The Main Event - Piping Inverness

Piping Inverness the European Pipe Band Championships will be held in Bught Park Inverness for a three-year run from 2019-2021. We hope to attract thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide.

With pipe band and drum majors competing across a number of grades, we are looking forward to a stunning spectacle of colour as well as amazing playing!

Pipe bands from around the world

We are delighted to be welcoming bands from all over the world. Inverness will be hosting bands and often their supporters from as far afield as Australia and Oman as well as bands from other European countries such as Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland.

To help the thousands of spectators recognise each band in the final parade, Piping Inverness will enlist the help of local school children to lead the bands into the arena.

The arena

In the centre of Bught Park, will be the main arena, split into four different competition areas. Drum Majors will also compete in the main area while a Highland Dancing competition will take place in a dedicated stage area in a different part of the park.

Entertainments for all the family

There will also be a wide variety of other entertainments to suit all ages and interests. These will include two large, separate areas of stalls, a Craft and Retail Village and a Food and Drink Village. Each will have stalls within a marquee and outdoor pitches, and will be well signed and accessible to visitors and competitors. All showcasing the finest crafts and produce Inverness and the surrounding area has to offer. The layout of Bught Park will be announced closer to the time of the event. There will also be a host of interactive activities which are yet to be confirmed.

Licensed event

The entire event area within Bught Park is licensed allowing adult spectators to enjoy a relaxed drink whilst watching the bands.

Tickets available to buy now

You can secure your tickets in advance of the event by buying them from our online store;

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