History of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Etymology of the term “Tattoo”

With the establishment of modern barracks and full military bands later in the 18th century, the term “tattoo” was used to describe the last duty call of the day, as well as a ceremonial form of evening entertainment performed by military musicians.

Early Days

In 1949 Edinburgh held its first Military Tattoo, the modest event was entitled “Something About a Soldier” a the aimed to portray the Army’s support of the International Festival.

The show was held at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens which still stands proudly below the castle.

We’d recommend visiting as a good comparison, as now, 7 decades later the show has progressed into the world-renowned showcase we know today.

Girl Power

In 1977 the first female took on the prestigious role of being the lone piper. Officer Elaine Marnoch took the role in her strides as she performed to the full battlements of Edinburgh Castle. Furthermore, in 2016, Scottish solider Lance Bombardier Megan Beveridge made history as the youngest piper to take on the role, aged 21.

Weather

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance takes place every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays throughout August and has never been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. (Us Scots aren’t scared of a bit of ‘dreich’ or ‘baltic’ weather)

Make sure to wrap up with plenty layers to stay warm during the performance.

Fit for a Queen

In 2010 HM Queen Elizabeth awarded the event the title of ‘Royal’ to honour the celebration of 60th years running.

Which gives us the title we know it as today, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Who’s in the Audience?

The stands at Edinburgh Castle can accommodate a nightly audience of 8,800 people.

This means that throughout the multiple live performances 220,000 people can enjoy the tangible atmosphere of the live show.

In 2018 the Tattoo was televised in 40 countries. This year between 100-300 million people are set to enjoy it worldwide.

Did you know?

The Tattoo benefits several charitable causes. It has been estimated that over £10 million have been donated to arts, military and civilian charitable organisations.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo generates an astounding £88 million in revenue for Edinburgh’s economy annually.

The show benefits local businesses and is readily anticipated by the city.

Running alongside Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe the city is at its peak.

The Edinburgh August buzz is not to be missed! 

Look for some inspiration for your tour of Scotland? Look no further…

Check out these stunning photographs from the winners of the latest Scottish Landscape Photographer Award. They are sure to get you in the mood for a tour of Scotland. We’re pretty sure some of our sister organisations (Glory Days Motorhomes) client’s photographs were worthy of entering the competition. Have a look at the photos below and let us know your thoughts.

Old Man of Storr

 

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Fairy Pools

Scotland’s Foodie Trails

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If you are looking to do some exploring for food, whisky, chocolate and ale throughout Scotland, this ebook  from Visit Scotland.

This document gives a great insight into the heritage of some of Scotland’s most famous food and drink exports. Furthermore, there are specific routes to follow – these will definitely ensure you make the most of your time in Scotland.

If any of these trails interest you, our motorhomes are ideal for exploring these routes. We still have limited availability throughout the “warmer” Summer months and can insure Australian Driving Licences without any additional excess.

When it comes to Scotland. Don’t Just Visit. Explore!

Skye from the Sky!

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This short video created by Bertrand Thomas is sure to get your creative juices flowing for a trip to Scotland!

Some stunning scenery of both Skye, Mull and Loch Leven near Glencoe. From The Highland Coo’s to the dramatic Munros this really is a must-see-video!

Our motorhomes provide a brilliant way to experience the best of Scotland. We currently have 6-berths and are looking to add t our fleet with smaller 2 – 4 berth vehicles. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, we are more than happy to help 🙂

Photos from New Years Celebrations in Scotland

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Check out these sensational photos from New Years celebrations in Scotland. Some of them are utterly incredible and sure to give you that extra motivation to visit this beautiful country in the near future. We are happy to help you make the most of your time in Scotland. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2016

If were unable to get a package for the Melbourne Tattoo, why not come to Edinburgh for the Royal Military Tattoo 2016. The event has sold out for the last 17 years and next year looks to be better than ever as it is celebrates the Queen’s 90th birthday. From self-catering apartments to city centre hotels, we have a number of options to suit all needs. If you are interested in booking a package for this event please do not hesitate to contact us.

Skye: The Black Cuillin

Skye is famed for its dramatic Landscape and 2 distinctive landmarks The Old Man of Storr (see picture above) and The Black Cuillin Mountain. Click on the picture above and have a look at Danny Macaskill’s attempted ascent of this unforgiving mountain. Gives you a real sense of Skye and is sure to get your palms sweating!

If you are interested in exploring The Isle of Skye our motorhomes provide an excellent platform to do so. We recommend a week minimum tour as there is so much to see and the drive from our Edinburgh Depot is quite far. If this is something that interests you please drop us a message and we would be happy to discuss. 

Scotland from the Air

Watch this short video produced by Kirk Watson. It will definitely help you make up your mind and contains some stunning footage of the Cairngorm Mountain Range.

As mentioned previously, our motorhomes provide an exciting and fun way to explore Scotland. If you are interested in booking a package with us or have any queries give the office a call and we would be happy to discuss.

The North Coast 500: Scotland’s own Route 66

Why not tour the recently established North Coast 500 in one of our motorhomes next summer?

The route takes drivers on a journey to the far north peninsula of mainland Scotland where the scenery and wildlife is stunning. Experience the last wilderness of Europe in one of our motorhomes and grasp the culture and identity of Scotland. Definitely one for the bucket list!

For any queries regarding our motorhome packages please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 475 899

Unsure whether Scotland’s for you?

If you’re unsure if a trip to Scotland is the right thing for you, why not check out http://www.scotland.org/. Full of great information on what to do in Scotland, it gives a real insight into the culture and places for food and drink.

If you need help organising your trip please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be happy to help!