BATHGATE 2015 – The British Pipe Band Championships featuring all the top pipers and drummers from throughout the UK and beyond – including our own local bands – Plus:The annual West Lothian Highland Games sponsored by Calor Scotland featuring: highland dancing, heavy events – including tossing the caber, the popular Veteran’s Hill Race & children’s entertainment; takes place on Saturday the 30th May at a NEW, BIGGER, BETTER VENUE: Balbardie Park of Peace/Bathgate Sports Centre.

Come along and enjoy great family entertainment, including stalls, demonstrations, children’s play areas, and much more … plus enjoy the spectacle of over 130 bands competing in this years’ British Pipe Band Championships.

Calor Scotland sponsors the 2015 West Lothian Highland Games

 *****OFFER ENDS TUESDAY 26th MAY *****

Advance ticket purchase offer


Directly from Howden Park Centre, Livingston and online or Telephone: 01506 777666. Ample tickets are available and we would recommend making any travel and accommodation arrangements at your earliest opportunity.

AT THE GATE : Tickets will cost £12 for adults, £5 for children and under 5s go FREE. Family passes for 2 adults and 2 children are only £27. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

ONSITE PARKING NOW AVAILABLE for £5 – Buy tickets online today.

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Details of this years Heavy Events competition:



  1. Ciaran Wright – Grangemouth
  2. David Hart – Fort William
  3. Garry Hagan – Clydebank
  4. Kyle Randalls – Grangemouth
  5. Willie Falconar – Glasgow
  6. Neil Elliot – Glasgow
  7. Paul Dearie – Wishaw
  8. Daniel Carlin – Barrhead
  9.              TBC
  10.              TBC

The 10 named above are the only Athletes requested to compete.

If any Athlete CANNOT COMPETE etc. please notify ;- W.Weir a.s.a.p
(Please use the contact form to request contact details.)

Competitors are requested to wear the “T” shirts as supplied at all times and without any modifications etc.

Convenor: Mr.W.E.Weir

Officials: Mr. A. Currie  |  Mr. A. Pettigrew  |  Mr. W. E. Weir

Commentator: Mr. A. Cameron

Prize Values

1st   Overall = £200

2nd  Overall = £175

3rd   Overall = £150

4th   Overall = £125

5th   Overall = £100

6th   Overall = £ 80

7th   Overall = £60

8th   Overall = £50

9th   Overall = £40

10th Overall = £30

Brought together in one great new venue:

Marking Bathgate’s 3rd and final year as host of the British Pipe Band Championships, Bathgate’s picturesque Balbardie park provides the  backdrop for one of the largest community events in West Lothian in 2015. The park is conveniently located within a short distance from Bathgate town centre and brings together the Championships, West Lothian Highland Games and great family entertainment on Saturday 30th May. Ample parking is available for cars and buses and there will be numerous stalls offering food, demonstrations and more…

park-layout-online-1The competition arenas and key access routes are outlined on the plans available HERE (2 page PDF file). The position of stalls etc. may be subject to slight change but marquees, public toilets and parking areas are highlighted. Please note that vehicular entry is via Torphichen Street and a One-Way system will operate with exit from Dundas Street.


The British Pipe Band Championships & Highland Games will be held in The Balbardie Park, Torphichen Road, Bathgate on Saturday the 30th May 2015.

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48 – 54 East Main Street

Blackburn, West Lothian

EH47 7QS

Entry to Highland Dancing only

  • Adult = £6
  • Children 5-16 = £3
  • Children under 5 free
  • Family (2 adults/2 children ) = £12

Competition begins at 10am.

This section addresses many commonly asked questions.

Q  Are DOGS welcome at this years venue?
A  Yes. Well behaved dogs are welcome, provided they are kept on a lead and any waste is removed from the venue.

Q  Are there designated DISABLED PARKING spaces?
A  Yes. There are designated spaces directly in front of the Sports Centre main building.

Q  Are there onsite facilities for  MOBILE HOMES?
A  Unfortunately there are no facilities for mobile homes. Beecraigs Country Park does have a Mobile Home/Caravan park and is located within a few miles of the venue. For more details: http://visitwestlothian.co.uk/accommodation/campsites-touring-parks/beecraigs-caravancamp-site/

  • Park opens to the public 9am.
  • Chieftains’ Parade. Leaves from the front of Balbardie Sports Centre at 9.30 am.
  • Official opening ceremony by The Chieftain, Alistair Todd when the parade arrives at Flag Pole at 9.45.
  • Pipe Band competition will start at 10am prompt.
  • Grade 1 piping competition will commence at 3pm.
  • The other activities will commence as follows –

Highland Dancing – 9.00am

Heavies – 12.30pm

Veterans Hill Race – 2.30pm

  • Prize giving and march pass commences 6.00pm.
  • March exiting the park through the main gate to the bus park will take place – around 7.00pm.
  • Bus Parking from 7.30am and all buses will be expected to be parked by 10am.

A FREE BUS SERVICE to Balbardie Park will operate on the day of the event between 9am and 8pm. There will be pick-up points at Bathgate Railway Station and outside Bathgate Police Station at 30 minute intervals.

Parking is available at the venue and spaces are allocated on a first come-first-served basis unless A TICKET IS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE from Howden Park Centre (Online, by phone, or in person). Pre-paid ticket holders will have an allocated space which will be held throughout the day.


British Pipe Band Championships - Band

The British Pipe Band Championships 2015

Now in its final year of a 3 year term hosted in Bathgate, West Lothian, this years’ event is being held in Balbardie Park of Peace on the outskirts of the town. This beautiful park plays host to both events and is a larger venue offering on-site parking, additional family entertainment and the spectacle of over 130 bands competing.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and entertainment at Balbardie Park on Saturday 30th May.

The West Lothian Highland Games 2015

The Calor Scotland West Lothian Highland Games

The 44th West Lothian Highland Games combined the traditional events including: Highland Dancing, Caber Tossing and Heavy Events with a variety of entertaining stalls and attractions for all the family.

Children’s Entertainment

Throughout the day, there will be a wide range of attractions and activities available for children. The Kidzone Marquee plays host to a wide range of activities from Face Painting and Colouring-In to Animal Handlers and Magicians. There’s also ‘Body Glitter’, Lots of Games, sweets and more … (There may be a small charge for individual activities)

There are a number of stall & attractions around the venue – including many for children – These are provided by the individual stall holders and there will be a charge for activities such as bouncy castles etc..

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Family Entertainment

As well as the spectacle of the Highland Games and over 3000 pipers and drummers – there are a variety of other family attractions including: cookery and photographic workshops and demonstrations, stalls, historical re-enactments and activities from Medieval Methil, licensed bars (Adults only) and more –  ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.