Iain MacDonald, the younger brother of pipers Allan & Angus, was born and brought up in Glenuig, a small Gaelic speaking community in the west highlands, accessible only by boat until 1968. He started his education in Glenuig as the last and only pupil of the primary school there, going on to the Queen Victoria School in Dunblane where he received most of his piping tuition from P/M John MacKenzie. Subsequently, Iain had lessons from Duncan Johnstone and Roderick MacDonald (Ruaridh Roidein) of South Uist.
Iain was the bagpiper with Battlefield Band for a number of years and has also.has played with Ossian, Wolfstone, 7.84 and Tosg. Since then, he has been producing albums, recording 'The First Harvest' - an album with fiddler Iain MacFarlane, teaching, playing recitals, radio and televisionwork and session recording.
He is currently musician in residence at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye.