Our Trip to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Best of Scotland Holidays team hit Edinburgh for a taste of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo last week. They started off with a tour of the first European Virgin Hotel situated in the Scottish capital. See how they got on below.

Virgin Hotel, Edinburgh

The team were fortunate enough to have a look around Edinburgh’s newest hotel – Virgin Hotels Edinburgh situated in the historic India Buildings.  The hotel marries its iconic Victorian architecture with distinctive, contemporary design. We were impressed with the numerous drinking, dining and entertainment options and it only a short walk to Edinburgh’s top attractions.

Guest rooms include special patented beds and the ability to separate your room into two separate areas for living and sleeping.  Everything you’d expect in an Edinburgh hotel room is here, plus a few surprising extras, including an entire Dressing Room area, yoga mats, and more. 

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Following a tour around the chic and exuberant Virgin Hotel, they headed to the Military Tattoo. The Tattoo is an annual event celebrating pipe bands from across the globe. This year’s theme and title, Voices, is a celebration of expression that gives performers the platform to share their voice.

The event saw performances from The Top Secret Drum Corps and United States air Force Honor Guard Drill Team. Both groups operate with tight precision, in faultless displays of their individual talents. The New Zealand Army Band, performed an energetic medley containing popular songs such as the Time Warp and Tom Jones’ Delilah. The Kiwi’s high energy is a fan favourite of regular Tattoo attendees, and they didn’t disappoint us as the band leader led the Haka directed at the Royal Box.

Below, a troupe of 48, all-female, dancers can be seen performing a high energy, freestyle type dance inspired by Scots country dancing that got our toes tapping. They danced to electro-pipes and fiddles in a rave like section of the display.

This year’s Military Tattoo is a mix of traditional military elements and cultural creations. Below, we enjoyed the Banda Monumental de Mexico. They embraced a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed act. This featured a mariachi band in traditional garments and cleverly projected images on to the castle. Banda Monumental de Mexico impressively filled the Esplanade with energy and vibrant colours.

This is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Edinburgh in August. The Tattoo never fails to achieve cheers of appreciation from its audiences. Finally, the event closed with a rousing performance of Scotland the Brave. To signify the regiments returning to their barracks, the bands march out of the arena and down the Royal Mile.

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