Pipe bands play a major part in all highland games, and our pipe band contest is highly acclaimed, running since 1972.  The contest, for bands grade one to four, and novice-juvenile, is supported and regulated by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Lothian and Borders Branch.

Ordinarily attracting numerous bands from near and far to add to the stirring atmosphere of the Games.  Between 2013 and 2015, we were honoured to host the British Pipe Band Championships.

The West Lothian Highland Games’ Pipe Bands’ Competition is carried out under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) and run by the Lothian and Borders Branch.  All bands need to be registered with the RSPBA in order to compete and there are normally competitions in each of the following RSPBA grades:

Further details can be obtained from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s website –

The bands’ names; names of their pipe majors and respective tartans; together with the selection of music to be performed, are published by grade and start time in our annual Games’ programme available for purchase on the day. Each grade features a selection of trophies and cash prizes for the winners and the placed bands.

The RSPBA selects the judges for the competitions consisting of a minimum of a piping judge,  a drumming judge, an ensemble judge and a drum major judge. One of the criteria to be a judge is the need to have been a member of a Grade 1 winning band.


A wide range of trophies, shields, quaichs, bowls and cups are competed for on the day.


2018 Pipe Band contest results will be website published on the 27 May.  Updates will be available on the day via our social media presence at and


The RSPBA Pipe Band Contest information provides further information on the 2018 contest and how to enter.