2000 Gathering Programme

24 – 28 MAY 2000

Wednesday 24 May
Welcome – North West Castle Hotel

7:30pm Evening Buffet Supper – Introductions – Explanations of. Programme of Events and issue of Information Packs.
Items for consideration and formation of Focus Groups

Thursday 25 May
Northern Ireland Visit – Belfast

Book in as a foot passenger at the Stena Sealink Ferry Terminal before 9:30am, across the road from the North West Castle Hotel.  The ferry leaves at 10:00am. A special rate booking has been arranged and this will include either breakfast on the way to Belfast or a main course meal on the way back to Stranraer.

Arriving in Belfast at 11:50am, to be met by coach and Irish Clan members. The coach will proceed to a local hostelry for lunch, between 1:00 and 2:00pm. Will Hanna from Belfast will conduct a guided tour of the capital city of Northern Ireland.

The coach will return us to the ferry terminal at 4:30pm to catch the 5:10pm boat back to Stranraer, arriving about 7:00pm. Casual and informal social get- togethers will take place in the lounge bar of the North West Castle Hotel when there are no planned events.

Friday 26 May
Wigtownshire Machars Bus Tour

Leaving from the North West Castle Hotel at 9:30am and guided by the Constable, a coach will take in both west and east coasts of the Machars.  Many familiar names from the book ‘The Hannays of Sorbie’ can be recognised on signposts. Passing Port William to stop at Monreith and see the statue of Tarka the otter from Gavin Maxwell’s book ‘Ring of Bright Water’ and bonny St Medan’s Bay. Passing the track to St Ninian’s Cave, where this Saint is reputed to have first landed, bringing Christianity to Scotland from Ireland, long before St Columba. Then stopping at the lovely wee port of Isle of Whithom for lunch at the Steam Packet Hotel by the harbour. There will be time to walk to Candida Casa before setting off to Whithom to look in on the world famous ‘dig’ site and museum then on to Wigtown, Scotland’s ‘booktown’. Time to browse for book bargains and perhaps visit the site of Wigtown Martyrs Monument before returning to Stranraer in time for the Clan dinner at 7:30pm. Dinner will be followed by the Gathering General Meeting in the North West Castle Hotel. Focus Group leaders will report back to the meeting on their specific topics. Items for discussion at the October Annual General Meeting and nominations for Clan Council can be put forward.

Saturday 27 May
Clan Gathering – Sorbie Tower

Sorbie Tower

Meet at Sorbie Village Hall, opposite the Pheasant Inn, Sorbie for a buffet lunch at 12:30pm, before proceeding to Sorbie Tower for the Annual Gathering of our Clan, between 2:00 and 4:30pm. A wide range of Clan goods will be on sale during the afternoon. Tea, coffee and fruit juice will be available.Leave between 4:30 and 5:00pm for Stranraer to prepare for the Ceilidh Dance and supper in Stranraer Rugby Club at 7:30pm

During the evening kinsfolk will be invited and encouraged to participate in the entertainment and dancing. An auction of some Clan articles will, take place during the interval to raise funds for the Sorbie Tower Project, including a red covered, hardback copy of ‘The Hannays of Sorbie’. Goods for auction can be donated to the Keeper of the Tartan, and viewed during the evening, before the auction starts.

Sunday 28 May
Church Service
Sorbie Parish Church

Leave Stranraer for the last time, en-route to Sorbie Parish Church, Kirkdale House and home. The Sorbie Presbyterian Church of Scotland service lasts about 1 hour and is open to all denominations. The service starts at 10:00am in the joint church of Sorbie and Garlieston, built by the Earl of Galloway to serve both villages. About one mile from the Tower entrance road on the way to Garlieston. The offering collection is taken at the entrance on the way in.

Buffet Lunch – Kirkdale House

Kirkdale House

After the church service proceed to Kirkdale House for 1:00pm. Just off the A75 main road from Stranraer to Dumfries, pass Carsluith village and castle, stop in for the Craft Fair. Watch out for the large signs for Cairn Holy, on the left. Turn off here and follow the drive, by the ‘heart’ stone to Kirkdale House for buffet lunch and guided tours of the house and gardens.

A Clan Council meeting will take place at Kirkdale before lunch.

Haste Ye Back.

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