Piping hot – Highlands and Islands youngsters impress at championships

Young pipe bands from across the Highlands and Islands were in Edinburgh last weekend to take part in the annual Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships.

A total of 118 schools took part in the championships — the world’s largest schools piping competition — with more than 700 students of piping and drumming competing.

The Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band took first place in the Novice Juvenile B competition ahead of George Watson’s College from Edinburgh and Haddington’s Knox Academy.

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The Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band

Ullapool High School took the Junior B section, with Glasgow Academy and Dundee Schools in second and third respectively, while Portree High School were named the winners of the debut competition, ahead of Stranraer Academy and Tobermory High School.

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Portree High School Pipe Band

Sgoil Lionacleit meanwhile took third place in the Freestyle Musicianship contest behind the High School of Glasgow and Gordonstoun School.

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Sgoil Lionacleit