Following our Award-Winning Virtual Gathering of 2020, we had hoped to deliver an even more exciting programme this year, however the continued uncertainty surrounding the Covid pandemic has rendered this extremely challenging. Despite Government Covid measures easing, response to our surveys indicate there will be insufficient attendance this year to host several of the onsite events and activities we had planned. It is therefore with great regret that, with the exception of the Cairn Ceremony, our Gathering this year will follow a more modest programme, primarily online. There are nevertheless a number of local events to be enjoyed by those who will be in Royal Deeside (some of which are included below) and we intend to postpone some of our key events by a month or so to enable greater attendance. The Cairn Ceremony will however go ahead as planned on Wednesday 11th August.

We envisage a spectacular Gathering in 2022, in the sincere hope that international travel will have resumed and the need for Social Distancing will have reduced. Elements of our 2020 Gathering remain online and can be viewed by clicking the button below.

 

While the Gathering is essentially an event for Members and Friends of Clan Farquharson UK and of our affiliated Societies overseas, there is still plenty for non-members to explore and discover. Some of the items need to be booked in advance and you must be 18 years or over to register. Parental guidance is advised throughout the site, however any age-sensitive content is clearly indicated. There are even projects and activities for the younger generation, besides keeping us all technically operational!

CLAN FARQUHARSON 2021 GATHERING

PROGRAMME

PLEASE SEE REVISED PROGRAMME BELOW.

2021 PROGRAMME

KEY EVENTS (Mostly Online)

PERMANENT DISPLAY (MOST DAYS)

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SUNDAY 8th AUGUST 2021  (9PM-10PM BST)
MEET & GREET / ONLINE SOCIAL

An easy-come, easy-go, online social gathering for our Members and Invited Guests, with networking and further insights to the programme. Login details will be emailed to our membership.

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MONDAY 9th AUGUST 2021   (FROM 11AM BST)

Our beloved Braemar Castle awaits you! On arrival, there may be the occasional skirmish of Jacobites vs Government troops but don't let that impede your access! Virtual tour, Interviews & more!

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MONDAY 9th AUGUST 2021
VIRTUAL TOURS

A host of virtual tours remain accessible online, enabling you to discover the local treasures of Royal Deeside, including vistas along the Dee to mark Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters.

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MONDAY 9th AUGUST 2021
COLONEL ANNE PODCASTS

The Duns Players' audio performances of scenes from Colonel Anne (David Shirreff's play about Anne Farquharson of Invercauld who raised troops for the Jacobite Rising) are included from 2020.

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TUESDAY 10th AUGUST 2021  (UNTIL 11th SEPT 2021 TBC)

We have 4 Challenges lined up for the younger generation to enjoy. These include building Braemar Castle, recreating tartan, archery and a Hill Run. Adults to register and supervise their child.

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WEDNESDAY 11th AUGUST 2021   (2PM BST)
CAIRN CEREMONY

This year, our ceremony of remembrance at the Clan Cairn will be a low-profile occasion for those present onsite. A recording of the event may hopefully be shared with our Members and Friends.

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THURSDAY 12th AUGUST 2021

The Ballater Highland Games Committee are inviting the local community to bring picnics to Monaltrie Park where activities and entertainment will be provided. Contact BHG for details.

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POSTPONED TO FRIDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2021 (TBC)

Discover 4 Scottish malts delivered free to your door for an exclusive online whisky tasting experience in partnership with Skene Whisky. Limited to the first 50 UK registrants (aged 18+).

POSTPONED TO SATURDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2021
VIRTUAL QUIZ

Register your Team to compete in this online Quiz that will test your speed and knowledge against the clock. Confer with your team but not with books or search engines! Details to follow.

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POSTPONED TO SATURDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2021

An opportunity to entertain each other in the ancient custom of the Ceilidh, through music, song, poetry, story-telling, stand-up comedy, dance or magic. Register for a slot to show your talent!

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SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2021  (3.30PM BST)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

Conducted this year by video conference, the AGM is open to all members of Clan Farquharson UK and is where all internal matters are discussed and committee appointments are made.

+ BALLATER VICTORIA WEEK
(BALLATER'S FESTIVAL OF FAMILY FUN)
SEE BVW PROGRAMME BELOW

PUBLIC ACCESS
  • Virtual Tours of Royal Deeside

  • "Fortifying Braemar Castle"

  • Colonel Anne (Audio Interpretation)

  • Clan Virtual Interviews

  • Video Testimonials

  • Clan History & Information

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BALLATER VICTORIA WEEK 2021
(BALLATER'S FESTIVAL OF FAMILY FUN)

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Please Note that Ballater Victoria Week and the Picnic Event at Monaltrie Park are organised independently of Clan Farquharson UK