Over £26,000 in funding has been offered to support clan events as part of Homecoming Scotland celebrations in the year ahead, Enterprise and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing announced today.
All ten applicants to the Scottish Government’s Clan Event Fund have been offered grant support to stage events across the country in 2014/15.
The £200,000 fund was put in place to support the planning and delivery of local Clan events as part of Homecoming celebrations in 2014 and beyond.
Such events are a major attraction to the hundreds of thousands from across the globe who visit Scotland to explore their ancestry.
Mr Ewing said: “I am delighted to announce this initial allocation of funding through the Clan Event Fund, which is intended to support ten Clan events taking place across Scotland in the year ahead.
“This includes a number of international Clan gatherings which will bring thousands of visitors to Scotland, generating income and providing a colourful spectacle in those communities where they take place.
“This is the year that Scotland gives a warm welcome to visitors from around the world as we showcase the history and traditions of Scottish Clans during our second year of Homecoming.
“Not only will the Scottish Clan Event Fund help support activities during this year’s celebrations, but will also provide a legacy by supporting Clan events through to our planned Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.”
For more information, call Robert Turbyne on 0131 244 5122.
Clan Munro Association
10th International Clan Munro Gathering
Foulis Castle, nr Evanton
Maclachlan Clan Gathering & Strathlachlan Community Festival
Clan Lachlan International Gathering & Strathlachlan Community
Argyll and Bute Council
Castle Lachlan, Strathlachlan, Strachur
MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust
Clan MacDougall International Gathering 2014
Argyll and Bute Council
Dunollie House plus various local locations, Oban, Argyll
Clan MacThomas Society
Clan MacThomas Society 2014 Diamond Jubilee Gathering
Perth and Kinross Pitlochry/Glenshee/Kirkmichael
Clan Gregor Society
International Clan Gregor Gathering 2014
Based at Stirling University then at Dalmally, Argyllshire
Clan MacLaren at the Lochearnhead Highland Games and Gathering
Perth and Kinross Council Lochearnhead, Balquhidder and Strathyre
Clan Hay Society
Tartan Ties 2014 (Clan Hay)
Aberdeen City Council/
Stirling and Aberdeen
Clan Lamont Society
Clan Lamont Family Fun Day
Argyll and Bute Council
Toward Castle, Dunoon
Clan Moffat UK
Clan Moffat International Gathering
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Clan Donnachaidh Society Gathering
Perth and Kinross Council
Killiecrankie Hall, Pitlochry, and Clan Centre at Bruar
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