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Inverlochy Castle

So the strange times continue and this is only my second wedding this year and it’s now the start of September!

I’m looking forward to this one, the setting looks fantastic! The Inverlochy Castle dates from the 19th century and is situated near Glencoe where the infamous massacre of 1692 took place which still lies like an open sore in many people’s memories still.

The monument of Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard which started the 1745 rebellion is not too far away either. This romanticised disaster saw the end of the Stuart cause in Britain and also witnessed the demise of the Clan system in Scotland and the banning of bagpipe playing. It also saw the last civil war battles on British soil.

In 1873 Queen Victoria visited Inverlochy for a week to take in the glorious scenery. She was also a keen water-colourist and spent time painting the surrounding views so you can the castle and the land that surrounds it are steeped in history.

A remarkable setting  for such a memorable day. A two hour drive through some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see to arrive at the fantastic setting of the Inverlochy Castle hotel. Darryl introduced himself and told me the format of the afternoon. Maybe not sunshine and blue skies but it was warm and an even bigger plus, no rain!

The time came for the ceremony. The current circumstances dictated that Selina and Darryl’s guest list was their parents! Jane, the castle’s events manager told me that the ceremony was not going to take long and she wasn’t kidding! Five minutes later the registrar walked up to me and informed me that was him finished and was away home! Luckily I had just tuned my pipes to the tune ‘The Glenfinnan Highland Gathering’. I struck up the pipes and swiftly marched around the side of the castle to the tune ‘Angus MacKinnon’ a lovely 6/8 march just as Selina and Darryl emerged  from the castle’s drawing room onto the terrace overlooking the castles gardens. Perfect timing for the classic wedding tune, ‘Mairi’s Wedding’.

I took time to congratulate the happy couple and spent some time chatting to their parents.  I should have pointed out that Darryl is from Newcastle and Selina from London. So why Inverlochy? The answer is that the year previously (before life changed for everyone) the couple had been touring Scotland and decided to get engaged at Inverlochy Castle hotel. So for them it was only natural to get married there.

It was time for some more tunes. I decided to play a March, Strathspey and Reel. My choice was Donald MacLean’s farewell to Oban, Highland Harry and Lexi MacAskill and after that the ceremony was over. I was invited to join the family for high tea! A slice of caterpillar cake and a cup of tea.  Later my day was over and what an enjoyable afternoon it was!

I wished the happy couple best wishes and headed back to Allander Pipers country through some of finest views Scotland has to offer.

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A really lovely post which Bruce and Jenni loved. Everyone I talked to said what I wonderful job you did, the Pipes just adds that special touch to an event, I thought you were outstanding. Many thanks again.
We booked Alan to pipe at my father in laws funeral last week and we were delighted with the service. Alan took the pain out of this part of organising by dealing directly with the funeral director including times, arrangements and payment.
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"Having Alan at our wedding made the event so special and provided beautiful music for our church yard wedding. Despite a 6 month delay due to COVID, Alan was flexible, professional and was relaxed on the day."
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It's my third wedding of the year and it's the last week in October! I'm glad to say that I'm back in one of my favourite area's of Scotland, Lochaber! to be precise St John's church, Ballachulish near Glencoe. Autumn is in full glow.
So the strange times continue and this is only my second wedding this year and it’s now the start of September!
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We really enjoyed having Allander Pipers play at our wedding! We are not originally from Scotland and it was wonderful to have traditional music playing as we walked out from the ceremony.
Alan, thank you for playing the pipes at my Mums funeral today. it was very moving and everyone commented on how lovely it was. Many thanks, Vicki.
Alan, I just wanted to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you from myself and all the family, you did a great job and made the whole service so much more dignified. My dad must be so proud of his beautiful send off. Many Thanks, Stephen McKinnon
Hi Alan, thank you so much for a beautiful tribute to my brother everyone was making lovely comments about your piping thank you so much.
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Today I have been asked to play at the wedding reception of Christophe and David at the splendid venue of Studio 93in Garriochmill Road, right next to the stunning Botantic Gardens.
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I had been asked about a month ago to play the pipes at my friend Ciorsti’s wedding at Bonawe House, Taynuilt near Oban. Naturally I said yes so, ALLANDER PIPERS was on the road up north.
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It’s Friday evening and I’m heading out to Govan to Play with the Govan Schools and Community Pipe Band for the crowning of the Queen ceremony at the Govan fair.
So, it’s a glorious day and I’m heading to Marr Hall, Erskine on the banks of the mighty River Clyde for the wedding of Sydnee and Fraser.
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Today I visited St. Mary’s primary school in Maryhill, Glasgow. It’s the grand opening of their new MUGA (multi use games area). I had been asked to play the pipes for the arrival of their V.I.P. guest but had been sworn to secrecy as to who it was.
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It’s a cold crisp Saturday afternoon at the Cottier Bar, Restaurant and Wedding venue in the heart of Glasgow’s Westend and I’m at one my favourite venues
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It’s a mixed spring day on the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond at the idyllic setting of Lodge on the Loch.
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I headed down to the Brig a Doon Hotel in Ayr for the wedding of Laura and Chris.
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It was a great pleasure to have Alan playing at our Burns Supper. He added a real touch of Scotland to our event and I’m sure it’s not just the community council that will be looking forward to having him back in our village again.
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In March 2018 I was asked to play at the British Dental Awards at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.
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A magnificent venue for a Wedding Reception, The Lodge on the Loch on the banks of Loch Lomond. Congratulations to Vicky and Daniel.
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‘Alan is a highly professional musician who plays to the highest standard. He is a real people person with a passion for piping and he provides a friendly, professional service’
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