The Royal Caledonian Curling Club organises a number of friendship tours both incoming and outgoing for men and women. The oldest of these tour relationships is between the Scottish and Canadian men – in 2009 it was 100 years since the first Canadian tour party arrived in Scotland.
Upcoming Tours include:
- 2018 Swedish Women’s Tour to Scotland
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club is delighted to welcome a Womens Swedish tour to Scotland. The tour will start in Aberdeen on Friday 26th Oct 2018 and the tourists will then visit Perth, Stirling, Ayr, Hamilton, Kelso, Edinburgh finishing in Kinross on Sun 4th Nov 2018. Tickets for the opening and closing banquets are now available.
The Opening Banquet will be held on Friday 26th October 19.00 at Curl Aberdeen Eday Walk Summerhill Aberdeen. Tickets are £30.00 which includes meal, refreshments and entertainment. Please contact Kay Gibb firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret Nicol email@example.com for tickets.
The Closing Banquet will be held on Saturday 3rd Nov 19.00 at Double Tree By Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing St Margare’s Head North Queensferry. Tickets are £35.00 which includes meal, refreshments and entertainment. Please contact Morag Wellman firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret Nicol email@example.com for tickets.
- 2018 Strathcona Cup Hosted by Scotland
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club team hosted the Canadian Strathcona Cup Team to play for the oldest trophy in International Curling.
The Strathcona Cup is the grandest and likely the most valuable trophy in curling, having been specially commissioned by Lord Strathcona for the first fixture in 1902.
The origins for curlers from Scotland and Canada meeting lie in the 1902 Royal Club Annual General Meeting “…..and the following resolutions were passed:
“First, that the Royal Club, taking into consideration the oft repeated invitation of brethren in Canada and the USA, is of opinion that the invitation should now be accepted, and decides to send out in the coming winter a representative team, in the name and under the auspices of the Royal Club, to play such matches as may be arranged, and to convey to curlers at the various centres to be visited the hearty congratulations and good wishes of the mother club.”
The competition is unique in that it is played nationwide over a number of weeks, with curlers of both countries having the opportunity to represent their country in the spirit and camaraderie that is the essence of the game. The Canadians arrived in Scotland on January 10th and ended their tour on February 2nd.
- 2017 Men’s Tour to USA
RCCC President, Clive Thomson, captained the party of twenty curlers selected from clubs across the breadth of the country. Some 30 games were played by each curler over the three-week tour of the northern states. The tour started in Chicago with a practice game on Sunday, January 15th and finished in Boston with the final game and closing banquet at Brookline Country Club on Sunday 5th February.
- 2016 USWCA Tour to Scotland
After three weeks and 21 games, the twenty US ladies on the USWCA Tour to Scotland 2016 came out on top with an overall score of 807 shots to the Scottish ladies’ score of 568 shots. The Marguerite Roberts Quaich was presented by Gilean Hoenke, Marguerite’s daughter, at the closing banquet held in the Radstone Hotel, Larkhall.
- 2015 Women’s Tour to Canada
The Canadian Curling Association has extended an invitation for twenty-four (24) female curlers to tour Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec) as their guests for three weeks in November 2015.
The Royal Club received 39 applications for these 24 places, and the selection committee picked the following for the honour of representing Scotland: the Tour Captain will be Margaret Richardson from Lanarkshire, the Vice-Captain will be Past President Fiona Hardie from Dumfries, the Treasurer is current Junior Vice President Jan Howard from Greenacres and the Secretary is LSC Minute Secretary Ruth Addinall from Murrayfield. The other Tourists are Margaret White (Ayr), Margaret Pottie (Inverness), Margaret Robertson (Lanarkshire), Fiona MacFarlane (Braehead), Sheilagh MacFarlane (Forfar), Margaret Carruthers (Lockerbie) , Jane McLaren (Stirling), Alison Taylor (Lanarkshire), Shelagh Fulton (Perth), Helen Drummond (Lanarkshire), Maggie Barry (Murrayfield), Carolyn Nicoll (Forfar), Marion Malcolm (Aberdeen), Mary Shaw (Ayr), Elizabeth Shaw (Ayr), Joyce White (Forfar), Susan Fleming (Lockerbie), Lillian Carnegie (Forfar), Elaine Paterson (Kinross) and Fiona Rutherford (Kinross).
The first meeting of the Tourists was held in November 2014, and work is progressing with everyone taking some part in the organisation.
- 2013 Women’s Tour to Sweden
Sixteen female curlers representing the Ladies Branch of The Royal Caledonian Curling Club set off on their 2013 Tour to Sweden today from Edinburgh Airport. The tour which will take them to Gävle, Karlstad, Jönköping, Norrköping and Stockholm runs until 10th November.
n leading the ladies tour to Sweden, Tour Captain Corrie Lawrence commented, “I am very excited and very honoured. We’ve got the most amazing group of ladies, there are so many talents in this group it’s just unbelievable. There’s somebody to do everything, everybody’s got a job to do so my job is not special at all, it really isn’t.”
On the tour itself and meeting up with the Swedish teams Corrie continued, “We’re meeting with lots of Swedish ladies which we’re really going to enjoy. We’re having 11 curling games in 11 days so the schedule will be busy and when we’re not curling we’ll be visiting places and being entertained and we will do some entertaining. We have an entertainments secretary and she has got us singing and dancing and doing all sorts. The competition will be won by shots up so we’ll keep our blog up to date. We’re hoping we will come up with lots of different stories from lots of different tourists to fill the blog up.”
Also in attendance at Edinburgh Airport were Ladies Branch President Fiona Hardie, Ladies Branch Past President Patricia Thomson who lead the 2003 Tour to Sweden and Anne Buchan who was also on that tour. All are pictured with the 16 tourists at Edinburgh Airport on Friday 1st November.