Bagpiper outside Dunrobin Castle

Bagpipes are commonly heard across Scotland, at famous landmarks, celebrations and events.

The bagpipe is a woodwind instrument with a reedy sound and a drone. The use of bagpipes in the Scottish Highlands is a famous tradition and dates from the early sixteenth century when bagpipes were used on the battlefield in place of trumpets.

Pictured is a bagpiper outside Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, Sutherland.

The Highlands has a number of local pipe bands where pipers and drummers play together as large groups, and often process at parades and events.