The charming village of McGregor lies at the foot of the Riviersonderend mountains, 20 km from Robertson on a good tarred road. A dirt road does connect the village with the N2 via the Stormsvlei Pass, but the tar peters out a little way beyond the village towards the famous McGregor to Greyton walk via the Bushmanskloof Pass. It is this physical sense of isolation which has helped to preserve some of the most attractive 19th century architecture in the Western Cape.
The village shares the climate of the Little Karoo: hot in summer and cool to cold in winter, when the rain falls and occasionally snow shimmers in the sunshine on the encircling hills. It is good farming country, and although the !Xan travelled through the area en route to the sea, it was the soil which drew the first farmers to settle in the late 1700s.
A few scattered houses were built in the early 1800s. Some were used for nagmaal (such as a terrace of three known as Die Trein in Voortrekker Street), some housed labourers and some were built by people such as the miller and the whipstock maker. The village was officially proclaimed only in 1862 and divided into 2½ha. Plots. By 1905, all the land had been bought by 19 smallholders and farmers, and their names are recorded on a contemporary map now in the McGregor Museum.
When the plots were auctioned, an advertising poster apparently claimed that the main road to Cape Town from the north would probably pass through the village. This never happened, and neither did the planned road over the mountains through the Boesmanskloof Pass to Greyton. As a result, the village has retained its friendliness and peaceful feel, with thatch-roofed cottages, vines, apricot trees and olive groves adding a special beauty.
The McGregor Heritage Society aims to maintain its historical significance, in architectural and social terms, to promote conservation awareness and continue the development of the surrounding Nature Reserve.
The growing settlement was originally called Lady Grey. Confusingly for the authorities of the day and the post office, the village shared this name with another in the Eastern Cape. But in 1904 the congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church decided to call their parish and new church in Voortrekker Street after their much-loved pastor, the Rev. Andrew McGregor, who had just retired after 40 years of dedicated service in Robertson. Two years later, in April 1906, the relieved authorities followed suit and gazetted an official name change to McGregor.
Things to Do
McGregor offers a variety of activities for the visitor, from walking/hiking trails, the most spectacular being the Boesmanskloof trail from McGregor to Greyton, mountain biking, bird watching from two bird hides in Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve, to enjoyable meals and a chat at one of our coffee shops or restaurants. Or relax with an aromatherapy massage or Reiki session.
The village has a quaint Saturday Morning Market where you may purchase a wide variety of homemade jams, chutneys, freshly baked breads and muffins as well as many other products. Browse McGregor Properties for sale.
Don’t miss out on their regional and village food and wine festivals.
McGreogr have just a few good quality shops, where you may browse through a variety of goods ranging from antique furniture, old linens, silver, glassware & table settings with old bone-china to hand painted ‘distressed’ furniture. There is also a very well equipped Deli – certainly not to be missed. You may find our local distillery and wineries interesting. There is olive tasting at Rhebokskraal and many places to enjoy a good meal. You must visit their local wood fired pottery and go walking the dog after 5pm to enjoy the houses and gardens old and new.
McGregor’s many gifted artists work in a variety of media: oils, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, pencil and charcoal amongst others. Some works of local artists hang in homes & galleries throughout the world. Theres is a permanent Art Route for you to enjoy.
For more information visit the McGregor Tourism website – Click Here
Robertson Slow : 10 -12 August 2012
“Celebrating The Slow Food Movement”
McGregor Food And Wine : 1 September 2012
“Delicious Tastes And Country Fare!”
Wine on the River : 19October 2012
McGregor Open Gardens : 20 October 2012
“Annual Open Garden Show”
Apricot Festival : 1 November 2012
“Apricot Harvest Festival
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About McGregor’s Weather:
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McGregor borders on the Little Karoo, and the climate can best be described as “comfortable”.
Summer days are pleasantly warm although the month of February can be seriously hot. The South Easterly gales which blow in Cape Town in summer are practically non-existent here, but a comparatively light wind blows for a few hours in the afternoons, which helps to keep the village cool. The winters are short and as the annual rainfall is only about 200mm, they are comparatively dry. There is no air pollution, and at night those who are romantic can enjoy a sight seldom seen by city-dwellers – a star-filled sky.
Averages for McGregor:
McGregor normally receives about 215mm of rain per year and because it receives most of its rainfall during winter it has a Mediterranean climate. It receives the lowest rainfall (4mm) in January and the highest (34mm) in August. The monthly distribution of average daily maximum temperatures shows that the average midday temperatures for McGregor range from 16.4°C in July to 28.3°C in February. The region is the coldest during July when the mercury drops to 4.7°C on average during the night.
Map and Directions
Travelling from Cape Town, take the N1 and go past Paarl, through the Hugenot Tunnel and take the 2nd traffic light turn off to Worcester, or from Johannesburg take the first traffic light turn off to Worcester.
When in Worcester, follow the signs to Robertson.
About half way through Robertson you will come across the McGregor turn off on the right. Follow this road, over the Breede River, and then bear left to McGregor (19km).
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