Clan Hay’s Annual Gathering for 2021 will take place between Friday 6 and Monday 9 August 2021.

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Winter at Delgatie Castle, the Clan Hay Centre

Visit Scotland, the Government agency charged with promoting Scotland as a tourist destination, designated 2020 as the ‘Year of Coasts and Waterways.’  That theme seemed tailor-made for Clan Hay, with our historic base on the Aberdeenshire coast, and Visit Scotland generously agreed to fund Clan Hay’s Gathering to the maximum extent allowed, under its ‘Clans and Historical Figures Events Fund.’  That fund exists to bring together people coming to attend clan events with the local communities where those clans originated, and this programme is planned for both Hays and people living locally to come together and enjoy each other’s company: an opportunity for those of us who live locally to welcome Hays coming from further afield.

The unprecedented and, for many, tragic events of 2020 meant none of this has proceeded as planned, but Visit Scotland and the Clan Hay Society have agreed to move the programme back by 12 months.  The Gathering will now take place from Friday 6 to Monday 9 August 2021.

For the last 40 years, Clan Hay’s annual meeting has focused on the Aboyne Highland Games, which takes place on Royal Deeside on the first Saturday in August.  Although these additional events will be centred on Clan Hay’s historic base at Slains Castle, we will still foregather in our annual hospitality tent at Aboyne on the Saturday.

The Gathering will include an exhibition, lectures, bus and boat tours reflecting four themes: Slains and the Hays of Erroll; the Castles of the Coast; the Jacobite Coast; the Smugglers of the Coast.  The outline programme is as follows:

The splendid ruin of Slains Castle at Cruden Bay

Friday 6 August

The Massed Bands entering the Aboyne Games field

Saturday 7 August

  • Exhibition, bus and boat tours continue
  • Guided walks continue
  • Hays foregather in our hospitality tent at the Aboyne Highland Games
  • Evening lecture on The Jacobites of the Coast

Sunday 8 August

  • For those who wish it, transport to church services at Cruden parish kirk or St James the Less Episcopal church
  • Private visit and guided tour of the Turriff and District Heritage Museum
  • Exhibition, bus and boat tours continue
  • Guided Walks continue
  • Annual Clan Hay lunch at Delgatie Castle, the Clan Hay Centre
  • Guided tours of the old and new Castles of Slains
  • Evening lecture on The Smugglers’ Coast

Inverugie, seat of the Earl Marischal, as depicted by Andrew Spratt

Monday 9 August

  • Exhibition, bus and boat tours continue
  • Guided walks continue
  • Lecture on The Castles of the Coast
  • Farewell concert, featuring the best of north east Scotland’s story-telling, music, poetry and song

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