20th January 2015

Clan Hay Announces Summer Programme

The final event of the tour will be a guided tour of the spectacular Slains Castle

The final event of the tour will be a guided tour of the spectacular Slains Castle

The Clan Hay Society has announced an exciting programme of events in the run-up to our annual Clan Gathering at the Aboyne Highland Games in August.

This is part of the Tartan Ties initiative, launched by the Clan Hay Society in 2013 with the backing of Visit Scotland, the government agency responsible for attracting overseas visitors to our shores.

A week-long journey taking in sites associated with Clan Hay across much of Scotland  will begin on 28th July with a three night stay at Duns Castle in Berwickshire, the lovely home of Alick and Aline Hay of Duns.  From there, visits are arranged to the battlefield of Flodden, Neidpath Castle, and the magnificent Edwardian Manderston House.

The tour will proceed to Borthwick Castle in Midlothian, cradle of the Hays of Yester, and thence to our Perthshire heartland, taking in Megginch Castle and the Mott of Errol.

The climax of the tour will be our annual gathering at the Aboyne Highland Games on Saturday 1st August with a ceilidh event that evening.  The final events of the week will be a lunch at Delgatie Castle, the Clan Hay Centre, on Sunday 2nd August, followed by guided tours of the old and new castles of Slains on the Aberdeenshire cliffs.

Bookings are already being taken and spaces are limited.  Click on the ’2015 Programme’ tab at the top of this page for full details.

6th January 2015

Hunting Hay Tartan Now Available

Malcolm Hay in the Hunting Hay tartan (with Bill Bailey at Delgatie)

Malcolm Hay in the Hunting Hay tartan (with Bill Bailey at Delgatie)

Hay and Hunting Hay tartan is specially woven on the Clan Hay Society’s behalf and is available to members at cost price.

Following the popularity of the lighter weight Hay tartan in reproduction colours (the colours believed most closely to reflect the shades produced by traditional vegetable dyes in the days before modern chemical dyes became available) it was decided to produce a bolt of Hunting Hay in the same weight.

The quality of the tartan is exceptional and, as it is produced in double width, only four metres is required for a kilt.  The price has this year been held at £30.00 sterling per metre.  This is possible only because the Clan Hay Society orders material directly from the mill and can pass the saving on to members.

If you would like to order a length of either the hunting tartan, or Hay tartan in reproduction colours, please be sure to place your order in good time as quantities are limited and it takes up to eight weeks for a new bolt to be woven.

To order, click on the ‘Merchandise’ tab at the top of this page, or contact the treasurer Pam Rotheroe-Hay on


5th January 2015

Clan Rally to take place in Paris

The Eiffel Tower and Port de Suffren

The Eiffel Tower and Port de Suffren

Organised by the Clan Maclean Association in France, Clan Hay will be taking part in a Ralliement des Clans in Paris on Friday 6th February, the evening before the annual Scotland versus France rugby match.

The event will take place in an iconic location immediately in front of the Eiffel Tower, on board the barge at Cercle de la Mer, moored at Port de Suffren on the River Seine.  You can park free of charge on the quay.

The evening will begin at 7.30 pm with drinks, followed by diner at 8.30 pm and Scottish dancing from 10.00 pm.  The cost is 64 Euros per person and tickets are available from Mr Alan McLean, 89 Boulevard de Sebastopol, 75002 Paris.  Places are limited so please be sure to book early for what promises to be a splendid evening.