‘Stirling Bagpipes' is located in Stirling's historic Broad Street, which is the first street on leaving Stirling castle. Until recent years it was the market place of the city, dating back to the 13th century.
In 1296 Stirling was granted the right to have a Merchant Guild and hold a weekly market. An annual trade fair was held in September with people gathering from far and wide to do business, exchange news and enjoy themselves.
Royal Proclaimations were read from the Mercat Cross in Broad Street. From the front door of what is now the Tolbooth Music Centre, 'criminals' were put in the stocks and executions took place. The last public execution was in 1843.
‘The Tollbooth', central regions' music centre, specialising in folk, jazz and world music, is directly across the street.
Stirling Bagpipes combines manufacturing workshop and a retail outlet. We try to cater for all aspects of your piping needs. We specialise in making various types of bagpipes, replace parts and do refurbishments as well as valuations. We have a collection of historical pipes and piping memorabilia which we would like to develop into a museum.
Please feel free to drop by and discuss any bagpipe related issues. At Stirling Bagpipes we will be happy to answer all your questions.
Stirling, on account of its geographical position, has been the site of six major battles which changed Scottish history. As a garrison town in the 18th and 19th centuries, the pipes have great military as well as cultural importance for Stirling. Stirling Burgh employed a town piper throughout the 18th century. When the weaving of tartan was forbidden in the Scottish highlands after the Jacobite Rising of 1745 - 46, Bannockburn was the first place in the lowlands where it was permitted, and a major industry which clothed the Highland regiments serving across the world, developed there. So Stirling is the centre for both tartan and bagpipes, and it would be good to have a bagpipe museum for that reason.
In the 20th century, many of the Regiments who served in the two great World Wars were mustered, provisioned and sent out from Stirling. Each Scottish Regiments had its own musical tradition, and a good selection of the bagpipe music, written for Stirling's resident regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, can be enjoyed in the Argylls Museum in Stirling Castle.