The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

4 - 26 August 2017

Who can resist the skirl of the pipes and the accompanying drums or the lament of the lone piper as the notes of Amazing Grace drift off into the darkening night sky? Certainly not the 12 million or so who have been to see The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo since it first began in 1950.

It was the British Army's desire to showcase itself during the Festival and take advantage of the thousands flocking to Edinburgh which led to the independent staging of the first Tattoo which featured just eight displays of piping and dancing on Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade.

Like the Edinburgh International Festival and the Festival Fringe, this annual event, held throughout the month of August, has grown and grown and performers from over 48 countries around the world take to the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade every year. The Tattoo is now hotly anticipated around the globe every year and has come to be regarded as an integral part of the official festival.

The annual audience is around 220,000 - with around 30 per cent of those coming from overseas. Another 100 million people watch the Tattoo on international television every year.

Watch a snippet of what to expect here:

Watch videos of past Tattoo performances on the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo YouTube channel.

Visit Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo website