We’re really excited to announce these great events for the gathering this year. To help with planning, we’d really appreciate it if you could complete the form at the bottom of this page to let us know more details about you and your preference for Saturday’s trips and whether you will attend the buildings tour on Friday.
Please complete the form once for each person attending.
|Buildings Tour (see section below)
|Registration opens @ Glengarry Community Hall
|Welcome to the area – a talk by Hector Rodgers
|Icebreaker / Housekeeping
|Soap Box – Bring your ideas or thoughts in a 5 minute talk. Maybe bring ideas for a Sunday workshop session
|Informal music session (bring an instrument!) & social time
|Breakfast in the hall for weekend ticket holders
|Welcome & Organisation
|Talk – Mairi Macfadyen, writer and educator talks about land reform, community ownership in the area and more.
|Pick up packed lunch & Visits instructions
|Site Visits (see below). Return by 17:00
|Tea & Coffee
|Talk: Sarah Watts discusses deer management approaches on Corrour estate
|Talk: Ciaran Watson introduces some novel approaches using drones for deer monitoring
|Ceilidh & raffle (BYOB)
|Breakfast in the hall
|RS project updates & AGM
|Tea & Coffee
|Workshops (see below)
|Feedback from visits and workshops
|Depart. Optional post-gathering visits if you have time.
Buildings Tour (Friday, pre-gathering)
The buildings tour is a chance to visit buildings and sites of interest, for example in terms of sustainability, wooden construction or community involvement. This year the tour will start from the north, in Inverness, and we will work our way down the Great Glen towards Invergarry. You can join onto the tour at any point using the (approximate) timings below.
Click below for more info.
Saturday Trips & Workshops
We have a selection of great trips and workshops to choose from. You will just go on one. Each trip is for max 5 hours (including travel). Have a read through each one and then pick your preferred choice in the form below. We’ll do our best to make sure everyone gets their preference and have lists to remind you which you chose at the Gathering! There are no extra costs for any of the trips. We will organise car sharing on Saturday morning.
Click on each for further info…
Saturday Evening Ceilidh
We’ll have a ceilidh on Saturday evening so bring your dancing shoes!
On Sunday we will have a selection of discussion and practical workshops to choose from. If you would like to lead a workshop then you can either let us know in the registration form below, or just suggest it at the Soapbox session on Friday night. Workshops so far include:
- Tree seed collection & treatment
- Meadow and woodland ground flora establishment & management
- Making artists charcoal
- Making wood roofing shingles
- Showing of the film “Clear on Deer” & discussion
Signup forms will be around at the Gathering – no need to pre-book these workshops.
Baking, books, music, raffle & booze…
We’ll be having plenty of tea breaks over the weekend and if you’d like to bake something or bring along some goodies to share, they will be very welcome.
On Saturday evening we will have a raffle, as well as swaps and sales tables for books and seeds. If you are able to bring something for these to swap or donate, please do.
We hope to have an acoustic music session on Friday evening. Please bring an instrument if you wish!
Please bring your own booze. There is no bar at the venue, and limited shopping nearby.
Food & Dietary Requirements
Lunch and evening meals will be catered by Janine again this year and will be vegetarian food. For those staying the weekend we’ll serve a simple breakfast at the hall on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be asking for volunteers throughout the weekend to help with breakfast, dishes, serving and tea breaks. Please let us know any dietary requirements if you haven’t already done so.
Accommodation Check In
Please make sure you allow time for checking in to your accommodation if staying at either hostel or at the campsite. Check their websites for details: Great Glen Hostel | Saddle Mountain Hostel | Faichemard Farm Campsite. We will have a list of bookings at the hall if you need a reminder.
Getting to the Gathering
The gathering will be held at the Glengarry community hall. Here’s a Google map link to the hall.
Public transport: There are regular buses from Inverness to the north and Fort William to the south. If you would like us to try and hook you up with a lift share then drop us an email and we’ll do our best!
We’ll send out directions in an email to all attendees a few days before the gathering.
Please return to this page and complete the form for each person attending.