The Clan Hay Society has once again been chosen by Visit Scotland, the government agency charged with attracting visitors to our shores, as one of the clan societies to receive a grant towards the cost of its activities.
These funds, amounting to £5000, are specifically for our annual gathering in August and are to be focused our second Tartan Ties event. Tartan Ties was launched in 2009, again with Visit Scotland's support. Our 2015 annual gathering will include a tour of Clan Hay sites across Scotland, including a murder mystery evening at Duns Castle, the Berwickshire home of Alick and Aline Hay of Duns.
This is the year of food and drink and Visit Scotland's funding for clan activities is focused on this area. The purpose of the funding is to encourage Clan Hay members to visit the homeland, whilst involving local communities. The Duns Castle event will include a formal black tie/tartan dinner with a murder mystery led by a professional team. Guests will be invited to take on the roles of characters, in this Scottish themed performance.
We are grateful to Visit Scotland for their continued support and for their recognition of the Clan Hay Society's role in attracting and entertaining visitors from overseas. The success of our events at Bannockburn Live in 2014 was taken into account in reaching the decision to award the grant.
Thanks to this, we are able to make this year's tour a particularly special experience and to keep down the cost to our members.
Click on the 2015 Programme tab at the top of this page for full details of how to participate.