GR3-865 | Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland | See Special Notes
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Your amazing evening of moderately active excursion to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo begins at the pier. Board your motorcoach for a comfortable and escorted two-and-a-half drive through the Scottish landscape en route to Edinburgh. Located between the Highlands and Lowlands, this capital of Scotland boasts a dramatic skyline, classical architecture and over 1,000 years of Scottish history.
Disembark near Edinburgh Castle perched at the top of the Royal Mile. This majestic castle is a superb fortress complex that has dominated the city from its rocky mount for over a millennium and was the seat (and regular refuge) of Scottish Kings.
An uphill walk to the Castle Esplanade will bring you to the arena, where you will take your place in your reserved seats and join thousands of spectators gathered to experience the amazing spectacle that is The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Scotland's biggest, best-selling spectacle, this is the most popular annual event on the Scottish calendar, attracting an international audience each year of some 217,000 people. The word 'tattoo' comes from the closing-time cry in the inns in the Low Countries during the 17th and 18th centuries - 'Doe den tap toe' ('Turn off the taps').
As night begins to fall, footlights transform the castle into a dazzling stage set for one of the world's most spectacular shows. Seated in the spot where ancient clans once gathered, you will enjoy a breathtaking 1.5-hour performance that features military precision drills with massed bands, bagpipes, and drums, all representing various international Scottish Regiments. This rich pageant is ever-changing and continuous, with traditional Scottish dancing, and enactments of historical events.
International guest performers are also included and bring another dimension to this stunning pageant. During the 60-year history of the Tattoo, performers from more than 40 countries - from Australia to Canada, Africa to Fiji, France to Nepal, The Netherlands to the United States - have participated.
But it is the pipes and drums, which serve as the emotional core and the heart of the Tattoo which Scots love fiercely and visitors quickly take to their own hearts.
The finale includes the most moving of all Scotland's performances - a lone piper, floodlit on the castle battlements, his haunting music reaching out across the historic setting and into your memory forever.