Rooms fit for champions
The Glenfiddich takes place this Saturday at Blair Castle in Perthshire. The competition will once again be broadcast live over the internet, alowing a global audience the chance to see and hear it.
The 10 competing pipers have always been well looked after at this event. Even the tuning rooms are rather impressive. They are essentially rooms of the castle that are normally part of the tourist exhibition that roughly 125,000 visitors wander around each year.
The College was given access to the rooms yesterday. They feature interesting historical artefacts, such as the metal breastplate of the Viscount of Dundee’s (James Graham of Claverhouse aka Bonnie Dundee) which didn’t protect him from an assassin’s bullet shortly aftter the Battle of Killiecrankie.
Also, the Terrace Room contains the only other surviving set of pipes from the Battle of Culloden; the Museum of Piping at the College has the other set.
The other rooms include the Atholl Highlanders Room, the First World War Room (which was allocated last year to Jack Lee), Room 2, the Treasure Room (the room Roddy MacLeod had last year), and the Stewart Room.
Each piper is allocated one of these rooms although some rooms are allocated to two pipers.
What most of us don’t see – or experience – is the walk down the castle’s Long Corridor onto the stage:
Good luck to all ten competitors this weekend. They are: Callum Beaumont, Glenn Brown, Cameron Drummond, Alasdair Henderson, Jack Lee, Angus MacColl, Ian K. MacDonald, Roddy MacLeod, Iain Speirs and Craig Sutherland.