Tiree piper Finlay again crowned Glenfiddich piping champion

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Finlay Johnston, 33, of Tiree has been crowned the 46th Glenfiddich Piping Championship.

It is the second successive year that Finlay has won the overall title at the world’s most prestigious solo piping competition.

The championship took place at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire on Saturday October 26.

Speaking about his win Finlay Johnston said: ‘I’m overwhelmed. I thought it might never happen again. To win for a second time is unbelievable.

‘I have to pay special thanks to my tutor Ronnie McShannon, who has been behind me for 25 years.’

Also competing at the event were Stuart Liddell, of Inveraray, and Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh. Both were placed in the March, Strathspey and Reel, with Niall taking third place and Stuart fifth.

The 10 competitors are invited to play as a result of having won prestigious accolades at other piping events during the previous year.  All the competitors are already champions before coming to Blair Atholl, but competing at the Glenfiddich is seen as solo piping’s ultimate prize.

The judges were Murray Henderson, Dr Angus MacDonald and John Wilson.

The event was live-streamed to people across the world, including viewers in the Italy, US, Canada and Australia.