Clan Leslie Society
Australia & New Zealand


Maclean Highland Gathering - Easter weekend

MACLEAN - The wee Scottish Town in Australia is a rural township nestled along the banks and hills of the beautiful Clarence River, on the North Coast of New South Wales. The town hosts the popular Maclean Highland Gathering held annually over the Easter weekend, celebrated this year on, April 6th-7th 2012.

Maclean is only a short 15 minute drive away from the popular beach resorts of Yamba and Angourie. You will find Maclean a very friendly town and very proud of its Scottish Heritage. The town has a population of only 3,254, which swells to around 6,500 over the Easter weekend, when people flock to the town to attend the annual Highland Games. This year the town will explode with colour, sight and sound to mark the 108th Highland Games. The games are contested on the Maclean Showground, known as one of the most spectacular venues in the world to hold such a Highland event. This picturesque ground overlooks the river and mountains beyond, creating a picture that reflects the beautiful lochs of Scotland.

The games consist of Pipe Bands, Solo Piping and Drumming, Highland Dancing and the popular Highland Sports, which includes, caber tossing, log wrestling and tossing the hammer.

Seeking some Highland activities this Easter weekend, then look no further, as Maclean can offer you a wee piece of Scottish traditions right here in Australia. Discover Maclean this Easter weekend, when the town celebrates the 108th Highland Games.