Place at top school for top Falkirk piper

Robbie joins Strathallan School in September
Robbie joins Strathallan School in September

A talented teenager’s skills with the bagpipes has earned him a place at one of the top fee-paying schools in the country.

Robbie MacIsaac will join the prestigious Strathallan School in Perth on a music scholarship in September.

Making the switch from Falkirk High to one of the most successful independent boarding schools in Scotland is a dream come true for the 14-year-old who started learning to play the pipes at the age of nine.

Scotland’s overall under-15 junior champion, who was second in the Bratch Gorm under-18 competition earlier this year, is a star player with the Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band and has travelled Europe showcasing his talents. Last December he was part of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland that performed at the Christmas Tattoo in Basel, Switzerland.

Robbie, from Bantaskine Gardens in Falkirk, admits it will be a wrench to leave all the friends he has made at his local high school - but at the same time he is relishing the opportunities Strathallan School will provide.

The youngster, who has his Aunt Julie to thank for introducing him to the chanter in 2010, said: “It’s going to be very different to what I’m used to and a lot of hard work academically, but I’m really looking forward to it.”