How long will it take to learn the pipes?  

The Great Highland Bagpipes (or GHB) is a complex instrument and the initial learning curve is rather steep.  A fair amount of dedication and perseverance is required to develop the skills necessary for playing the pipes well.  It is definitely not an instrument to be learned easily nor lightly.  On the positive side, initial success with the GHB produces a sense of accomplishment not often found with lesser instruments.