Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014
“Experiential travel” is the new buzz phrase in travel these days. It basically means traveling with an experience in mind, not just touring mindlessly from one place to another. A great way to delve into the culture of an area is to plan your travel around an important festival, such as Carnevale in Venice or the the Edinburgh Festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland.The city-wide month-long Edinburgh Festivals is an annual celebration in August comprising 12 separate festivals–everything from music to art to science to storytelling. One of the most famous of these festivals is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, featuring military music and entertainment from around the world. In fact, musicians and dancers–including cultural troupes, massed pipes and drums, and the bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines–will perform against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Definitely a show not to miss.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo began back in 1950 and since then more than 13 million people have attended the Tattoo. During this time, not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled!
Although the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a worthy enterprise in and of itself, it was set up for charitable purposes. In fact, it has distributed £8 million to various service organizations. It is also a boon for the local economy. According to one study, over the years “visitors to the Tattoo contributed an estimated £88 million to the Scottish economy.”
If you’re interested in the festivals but would also like to see more of the Scottish countryside, we’ve strategically planned the dates of our small group tour of Ireland & Scotland to coincide with the end of the festivals. So, you can come for the show and stay for the great food, friendly locals, and beautiful scenery!