CLAN MUNRO USA and CANADA
INVITATION TO A BONNIE CLAN MUNRO GATHERING
IN SCOTLAND, 2019



Come, join in the gathering of the Clan Munro USA and Canada at Foulis Castle, historic seat of the chiefs of the Clan Munro from at least 1154, Eilean (pronounced “Illyun”) Donan Castle, Castle Leod, Strathpeffer Pavilion, and more (complete listing follows).  You will have the opportunity to meet our Chief, Hector W. Munro, and his family, whom you will find to be warm and gracious hosts.  Chief Hector has arranged a variety of activities during the gathering on 9, 10 and 11 August 2019. This gathering is occurring in a historic year for Scotland.  2019 is the 300 year anniversary of the unsung, but highly significant Battle of Glen Shiel on 18 June 1719.  In addition, it is a homecoming year for all Munros in the worldwide diaspora who are invited to visit Scotland and discover, or reconnect with, their rich Scottish heritage.

The CMA USA headquarters will be in the Royal Highland Hotel (RHH) in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.  It is about 150 miles north of Edinburgh and 20 miles south of Foulis. Inverness is a picturesque city with a vibrant and welcoming downtown area, just steps from the RHH.

Only Clan Munro USA or Canada members and immediate family (spouses and minor children under 18) may register with CMA USA for the gathering.  Registration and accommodation are limited to a first-come basis, so register and make your arrangements early.  If you have any questions, please email clanmunro2019@gmail.com.

ITINERARY: Unless otherwise noted, all activities described below are included in the registration fee.  Activities and times are subject to change.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Sign in and pick up information packets from 9:30 am until 11:45 am and 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm in the Hospitality Room of the RHH adjacent to the front desk.  This will be the place to meet new friends and greet old ones.  This will also be a good time to acquaint yourself with Inverness and perhaps take a stroll along the River Ness.  Attendees are responsible for their own meals today.

Friday, 9 August 2019

11:30 – Breakfast is included in the room rate at the RHH.  9:30 Coach to Dornie. Clan Chief Hector W. Munro of Foulis will give a warm welcome.  Following will be a buffet lunch in the beautiful highland town of Dornie followed by a visit to Eilean Donan Castle and the nearby site of  the battle of Glen Shiel.  5:00 p.m.  – Return to the RHH in coaches.  Afterwards, dinner is on-your-own.

Saturday, 10 August, 2019

9:00 a.m. – Visit in coaches to the beautiful, historic Victorian Strathpeffer Pavilion, with music and a buffet lunch included.   We will also visit nearby classic Castle Leod, seat of Chief of the Clan Mackenzie.  We will visit The Strathpeffer Highland Games taking place in the beautiful grounds of Castle Leod.  A shuttle bus will transport you to the games, then back to the pavilion which will be the venue for our evening meal.  Dress is highland daywear.  The Earl of Cromartie and his wife, the Countess are invited as special guests.  8:00 p.m. – Board coaches to the RHH in Inverness.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

9:00 a.m. – Kirkin O’ the Tartan at the hotel.

9:30 a.m. – The CMA-USA AGM, to which all members are invited to hear important announcements and to approve proposed bylaw changes. There will also be a remembrance of our deceased past president, Tim Sparkman.

11:30 a.m. – Transportation to Foulis.  Lunch provided at Foulis.  Pipers and other Scottish musicians, dancers & singers, historical re-enactment, birds of prey, chainsaw carver, Highland food & drink fair etc.  Separate entertainment for juniors.

6:00 p.m. – Board coaches to return to RHH. Dinner on your own.


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Hotel

The Royal Highland Hotel (RHH) is the CMA USA headquarters and is located near the head of High Street just a few steps from the railroad station.

Address:        Station Square,        Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland, IV1 1LG

Phone: 011 44 1463 231 926 ; Fax: 011 44 1463 710 705;  Contact: Janice Smith

Website:         www.royalhighlandhotel.com

To book a room by email, send to info@royalhighlandhotel.co.uk. Specify that your reservation is with the Clan Munro USA/Canada group for the special negotiated group rate of 195 GBP per double room. You should receive an email response asking you to call and provide a credit card number. To reserve by phone, call 011-44-1463 231 926, give the same information and you should receive a timely confirmation email. If you have any problems, you can email Steve Munro
 clanmunro2019@gmail.com.

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Don’t forget to renew your passport if you plan to depart from Great Britain less than 6 months prior to expiration.  Air transportation is available to Inverness. There are cheaper flights to Glasgow, Edinburgh, or Aberdeen with convenient train connections to Inverness.  The train trip is about 4.5 hours from Glasgow or 3 hours from Edinburgh or Aberdeen.  The RHH is just a few steps from the Inverness train station exit.  A British electrical adapter could be helpful to power hair curlers and other small electrical devices. Cheap British cellphones and calling plans can be purchased in the UK for calling home.

 

SELECTED READING:

Highland Clans and Tartans by Robert William Munro: Classic summary of clans and traditional clan outfits.

Dunkirk – The Men They Left Behind by Sean Longden: Describes the WWII Battle of St. Valery near Dunkirk. After heroic resistance, Capt. Patrick Munro of Foulis and his youngest brother Hector Gascoigne of the Seaforth Highlanders, and the entire 51st Highland Div. (8,000 troops) were captured by Rommel’s 7th Panzer Div. and spent 5 arduous years as German POWs. The 51st Highland Div. also included Black Watch, Gordon Highlanders, Cameron Highlanders, and others.

Clan Munro by C. I. Fraser of Reelig.  Although first published in 1954 this is still the best short history of the Clan Munro currently available.

 

PLACES OF INTEREST:

Edinburgh The Edinburgh Tattoo is a spectacular show featuring pipers and musicians from around the Commonwealth. Book early, as tickets sell out quickly. Also visit the High Street, the Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Castle, and Holyrood Palace.  Roslyn Chapel of DaVinci Code fame is a little gem on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The Greyfriars Bobby Monument is near Greyfriars Kirkyard. There John Gray, Bobby’s old master died and was buried in the kirkyard . Bobby, his  little Skye terrier faithfully guarded his grave for 14 years until his own death. Across the street is the superb no-charge National Museum of Scotland.

Around Inverness Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, and Cawdor Castle, setting for Shakespeare’s  play, Macbeth.

Farther Afield in Scotland– The Isles of Skye, Iona, and Mull, the Hebrides,  the Orkneys and the Shetland Islands beckon. Between Glasgow and Edinburgh is Stirling Castle, site of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. This is where Robert the Bruce, Sir Walter the Ros, Robert Munro and his son George Munro fought and where George died in battle defeating the British. 500 years later a much respected descendant, Sir Robert Munro, along with his brother, Dr. Duncan Munro, was “murdered” by a Cameron Jacobite under the banner of Bonnie Prince Charlie at the Battle of Falkirk in 1745. They were interred with honor by the MacDonalds near the battlefield. 2½ months, earlier, Robert’s brother George Munro, 1st of Culcairn, was the commanding officer  of the Munros at the Battle of Glenshiel  where he was seriously wounded while the Spanish and Jacobites were decimated.  He was far more fortunate than Sir Robert at Falkirk.  The above barely scratches the surface of the many historic and scenic sights and activities in Scotland, so take a little time before or after the gathering, if you can, and explore your Scottish heritage.


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