A Lunch with a Difference


The Women of Scotland Lunch is an annual lunch set up to celebrate women who have made a difference in their community in Scotland. It is a fun day out when women of all ages meet friends new and old in a sociable environment, are inspired by some incredible speakers. and raise money for charity Each year a charity benefits from the lunch and, while fundraising is not the foremost purpose of the lunch, it is a significant additional benefit.


It was set up in 1958 by May Hamp-Hamilton and has continued to grow and prosper ever since. Following a champagne reception and the chance to chat, guests are seated at tables, either randomly or next to their friends, as a main ethos of the lunch is to meet and mingle. There are women from all walks of life and corners of Scotland so you may sit next to a new friend or together with old mates. A few tables of 10 can be reserved for corporate or larger groups.


What sets us apart from other charity lunches is that raising money is not the sole purpose of the lunch. The main aim of the Women of Scotland Lunch is to meet new people and to listen to inspirational women speak. However, each year we choose a charity to support, and due to the generosity of our guests we raise significant sums annually for our chosen charity.



Our Executive Chairman for 2022 is Laura Lambie (seated in chair right). The remainder of the committee is made up as follows: Barbara Allison, Ann Garvie, Rowan McCall Smith, Katie Stewart, Fenella Taylor, Shona Walker, Laura Sinclair, Louise Kay and Mary Wallace.

Our Story

The Women of Scotland Lunch was founded in 1958 by Bill and May Hamp-Hamilton. It was designed to draw together a cross-section of influential women in Scotland ‘to celebrate their success in many and varied endeavours’ which in those days was very often in the face of traditional disapproval. Nowadays our guests still continue to be just that – women who have made a difference in their own field or community or who have special qualities or talents, regardless of age, ethnicity, race, beliefs, education or ability.

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