2015 Programme

Duns Castle

Duns Castle

Tartan Ties: the Clan Hay Tour, 28th July – 2nd August 2015.

Bookings are now being taken for the 2015 Clan Hay Tour.  This is an exceptional opportunity not only to meet other Hays but to visit many places of significance to our clan.

The tour starts with a three night stay in Duns Castle.  Duns is in a unique location in the Scottish Borders on the outskirts of the small market town that gives the castle its name.  This wonderfully peaceful castle has been in the Hay family since 1696.

Whilst staying at Duns talks will be given on Clan Hay and on the Battle of Flodden by Angus Hay, a celebrated military historian.  We will visit the Flodden battlefield where over 80 Hays died with King James IV and the clan was almost wiped out.  We will have lunch in a nearby inn and then go on to visit Neidpath Castle, which was built by Sir William Hay of Locherworth and was owned by the Hays for over 300 years.  We will also be paying a visit to the magnificent Manderston House where we will have lunch, before going on to Ladykirk Stables which is not open to the public.

A special feature of our stay at Duns Castle is a Murder Mystery Dinner.  This is a black tie/tartan event.

Moving north, we will visit Borthwick Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  Although the present structure was built in 1430 by Sir William de Borthwick who was granted a Royal Charter by King James I, it stands on the site of the original Mott of Locherworth and so is one of the earliest sites associated with Clan Hay.  Once the refuge of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Earl of Bothwell, it was besieged by Oliver Cromwell in 1650, the damage from which can still be seen today.  James, seventh Lord Borthwick, married Mary Hay, daughter of William, fifth Lord Hay of Yester.

From Borthwick we will continue to Errol where we will visit the Hawkstane and the Errol mott, where the first Hay castle stood.  Our final visit for the day will be to Megginch Castle, which was for hundreds of years home to the Hays of Megginch, forefathers of the Earls of Kinnoull.

On Saturday 1st August, we will gather at the Aboyne Highland Games where Clan Hay will host a tent in the clan village where we will be joined by other clan members.  That evening we will be taking part in a ceilidh featuring live music and good food.

The following day we will have lunch at Delgatie Castle, our clan centre. Members of the tour will be able to look around the castle free of charge.  On leaving Delgatie, we will go on to Old Slains Castle and New Slains Castle, where there will be guided tours.

The cost of the tour this year will be £480 which will include:

*   Bed and breakfast at Duns Castle for three nights
*   Illustrated talks on Clan Hay and the Battle of Flodden
*   Visit to Flodden battlefield
*   Lunch
*   Visit to Neidpath Castle with refreshments
*   Supper at Duns Castle
*   Visit to Manderston House
*   Lunch
*   Visit to Ladykirk Stables
*   Murder Mystery Dinner
*   Visit to Borthwick Castle
*   Lunch
*   Visit to the Hawkstane and Errol mott
*   Visit to Megginch Castle
*   Ceilidh
*   Lunch at Delgatie Castle
*   Guided tours of the Old and New Slains Castles

Please note that accommodation is not included for the Friday and Saturday nights.

Please contact Pamela Rotheroe-Hay on pam.rotheroe-hay@hotmail.co.uk to book your spaces or for further details.