Renfrew’s Robertson Park will welcome some of Scotland’s top piping talent today.

The inaugural Renfrew Pipe Band Competition will see pipers and drummers from across Scotland fill the town with the sound of bagpipes and the beat of drums.

The free-to-attend event brings a full day of family entertainment to the park from 12 noon to 5pm – including aerial workshops, a food village, and a farmer’s market.

Judges from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association will be judging the bands on their performances across the various grades. Spectators will be able to enjoy the performances during the day, with the March Past at 5pm followed by the prize-giving with the Chieftain.

West of Scotland MSP Russell Findlay submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday to recognise the event, it read:

That the Parliament recognises the inaugural Renfrew Pipe Band Competition, which takes place on 23 July 2022; welcomes the new event, which is free to attend at Robertson Park, Renfrew; notes the participation of local bands including Renfrewshire Schools, Paisley and District RBL Pipe Band, Kilbarchan Pipe Band and others from elsewhere in Scotland; further notes that organisers will provide other entertainment including a food village and farmers’ market; appreciates what it sees as the importance of piping as an integral part of Scottish cultural heritage; congratulates the event’s chieftain, the poet Shaun Moore, who is the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire, and wishes good luck to everyone in the competition.

Photo: Tannahill Makar, Shaun Moore
Photo Credits: Renfrewshire Council

Where to park and how to get there?

Visitors should note there will be no public parking at the event. Free parking will be available a 5-10 minute walk away at Trinity High School, Glebe Street.

Public transport to the park is also available with a number of bus stops conveniently located around Robertson Park on Inchinnan Road and Paisley Road. McGill’s run a number of services through Renfrew, including the environmentally friendly Switch 26 and Switch 23 services.

Headline Photo:Mark McKendrick from Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band, Shaun Moore and Alan McGeogh from Johnstone Pipe Band
Photo Credits: Renfrewshire Council

By Events Reporter

Staff reporter writes about events coming up in Renfrewshire.