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.visitinvernesslochness.com
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.
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 27th 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.
“After careful consideration and discussions with The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), we have made the decision to cancel Piping Inverness 2020, which incorporates the European Pipe Band Championships.
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