Inverness

Inverness is the capital of the Highlands, which is the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Bught Park, the setting for the event, is situated on the western bank of the River Ness and is home to the Inverness Highland Games, outdoor music festivals and now Piping Inverness.

Easily accessible by road, rail and air, Inverness and the surrounding area offers a range of places to stay from hotels to bed-and-breakfast accommodation, self-catering, and camping.

There is so much to see and do in the area – from watching dolphins on the cruises, exploring the Castle; to eating at the local family run restaurants and drinking at Inverness’ well-known pubs and clubs – that taking a long weekend, if not a week, to explore the area is a must. You will realise you need to come back and stay longer!

Whether you are into a dram or drama, curling up by the fire or kayaking there is something for everyone.

To help you plan your visit comprehensive information about what to see and do, where to eat and where to stay in Inverness, is available at www.inverness-scotland.com

Visit Scotland also has information about the area at https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/inverness/

Travelling to Inverness

Inverness is easily accessible by road, train and air. (map)

By Road – Major road links from the A9 North and A96 East

By Bus – Nearest bus station is Inverness Bus Station, just 2 miles from Bught Park. Buses are run by Stagecoach, please check bus times here.

By Rail – Nearest train station is Inverness train station, next to the bus station, just 2 miles from Bught Park. Trains are run by Scotrail, please check train times here.

By Air – Nearest Airport is Inverness, Dalcross Airport, just 11 miles from Bught Park. Flight times may vary, please check flights here.

If you are travelling by car consider taking your time on the road and include one or more of some stunning local itineraries as part of your visit to Inverness. Further information is available here.

Park and Ride

Piping Inverness in conjunction with D&E Coaches is running a Park & Ride to the European Pipe Band Championships from the University of the Highlands & Islands -  1, Inverness Campus, Inverness IV2 5NA. 

The Park & Ride is conveniently located for people travelling from the East Coast along the A96 and from the South on the A9. The Park & Ride will be signposted on all major routes coming into the City of Inverness. 

You will be dropped off outside Inverness Leisure Centre, which is a short walk to the public entrance to Piping Inverness.

Please see Drop off/Pick up point on map.

Dogs are allowed on the bus, but no more than one dog is allowed on at a time and they must remain on the floor.

Return tickets are priced at £4 each are available on the bus. Children under 16 travel free. Buses will run approximately every 15 minutes - Bus Timetable.

Parking

There is no parking on site, however, local parking is available, which is close and within walking distance to Bught Park. Charges may apply.

The closest car park to Piping Inverness is the Highland Council Head Quarters. Parking charges are as follows: PAY & DISPLAY PARKING all day Saturday and Sunday. Up to 4 hours - £3.00, Up to 10 hours £4.00, Up to 24 hours £5.00.

Other car parks available:

  • Old Town Rose Street Multi Storey Car Park
  • Eastgate Shopping Centre Car Park
  • Falcon Gallery Car Park
  • Cathedral Car Park

Please note: The council has taken the decision to close the INFIRMARY BRIDGE while events are being held nearby.

The bridge will be closed on Saturday 29th June.

Local Bus Service

Stagecoach run local buses from inverness city centre, which drop off near to Bught Park.

Please contact them directly for up to date information. Click here.

Drop off/Pick up and Taxis

The drop off and pick up point for Piping Inverness will be at the Inverness Leisure Centre and will be signposted from the main A82 junction. 

This drop off and pick up point is also available to cars and taxis.

Caravans and Campervans

For people wishing to bring a caravan or campervan, Bught Park Caravan Site is situated directly opposite the Piping Inverness site - Click Here

Torvean Caravan Park is also available. To contact them, click here

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking is available (no ticket required) on site to Blue Badge scheme holders only. Please see map attached.

The disabled car park is only able to accept standard car sizes and we are unable to accept any vehicles larger than a standard car due to ground conditions.

The disabled car park will open at 9.00am and all cars must be removed by the end of the day.

Location

The postcode for Bught Park is IV3 5SR.

Latest News

Wednesday, June 12th 2019

CHIEFTAIN ANNOUNCED FOR PIPING INVERNESS 2019

CHIEFTAIN ANNOUNCED FOR PIPING INVERNESS Inverness’ first female Provost has been chosen as the Chieftain for the European Pipe Band Championships, the first female to take on the role in over six years. Provost of Inverness, Helen Carmichael said she was honoured to be asked to fulfil t... Full Story...