IT is an instrument that is as synonymous with Scotland as tartan and Tunnock's Teacakes.

And this week, Glasgow has been at the centre of the Highland bagpiping world, with the annual cultural festival that draws in traditional musicians from every corner of the globe.

The city's world-renowned Piping Live! festival drew to a close on Saturday, with organisers hailing this year's event another major success for the City.

Organisers pledged to carry on the momentum from the Commonwealth Games with a "fantastic atmosphere."

And, once again the event has lived up to the hype.

This year's festival included a new event space in Candleriggs in the Merchant City, giving city centre spectators the chance to hear some of the world's best pipers, outwith the hub of the National Piping Centre.

Now, in its 11th year, the six day event, which incorporates the 'Worlds' Pipe Band Championships, brings in nearly £20million to Glasgow.

However, it is more than the money the event generates for the city.

Events such as this bring people together and reinforce Glasgow's reputation as a world-leading host city that is always ready to welcome a stranger.