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Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Parade

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As eight o'clock approaches..

As eight o’clock approaches, there’s an energy that starts to build as spectators await the march of the Scottish band.

Listen to the faint drone of the bagpipes as the band begins to warm up in Victoria Park. The sound of lawn chairs being set up as faithful attendees claim their spot along the parade route. The excitable laughter as youngsters stand impatiently in line for ice cream while the anticipation grows. A main street tradition in Kincardine since 1948, you’ll thrill to the sights and sounds of Scotland as the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band parades Queen Street every Saturday evening in the summertime.

Thousands of Spectators Line Up

The band forms up at Victoria Park (Durham Market Square North), with hundreds – if not thousands of spectators falling in line directly behind, awaiting the procession. At 8pm sharp, rain or shine (and we really mean rain or shine), we march!

Follow the Band as they parade north on Queen Street to
Quinn Plaza (just south of Broadway Street), where the Band will take a short, and well deserved break before embarking on the return route. Be sure to stay with the Band all the way back to Victoria Park, and enjoy a short concert following.

Haunting Sounds of the Phantom Piper

Understandably, not everyone is able to visit on a Saturday in the summertime. If visiting any other evening during July & August, you’re invited to Walker’s Lookout to enjoy the haunting sounds of the Phantom Piper, as the sun is piped to sleep from atop the Kincardine Lighthouse. The lament of the pipes can be heard as the sun starts its descent, until well below the horizon. This unique experience is an ode to the Legend of Donald Sinclair, which can be found inscribed on a plaque on Walker’s Lookout