Gathering Guide


The programme of events is subject to change without prior notice. All items of property remain the responsibility of the owners. The Gathering is being organised by the Clan Sinclair Society of Caithness, which is a non profit making organisation with no assets and will not be liable for direct, special, indirect or consequential damages arising from any loss or damage caused by any act or omission of the organisers or a third party other than any statutory liability.


We will be using the modern coaches throughout the tour but probably different ones each day.

Badges and tickets

Your badge will be in the pack you are given when the gathering starts at the reception on Friday night. It is important for security purposes, to you and us. Without it you will not be allowed into the lunch at the Halkirk Games or the Ceilidh. It is helpful if you wear your badge at the reception and all the events.

Where tickets are needed for some events these will also be in your pack.

If you loose your badge or tickets please notify Malcolm Caithness as soon as possible.


For Highland Dress Clothing in Wick and Thurso try McAllans and mention you are part of Clan Sinclair

This is unpredictable and we can have all four seasons in a day in Caithness even in mid summer. One needs to be able to dress accordingly. I would suggest that you pack layers including cotton shirts, skirts and trousers, woollen jumpers and sweatshirts, a waterproof coat or jacket and a pair of comfortable shoes that won't come to any harm if they get wet.

Formal clothes

Halkirk Games - kilt and jacket is the usual dress but it can be more informal.
Ceilidh casual kilt or trousers for men
Formal Clan Dinner - Kilt and Black Jacket (e.g. Prince Charlie style or similar) or tuxedo/dinner jacket for men.


Some of the places we will visit are exposed and are extremely dangerous. Very great care and common sense will be needed at times. You visit at your own risk.


These can be very active at this time of year when the wind drops and it is recommended you bring or purchase over here an insect repellent.


All coach transport from and to Inverness at the beginning and end of the gathering as well as that in Orkney and Caithness
22 July Ferry crossing unless going separately in your own car
25 July Ferry crossing unless going separately in your own car
26 July Picnic Lunch
29 July Lunch
30 July Lunch
31 July Dinner

Not included

Drinks, except at Welcome Reception and Cocktail Party, Chief's Reception at the Halkirk Games, and wine during the Formal Clan Dinner. There will be a cash bar after that dinner.
All meals except those listed above.


If anyone has a particular dietary requirement please let me know as soon as possible.

The buffet lunch at the Halkirk Games will cover all special dietary needs.

Suitable alternatives are being provided for those who have already notified me of their diet requirements.

Useful addresses and telephone numbers

Hotels in Caithness

The Weigh Inn Hotel, Burnside, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7UG
Tel: (0)1847 893722

The Park Hotel, Thurso, Caithness
Tel: (0)1847 893251

The Station Hotel, 54 Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness
Tel (0)1847 892003

The Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk, Caithness
Tel (0)1847 831641

Hotels in Orkney

The Albert Hotel, Mounthoolie Place, Kirkwall
Tel (0)1856 876000

The Orkney Hotel, Victoria Street, Kirkwall
Tel: (0)1856 873477

The Ayre Hotel, Ayre Road, Kirkwall
Tel: (0)1856 873001

The West End Hotel, Main Street, Kirkwall
Tel: (0)1856 872368

The Kirkwall Hotel, Harbour Street, Kirkwall
Tel: (0)1856 872232

Personal Telephone numbers

Malcolm Caithness 07050 054803
James Berriedale 07919 975662
Ian Sinclair (Noss Head) 07050 030408

MC 18/05/05


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