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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an important date in the Edinburgh events calendar, steeped in military history and celebrating the role and value of the military, from Edinburgh and far beyond. Not surprisingly it is of special importance to us at the Royal Scots Club. It brings in performers from over 48 countries with many tourists coming to Edinburgh primarily to see it. It is televised in 40 countries around the world, it offers something different and is a truly iconic piece of Edinburgh’s modern history.

The History of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The first Edinburgh Tattoo took place back in 1950 where there were just eight events on the programme and it has clearly grown considerably since its first programme and the organisers believe that more than 14 million people have attended the Tattoo since that first year. Around 70% of all attendees are believed to come from outside Scotland to experience the iconic event. Since 2011 it has been considerably improved by the development of specific hospitality and spectator stands at the Castle Esplanade.

Even people who haven’t been able to visit the tattoo in person can enjoy it via television with an estimated 100 million people watching every year. The tattoo was first released on twelve inch stereo LP record in 1961, which shows just how far it came in the first decade after its launch.

Embracing Diversity and Scottish History

Each Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is different and has an original theme, which is why so many guests come back year after year. Different themes have been embraced year on year including Scotland’s homecoming, nature and creative in past years.

2015’s theme is ‘East meets West’.

The spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle plays home to the hundreds of musicians from local and international bands providing a wide range of different styles of military music. The stirring battle tunes of Scotland’s most famous regiments are enjoyed alongside lesser known tunes and examples from other nations. It is a sight which truly has to be seen to be appreciated and hasn’t become famous around the world for no reason.

2015’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is organised for 7th until 29th August and has a huge and diverse programme to enjoy throughout the almost month-long celebration.


The Royal Scots Club

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