Tag: Blair Castle

Early years of the Glenfiddich: Grant’s Championship 1977

Early years of the Glenfiddich: Grant’s Championship 1977

The 50th Glenfiddich Piping Championship is only two days away on October 29, 2023, and one can only hope it matches or exceeds “the best one yet” accolade that Seumas MacNeill gave to the 1977 Championship in his Piping Times report. However, in Seumas’s report below the reader will find […]

Early years of the Glenfiddich: Grant’s  Championship 1976

Early years of the Glenfiddich: Grant’s Championship 1976

In the build up to the 50th Glenfiddich Piping Championship on October 29 we take another look through Piping Times back issues to Seumas MacNeill’s report from the Grant’s Championship in 1976. Seumas gives the contest a big build up in anticipation of hearing world class performances, but a tinge […]

At the Glenfiddich with Rona Lightfoot and Faye Henderson

At the Glenfiddich with Rona Lightfoot and Faye Henderson

By Fergus Muirhead. Piping Today #49. January 2010. Rona Lightfoot and Faye Henderson had remarkably similar beginnings to their piping careers. Rona had the pipes on her shoulder in South Uist when she was nine-years-old. Her father, brothers and uncles all played and, in fact, at times Rona thought that […]

Tickets available for the Glenfiddich Piping Championship on October 29

Tickets available for the Glenfiddich Piping Championship on October 29

Ten of the world’s greatest solo pipers will compete in this year’s Glenfiddich Piping Championship, as the renowned competition returns to the spectacular Blair Castle on Saturday, October 29. Competing this year are defending champion Jack Lee, Dollar’s Callum Beaumont, Glasgow-based Canadian piper Glenn Brown, Jamie Forrester from London, Canadian […]

The Glenfiddich Championship 2022 pipers and tickets

The Glenfiddich Championship 2022 pipers and tickets

The 49th Glenfiddich Piping Championship will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2022. The event is held annually at Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Perthshire, and is organised by The National Piping Centre and funded through the William Grant Foundation. The 2022 competitors have been chosen from the list of […]

Sandy Cameron overall at Atholl

Sandy Cameron overall at Atholl

[post updated with photo] Sandy Cameron from Roy Bridge in Lochaber, Scotland was the overall winner at the Atholl Gathering, held today in dull weather conditions in the grounds of Blair Castle. Sandy, pictured, placed second in the A Grade Ceòl Mòr, fifth in the MSR and third in the […]

Atholl Gathering solo piping entries open

Atholl Gathering solo piping entries open

Entries are now open for this year’s Atholl Gathering solo piping competitions. The entry form can be found here. The competitions are open to those graded A/P, B and C for ceòl mòr by the Competing Pipers’ Association. The Light Music is open. The Atholl Gathering will take place in […]