Worldwide Clan MacLeod Parliament dates for 2018

Recently announced at the winter meeting, the NRG service project for MacLeods age 18-29 is 15-20 July 2018, with the clan worldwide gathering for Parliament 21-28 July 2018 in the village of Dunvegan, Isle of Skye Scotland.

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Sounds of Scotland

For those of you in the Houston area, the St. Thomas Episcopal School is presenting their annual Sounds of Scotland event on March 1st. There are still tickets available, and it should be a great event with more than 200 talented students performing. Proceeds from the show benefit the STE Scholarship Fund.

Below are a couple short videos from last year’s performance.

Star Wars Episode VII scenes on Skye?

Just saw the trailer, and it sure looks like the X-Wings flying nap of the earth at :45 are doing it on the Isle of Skye, specifically heading towards Loch Coruisk from Elgol.

View towards the Cuillins and Lochs Scavaig and Coruisk from Elgol

View towards the Cuillins and Coruisk from Elgol

Approaching Loch Scavaig

Approaching Loch Scavaig

Anyone else see similarities? Given the increasing number of films using the outstanding scenery of Skye for a set, I would be surprised if it is not the place…If you do find yourself on the misty isle, and want to take the route to see for yourself, go see the crew of the Bella Jane at the Elgol pier.Tex Scotland 2014 864

For a drone-shot view of the area, check out Red Bull athlete, Dunvegan native, and World-Class trials biker, Danny MacAskill’s The Ridge

Parliament 2014

Dunvegan castle

We’ve just returned from an exciting trip to the Isle of Skye for the 2014 Clan MacLeod Parliament. More than 200 members of the of the worldwide Associated Clan MacLeod Societies gathered in the village of Dunvegan near Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

Parliament logoEvery four years, clan members meet for a week of clan-related activities, known as Parliament. The week included business activities to discuss and agree actions on issues raised by the national societies spread around the world. The nine national societies are in Australia, Canada, England, France, New Zealand, Germany, Scotland, South Africa and the USA. However, the major purpose of Parliament is to have fun and meet fellow MacLeods from around the world. Many delegates proudly wore badges showing their attendance at up to ten previous parliaments. We were thrilled to see so many of our international MacLeod friends along with many Texas MacLeods gathered at Dunvegan this year.

Clan members dueling it out at tug of war outside Raasay House

Clan members dueling it out at tug of war outside Raasay House

Delegates had the opportunity to attend daily ceilidh workshops and then put their new-found skills into use at the closing ceilidh on the Friday evening. There were workshops/lectures on the music of Scotland, tours of the Castle and Gardens, trips to the Trotternish peninsula and Raasay, a barbeque in the Castle grounds and a whisky tasting session!

Hugh MacLeod, and HRH The Princess Royal

Hugh MacLeod, 30th Clan Chief, and HRH The Princess Royal officially open the John MacLeod Memorial Gazebo

Parliament delegates enjoyed a superb week of sunshine: the famous Black Cuillin mountains and MacLeod’s Tables provided a spectacular skyline. One of the highlights of the week was a visit to Dunvegan Castle by HRH The Princess Royal. Her visit – two years in the planning – was arranged to commemorate the attendance by HM The Queen at the first MacLeod Parliament meeting in 1956. Princess Anne was greeted by Clan Chief Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod who showed her round the Castle and its beautiful gardens. During the visit, all two hundred delegates were presented to Princess Anne when she formally opened an impressive gazebo in the walled garden; the gazebo had been funded by the Clan Societies and was dedicated as a memorial to Hugh’s father, Chief John.

We hope to see all this year’s delegates again in four years. If you haven’t already become a Clan MacLeod member, sign up now so you can join us in 2018! Also, remember the Clan has a number of exciting Youth Programs that also take place during Parliament….so bring the whole family!