The Northern Meeting Piping Competition was due to take place in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness in August.
However, organisers have taken the decision to cancel the event – the first time since World War 2.
The competition welcomes competitors from as far afield as Canada, America, New Zealand, Australia and Europe and is classed as being the finest solo piping contest in the world.
Alan Forbes, convener of the contest said: It is with much regret that the Northern Meeting Piping Committee has decided to cancel this year’s competition in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the competition is still some months away we feel that it is unrealistic to expect conditions to change sufficiently to give us confidence that running it in the normal way would be considered safe, and we do not wish to prolong the uncertainty around it for longer.
“Let’s hope that some measure of normality will have returned by next year and we hope to welcome all of our competitors, judges and sponsors and supporters back to Inverness then.”