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Edinburgh Tattoo with The Scotsman Hotel: 2 – 24 August

August 15th, 2013

The Edinburgh Tattoo: A Yearly Spectacle Set Against The Castle


Drum beats race into the night as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrates the Year of Natural Scotland this August. The spectacle is running until the 24th, and has already dazzled audiences with its unique concoction of display and instrumentals. At the shows debut, spectators were astounded by a war horse, motorcycle daredevils dressed as midges and even an inventive take on Gangnam Style. Highland pipers sent a resounding song into the air as they appeared from the castle's smoky drawbridge, and the 50-stong Highland Dance Troupe acted out the beginning of time. The show is not to be missed, with 1000 performers, including the highly anticipated Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence Band and Dancers, all in attendance this year.

An Ancient Military Tradition

Military Tattoos date back to around the 1600s, when war time meant soldiers had curfews that had to be adhered to. At 9.30pm every evening army drummers would send a sound signal into the sky, informing all that it was time to return to the barracks. The practice developed, getting more and more elaborate, and soon became a phenomenon. By 1950, the first Edinburgh Military Tattoo was being staged. It has since become one of the world's most renowned Tattoos, performed every year on the castle's Esplanade.

Our Unique Edinburgh Tattoo Package

The Tattoo is Edinburgh's best-selling and most popular yearly event, usually attended by around 200,000 people. At the Scotsman Hotel we are offering a package that allows you to attend while staying, and dining, with us. Ours is a five star establishment that strives to provide the very best in luxury accommodation. Staying with us, and dining in our award-winning North Bridge Brasserie, is sure to bring extra spectacle to the wonderful event.

Our Edinburgh Tattoo Special is available to book now.

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The Scotsman 5 star luxury boutique hotel, located at Edinburgh's historic North Bridge, can be found just off the Royal Mile in the midst of the old city. It is the only hotel in the city to boast views of Edinburgh Castle, The Firth of Forth, Leith, Princes Street and Calton Hill... all of which are within walking distance.

The hotel was converted from the Scotsman Newspaper's baronial offices and is now equipped with a state-of-the-art Spa and cinema... while the food served at our North Bridge Brasserie is among the best in Scotland.

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