In 2012 we had another Gathering, pretty much the same as 2007, the weather was slightly better. Lots of cultural events, meeting many locals, worldwide members and Scottish Maclean’s from the mainland and other isles. Same hotel room list problems, but by now Liz was a full business partner – much easier. The island was awash with tartan, clan badges, flags and merriment. Our visitors certainly got into the whole spirit of the event and a nice mix of Scottish and world culture took place, many trying haggis for the first time, many on a once and only trip to Scotland. One couple (friends of ours) actually renewed their wedding vows at the castle. We arranged all of this in secret from the family with Robert McLean, after 40 years of marriage, they did it all again in front of family and friends inside Duart Castle. As a part of each gathering, our tours have also called in to Culloden Battlefield to walk the moor, see the museum and lay flowers at the Maclean stone. We also welcomed two guests from McLean’s Pub in Montreal as competition winners, did they enjoy it? For certain!