2015 Programme

Plans for the Clan Hay’s Annual Gathering 2015 are now finalised and consist of four action packed days in the Hays’ Aberdeenshire heartland, in a programme that will offer something to suit all tastes.


Crathes Castle, seat of Clan Burnett

Crathes Castle, seat of Clan Burnett

Thursday 30th July: Inter-Clan Croquet Tournament
Crathes Castle, Banchory, Kincardineshire AB31 5QJ

Crathes Castle is by far the most popular of the National Trust for Scotland’s properties in North East Scotland, comprising a fine example of a Scottish tower house, situated in stunning, world-famous gardens that extend to several acres.  Hosted by James Burnett of Leys, Chief of the Burnetts and whose family seat this is, Clan Hay will take part in a croquet tournament together with Clans Burnett and Irvine.  6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.




Druminor Castle

Druminnor Castle

Friday 31st July: Murder Mystery Dinner
Druminnor Castle, Rhynie, Aberdeenshire AB54 4LX

Druminnor Castle is a unique and fascinating example of a laird’s house, dating from the early 15th century, which was the original seat of the Chiefs of Clan Forbes.  Still in the hands of the Forbes family, Alex Forbes of Druminnor will welcome Clan Hay to his home for a formal black tie dinner and ‘murder mystery’ event, with a Scottish flavour.  This event is part of the Clan Hay Society’s “Tartan Ties” programme, created to bring Clan Hay members together with local communities and generously supported by Visit Scotland, the Scottish Government’s agency charged with promoting Scotland as a tourist destination.  £50.00 per head.  7.00 pm start.


The Massed Bands enter the Aboyne Games field in 2010

The Massed Bands enter the Aboyne Games field

Saturday 1st August: Aboyne Highland Games
Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5HY

The Aboyne Highland Games is one of the principal events on the Highland Games circuit, attracting competitors from throughout Scotland and as far afield as North America and Australasia – a “must see” occasion for visitors to the area.  Competitions are held between pipers, Highland dancers, pipe bands, in track and field events and, of course, in the traditional ‘heavy’ events for which the Highland Games is most famous, including tossing the caber, hammer throwing and much more.

The Clan Hay Society will be dispensing hospitality throughout the day from its tent in the Clan Village, where we will take our place with many of the other principal families of North East Scotland, including Clans Leask, Burnett, Irvine, Leslie, Gordon, Forbes, Fraser and Farquharson.  A warm welcome awaits all Hays who are visiting the games.  £9.00 entry fee to the games, payable on the gate.  10.00 am ’til approximately 4.00 pm.


Saturday 1st August: Ceilidh Dance and Supper
MacRobert Hall, The Square, Tarland, Aberdeenshire AB34 4YL

A traditional Scottish Ceilidh with food, music and dancing in the local hall of the charming village of Tarland.  Live music from Andy Linklater and Rob McCombie.  Prince includes a hog roast, but bring your own drinks.  £20.00 per head, 7.30 pm ’til 11.30 pm.


Delgatie Castle in the snow

Delgatie Castle in the snow

Sunday 2nd August: Lunch at the Clan Hay Centre
Delgatie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 5TD

Delgatie Castle has been in the hands of the Hays for most of the last 600 years, originally coming to a younger son of the Hays of Dronlaw by marriage to the Fraser heiress.  It was lovingly restored over a period of nearly 50 years by the late Captain John Hay of Hayfield who allowed his home to be designated the official Clan Hay Centre.

Members of Clan Hay will be welcomed for lunch in the castle’s Yester Room and to tour the castle and its extensive policies.  From 12.00 midday. £25.00 per person.


Sunday 2nd August: Guided tours of the Castles of Slains
Old Slains Castle, Collieston, Aberdeenshire AB41 8ST

The 'new' Slains Castle from the air

The ‘new’ Slains Castle from the air

The two Slains Castles, situated four miles apart, both in spectacular clifftop locations on the dramatic Aberdeenshire coast, have been successively the principal seat of the Earls of Erroll, Chiefs of Clan Hay, for more than 700 years.  Both are now sadly in ruins.  Of the old castle, destroyed by King James VI in 1594 following a rebellion led by the ninth Earl of Erroll, only a single wall remains, although the present Chief has a family home built among the ruins in the 1950s.

On Sunday afternoon, we will meet at Old Slains before travelling the few miles to view the remains of the ‘new’ castle at nearby Cruden Bay.  Meet at Old Slains Castle, Collieston, Aberdeenshire AB41 8ST at 3.00 pm.



For full details of all of these events and to book your place (except for the Aboyne Games) please contact the Treasurer, Pam Rotheroe-Hay, on pam.rotheroe-hay@Hotmail.co.uk  We hope to see you at one, or indeed all, of these events.