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.


  1. 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. 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 🙂


  3. 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!


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