SCOTTISH independence groups are set to march down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament tomorrow led by Saor Alba Pipes.

Yes2Indee is hosting one of their three rallies planned this year on Saturday April 1.

Saor Alba pipes and drums will lead the march, with the Yes2Indee banner close behind. It will start from Johnston Terrace at 1pm and make its way along the side of Edinburgh Castle and down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament.

The new indy shop as well as the group that create Yes stones will be at the end of the route to raise funds.

Dundee and Angus Independence Group is running a bus to Edinburgh to join the march, leaving Forfar at 9am, picking up a Dundee at 9.30am. You can message the Dundee & Angus Facebook page or contact the group on for details.

The organisation has previously said it wants to show the new First Minister the passion, desire, and fire the grassroots independence movement has for the fight ahead.

The group’s annual event will be held at Kirkcaldy Promenade, Fife, on June 10, and Glasgow’s activists are planning their confirmed "It Is Time" event on October 14.

Saor Alba are set to attend most independence marches planned this year as a full pipe band, or some members attending as solo pipers and drummers.

The band’s recognisable mascot Sheldon Indy Dug, passed away in February at the age of eight, and is to be greatly missed by the band.

The National: Sheldon the Indy DugSheldon the Indy Dug (Image: Brian Knox)

Lynn McGregor, the secretary for Saor Alba Pipes & Drums, said Sheldon had become recognisable across the independence movement as the one to “always lead the band".

McGregor, a garden designer from Kilmarnock, added: “He was just a gentle giant, always well behaved around the band and crowds, the music, the flags. He was always right up the front.”