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‘Piping at the Old Man of Storr in Scotland was out of this world. The weather was pretty bleak (classic Scotland), but it cleared up for a bit and I was able to play a few tunes. The ring around the Storr formed a natural amphitheatre, so you could hear me all the way down the valley.’

Ross with his bagpipes on the Isle of Skye
From left Singapore, Laos and Armenia
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