£32.00 each):
    • # of child tickets (under 12) for the Gathering and BBQ (£16.00 each):
    • # of day coach trip tickets (£35.00 each):
    • TOTAL:
  • Send payment via PayPal to: elliotgathering@btinternet.com
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your order as soon as possible.
  • Tickets will be sent to you by June 2017
  • Tickets for the Sunday coach trip will be sold on a first come, first served basis as we have to limit numbers.

Printable order form

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