Gallus Glasgow N: the National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre serves as a national and international centre of excellence for the Great Highland Bagpipe and its music. The building was formerly Old Cowcaddens Church, built in 1872, and now comprises a school with rehearsal rooms, an auditorium, the Museum of Piping, a reference library, conference facilities, a hotel and a restaurant. Quite a place!

The photos below were taken on a visit to the museum and library a few years ago and feature my friend, James Beaton, the Piping Centre’s Librarian, playing his bagpipes.

Tomorrow’s letter, O, is another musical venue.

35 thoughts on “Gallus Glasgow N: the National Piping Centre

  1. Lori L MacLaughlin May 1, 2015 / 17:47

    There’s nothing like the sound of a bagpipe. We had a piper play at our wedding and at my husband’s funeral service. We used to go to all the Scottish festivals around just to hear them. We even tried learning to play them once, but sounded mostly like we were kicking geese. I still love to hear them, though now with a touch of sadness.


  2. vannillarock April 18, 2015 / 00:31

    When I mentioned to my husband this was your choice for N he said straight off the bat’you can stay there’. Who knew ?! – clearly you did. Nice choice, Anabel.


    • Anabel Marsh April 18, 2015 / 07:38

      I remember getting a tour, including the hotel, when it first opened. Maybe it was Doors Open Day. Not been to that bit since, but I can highly recommend the restaurant.


  3. clarabellerant April 17, 2015 / 08:12

    I grew up close to Boston and bagpipes were a staple at any community event. I MISS them here in LA 😦

    You can find me here:


  4. lostforwords101 April 17, 2015 / 04:17

    Listening to a trio of a father and two sons playing bagpipes was one of the highlights of my Scotland visit. I am traveling to your part of the world very soon and I am excited to use my tartan shawl from Glasgow 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh April 17, 2015 / 07:42

      You might need it! It’s still quite cold here in the evenings. Hope you enjoy your visit.


  5. Alex Hurst April 17, 2015 / 03:32

    I love that there is a bagpipe center, though I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s a beautiful building. I bet the acoustics are amazing!


    • Anabel Marsh April 17, 2015 / 07:40

      Lots of signs about wearing bagpipe-safe earplugs in the practice areas though!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. kimlhine April 17, 2015 / 02:34

    hello Anabel.
    just pooping in to say hello from the A-Z challenge,
    fellow blogger
    Kim in Australia


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