Piping Press Guide to the Games Published but Threat to Early Season Events

Donald MacPhee has a tune at South Uist

Our annual Piping Press Guide to the Games is published today – but with a warning. Early season games, at least up to the end of June, are under serious threat from the Covid-19 pandemic. (Ipswich Piping Society have just announced the postponement of Callum Beaumont’s recital in the city on March 20.)

Already this morning we have learned of the cancellation of Inverness Games which were due to take place at Bught Park on July 18. Others may follow soon. We would ask all readers to notify us as soon as they can of any postponements.

Our list is based on that of the Scottish Highland Games Association and we are grateful to them for the information. This list does not profess to be complete or totally accurate. We have done our best with the available information. As ever, check before travelling.

The list has been published as early as possible to allow pipers and enthusiasts to plan their summer and to encourage them to get out and have a tune in the outdoors among Scotland’s celebrated mountain scenery.

Congratulations to those involved in restoring solo piping to Crieff Highland Games which take place on August 16.

Please note that the dates for the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting are accurate. Booking difficulties with the Eden Court Theatre mean that for the first time in history Inverness comes before Oban in the piping calendar.

To repeat: we welcome any further information and corrections; please forward these to pipingpress@gmail.com and we will update the list as soon as possible. Some of the secretaries listed below may be for the general games with other individuals responsible for the piping. We would be obliged if those involved could let us have this additional information if available.

Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival, Oban
2nd May
Piping junior and snr. Enter here.

Gordon Castle Highland Games
Sunday 17th May
Gordon Castle, Fochabers
Solo Piping: www.gordoncastlehighlandgames.co.uk

Atholl Gathering
Blair Atholl
Sunday 24th May
Email entries: atholl.gathering.piping@gmail.com


A star of the games of yesteryear, Iain MacFadyen

June 6

Markinch Highland Games
Sunday 7th June
John Dixon Park, Markinch
Solo Piping
Shane Fenton; 01592 756088

Corgarff Games
Sat June 13; entries on field

Strathmore Highland Games
Sunday 14th June
Glamis Castle, Strathmore
Solo Piping
Entries on field 10am

Ardrossan Highland Games
Sunday 9th June
Memorial Rugby Park. Contact.

German piper Dagmar Pesta competing at Luss

Aberdeen Highland Games
Sunday 21st June
Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen
Solo Piping

Cupar Highland Games
Sat June 21; on field

Drumtochty Highland Games
Saturday 27th June; on field
Drumtochty Castle Grounds, Drumtochty
Adult and Junior Solo Piping (no ceol mor)
Eleanor Fotheringham (Secretary)
01561 378529

Ceres Highland Games
Saturday 27th June
The Bow Butts, Ceres
Solo Piping – entries on field 11am

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