Bag Piper, Scotland

JULY 2005 – A bagpiper plays outside of Blair Atholl Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland, wearing the traditional Scottish soldier uniform. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Pitlochry is a lovely small town east of Loch Tummel in Scotland. During high season it is crowded with tourists due to its strategic location as perfect base for excursions into the Grampian Mountains. The town offers cultural attractions as well, especially The Theater in the Hills which has opened its gates in 1951. Of course, Pitlochry has its own distillery (Bell’s Blair Whisky), and has all the shops and restaurants a traveller might wish for.

Outside pItlochry is Blair Atholl Castle, one of the many fairytale castles in the Grampian Mountains. Its oldest parts date back to the 13th century, and it offers more than 30 rooms in excellent condition. The beautiful, large gardens tell of the castle’s history in old photos.

This single bagpiper appeared outside the castle, blowing traditional tunes to entertain the tourists. His tunes sounded beuatiful and melancholic. This mood was matching the dark clouds that started to appear.

We had to get to Edinburgh that day, and we were hoping to see it in sunshine. So we decided to keep our visit to the castle gardens short and started our rush to Edinburgh.

The high resolution image

Capture Date28-JUL-2005
LocationPitlochry, Scotland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2500 x 3750 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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