Pipers Gather for 2023 Argyllshire Gathering

The world’s top pipers have converged in the west Highland town of Oban for the prestigious Argyllshire Gathering solo piping competitions. Over 120 pipers have entered for events ranging from the Former Winners’ March, Strathspey and reel to the local March.

Today (Weds.) is given over to piobaireachd with four major events taking place. These are the Senior Piobaireachd, the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal, the Argyllshire Gathering Silver Medal and the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd for pipers aged under 22. Success in any of these events garners immediate promotion and worldwide recognition.

Download the draws here. Results as we get them. Tickets for all Day 1 competitions at the door. Day 2 sees the light music events at Mossfield Stadium.

Here are some pictures from last year’s Gathering:

Judges on duty for the 2023 Gathering are: R Barnes, B Donaldson, I Duncan, D Fraser, M Henderson, P Henderson, M Grey, B Hitchings, W Livingstone, M McRae, J MacGillivray, W Morrison, R MacShannon, J Taylor, R Wallace, J Wilson, R Worrall.

Prize money is as follows:

Senior Piobaireachd: 1 £1000, 2 £500, 3 £300, 4 £200, 5 £150
Gold Medal: 1 £550, 2 £400, 3 £250, 4 £200, 5 £150
Silver Medal: 1 £350, 2 £300, 3 £150, 4 £100, 5 £60
MacGregor Memorial: 1 £60, 2 £50, 3 £40, 4 £30, 5 £20
Former Winners’ MSR: 1 £550, 2 £400, 3 £250, 4 £200
‘A’ March and Strathspey & Reel: 1 £140, 2 £110, 3 £85, 4 £70, 5 £60
‘B’ March and Strathspey & Reel: 1 £95, 2 £70, 3 £60, 4 £50, 5 £40

NB: Fifth prizes in piobaireachd are at the discretion of judges and stewards.


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