Details have this week been circulated to members of the Royal Celtic Society's visit to Newtonmore on Sunday 10th July 2016.
This is intended as a day that will provide something for all interests and all ages, for members to bring their families to explore a few of the Society's activities and to meet other members at this charming village, situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Highlands.
The day's activities will begin at the award winning Highland Folk Park, the oldest outdoor museum in the UK, which first opened its doors more than 80 years ago. The park opens at 10.30 am so it is suggested that our group might like to explore that venue first before foregathering with other Society members at the Clan Macpherson Museum, which opens at midday.
The Society has supported the Clan Macpherson Museum for many years with an annual grant and we will meet at noon at the museum for coffee, as guests of the Clan Macpherson Association, before touring the museum. The museum currently hosts an exhibition on the remarkable life of one of Scotland's most decorated war heroes, Sir Thomas Machperson of Biallid, father of Royal Celtic Society Council member, Angus Macpherson.
At 1.30 pm, an informal lunch will be provided, very generously, by Angus Machperson of Biallid and his wife Valerie, who have invited us to enjoy lunch at their home on the outskirts of the village.
Later, those who would like to do so will have the opportunity to walk the Coffin Road, a historic route for which the Royal Celtic Society provided new signage in 2014. The Coffin Road is the ancient byway which connected the old communities of Newtonmore and Banchor, long since swept away in the tide of agricultural reform more than 200 years ago, with their cemetery, which is situated on the site of a very early Christian cell.
It is likely that those exploring the Coffin Road will return to Newtonmore around 4.00 pm, either to the Clan Macpherson Museum or to the Highland Folk Park. The two museums close their doors at 5.00 pm and 5.30 pm respectively.