Willie Park has raised thousands of pounds for the College of Piping in Glasgow over the years. He has climbed to Mount Everest base camp, kayaked around the isle of Arran, kayaked across Scotland via the Caledonian Canal … now he and Damien Bell of the Scotch Watch Pipe Band and a handful of Swiss mountaineers are to walk the West Highland Way for the same cause.
The College of Piping is a charity established in Glasgow in 1944. It is committed to pass on the art of the Great Highland Bagpipe to all who wanted to learn Scotland's national instrument. Lessons are subsidised by profits from the College Shop and students of limited means are often taught for free. It is important to stress that the College receives no state funding whatsoever and also relies on donations.
The College’s successful schools project is providing bagpipe tuition in state schools in and around Glasgow and to that end this is what the donations generated from Willie’s West Highland Way trek will go towards. The walk will take place over five days at the end of May.
The West Highland Way stretches from Milngavie and ends at the foot of Ben Nevis near Fort William. Stretching for 94 miles (151km) from Milngavie on the edge of Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis.
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