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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual open-air show of spectacular military marching bands in colorful uniforms as well as special entertainment from around the globe. 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.

This gathering of musicians and performers is held on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. We include tickets to this popular show on all tours that include an Edinburgh hotel stay during Tattoo season August 7 – August 29, 2020.

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, it 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. It is also a World Heritage Site.

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Scottish Lochs & Castles

Starting from $2789

5.0
8 Days

Adventure into Scotland on this family-friendly tour, jam-packed with activities perfect for the young (and the young at heart). Whether you're trying your hand at our own version of the Highland…

​Guided Tours, Family Tours

Great British Cities

Starting from $2489

4.0
8 Days

Focus on Edinburgh, York and London at a leisurely pace with 2- and 3-night stays in each. Enjoy city sightseeing tours and experience other locations such as the golfing town of St Andrews,…

​Guided Tours

Scenic Britain

Starting from $3039

4.7
11 Days

Explore the west of England with tastes of Wales and Scotland. Start in Windsor, near London and travel to Devon and Cornwall. Head to Cardiff Castle for a Welsh banquet, tour Shrewsbury with a…

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Best of Britain

Starting from $2619

4.7
10 Days

This fast-paced tour is the perfect introduction to England, Scotland and Wales, showcasing the very best historical and scenic spots, alongside vibrant cities. 

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Highlights of Britain

Starting from $4169

4.7
15 Days

This England, Scotland and Wales tour package covers the must-see destinations, with a focus on the off-the-beaten-path beauty in England's southwest.

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Essence of Britain & Ireland

Starting from $3199

11 Days

This grand England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland tour focuses on the capital cities—London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, and Dublin. You'll find a nice mix of guided tour and independent exploring…

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Taste of Britain & Ireland

Starting from $3579

4.7
14 Days

Get a great introduction to two great countries on this lively trip to England, Ireland, and Scotland. Enjoy a generous helping of the essential must-dos, with a hint of the unexpected. 

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Irish & Scottish Sampler

Starting from $2249

4.6
8 Days

This short-and-sweet combination Ireland and Scotland tour visits all the top highlights, mixing in historic cities with iconic sights.

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Taste of Scotland

Starting from $1159

4.6
5 Days

Explore the very best of Scotland's gorgeous scenery and bustling cities on this short-and-sweet introductory tour. 

​Guided Tours

The Scots Irish Tour

Starting from $2539

4.9
11/15 Days

This fast-paced Scotland and Ireland tour focuses on their rich history, with plenty of castle tours and museums to help bring the past to life. It's the perfect trip for those interested in…

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Scottish Supreme

Starting from $2899

4.8
8 Days

This heart of Scotland tour showcases the country's gorgeous castles, cathedrals, and countryside. Enjoy an intimate small group tour with luxury accommodations at every stop.

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

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Scottish Dream

Starting from $1959

4.8
8 Days

Check the must-sees off of your wish list on this good-value Scotland tour, which is an ideal introduction to the bustling cities and breathtaking landscapes.

​Guided Tours

The Outer Hebrides: Scotland's Gaelic West

Starting from $3589

5.0
11 Days

Adventure out into Scotland's incredible outer islands to explore Gaelic culture and traditions. See the ruins and relics of ancient Scottish civilizations, and the wild beauty of the Highlands…

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Scottish Clans & Castles

Starting from $2449

4.6
10/11 Days

Revisit the past on this leisurely Scottish tour filled with castle ruins, ancient battlefields, and colorful stories from the country's rich history.

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Scottish Isles & Glens

Starting from $3099

4.8
12 Days

Head a little off the beaten path on this tour of Scotland's rugged Highlands, coastal byways, and the archaeological treasures on Orkney and the Isle of Skye.

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland

Starting from $5819

4.8
23 Days

Check every item on your wish list off on this epic British and Irish tour. See the very best of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales on this 23-day adventure. 

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

British & Irish Grandeur

Starting from $3949

14 Days

See the best of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in one grand tour. CIE Tours brings these countries—and their rich histories—to life with the very best highlights and unique experiences.

​Guided Tours, Small Groups

Taste of Scotland & Ireland

Starting from $2619

10/11 Days

The perfect combination of two great countries in one itinerary. Start in Glasgow before exploring the Scottish Highlands with a Loch Ness cruise and whisky tasting. Visit St Andrews and Edinburgh…

​Guided Tours

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