I love them and listen to them whenever I can. I also attend local tatoos and when in Edinburgh I saw that as well. I used to learn Scottish and Irish dancing when I was young but mum made me give it up when I came home and said I wanted to learn to play the bagpipes. We had a piper living a few streets away from us and I loved hearing the sound carried from his street to ours every weekend when I was growing up.
Occasionally if it is part of a song, or if other musical instruments are involved. However, if it is JUST bagpipe music then no, not really. I probably wouldn't enjoy the Edinburgh Tattoo then. We have someone playing the bagpipes at our cenotaph for Anzac Day and it is hauntingly beautiful, but I couldn't spend an hour or two just listening to bagpipes being played.
I met an old Scottish gentleman who played them for me. It was quite nice. He had a very interesting story of learning how to play. He basically said that they saved him from a life of being a hoodlum. I cant remember all the details but he was tearing up telling the story.
LOVE them!! Soul stirring stuff. Can't hear Amazing Grace without a tear in my eye. Scotland the Brave is another gem. I have a CD of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. I'm not Scottish but I agree with jonaj, we're English and we grew up hearing them routinely.
What can I say - I'm Scottish through and through. Love hearing the "lone piper" on the battlements at the end of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.Very stirring to an ex-pat like me, especially when the piper plays "Flower of Scotland".