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Old 04-18-2018, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default Historical piping sites Scotland

I am visiting Scotland this August, and looking for historical piping related things to see while Iím there. Castles, cairns, museum, shops, etc. Thx!
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:56 PM   #2
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Maybe the last chance to see the College of Piping? We'll have to see what happens as it's acquired by the National Piping Centre.

You can visit my family's ancestral home at Dunottar Castle where my great-great....great-grandfather Sir William Keith, 1st Earl of Marischal, in the 1300s was head of the castle.

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Old 04-18-2018, 10:36 PM   #3
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What about Skye? Get up to Dunvegan and see the castle and more importantly the Maccrimmons cairn.

Or Blair Castle, see where the Glenfiddich is held every year. The castle has a good tour and nice grounds and is home to Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. The castle is in a key spot and played a part in the '45.
There are 2 whisky distilleries close by at Pitlochry too. Monday nights the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band hold a Highland night in Pitlochry.

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Old 04-19-2018, 03:34 AM   #4
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My 2015 historic event. I serendipitously was able to play the pipes in Scotland. May 2015, my wife and I were in Portree, Isle of Skye. I came across a "wee laddy", a 10-12 years old busker, in the town square. Gave him 1 £ (approx. $1.60) and video tapped him on my ipad. Conversed with him for a while, he has played for a couple years, plays McCallum pipes, told him that I play. He: Want to have a go? (Words run together and thick dialect). Me: Pardon me. He: Have a go? Me: Play them? He: Yah, want to play them here. Me: yea, great. He: here, play us a tune. Me: Thanks. Played Morag of Dunvegan (Dunvegan is approx. an hour away). Your drones are out of tune. He: Can you tune them? Me: Yeh, (tuned drones, played last part of Dunvegan). Thanks, never thought I would play pipes in Scotland. He: Thanks, cheers.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:14 AM   #5
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Go to Gairloch and take the walk to the Iain Dall Mackay memorial.
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/torr...owerdale.shtml
http://www.electricscotland.com/hist...rloch/g240.htm
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:17 AM   #6
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How about some living history ?
Check out the Eagle Pipers in Edinburgh.
A casual evening of piping in an historic setting with some truly great piping.
Make sure you bring 2£ for a meat pie....they're also great!
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:57 AM   #7
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So I'm walking down the road in Edinburgh 3 sheets to the wind so to say and I hear some piping coming from a large house. I go in and sally up to the bar and proceed to have a couple of hours of great piping whilst drinking great beer. A year or so later I'm watching piping on Youtube and realize I'd been to Eagle pipers!
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Old 04-19-2018, 04:35 PM   #8
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Obviously Edinburgh Castle would be "de rigeur " but what about a visit to Macallum's bagpipe factory at Kilmarnock for a free guided tour and something else you will never see anywhere else in the world- the Falkirk Wheel-unblievable .
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Old 04-19-2018, 09:22 PM   #9
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and realize I'd been to Eagle pipers!

Ah, John, and All,

Is there... an address?

You know... just in case. :)

(It's possible... this summer... but not entirely sure... as yet.)

Regards to All,

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Old 04-20-2018, 05:37 PM   #10
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Just Google Scots Guards club...conveniently located across the street from the Haymarket train station in Edinburgh....and beside a taxi stand....couldn't be more convenient.
The history of the Scots Guards does not need mention...
As to which night to be there...check out the Eagle Pipers site. .
If it's in August that you're there. ..I hope to be there too...
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