Ceilidh Dance. Saturday 2nd April. 7pm. Dunphail Ceilidh Band. All Welcome!

Unfortunately due to the rise in Covid numbers in the area this event has been CANCELLED

If you would like to organise an event in aid of The Neil Mackenzie Trust we would be delighted to assist if we can.  Please let us know by contacting us or setting up a GoFundMe fundraiser.  If you have already held an event, contact us  for our bank details, or donate by PayPal

We are auctionning a weekend canoe or Kayak hire, for 2, from Inverness. To bid, or find out what the current highest bid is, email us at SOLD.

To support us without noticing –  when you buy from Amazon go to Amazon Smile, choose to support The Neil Mackenzie Trust, and shop as normal.  A small amount of each sale will go to the Trust. To date (May 2021) over £125 has been donated by Amazon.

Tea towels and photographic cards for sale at

2021 fundraising events:

Coming up …………….

Stratherrick Gala Day 24th July – we will be there promoting the Trust and selling cards, tea towels, branded tops and other items.

Look out for othere events including talks at Glenmore Lodge, another Walk in the Woods, in November, and a new selection of items in our shop.

Health and wellbeing month, May 2021 raised £485 over a series of events.

2020 Challenges – Some of the events that helped us raise over £2020 in 2020

Due to Covid, unfortunately we were not able to hold all the events that were planned, however we are grateful to everyone who contributed so generously, and we look forward to more successful events in 2021.

Howeversome of the events/challenges that were were successful:

20ps in bottles – we collected donations over the year in 20ps in whisky bottles amounting to about £400.

This was our total in April! In 2021 we will be using these to raise more funds – guess the weight, number of coins etc See us at Stratherrick Gala!!

Van Isle 500

On 2nd September 2020 Kate Downes & Fiona Elder will embark on a 5 day, 500km road cycle of Vancouver Island. Donate

For more information see


Lairig Ghru

Caroline Tucker, Neil’s sister, walked the Lairig Ghru with three friends, Carol Hammond and Audrey Anthoney, both also from Strathnairn, and Sian Curley from Elphin, on 22nd July, 2018.  A 19 mile walk through the Cairngorms.  Further sponsership donations always welcome through the link on the right hand side of this page!

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Audrey, Carol, Caroline & Sian





Highland Gathering – July 2018


The recent campervan/motothome meet at Brin, near Inverness raised over £400 – thanks to everyone for making this such a successful gathering!


Talks:  Hill Walking and Climbing through the Ages. 17th March 2018 1pm – 3pm.

Thanks to everyone who came along, and for donations and raffle prizes.  We raised £300 and had a great afternoon!

GRAND RAFFLE –  prizewinners

Drawn at The Neil Mackenzie Memorial Ceilidh at Summerhall, Edinburgh on 27th January, 2018.

Amazing prizes included:

Spa minibreak at Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh – Elizabeth and Norman Millichap, Cumbria

Minibreaks in Glasgow: One night at Jury’s Inn and voucher for 111 by Nico – Jenny Stewart, Croachy, near Inverness

and Inverness: 2 nights at Waterside Hotel, dinner at The Mustard Seed and boat trip by Dolphin Spirit – Jo Lewis, London

Adventure Activities from Mad Max (Quad biking and Archery for 4) – Gail Grant, Edinburgh

Nae Limits (watersports for 2) – Val Rose, Daviot

Full training/expedition grant from The Neil Mackenzie Trust (Ts & Cs apply) Magalie Castelin, Paris

Half a case of Whisky – Tim and Beth Rose, Achvraid, Inverness

Other winners: Lara Bell, Glasgow, Mackenzie, Inverness,  Hilary Engwall, Wirral, Thea Lewis-Yates, Esher, Gina Pelham, Somerset, Eva Craig, Inverarnie and Simon and Fiona Lillico.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated such amazing prizes for their generosity!

The Neil Mackenzie Memorial Ceilidh

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was held at Summerhall, Edinburgh on 27th January, 2018 with The Dance Bandits

Burns themed food was available by Gannet & Guga, East Market Street, Ednburgh

The event was a great success and raised a massive £1,718!

Many thanks to everyone who came along and to all our helpers, and especially to Katherine Eden Green for organising the event.

2017 Bell’s Bothy Challenge

fun to donate, fun to participate, fun to benefit!

Over £5,000 was raised through the bothy Challenge.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Our first Fun, fundraising ceilidh day was held on Saturday 9th April 2016, at Farr Hall, near Inverness.  We raised an amazing £3,715.   For more details:

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