Confirmed dates - Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November 2017. AGM to be held on Saturday, 11th November.
The AGM base will be at the Eight Acres Hotel, Morrison Road, Elgin, IV30 6UL. It has a mixture of single, double and twin rooms available and there is a hold on the following rooms:
- 10 Twin
- 20 Double (4-6 can be converted into Twins)
- 18 Singles
We have negotiated a rate with them, which is far better than their standard rate (and beats any of the discount websites by a long way). The rates are as follows:
- Double or Twin - £40.00 per person per night for bed and breakfast.
- Single - £45.00 per person per night for bed and breakfast
An additional night (Sunday 12th) is available at the same rate if people want to extend their stay. This rate will be available to all parties who book their rooms prior to 31st March 2017 and they are only required to pay a deposit of £10.00 per person to secure their stay. There are full Leisure Club facilities including a swimming pool. The Thursday night room rate will be £45 per person for a double/twin and £67 for a single.
If you wish to book accommodation, please contact the hotel direct on: 01343 543077. The Dinner on the Saturday night will be three courses with three options for each course and the price will be £17.00 per head. This will be added as a supplement to the Saturday night room rate. For those not staying at the hotel that wish to attend the dinner, the cost will be £27.00 per head.
At the Dinner there will be an after dinner speaker and some local musicians. This will compliment the prize giving and auction/raffle.
The Farm visit will be to Plewlands Farm, Duffus, Elgin by kind permission of Smallburn Farms Ltd (Dean and Andrew Anderson).
They have a flock of 250 pure bred Poll Dorsets, a commercial flock of continental sheep, a suckler herd including Commercial show calf production, Wagyu, pedigree Beef Shorthorns and a selection of other beef bulls. They also have egg and poultry production units. Following the farm visit their will be a visit to two Whiskey Distilleries - Glen Moray and Benroamach (TBC).
There is the possibility of a visit to Johnstones of Elgin Woolen Mill (producers of high end woollen and cashmere products) on the Sunday morning but this is provisional.
Flights can be made to Inverness or Aberdeen and arrangements will be made for buses to collect members from the airports. (further details on this will follow later in the year). There is also a train link from the airports to Elgin.
As per normal, members will be asked to contribute towards the bus travel.