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Information about Parliament 2010

Please note that every attempt will be made to provide the events at Parliament as described, although the programme may have to be changed due to circumstances beyond our control.

Eventually from here you will be able to download our five Parliament booklets:  

Parliament 2010 Dunvegan Programme including information about activities in Dunvegan and Raasay, from 24 July – 31 July for business meetings, outings, entertainment, children’s programmes, and our new “Loyalty” subprogramme, 
Parliament 2010 Assynt Programme describing the pre-Parliament trip to Assynt and planned activities from 21 July – 24 July,
Parliament 2010 Raasay Programme describing the planned activities for our day on the Isle of Raasay, Wednesday 28 July,
The Parliamentarian's Handbook, including Parliament background, travel, and accommodation information, and
Parliament 2010 NRG Programme including the service project week in Assynt and Parliament week in Dunvegan.

Information will also be published in the Clan MacLeod Magazine.  If you have specific questions, or if you would like to have a hard copy of any of our documents, please contact: 

    Dorna Caskie, Parliament 2010 Coordinator
    268 Washington Street
    Groveland, MA  01834 USA
    Tel: +1 (978) 373-7826
    Email: parliament@clanmacleod.org

You may also contact Dorna via the email address above if you would like to be added to our Parliament email newsletter mailing list.  

Pre-Parliament trip to Assynt

In 2010, MacLeods will have the option of participating in a special tour of areas in Assynt which are significant to this history of our Clan and many of our current day families.  The trip begins on the evening of Wednesday 21 July, when you should plan to arrive in Inchnadamph.  (Please see the Parliament Registration page for information on a chartered motor coach that can take you between Dunvegan/Kyle of Lochalch/Ullapool and Inchnadamph.)  Our accommodation will be on the shore of Loch Assynt, not far from Ardvreck Castle.  The tour includes four unique segments, two for each day:   

At 9AM, motor coaches will depart to visit the historical buildings of Inchnadamph Church, Ardvreck Castle, and Calda House.  


We will return to the Inchnadamph Hotel for lunch.
At 9AM again motor coaches will depart for the short trip to Glencanisp Lodge, where we will speak with some of the Assynt Foundation and other community leaders who have been part of the land reform initiatives.  We will also have an opportunity to tour the facility, which may be undergoing renovation.  

We will have a light lunch at the Lodge.  
After lunch, we will reboard motor coaches for an extraordinary drive along the B869.  Historical sites we will pass include: Achmelvich, Clachtoll, Norman McLeod Memorial at Clachtoll, Clashmore, Clashnessie, Culkein, Drumbeg (for tea), Ru Stoer Lighthouse, and The Old Man of Stoer.   After lunch, we will reboard the motorcoaches and drive to Kylescu.  From there we will take the ferry to Kerrachar Gardens.  Returning on the ferry to Kylesku, we will take a route that passes by the tallest waterfall in Britain.

The capacity for each segment is about 50 people.  If we have no more than 50 people registered, we will have the A segments on Thursday and the B segments on Friday.  If we have over 50 and up to 100 people registered, we will run both segments on both days, with each half the group participating in the A segments on one day and the B segments on the other day.

Each day's program will end when we return to our hotels, between 5 and 6PM. Thursday evening we will all have a buffet dinner at the Inchnadamph Hotel, followed by a local speaker or entertainment.  On Friday evening, beginning about 7PM there will be motor coach shuttles for all of us, running between the Inchnadamph hotels and downtown Lochinver.  In Lochinver you will be on your own to visit a pre-arranged series of local pubs where we can stop for music and refreshment.  The last shuttle buses will leave Lochinver about 11:30PM.  

Parliament motor coaches will depart from Inchnadamph about 10AM on Saturday morning.  They will stop in Ullapool about 11AM, Kyle about 2PM, and finally Dunvegan about 3PM.  

Parliament in Dunvegan


There will be many familiar activities in Dunvegan and Raasay, with a few new spins. Badging and event sign-ups will be open from noon until 6PM on Saturday 24 July, with these tasks supported by the Information Point in Dunvegan Hall on Sunday and during the remainder of the week. Clan MacLeod England will host a welcoming wine-and-cheese reception at the Hall in the evening. 

On Sunday 25 July, we will join the Duirinish Parish in worship, followed by a buffet luncheon at the Hall.  The luncheon will again be catered this year by the Schoolhouse Restaurant. After lunch we will have the formal opening of Parliament, the Stanley McLeod Memorial Lecture, and our group photograph. In the evening, CMS officers will host a "strubag" for community and business leaders.

On the weekdays we will have morning workshops, Parliament business meetings, and activities for the MacLeod Mor and Bheag. You will be able to purchase a light lunch at the Hall. Different community organizations will take turns providing the meal, with the proceeds benefiting various charities.  The afternoon excursions will begin about 2PM and end about 5PM.  There will be activities based in the Hall in the evening.  Wednesday is the exception, as we will all go to Raasay for the entire day, including the evening meal and entertainment.  

On Saturday 31 July, we will have no Parliament activities scheduled but it will be the day of the Dunvegan Show, the community's yearly agricultural fair, and more.  We will post information about this event when it is available.  


It is important to remember that when Dame Flora first envisioned Parliament, it was to create an opportunity for us to come together and talk about the Clan.  In 2010 there will be a little less emphasis on the business of the ACMS Management Council, and considerable time will be dedicated to more participatory discussions among Clansfolk.    

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Plenary and kick off Working groups convene (On Raasay) National reports presented Working groups present conclusions Elections and other Parliament business.


While we will certainly complete the business of Parliament, we also expect to have a great time meeting old friends and making new ones.   The Dunvegan programme includes familiar events, but also some new ones.  

In 2006, because of a capacity limit on the Wednesday Raasay trip (happily, we do NOT have a limit in 2010!), a number of us were able to spend some time with the residents of the Orbost estate.  We came away impressed with the new sustainable businesses, awareness of their unique history, and with high praise for the commaraderie of this small community in the shadow of MacLeod's Tables.  In 2010, we are making the Orbost trip "official", and encourage you to see how the old and the new have come together.
The Raasay Day will be discussed at length later, but be aware that we will go over first thing in the morning and return late in the evening.
In response to a number of requests, we have moved the traditional climbing of MacLeod's Tables to Thursday afternoon instead of Friday. A number of people felt that this would make it easier to get Friday's packing done, plus they would have more energy for the Friday evening Clan Ball!
Finally, we have made the excursion to the Clan Donald Centre at a previous Parliament, and it seems safe for us MacLeods to venture there again.  So don't miss this trip to visit the well-regarded Armadale Castle Gardens and the Museum of the Isles.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Visit Orbost Visit Borreraig Visit Raasay (all day) Climb MacLeod’s Tables Visit Clan Donald Centre

Additionally, we will try to provide some shorter, family-oriented afternoon activities that would require less travel and be easier for younger children.  The cost of these "little trips" is not included in Parliament registration and must be paid for separately when you pick up your badge in Dunvegan.  Please note that thse trips may be cancelled if there is insufficient interest.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Nature Walk Toy Museum (Options will be on Raasay) Sheepdog demonstration Visit Coral Beaches

Finally, in the evenings there will be activities in the Village Hall.  There will be a cash bar available.  

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

5:30PM: Clan Castle tours begin.  Last entrance to Castle will be no later than 8PM.

8PM-11PM: Ceilidh in the Village Hall.

8PM: Silent auction and Games Night in Village Hall. (on Raasay) 
Ceilidh in the evening, exact time tbd. 

Ferry returns late to Sconscer, motor coaches then take us to Village Hall afterwards.
Taste-in dinner

Tartan Challenge

Continuation of ceilidh performances possible
Clan Ball

Fireworks in the Village at the end of the evening

Because of the construction at the Castle, it will be difficult this year to have the fireworks on the grounds of the Estate.  We have therefore moved the fireworks to the Village, where they will be part of a collaborative celebration: the end of Parliament 2010, the 10th anniversary of the Dunvegan Millenium Stone, and the start of the Dunvegan Show, which takes place on the following day (Saturday).  

Programmes for younger MacLeods

There will again be morning activities for MacLeod Bheag (8-12 years of age) and MacLeod Mor (13-17 years of age)  from 10AM until lunchtime.  The schedule for these activities will be published later.  There may be fees associated with these activities of they involve admission to facilities outside of Parliament.  

There will be an NRG programme at Parliament 2010.  More information is available under the Youth section of the ACMS website.  

In 2010 we are trying out a programme for a new segment of our "youth" at Parliament.  This programme will be called "Loyalty", and will involve the young adults in the Clan who may have graduated from NRG but in general are interested in making a special effort to develop fellowship among their peers and support of the Clan.  

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