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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is back for 2024 with a brand-new theme - "Journeys". From August 2nd to August 24th, hundreds of military bands, dancers, and musicians from around the world will come together at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to present a stunning display of music, dance, and light, weaving together tales from different cultures and traditions.

And, if you are traveling with CIE Tours during this time and overnighting in Edinburgh, your guided vacation will include reserved seating in a prime viewing location!

This year's show promises to be a captivating celebration, with performers from across the globe showcasing their unique artistry and cultural heritage. From traditional bagpipes to modern percussion, the Tattoo will offer a rich tapestry of sounds, rhythms, and melodies that will transport you to different lands and times.

A piper in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

As always, all CIE Tours guests on tours that overnight in Edinburgh on Tattoo evenings will get reserved seats for the spectacle. With more than a dozen itineraries to choose from, you can easily include the Tattoo in your travel plans and experience this unforgettable event for yourself.

Since its inception, the Tattoo has been a symbol of international cooperation and friendship, bringing together performers and audiences from all over the world. As you watch the show, you'll be reminded of the power of music and art to bridge cultural divides and create a shared sense of joy and wonder.

Performers from over 48 countries have taken part in this global extravaganza. The name “Tattoo” derives from a seventeenth-century Dutch phrase, “Doe den tap toe”, signifying the end of the day for soldiers, which evolved into a ceremonial evening entertainment performed by military musicians.

Performers from Korea in the Tattoo
Tattoo performers come from around the world. 

The imposing Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on volcanic rock, serves as the background for the Tattoo. The castle originally was the home of king and queens, such as Queen Margaret, Mary Queen of Scots, and James VI. It evolved into a military base, and held prisoners of war. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site houses Scotland’s crown jewels (also called the Honours of Scotland). The crown on display was first worn for the coronation of James V’s wife in 1540, and the scepter was presented to James IV by Pope Alexander VI in 1494. The castle is also home to a rock called the Stone of Destiny, which has been used in coronation ceremonies for English and British royalty since the thirteenth century; and the National War Museum of Scotland.

So book now for summer and get ready to be swept away by the magic of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2024 - "Journeys."

And remember, book by April 21 to save with our Kick Up Your Kilt sale

Watch this video to see what it's like to be the lead piper in the Tattoo!

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