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Well, what a fantastic day we had yesterday (13th Aug)! Probably one of the best we have ever had. One or two hiccups but, hey, we can live with that. Have to say a huge well done to everyone involved, particularly the boys on the Committee who put in a sterling effort to get that field looking as good as it did and for all the work they were still doing after everyone had gone home, particulary Alasdair Grant, Tom & Morag Robb and the Scouts Thank you too to everyone who made the effort to come along and enjoy the day. We had some great competitions, one record broken (22lb Hammer) and one nearly (Pole Vault) and a good turn-out of competitors all round. Well done to Connie too for being a terrific Chieftain. I think she enjoyed her day. Thanks again everyone for making all the work we put into it very worthwhile. See you all next year! 

Hope to see you all again next year!

23 July 2018Sad News

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing on Saturday 21 July of our Honorary President Mr Murray Macleod. Murray and the late Wattie Louden were responsible for reinstating Tain Highland Gathering in 1993 and it was their hard work and determination that has brought us to where we are today. He was Gathering Chieftain in 2003. I, personally, will be forever grateful to Murray for all his help and guidance over the years and the thoughts of everyone associated with the Gathering are very much with Ewan, Alasdair and their families, and Kenneth, at this sad time. Murray's funeral service will take place in Tain Parish Church on Saturday 28 July at 10.30am and thereafter to Creich Cemetery, Bonar Bridge. RIP Mr Macleod - you will be sorely missed.


14 July 2018TAIN GATHERING 2018

What a day! Makes all the hard work very worthwhile when you get a day like today. Massive thank you to everyone involved - all the competitors, judges, conveyors on the field, stall-holders, announcer Alan, our Chieftains, all our wonderful helpers, and of course, everyone at Glenmorangie - many many thanks to you all. Thank you too to our Chieftain, Alastair Kennedy who did a fine job. But most of all thank you to everyone who came along and supported us today. We hope you all had an enjoyable day and look forward to seeing you all next year hopefully! Thank you all from the Gathering Committee 💙


The Gathering Committee is absolutely delighted to announce that the Chieftain for this years Gathering will be Alastair Kennedy (or “Sugar” as many know him), current Executive Chairman of Nigg Skills Academy, Communications Director of Global Energy Group, and, of course, Director of Ross County Football Club where he is well known for hosting the Victoria Suite on match days. A former Highland League footballer himself, with Inverness Caley, Clach, Brora and Lossiemouth, he won the league 4 times and various cups in the mid-70s and early 80s. Alastair is also kept busy volunteering his services to the charitable organisation, the SHIRLIE Project and is also a member of the Highland Committee of the Scotland Council for Development and Industries (SCDI) and member of the Committee of the Lord Lieutenant for Ross & Cromarty, Skye & Lochalsh’s Youth Awards Scheme. 
Alastair has enjoyed a wide and varied career in the private and public sectors, including managing branches for the Bank of Scotland’s asset finance companies and working as Head of Business Development for Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise.
Alastair says he is very honoured to have been asked to be Chieftain for 2018 and wishes everyone attending and supporting the event a great day out.

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