Bute competitors shine at Cowal Games

Piper Daniel McDermott and Highland dancer Kirsty Barrett continued their successful summer at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon. Solo piper Craig Martin from Kilchattan Bay also enjoyed a good day at the Gathering, winning the Burgh Cup and gold medal for the senior march, Strathspey and reel in the Argyll and Bute section.

Piper Daniel McDermott and Highland dancer Kirsty Barrett continued their successful summer at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon. Solo piper Craig Martin from Kilchattan Bay also enjoyed a good day at the Gathering, winning the Burgh Cup and gold medal for the senior march, Strathspey and reel in the Argyll and Bute section.

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Bute competitors savoured the taste of success in the Highland dancing and solo piping competitions at the 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon last weekend.

Kirsty Barrett, a former pupil of the Anne McIlroy School of Dance, now studying in Glasgow, celebrated her 19th birthday by retaining her Argyll and Bute championship title in the premier over-18 age group category on Saturday.

There was also double delight for Bute in Friday’s solo piping competition, in which Craig Martin of Kilchattan Bay won the Burgh Cup and gold medal for the senior march, Strathspey and reel.

Rothesay Academy school captain Daniel McDermott, meanwhile, was runner-up in the same section, which is open to solo pipers from Argyll and Bute or those serving in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

For Craig the Cowal Games marked the end of a hugely successful national and international solo piping season, which also included three gold medals at the Queen Mary Highland Festival in Long Beach, California and wins in Hamburg, Bathgate and Inverkeithing.