I was fortunate to attend the Lonach Highland Gathering accompanied by a real Scotsman. Here are his words, and my photos:
My first return to the unique and utterly charming annual gathering and games of the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, and it’s as if the past thirty years since my last attendance hadn’t happened.
Only the woman by my side and my slightly more expensive Scotch drinking tastes were there to define the passing of almost half a lifetime.
The highlanders from the Wallace and Forbes clans marching as ever, heroically still on their feet despite a morning march full of wee drams of highland hospitality, with faces strangely familiar.
But surely these are now the sons of the men I marched with all those years ago, amongst the “Tweedies” bringing up the rear? Named by Billy Connolly, present and only a few seats away…
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