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 hotel@thepipingcentre.co.uk 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

Wedding Open Evening sponsored by Braw Brides

Wedding Open Evening 2016

Join us for an intimate wedding open evening at The National Piping Centre sponsored by Glasgow’s loveliest wedding blog ‘Braw Brides’ on Thursday 14th January from 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Guest will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés whilst browsing The National Piping Centre and the suppliers from Braw Bride’s Wedding Directory.

The first 30 lucky guests will receive a goodie bag on arrival. To register for tickets, please head to our facebook page here

Braw Brides logo


Scottish Hotel Awards 2016

The Pipers’ Tryst has been included in this year’s hotel awards and now we need your help! Please go to the link below and nominate Pipers’ Tryst Hotel in the City, Informal Restaurant or Wedding categories. We would be delighted if you could take just 2 minutes to nominate us, as our team have worked their wee tartan socks off this year, so it would mean a great deal to the team!

Click here to nominate the Pipers’ Tryst.

Braw Brides Wedding Workshop

Braw BridesAre you feeling overwhelmed about your wedding planning?
The Braw Brides Wedding Workshop is an event for couples to become excited about their wedding, it’s an informal, interactive, exciting event featuring some of the friendliest, interesting wedding suppliers in Scotland. We’d love to chat to you about your wedding, and show you what we are all about.

Sunday, 1 March 2015 from 1pm to 5pm

TripAdvisor US Article featuring The National Piping Centre

How one property got 40 reviews overnight

What one GM learned at a TripAdvisor seminar that had a dramatic impact on her business.

The National Piping Centre in Glasgow is Scotland’s home of bagpiping. It’s also home to The Pipers’ Tryst – an adjoining eight room hotel and restaurant. General Manager Gemma Cannon recently took some time from her hectic schedule at The Pipers’ Tryst to attend a TripAdvisor seminar. What she learned dramatically changed her business.

“We always thought we were using TripAdvisor in a proactive way. We knew how to write back to customers and say thank you, or to give our side of the story in a positive manner that reflects our business. But I had no idea about Review Express,” says Cannon. Review Express is a free tool that makes it easy to send recent visitors an email invitation to write a review on TripAdvisor.

After the seminar, Cannon and her team pulled together email addresses of guests who had stayed at The Pipers’ Tryst during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. They sent a Review Express campaign to those guests, reminding them to write reviews. No one on Cannon’s team could have predicted the result:

“Overnight we gained 40 reviews. Before that we were getting one a fortnight – we only have eight rooms, after all. We didn’t realize that Review Express, with just a few clicks, would have such an impact. We always enjoyed ranking highly in the budget hotel category on TripAdvisor, which made us very proud. But now, of all hotels in the city, we’re number 11. We were all very surprised but delighted as well.”

A property’s first Review Express email campaign is often sent to a large group of past visitors and receives a substantial amount of reviews in response. After that, businesses tend to settle into more regular schedules – ideally sending Review Express campaigns once per week. This helps them drive a smaller but steadier number of reviews over time. Moving forward, Cannon plans to use Review Express on a regular basis to contact recent visitors and collect their reviews.
How reviews are used

Cannon and her team are always looking for ways to deliver the best of Scottish hospitality to guests – from the Scottish food and whiskey to the décor to the musical education. Reviews are a big part of that. Cannon says, “First we read the reviews and understand what people have written. We reflect back to the occasion they’re talking about. We try get back to them quickly with feedback, typically within two to four days. Then we take the reviews back to our management team meeting and use them to drive change.”

The Pipers’ Tryst is a non-profit organization and registered charity. Gains made from the hotel and restaurant are used to fund the musical education side of the business. Since money is tight for improvements on the hospitality side, Cannon and her team use the guests’ feedback to help prioritize the most important ones.
Reviews and bookings

The Pipers’ Tryst saw a 65% increase in bookings in August 2014 over the previous year. While this change can be partially attributed to events in the area like the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, Cannon also attributes the success to Review Express: “There’s an awful lot happening in Glasgow City Center, but Review Express has helped put us on the map as a good little independent business to visit. As a small company, it’s a great tool to have. It was quick and it helped.”

“We didn’t realize that Review Express, with just a few clicks, would have such an impact.” – General Manager Gemma Cannon, The Pipers’ Tryst

Spread the Love

Spread the Love

The National Piping Centre are sharing the LOVE this season with their new light-Up LED LOVE letters. These are the perfect finishing touch to any wedding and can be used both for the wedding ceremony as well as during the wedding breakfast and evening reception.

LOVE letters Soft

We’re offering FREE hire of these giant LOVE letters to any couple wishing to book a full package. Partnering with Make Believe Events these are sure to wow your guests and make your day one to remember!

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Only valid when full package is booked including ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception.
  2. Valid for weddings from May 2014 – Dec 2015
  3. Minimum guest numbers of 80 applies to receive this offer
  4. If the LOVE letters are unavailable due to high demand – an alternative will be offered

LateRooms.com Best Kept Secret Awards 2014

We’re entering into the LateRooms Best Kept Secret Awards 2014. This is a competition which is judged by YOU the customer! We’d be very grateful if you could nominate The Pipers’ Tryst via the link below for Best Breakfast and Best Service.

LateRooms.com Present The Best Kept Secret Awards 2014 - Nominate Us!

Nominate and you can be entered into a draw to WIN a 2 night stay at Chesford Grange, Warwick including dinner and breakfast at the hotel, a bottle of red wine and 2 passes to Warwick Castle.

Piper Hire Private Event

Wedding-Piper“Scotland’s Centre of Excellence for this great instrument”

Come along and meet our world class bagpipers.

Bespoke one-to-one meetings for bride and grooms to discuss your musical needs with our experts.
These popular events are held throughout the year at The National Piping Centre.

Refreshments provided whilst you chat!


  • Sunday 14th September 12-4pm
  • Sunday 5th October 12-4pm

Please contact weddings@thepipingcentre.co.uk to make a one-to-one booking.