Mackay Piping

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About Mackay


With 22 years experience in piping and 16+ years as a Military Piper including such events as the Queens Funeral, The Kings Coronation and the lone piper at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, I have built up a piping resume that a few can match,  British Army Pipe Major Qualified after attending the All Arms Pipe Majors Course at Redford Barracks this certificate goes side by side the level 8 civilian SQA qualification. I am Pipe Major of a Military Pipe Band. I have plenty more experiences such as State Banquets, Military Tattoos, Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties and competed Successfully in Major Pipe Band and Solo Competitions. I will work with you behind the scenes to tailor make what I can offer to best suit your needs.  Providing a highly disciplined bagpiper with the correct dress and deportment to add flare to your occasion wherever that may be nationwide. 

Mackay's Reviews

From customers:

Stephen (
1 year ago

Hugh was absolutely amazing, from enquiring about his services and availability to showing up on the day and blowing everyone away with his unmatched talent! It was an absolute honour to have one of the most decorated pipers In the world playing at our wedding!! For anyone looking at booking a piper for your special day or occasion, your in the right place!! (10 / 10)

Derek B
1 year ago

Hugh was a big suprise to the bride & groom & we cannot sing his praises enough as he was so versitile even playing baby shark to a distraught granddaughter. Thanks to him for making the day so memorable for all the attendees. (10 / 10)

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Mackay's Song list

Highland Cathedral
Scotland The Brave
Flower of Scotland
Maries Wedding
Black Bear
Dark Island
Flowers of the Forest
A Mans A Man For Aw That
The Glendaruel Highlanders
The Atholl Highlanders
The Steamboat
The Green Hills of Tyrol
Battles Oer
Bloody Fields of Flanders
At Long Last
Hills of Argyll
The 51st Highland Division
The Dawning of The Day
PM Sam Scott
Trees of North Uist
John MacDonald of Glencoe
John Row Stewart
Cockerel in the Creel
Lucy Cassidy
Old wife of the mill dust
Kenny Gillies of Portalong
Crags of Tumbledown
Scotland The Brave
My Home
A Mans A Man
Highland Laddie
Dark Island
Irish Washer Woman
Blue Bonnets
and many more .....
Happy to learn tunes if unknown.

Mackay's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£218.75
Up to 1 hour£312.50
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£437.50
Burns Dinner
All that is involved for a burns even I have played and attended lots of them so happy to assist where needed and will play with all the trimmings too
Wedding ceremony
This includes Piping for guests arriving, Bride down the Aisle, bride and groom on the aisle, guests out the venue, piping into dinner. As the basic wedding for £250.
Cooperate Event
Cooperate Dinner Night will be piped on arrival and into dinner with a set half way through or what ever the needs are of the customer for their evening, we’re very Flexible


Gaelic Toast
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We are flexible and will do our best to accommodate this.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Not a normal for us but we can ensure this is taken care of for a further cost of £100

How much time do you need to set up?

I will arrive in plenty of time and I will need 30 mins to view the location and tune the bagpipes up for best performance possible

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My setlist is a guide we also can accommodate reasonable requests

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I bring all the kit and equipment I need to perform

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes but this is restricted due to the range of the bagpipe chanter and will cost an extra of £25
Scottish music, Military, Christmas, Light music, Easy listening, Marching, World music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Virtual event, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Cruise, Theatre / Show, Charity event
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Other skills:
Composer, Dancer, Accompanist, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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