Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo first took place on the Castle Esplanade as part of the Edinburgh International Festival in 1950.  Over the years, it has achieved iconic status as the most instantly recognisable symbol of the Festival and regularly attracts international audiences in excess of over 200,000 people every year.

Of all Festival events, the Tattoo is undoubtedly the hottest ticket in town.  So with the castle just a short stroll away from 123 High Street, you couldn’t be in a more privileged position to experience the electric atmosphere generated by this nightly 90-minute performance showcasing the very best military bands, pipers, drummers, dancers and display teams from around the world.

Although the programme format is changed every year to keep this magnificent event fresh, exciting and always full of surprises for the legions of returning Tattoo devotees, it has become a tradition to close every spectacular show on a poignant note with the haunting lament of a lone piper echoing around the arena from high on the castle ramparts.