Clan Macpherson Association Gathering

August 4th - 7th 2023


The Gathering this year will follow the traditional format. We shall be using the Duke of Gordon Hotel for the Ball, the Supper, and the Ceilidh, which means there is a very firm limit on numbers attending these events. Surprisingly, the Gathering takes quite a bit of time and effort to organize; please be kind to us and get your booking in early. Please note the Officers' meetings on Friday and the Sunday Pipes Galore event.


CMA meetings for Committee members will take place prior to the Gathering via online conference. Check with your Committee Chairman for the scheduled date and time. A time has been set aside for these committees to meet in person as an informal gathering on Friday.


"The Concert" will showcase the Clan Macpherson Pipers young and not as young. They will be joined by the Pipes and Drums Band from Mt Dora, Florida, USA. For most of the Mt. Dora Band members, this is their first trip to Scotland and the first time they will be playing their pipes in the instrument's homeland.


The Programme is subject to change. The final Programme will be provided at registration.

Clan Macpherson Association 2023 Gathering Programme
Thursday Clan Chattan AGM - Locahardil Hotel, Inverness - Evening, optional for members of Clan Chattan. RSVP - online
Friday Registration - Duke of Gordon Hotel - Between 09:00 - 15:00
Welcome Meeting for Newcomers - Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie 09:00 - 10:00
Committee Meetings - Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie 10:00 - 11:30
The Scottish Wildcat - Discussion of the survival of the species and walkabout 13:00
Dance Practice - Duke of Gordon Hotel - 15:00 - 16:00
Sir Tommy Macpherson's Memorial Shinty Match - The Dell, game starts at 18:00
Group Photo - Front of the Duke of Gordon Hotel - 18:30
Chief's Reception, Dinner and Highland Ball - Duke of Gordon Hotel. 19:00. Dinner will be served at 20:00, dancing until 01:00.
Saturday CMA AGM - Village Hall, Newtonmore. 10:30
Newtonmore Highland Games - Held at the Eilan from 10:30
Clan March from Old Ralia to The Elian - Marchers to meet at Old Ralia at 13:45. The step off is 14:00. Games entry fee will be collected here prior to the March. The March will be followed by conviviality in the Clan Tent.
Stovies Supper - Duke of Gordon Hotel from 18.00
Ceilidh - Duke of Gordon, Kingussie 20:00 - 22:00 preceded by a Junior Ceilidh at 19:30
Sunday Church Service - Kingussie Parish Church. 10:30
Informal Picnic - Cairn Site from 13:00
Pipes Galore "The Concert" - Newtonmore Village Hall.15:00 - 16:30
Dinner by personal arrangement
Monday Illustrated Talk Followed by a Walk/Hike - Glen Banchor and Creag Bheag - The Sights, Stories and Macpherson History 9:30


Most events at the Gathering don't have a dress code - just wear what you feel comfortable in for the occasion - the exceptions being the Dinner and Ball and the March on Saturday. The Dinner and Ball is Highland Dress/Black Tie/ Formal and the March on Saturday afternoon is Smart Day Wear (kilt for men, with jacket and tie; smart tartan knee-length or slightly longer skirt for women). If wearing headgear please use Highland style (Glengarry, Balmoral, TOS). Please remember that this is a formal march behind the Chief. It attracts attention from local people and visitors so, please, neither mini nor full length skirts, no breeks (trousers), trews nor jeans, no trainers/sneakers, sandals or other casual items, no baseball caps, trilbys and no pets.


To secure a full refund, you must cancel your booking before the 1st of July, 2023. Any cancellations after that date will have the following cancellation fees:

1st of July, 2023 to the 7th of July, 2023 - 10% per booking
8th of July, 2023 to the 14th of July, 2023 - 15% per booking
After the 15th of July, 2023 the banquet numbers will be finalised, and no refunds will be given.


Numbers are limited for the events and tickets will be supplied on a first come, first served basis. Members may have up to two guests, any guests over that number will be put on a waiting list and spaces allocated shortly before the event. Please notify the Secretary as soon as possible if booked tickets are not required, to allow speedy re-allocation.

For additional information on any aspect of the Gathering please contact CMA Secretary at the address listed on the Clan Macpherson Association Officers page.

For information on where to stay and what to do please visit the Newtonmore site on the Web.

Many thanks to George McPherson, FL, for providing the photos in the Gathering slideshow above. For larger copies of the slideshow photos contact the Webmaster, .