“The Oban Games – The Argyllshire Gathering – is one of the largest in Scotland and attracts international visitors and competitors to its events, many of which are for Scottish championship titles.” Oban, UK
January 25, 2021, the world will be celebrating Robert Burns.
To commemorate and prepare for this event, I have returned to Scotland via photography. Before I head over to Alloway, the birth place of Robert Burns, I am visiting Oban which is known for the Argyllshire Gathering. Come join me as I follow the bagpipes and take a tour around the historic resort town of Oban. You will sense the energy and excitement as we join the bagpipe band procession that will take us to the open spaces where the Highland Games will take place.
In 1871, several landowners and families of Argyll resolved to begin an annual tradition of gathering together to socialize and to compete against each other. The first Gathering was held in 1873. That was the beginning of the Argyllshire Gathering which includes the Highland Games.
The Argyllshire Gathering Association is well known to be “instrumental in the teaching and promoting of the Highland bagpipe” through their charitable endeavours.
“A highlight of the Games is the opening march of the Gathering Stewards from the centre of Oban to the Games field at Mossfield, led by a pipe band made up of the competitors and winners in the Piping Competition. This is a truly unique opportunity to hear some of the best solo pipers in the world playing together as a band. Be at Station Square by 10.30am to follow the band to the Games.” Oban Games
On the day following the piping competitions, all competitors form a band and march through Oban in “The Stewards’ March“
Someone told me that the bagpipe instrument chooses those who will become a bagpiper.
Have you heard the call of the bagpipe? If so, you will be joining a community of kindred spirits who share a connection with music and history. What a marvelous way to enhance our world through transformation of breath into music.
“This old barbaric music has magic in it. It transforms the Gael. It reawakens in the depths of their being, even in this…century, impressions, moods, feelings inherited from a wild untamed ancestry for thousands of years, and thus gives them, more than strong wine, that strength of arm and that endurance of soul which makes them invincible.” Michael MacDonagh 1916