CLASP at Inveraray Highland Games – Tuesday 19th July 2016

The Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (The CLASP) is delighted to be returning to Inveraray Highland Games on Tuesday 19th July. The Games is located on the grounds of Inveraray Castle, with competition well-signposted from entry.

If you are competing, the Piping Convener, James Beaton, has asked if all competitors can check in by 1pm at the Piping Secretaries tent. You will then be informed of which boards the CLASP will take place on.

This is the order of play for the day:

Piobaireachd Events

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
Stewart Allan
William Copland

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
Andrea Zingg
George Gordon
Gill Cairns
Con Houlihan

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
Stewart Gaudin
Gordon Hislop
Ian Graham

Light Music Events

Grade 3 Light Music – 2/4 March and Strathspey & Reel
William Copland

Grade 2 Light Music – 2/4 March and Strathspey & Reel
Gill Cairns
Geroge Gordon
Stewart Allan
Con Houlihan
Andrea Zingg

Grade 1 Light Music – 2/4 March, Strathspey & Reel
Ian Graham
Stewart Gaudin
Gordon Hislop

Some of these events may run concurrently, please check with your stewards on arrival. Good luck to all competitors.

Celebrate your Graduation at The Pipers’ Tryst

Are you graduating this June from University or College? Celebrate the culmination of your hard work with a very special meal, here at The Pipers’ Tryst.

With prosecco and three course menu, this fantastic menu will really help you celebrate in style. So join us until the end of July, with lunch from 12-2.30pm or join us for an evening celebration from 5.00 pm -8.30pm, from Monday – Saturdays.

Take a peek at the menu: Graduation Menu

To book your table call us now on 0141 353 5551 or email quoting “Graduation Menu”.

Father’s Day Experience at The National Piping Centre

Join our bagpiper host and give your Dad a Father’s Day experience he will never forget.

Join us for our special Father’s Day tours at 9.30am or 11am on Saturday 18th June, and you can tour the museum of piping learning more about the history of Scotland’s national instrument. Then your Dad will get to try out the bagpipes – a once in a lifetime experience!

For only £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for concessions, this is a fantastic tour for all the family, making Father’s Day truly special in 2016.

There’s no need to book, but tours are limited to 20 each, so please arrive early to secure your place.

For more information about our Father’s Day tours, please call 0141 353 5551.

Doors Open Day 2016 – We’re In!

We will be part of the Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival 2016! Come along on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September at 11am and 2pm or
Sat 17th Sept at 10am, where you can listen to a piper play on the steps of The National Piping Centre before going with our Bagpiper Host on a guided tour of The Museum of Piping. You will learn about the history of this great instrument before having a go yourself! This fantastic experience is free, and no need to book. So get the date in your diary! Find out more about Doors Open Day here

Scots Guards Club – Upcoming Events

The Scots Guards Club in Edinburgh has a fantastic array of events coming up over the next wee while. Details are:

7th May – Piping Dinner with Angus MacColl. This fantastic evening event will take place at the Scots Guards Club next Saturday night. There are a few tickets still available – call 0131 337 1084 or email:

Scots Guards Knockout 2015/2016 – Grand Final! Come along on Sunday 15 May at 4pm to hear Ross Miller vs Callum Moffat in the grand final of this year’s knockout contest! Tickets are £10, available on the door and includes a curry.

Then later this year, there are recitals by James Murray on Sunday 21st August and Bruce Gandy on Tuesday 30 August (TBC) – both are £10 tickets on the door and include a curry, so get the dates in your diary!


Scottish Pipers’ Association Knockout Contest Final

The final will be held on Saturday 7th May 2016 featuring two of the World’s finest pipers : Stuart Liddell vs John Patrick

The event will be held in the College of Piping Otago St, with the evening starting at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50.  There is a full bar service available so please come early for a drink and a chat and to get a good seat.

The winner will receive the Piping Times Trophy which will be presented by editor Stuart Letford together with a substantial cash prize. The runner-up will also receive a substantial cash prize.

McCallum Bagpipes have kindly agreed to sponsor the event which will be recorded by the BBC for transmission at a later date on the Pipeline program.

We are also hoping to once again transmit the contest via Livestream for members and friends who are further afield. Donations via the website would be welcome.

Get set for the Pipe Band Season with 10% off Kit!

There is now 10% off pipe band essentials at The Bagpipe Shop, to help you get set for the season. We have Mister Anthony Band Spec Capes, now with 10% off. There are also our Piper Hose, which are also now 10% off for a variety of colours. Or check out our Brogues and Glengarries, which are ordered specially for you, and will be dispatched as soon as we receive them.

So get your kit ready with 10% off!

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Willie McCallum Snr. Campbeltown

The National Piping Centre was saddened to hear of the passing of Willie McCallum Snr, suddenly after The Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition on Friday 8 March. We would like to extend our condolences to Willie’s family, especially his son Willie McCallum Jnr.

Willie Snr was a fantastic supporter of piping, attending many events here at The National Piping Centre and during Piping Live!. His enthusiasm and love for the instrument and its music and his joy of piping will be sadly missed.

In light of this news, the concert scheduled for Friday 15 April – Tradition Bearers – has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be refunded, and we will update further on any rearrangement in the coming weeks.

Scots Guards Knockout – The Final is decided!

In the latest Scots Guards Knockout, Ross Miller won the second semi-final against Scott Barrie on Sunday 27 March. He will now meet Callum Beaumont on 15 May in the final, 4 pm as usual in the Scots Guards Club, Haymarket, Edinburgh. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door and include a curry served after.

Head along to the Scots Guards Club to see Callum Beaumont play in recital on Sunday 17 April at 4 pm. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door and include a curry served after. 

Scots Guards Knockout- Semi Final 2 – This Sunday, 27 March

This Easter Sunday, 27th March, head along to the Scots Guards Club for the second semi-final of the 2016 Knockout Competition, where Ross Miller will play against Scott Barrie, to see who will play against Callum Moffat in the final.  It starts at 4pm, tickets are £10 available on the door with a curry included.

Recital News
Callum Beaumont will perform a recital at the Scots Guards Club on Sunday  17 April, at 4 pm. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door with a curry after.