Atholl Pipe Band the Pitochry Highland Night is certainly a night with a difference.
The Vale of Atholl Pipers Association extended a very warm welcome to everyone who attended the Highland Night in Pitlochry.
It was Pitlochry where the first Highland Night was staged 48 yrs ago.
The night we attended was a true piece of Scotland there was a full programme of performers from Mass Marching bands from Vale of Atholl &; St Andrews College. The Scottish singers were Alister MacRae and May Brown they sang a ray of many of the best loved old Scottish Songs inc Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomand. I really enjoyed the old songs.
There was also a display if old highland dancing which was also really good the dancing was the young to the older more expierenced dancers they were all excellent.
Many of the artists were from in or around Pitlochry with the exception of the St Andrews College Band who are over in Scotland from New Zealand talking part in competitions whilst exploring traveling round Scotland.
It was a strange evening as we sat in the car in a horse shoe shape around the arena encouraged to beep horns and flash lights in response to the acts.
The party pooper boys tended to sit in the car but I was up and out sitting in the stand at one point. I even managed to take some pictures of the moon and clouds on the mountains.
There was a draw at the end of the evening just before the bands marched into the town with bagpipes a blazing. Sadly we did not win the whiskey, last one I won about 6 yrs ago is still over 1/2 full in the cuboard as I only like a drop in coffee now and then to make hot toddy.
All in all this was a good night well worth a visit if you like a little taste of Scotland. We all enjoyed it.
Pitlochry was the largest town we visited in the area. It was quite a busy place which looked as if it was a popular place as a pit stop for coaches. There
quite a few shops to browse around and a dainty little book shop can be found on the railway station platform.
We spent some time in Pitlochry before moving on.