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Old 08-28-2018, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default Scotland April 2019

Planning Scotland trip by train/bus/ferry from Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney (Kirkwall), Ullapool to Lewis (Stornoway), Harris to Skye (Portree) to Mull (Tobermory), Oban, Iona, Glasgow, Edinburgh. Looking for suggestions for stops related to bagpipe makers, events, museums, etc. Have traveled portions of the route previously.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:37 PM   #2
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If you are in Stornoway in April why not catch the Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition? All the top names will be playing there.
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:51 PM   #3
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If you're bringing your pipes, a tune at the MacCrimmon Cairn, Borreraig is a must (if you can find it!).

No trip to Glasgow is complete for any piper without calling into the National Piping Centre, the food is amazing apart from anything else.

You might not still be around early May for the Highlands and Highlands Music and Dance festival in Oban and I'd agree with the previous posted, the Donald Macleod competition would be a must see.
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:00 PM   #4
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Looks like you will pass about evey maker, so pick your favorite and send them a note.
The Oban distillery is cant miss IMHO, as well as what was already stated.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:44 PM   #5
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Not to hijack this thread, but I am going in June of 2019. Anything interesting happening then?
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:12 PM   #6
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I wish there was a 'piper tour' you could take of Scotland. Like the J.Peterman Tour from Seinfeld, you would get a guided tour tracing all of the interesting sites in Scotland as they relate to pipers and bagpiping. Going to a cairn is one thing, but having someone knowledgeable take you there and tell you what you need to know and why it is important would be so much more memorable and moving. Battle sites, castles, islands, etc.. I'm sure it would take several days (a week?), but I bet you could do it year round and always have a good tour group..

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Old 09-08-2018, 07:13 AM   #7
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If you're bringing your pipes, a tune at the MacCrimmon Cairn, Borreraig is a must (if you can find it!).
My wife and I stayed in Borreraig, years ago. Went to the cairn.

That was when you had to take the ferry to Skye. (The bridge makes the Skye Boat Song a bit dated, eh?)
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:29 AM   #8
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My wife and I stayed in Borreraig, years ago. Went to the cairn.

That was when you had to take the ferry to Skye. (The bridge makes the Skye Boat Song a bit dated, eh?)
In fact, the Skye boat song is about travelling from Benbecula to Skye, not the Mainland.
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Old 09-08-2018, 01:12 PM   #9
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The brother is running a camp site just outside Stirling. Loads of piping and history around there. Only an hour from Glasgow and a little further to Edinburgh.

They have a Sea King helo on site for the Glamping tourist.

PM if you want details.


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Old 09-08-2018, 11:36 PM   #10
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I wish there was a 'piper tour' you could take of Scotland. Like the J.Peterman Tour from Seinfeld, you would get a guided tour tracing all of the interesting sites in Scotland as they relate to pipers and bagpiping. Going to a cairn is one thing, but having someone knowledgeable take you there and tell you what you need to know and why it is important would be so much more memorable and moving. Battle sites, castles, islands, etc.. I'm sure it would take several days (a week?), but I bet you could do it year round and always have a good tour group..

-Matthew
I used to do that, but stopped when we downsized the house. Guests stayed with me. Have done a few day/half days since then. As it happens, April can be a quiet month, and I'd be happy to do that again. Make a wee break for me too, from teaching every week. If this is your thing, please let me know, be happy to help.
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