The vision of 'The Gathering 2009' was to hold the greatest clan gathering the world has ever seen. The mission was: to stage an international Clan Gathering and Highland Games to celebrate Scotland's rich history and cultural traditions.
- A celebration of one of Scotland's greatest traditions
- A unique celebration of Scottish heritage and culture
- An opportunity to thank the clan associations and Scottish societies from around the world for their role in keeping these traditions alive
- An opportunity for people to come home and celebrate their roots
One of the signature events of Homecoming Scotland, The Gathering 2009 was a year long government initiative aimed at encouraging those with a passion or connection with Scotland to come home.
There has been a noted decline in the popularity of Highland Games and clan activity in Scotland over the years, however in some countries (e.g. North America) clan membership exceeds 100,000 with over 300 Highland Games and festivals being held each year.
This event was part of the overall strengthening of national identity within Scotland and provides an ideal environment in which to celebrate the contribution made by clans and their descendants, including the maintenance of national traditions.
The Gathering 2009 Ltd works alongside Red Sky at Night Ltd who produced The Gathering 2009 and were responsible for the onsite logistics over the 2 days as well as the Parade and Pageant.