Last weekend offered moments with heroes for some island youngsters, with exceptional chances to catch up with sporting and musical icons on the mainland.

Members of Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band were at the Tynecastle stadium in Edinburgh on Saturday (April 27th) playing with none other than the show-stopping band, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Three Lewis youngsters were among 275 pipers from across Scotland playing as massed pipes on a rendition of the anthem Highland Cathedral.

The band’s youngest member, nine-year-old Cameron Hendry, from Sgoil nan Loch, travelled with Joshua Morrison, 13, and Ciaran Murray, 15, both from The Nicolson Institute, and all three will be featured on the Red Hot Chilli Pipers new album Fresh Air, due to be released in June.

They got the chance to meet band members in person after the recording, as seen in the pictures.

Meanwhile Balallan footballer Rachael Johnstone, who goes to Sir E Scott School, was in Glasgow for the weekend, on a rollercoaster of emotions as she both watched and played for Celtic Football Club.

]Saturday’s match against Kilmarnock was played as a tribute to Billy McNeill, and after the match players took time to greet young fans – including Rachael, who is pictured here with Celtic keeper Scott Bain.

On Sunday (April 28th), Celtic’s under-19s women’s team beat Glasgow City ladies 4-2, with Rachael in goal.

Pictured – pipers meet pipers in Edinburgh (Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band) and keeper meets keeper in Glasgow (Rhona Johnstone).

Apologies for delayed publication of this report which was a result of technical difficulties