Clan Gathering

Clan Lamont

Year of Stories

In July 2022, Dunoon will see an influx of visitors when Clan Lamont during the 3 days Clan Lamont Gathering.

As part of this themed year Clan Lamont will also host a stories competition for all the schools in COWAL and winners will be announced at the opening ceremony on 30th July 2022.

Three-day event programme

Friday 29th July:

10am : registration in foyer of Queens Hall Dunoon

11am : Clan Lamont AGM

12 noon : Clan Lamont tour to the Lamont vault at Kilfinan followed by lunch in the village hall. Visit to Inveryne where Lamont’s first landed in Scotland and Ascog castle ruins for Picnic. Tour and walk to the Clan McEwan cairn for the McEwans. Tour to historic Kilmun (Campbells) Tour for other clans to be arranged with leaders if so desired.

Evening 9-12pm : Hip Hop Ceilidh for the young clans folk and young folk of Dunoon. Seniors most welcome.

Saturday 30th July :

10am : All clans and pipe bands to meet at Burgh hall for parade to band stand in Argyll gardens for official opening and presentation of prizes to the winners of the inter-schools story telling competition, then onwards to the Lamont memorial for short wreath laying ceremony.

10am-4pm :  Theatrical play about the clan system in the Argyll gardens at Dunoon castle by the Walking Theatre Company.
Official Launch of the digitalised Lamont history at the Castle Museum: old letters, photographs, notes and letters to Hector McKechnie and Sir Norman Lamont.

Clan Village activities:  Whisky tasting, interclan tug-o-war, highland dancing, craft stalls, archery, fencing, hog roast, pipe bands, stories tent, Medieval village.

7pm – 12pm :  Formal dinner and ceilidh for clan members and invited guests at the Queens hall. Dress code formal or highland dress

Sunday 31st July

10.30am : Kirking of the tartan in St Johns Church, Argyll street

12noon : Sail down Loch Striven to the manse. Brunch on board

3pm : Trip to Toward castle.  Afternoon tea in the mansion house and farewells


Tickets for the 3 day events for the clans folk £75pp and children £25pp.  Tickets for non clans folk Friday ceilidh £10

2022 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories. This will be a year in which stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland will be showcased and celebrated.

The love of stories is hardwired into us all; it is one of the strongest ways we connect with one another and share our experiences. Great stories, well told, can evoke indelible images in our minds and bring contemporary and traditional cultures to life. Every culture has its stories to tell, and Scotland has a particularly rich heritage of stories and storytelling to spotlight and celebrate. These include our local tales, oral traditions, great stories told in books or on screen – all inspired by our country, our culture and reflected back by many diverse voices and across the widest range of forms. Stories are vital to every part of Scotland. Every community has its own tales to tell, places to highlight as inspiration for well-known books and films, visitor attractions that showcase our literary and storytelling heritage and all kinds of places and spaces where stories, old and new, can be enjoyed.

Scotland’s stories reflect who we are and shape how others see us. 2022 gives us the opportunity to work in partnership to further harness this powerful means to engage and thereby inspire locals and visitors to discover, celebrate and share their own stories of Scotland.