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
PLEASE SEE REVISED PROGRAMME BELOW.
KEY EVENTS (Mostly Online)
PERMANENT DISPLAY (MOST DAYS)
MONDAY 9th AUGUST 2021
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.
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.
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.
POSTPONED TO SATURDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2021
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.
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
Virtual Tours of Royal Deeside
"Fortifying Braemar Castle"
Colonel Anne (Audio Interpretation)
Clan Virtual Interviews
Clan History & Information