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Clan MacNicol 2018 International Gathering

Thursday 11th
Welcome drinks at the Royal Hotel - Portree

Friday 12th
Raise the flag at Scorrybreac -
Our Chief John MacNeacail of MacNeacail and Scorrybreac will raise his standard on the Clan land overlooking Portree.

Clan meetings - The Cuillin Hills Hotel
10.15am - Urras Clann MacNeacail Trust
11.30am - Open Clan meeting chaired by the Chief - John MacNeacail

Scorrybreac work party

Dinner & Ceilidh at the Sligachan Hotel - Food - Music - Drinks - Dancing
Sligachan Hotel 
which renowned for it's impressive collection of over 400 malts from every pocket of Scotland, the full gantry will please those who wish to sample some of Scotland's 'Uisge Beatha' (water of life). Proof of the bar's popularity lies it's title of 'WHISKY BAR OF THE YEAR', which it has maintained for four consecutive years. Dinner will be followed by a ceilidh dance. 
Transport provided from Portree which is 9miles away.
7pm till late

Saturday 13th 

Historical walks of Portree - 2pm & 4pm

Option 1 – Gentle 1 hour walk 
Portree (or Port an Righ in Gaelic) meaning Kings Harbour, was named after James V visited with his fleet in 1540. Today it is a bustling fishing town with painted buildings huddled round the harbour.
Starting in Portree Square, Catriona your local guide will explain some of the history of Portree. Learn about Sir James MacDonald and his ambitions in creating the town of Portree with education for all and a thriving trade and society. The most impressive buildings are mostly to be found in Portree’s central square. 
You will discover some of the secrets of Portree. On the way, you will pass the Royal Hotel which stands on the site of Macnabs Inn where Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora spent time during the Princes escape after the defeat of the Jacobite’s at Culloden in 1746, the  ‘old jail’ and ‘The gathering hall’ built for the annual Skye Balls. You will make your way up to the natural amphitheatre, known locally as the lump, which provides the site for the Highland games, held here since 1877. The apothecary’s tower provides glorious 360 views which include the Cuillin Mountains to the south and the rock formation known as the Old Man of Storr in the north. The walk continues through the original Portree graveyard, passing old fishermen’s cottages, where nets are still put out to dry.

During the walk, you will see views across the Harbour to the Clan Nicolson land at  Scorrybreac.

Option 2 - 2 hour walk 10am

Wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes. Not advisable for those with mobility limitations as route features uneven pathways and terrain, steep inclines and steps.

 Starting in Portree Square, Catriona your local guide will explain some of the history of Portree. Portree (or Port an Righ in Gaelic) meaning Kings Harbour, was named after James V visited with his fleet in 1540. Today it is a bustling fishing town with painted buildings huddled round a charming harbour.
You will then continue towards Scorrybreac, the stronghold of the highland Clan MacNeacail for over 800 years. The walk continues along the coast stopping at the Nicolson Viewpoint and Cairn where there is a plaque inscribed with the names of those clans people from around the world who contributed to the land purchase in 1987 and to the subsequent maintenance work. The four seats at the Cairn were dedicated by clan members to Lady Dorothy Nicolson, Ian Ferguson Nicolson, John Hurt Nicholson, and Lady Juliet Nicholson
At the corner of the path you come to Battery Point, so-named because there was a gun emplacement here to protect Loch Portree during the Napoleonic Wars. This area of the Scorrybreac lands was the favorite view of Pam MacNeacail, the wife of our late Chief, Iain MacNeacail. This seat was built in her memory
The path continues along the coast before zig zaging up Ben Chracaig with beautiful views across to the island of Raasay.  You will then descend towards the Cuillin Hills Hotel to complete the walk back in Portree 

Portree Bay Trips
Sailings  10am - 12pm - 2pm - 4pm
This trip lasts approximately 2 hours and covers up to 12 miles.
Leaving Portree Harbour they sail by the sandy beach at Camus Bhan then on through Portree bay past the old village of Score and into towards the Scarf Caves where there is an abundance of bird life including Shags, Cormorants, Black Guillemots and Rock Doves to name a few. From here on is the area where we generally encounter the White-Tailed Eagles and the stunning scenery of the Sound of Raasay. On the return will be the opportunity to view Scorrybreac from the sea.

7.30pm - Royal Hotel - Portree.
A meal of haggis neaps and tatties followed by an evening of accordion music, ceilidh dancing, gaelic song, Highland dancers, and bagpipes.

Sunday 14th - 11am Leaving brunch at the Cuillin Hills - Portree

Brunch Menu
Warm Scotch Pancakes -Glava Syrup or Lemon and Sugar
Poached Orchard Apples Toasted Oats, Crème Fraiche
Followed by
Fishermans Brunch Kegeree, Smoked Salmon, Fish Cake, Buttered Brown Bread
All Day Breakfast Stornoway Black Pudding, Bacon, Pork Sausage, Hash Brown, Beans, Grilled Tomato, Mushroom
Drinks Menu
Alcohol Choices - Bloody Mary’s/Bucks Fizz
Fresh Fruit Juice Choices - Orange, Grapefruit, Cloudy Apple, Cranberry, Virgin Mary’s 
£20 for 2 courses and £4.95 for the drinks package (per a person). Payable on the day

More information will be added in due course - also the opportunity to book events and purchase tickets.


Clan MacNicol Lands Need Your Continuing Support

The Clan Land at Ben Chracaig Portree is a magnificent focus and heritage for all members of Clan MacNicol.

Maintenance, insurance and upkeep are a constant which needs to be funded.

Friends of Scorrybreac Lands was established so that those living anywhere in the world could still contribute to the maintenance and upkeep;  by pledging and paying a sum equivalent to GBPounds 50 ($80) annually.

Less than 1 cup of coffee a week.

This Fund has recently been neglected and ignored!

For the past year the only amounts received were: 2 from Canada, 5 from USA (many did donate a small sum with their membership renewal to total $1350, thank you all)

and 18 from Australia, plus New Zealand members paid for the replacement of a dilapidated bench on the Lands.

To properly fund the works necessary and to have the Clan Lands in tip-top shape for next year’s 2014 World Gathering in July we aim for 60 members.    It is not too late!

See our Friends of Scorrybreac Lands (FoSL) link  and become a FRIEND today!

Mal Nicolson
FoSL coordinator