There are two principal opportunities for Clan Hay to gather in Scotland in 2014.
Bannockburn Live, June 2014
Plans for a spectacular three-day extravaganza are now finalised in celebration of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in Stirling in June 2014.
Taking place over the weekend of 28th – 30th June 2014, Clan Hay will be at the heart of these events, as our forbears proudly were all those generations ago.
These events will be staged at the brand new, state of the art Bannockburn Visitor Centre in Stirling, which has been dramatically refurbished for the occasion. There will be three dramatic re-enactments of the battle on each of the three days, performed by experienced battlefield groups which will recreate for us the full drama and horror of the medieval battlefield.
These are just some of the highlights you will be able to experience:
* New Bannockburn Visitor Centre utilising 3D technology so you can experience medieval combat like never before
* The iconic monument to Robert the Bruce has been fully restored, incorporating a specially commissioned comemorative poem by Kathleen Jamie inscribed on the ring beam of the rotunda
* Festival of Scottish literature and traditional music
* Festival of Scottish food and drink, including tastings and demonstrations
* Festival of Scottish nature, including hands-on bushcraft, wildlife and outdoor activities in the ‘Natural World’ village
* Children’s activities including arts and crafts
* Traditional sports festival, including archery and traditional Highland Games events
* Exploring your Scottish roots through the Clan village, where many of the Clan societies will be based
Clan Hay will be finalising its schedule of events in the coming weeks and will announce in January 2014 a detailed programme for the three days which will include a ceilidh on the evening of Saturday 28th June in Stirling and a quiz night.
Full details of Bannockburn Live can be found on www.battleofbannockburn.com Ticketing arrangements are explained there: the cost is £20.00 for an adult ticket, £12.50 for a child and £55.00 for a family. However, please note that this basic ticket price does not include entry to the Bannockburn Visitor Centre. For that, you will need a “King’s Ticket,” which will cost £75.oo.
We suggest that members of Clan Hay who are planning to attend for more than one of the three days purchase a King’s Ticket for one day and a basic ticket for other days. We are confident this represents good value for money in light of the extensive programme of activities included in the price.
Aboyne Games, August 2014
The annual gathering of Clan Hay will take place as usual at the Aboyne Highland Games on Saturday 2nd August 2014. Clan Hay will be one of about 10 of the main Aberdeenshire clans with hospitality tents in the Clan Village on the games field.
This is one of the major Highland Games of the circuit and a ‘must see’ event for anyone in the area who is looking to experience traditional Scotland.
There will be a picnic lunch on Sunday 3rd August at Old Slains, the Aberdeenshire home of the Chief, the Earl of Erroll, followed by guided tours of the two castles of Slains.
Once again, full details will be confirmed in January 2014.