Guide to Edinburgh Tattoo

Guide to Edinburgh Tattoo

Guide to Edinburgh Tattoo

Our guide to Edinburgh Tattoo Scotland


It’s getting to that time of year when everyone is talking about The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It won’t be long until the beat of the drums and sound of the pipes are played out over Scotland’s capital city as this year the event will be held from 7th – 29th of August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has sold out every single year for the past 10 years, so if you don’t want to miss out on this spectacular event, get your tickets here.

The history

The Tattoo is now into its 61st year and has become an iconic event for Scotland, but it had much humbler beginnings. The sound of the military band would act as an alarm or signal for the pub landlords who had to call last orders, allowing the soldiers to return to their barracks.

The band then turned into entertainment for the soldiers and was later followed by performances for civilians. The performances became a spectacle and is today one of the most anticipated festivals on the calendar.

The festival

Every year the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is held in August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Around 200,000 people, visit Edinburgh Castle in order to watch and take part in the festivities, with around 70,000 travelling from overseas.

It’s not just band performances on offer at the festival, there are also firework and pyrotechnics displays for spectator to enjoy. This year’s event will also tie in with the Year of Natural Scotland, so there will be a heavy focus on the natural beauty and landscapes found across the country.

The accommodation

As the Tattoo is held in the city centre, there is a minefield of hotels and B&Bs to choose from, but don’t be surprised if they book up fast. In most cases, hotel owners will inflate the price around the time of the Tattoo because of the huge influx of visitors to Edinburgh.

In many cases, getting somewhere to stay for a reasonable price is near impossible. One of the alternatives growing mor popular every year, is hiring a campervan.

 Exploring further afield

This time around, the Tattoo will also celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland, so what better time to take advantage of camper see what else the country has to offer?

You can explore the whole of Scotland in your campervan, without having to pay extra for accommodation or travel. From Edinburgh, just in your van and head on up to Dundee and Aberdeen for a city break; take in the spectacular scenery on the west coast and islands; or even get your adventurous hat on and try bagging your very first Munro. Whatever you decide to do, it’s easy to get around Scotland in your campervan.

With up to 10% to be saved on long term hire at Rockinvans this summer, it’s time to book your campervan for the Tattoo.