500 days until the World Gathering of MacIntyres 2018

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500 days until the World Gathering of MacIntyres 2018

500. That’s how many days we have until the opening event of the World Gathering of MacIntyres begins on 17th July 2018 in beautiful Oban, Scotland.

We are preparing the draft schedule at present and will open up registration soon. Please sign up to receive updates from the Trust here as I will email our list first when registration is live.

If you haven’t asked for holidays/vacation yet, or haven’t started your savings plan for next year, there’s still time! In fact, there are 500 days of time! This Gathering will be an amazing opportunity to meet with kinfolk on the lands of our ancestors. You will learn about Oban and Taynuilt, about the MacIntyre Clan, and probably about yourself (Scotland is just that kind of place).

Program highlights

Some of the exciting events being considered for the program include:

  • Family group DNA reunion
  • Welcome reception
  • Tours of MacIntyre country
  • Tours of Taynuilt town
  • Hike to the Stone of the Fatted Calf
  • Ceilidhs
  • A formal banquet
  • Attendance and procession at Taynuilt Highland Games
  • Visit to Glen Noe, with lunch, pipers, and visit to the remembrance cairn of the Chiefs of Clan MacIntyre.

In addition, we are considering the possibility of some other cultural events, such as Gaelic lessons, storytelling, book/poetry readings, musical entertainment and other activities focused on the history of MacIntyres.

DNA testing

Finally, if you haven’t had your DNA testing done yet, this is also a perfect time to get that process started, as it takes quite a few weeks for Ancestry or Family Tree DNA to analyse your DNA. And the excitement is not over once you have the results – you don’t know what sort of information you’ll find out! The more time you have to do proper investigation and join all the DNA dots, the better. We have a very active genealogy group on Facebook making all sorts of links and connections and discovering our shared ancestry. You can read more about this project here.

What are you looking forward to?

Let us know in the comments what you are most excited about! And don’t forget to sign up to the mailing list so you are first to know when registration opens 🙂