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With the start of the summer means the start of the Highland Games and Pipe Band competitions throughout Scotland. One of the main events is The World Pipe Band Championships or ‘The Worlds’ with exciting and fierce competitions across all grades in bid for glory.
8,000 pipers and drummers
1 world champion
That promised to be an exciting event not to be missed!
The Worlds have been held in Glasgow for almost 70 years and has established itself as one of the world’s top celebration of Scottish culture showcasing a diverse blend of traditional music. It is the pinnacle of competitions for the cream of the crops of pipe bands from as far as Australia to Canada.
Held at the Glasgow Green on 13th Aug 2011, the Highland Dance and Glasgow World Highland Games Championships also took place at the same time. So many events all happening on the same day at the same venue, it was really a feast for the eyes and a great experience.
Despite the skies being overcast and threatening to pour any moments, the entire park was full of activities by the time we arrived at about 10am. It was filled with spectators, piping fans and of course many piping bands all in their smart kilt uniforms with shiny instruments. The Grade 1 competition was of course the most anticipated event as it was a competition of the best pipe bands from across the worlds.
Luckily, it only drizzled on and off and there was no downpour to dampen the entire event. At the end of the day, my ears were ringing with the shrill but beautiful music of the bag pipes.
Glasgow is one of Europe’s most exciting destinations combining the energy and sophistication of a great international city with some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. It is the home to more than 20 world class museums and art galleries. The internationally renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Scotland’s most visited free tourist attractions, has really interesting exhibits at times.
The Floating Heads installation by Sophie Cave was a really cool and interesting one. Over 50 heads, each expressing a different emotion, were hung over the museum’s foyer. The expressive masks were fascinating as they captured a single moment in time, usually fleeting in real life.
Glasgow is supposed to be a shopper’s paradise. In comparison to Aberdeen, I would say yes. But in comparison to some other major cities, there is still plenty of room to improve. But nevertheless, the city’s Buchanan Street had been recently voted as one of the world’s top 10 shopping streets.
The Loch Lomond area is situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – the first in Scotland. What makes this place special is its natural beauty, the diversity of its landscapes, the contrast between the highland and the lowland and the way the loch pulls all these elements together.
Although there was no time to hike in the Trossachs National Park, the sunny Sunday was spent visiting the beautiful Loch Lomond. Accessible by the local railway line from Glasgow to Balloch where one end of the Loch starts, the area is still best to be visited by car in order to reach the other beautiful spots on the Loch.