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Rockcliffe and Kippford from South Glen Brae: Ed Iglehart [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Kippford and Rockcliffe are on the East Stewartry Coast, an unspoilt National Scenic Area with two other NSAs in close proximity. It is in Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland, a region known for it's wonderful scenery, biodiversity, turbulent history, smugglers and black and white 'belted' cattle known as Galloway Belties. This stretch of coastline has many names. Known locally as the Colvend Coast or the 'Secret Coast' (due to the peace and tranquility) it is often referred to as the 'Scottish Riviera' due to it being the holiday resort of choice for Victorian millionaires and having a Gulf Stream influenced microclimate: evidenced by palm trees in some gardens. Castle Douglas, the food town is a short drive away and Kirkcudbright, the Artists Town is over the next headland.

This a scenic and unique part of the world and we started the blog to share the experience of living in this wonderful place. We hope that it will be of interest to others who live here and give those planning to visit the area a taste of all it has to offer.

The blog has a correspondent in both Kippford and Rockcliffe village, you can also follow their Twitter feeds on the right of the page. If you would like to get involved we look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Saturday 30 June: British Pipe Band Championships 2012

We are pretty excited, as this  Saturday 30 June 2012, Annan is hosting the British Pipe Band Championships for the third year running. Dad, a big fan of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, is going along with some of the young musicians in the family as it promises to be a great day out.

This colourful event is one of the world's most spectacular gatherings of highland music and culture. With around 130 pipe bands will competing to be British Champions at their grade in front of a crowd of 6,000 spectators.

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British Pipe Band Championships

 website: http://www.annanchampionships.co.uk
This year there will be lots of tasty Dumfries and Galloway food and produce on offer and more than fifty trade stands including a craft fair, showcasing the creativity and talents of many of Dumfries and Galloway's top artists and craftmakers. There will also be amusement stalls for all the family.

For lovers of pipe bands it's a lot closer than the Edinburgh Tattoo as Annan is just along the Solway Coast to the East past Dumfries and an easy drive along the A75.

Tickets purchased in advance are priced:
  • Adult  £6
  • Concessions  £4 (retired, full-time student, unemployed, under 16)
  • Family  £15 (2 adults + 2 concessions or 1 adult + 3 concessions)
For advance ticket sales click here: Tickets

Tickets will also be available on the day at the gate priced:

  • Adult £9 
  • Concessions £6 (retired, full-time student, unemployed, under 16) 
  • Under 5 Free 
  • Family £22 (2 adults + 2 concessions or 1 adult + 3 concessions)
See you there!

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