Supporting the clans

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A total of 14 clan and community events across nine local authorities are to benefit from a share of money from the Scottish Clan Event Fund.

Around £52,000 will be allocated through the 2019 grants, including £5,000 to the International Clan MacDougall Gathering 2019, at Dunolli, Oban and £4,150 to the Clan Donald Gaelic Arts Week, Skye.

The Scottish Clan Event Fund, which is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by EventScotland, supports the growth of clan events across Scotland and helps to fund clan gatherings, games and historical re-enactments as well as walks and tours, ceilidhs and festivals. For the 11 events funded in 2018, Visit Scotland estimate 47 per cent of those attending were international visitors and the net economic impact was around £1 million.

Cabinet Secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs Fiona Hyslop announced the funding, saying: ‘Scotland’s rich history, heritage and culture appeals to visitors around the world and with up to 50 million people globally claiming Scottish ancestry, we know our clans are a huge draw for tourists.

‘The Scottish Clan Event Fund is helping to build on the benefits of the ‘Outlander effect’, and encouraging international visitors with clan connections to visit Scotland, while also involving people in the local communities.’