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.