Held July-Aug each year, and usually a sell out, so book tickets in advance (unlike us who got returns and couldn't sit together!) but wrap up warm and be prepared for wet weather, it is often cold and frequently wet. I spent a lot of time wondering how they got those Kilts dry before the next performance!
This was a very spur of the moment treat. It is often difficult to get tickets as the tattoo seems to be sold out for every performance - luckily we obtained some resale tickets.
It was an enjoyable evening even if there was a little rain off and on throughout the evening.
Totally excellent and well worth getting tickets if you can!
We planned our trip to Edinburgh so that we would be there during the Edinburgh Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as I especially wanted to see the Tattoo. I was not disappointed and would include this as a “must see” in Edinburgh. It is a spectacular event with bands from literally around the world. This year’s (2010) included not only Scottish and British bands, but a wonderful show-stealer from New Zealand, a Gurkha band, and bands from Poland, South Africa, Canada and the United States. Not all the bands are bagpipes so there is a wide variety and the use of lighting effects on the façade of the castle is breathtaking. The event is held on the esplanade of the castle and the stands seat only about 8600 people. It is a good idea, maybe even necessary, to purchase tickets in advance as, even though it runs virtually all of the month of August, it is almost always sold out.
Take at least a jacket. Even in August, Scotland can be very chilly in the evening, and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. We had jackets but were still cold.
It uses Edinburgh Castle as its backdrop for maximum effect. It's a display of military precision with pipes, bands, excellent choreograpy and a sense of stirring in your soul as you watch the bands march in and perform. It's booked out from the end of this year's performance, so, if you really want an experience, book your accommodation and tickets NOW. I am not kidding, it is sold out about two months after this years performance.
If you want to go to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo the best way to get tickets is online. They always go on sales on December 1st for the following year and are normally sold out within a month or 2. So plan ahead because it's always sold out. It's worth it! The program is different every year and with the Edinburgh castle in the background and fireworks at night it's a real treat!
Even if military matters leave you cold, there is something about the Tattoo that stirs the blood- soldiers in their kilts, bagpipes, marching bands, motorbike acrobatics.... so macho.The entertainment ends with a wonderful firework display, with the castle as backdrop.
The tattoo comes at the end of the Edinburgh Festival in August.
At the end of the Edinburgh Festival there is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Tourists from all over the world love to see the performance of the Scottish regiments and the pipe bands. The tattoo ends with a firework display.
The Festival ends in August.
Now, you have to like Bagpipes first and foremost because there are an overabundance of them at the Military Tattoo. I personally love them! There are mainly military and musical displays and acts but you can get all sorts from teams putting together a jeep to acrobatics. You are on the esplanade of the Castle in high bleachers. If you go to a nighttime performance, the sky is black and the castle is lit up with coloured spotlights. The bands and acts file in and out of the castle gates. The pipe and drum bands fill the air with the howl of the pipes and the beat of the drums thrums in your chest. AT the end, when the lone piper plays Amazing Grace from the top of the castle, you may be moved to tears. The rest of the pipe and drum bands joining in will have you gasping for breath.
Of course, if you’re in Edinburgh over the festival, you can’t miss the Tattoo. Mike and I went on a very cold, very rainy night. Luckily though, although the rain was torrential either side of the show, it actually stopped for the performance itself. A great experience, not to be missed if you ever have the opportunity to go. Although tickets usually sell out a long time ahead of the festival, it’s worth dropping into the Tattoo Office in the morning (around 10am) of the day you want to go to the show as there are often returned tickets. This is how we got our tickets, so it really is worth a try!
This annual event takes place for about 3 weeks in August on the castle esplanade. Its a spectacle of marching pipe bands, infantry and other performers from all over the world. This year was the first time I had seen it live rather than on TV and I wasn't disappointed at all, even though it rained!
If you want to see the Tattoo (and trust me, you do,) get tickets well in advance of your trip. I was reduced to walking through past the bright blue stands in the morning and imagining how cool it would've been to have tickets to the show that night.
The most spectacular performance of music, dance and drama! The performance takes place in the castle.
I was there when it was the celebration of the 50 years of the festival. The fireworks and the music made the whole thing unforgettable.
Every night in August the castle grounds are host to dozens of military bands from all over the world. Colored lights add to the spectacle. You can see anything from a US marine band, to a Dutch band on bicycles, to a Scottish pipe band. There will never be a shortage of bagpipes in Scotland!
I've heard it is often sold out...book early!
If you are anywhere near Edinburgh when the Tattoo is going on, you should do whatever it takes to get there. If you've never heard 150 bagpipes playing at the same time, you have NO idea what you are missing out on! Just because you've heard one bagpipe playing, don't think that you can imagine the power and resonance of massed pipes!
The Tattoo is done every year in the parade grounds in front of Edinburgh Castle. The performers are not only from Scotland, but from all over the various former Colonies of the British Empire. There are a number of performances from international groups portraying the music and dance of their homelands.
And why not going to the Military Tattoo, if you are there in the right period... It's said you have to book in advance for it and I thought I had never gone to it as I was in Edinburgh only for three days but I was so lucky to find a ticket!!!
The Tattoo, which takes place every year, is a stirring spectacle of Military display and music with international performers BUT don't be frightened by the adjective Military because it's more a display of...