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Aug 15 2014

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A recent trip to Edinburgh helped me to understand how much of a ‘Festival City’ it actually is.  I had no idea it hosted so many festivals – 12 in total, ranging in duration from a few days to a month.  Most of the festivals, like the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, are in the summer.  Such events bring people from all over the world to the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.

I’ve chosen the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as the focus for this week’s Foto Friday because it was spectacular – far more spectacular than I could have ever imagined.  I was flicking through my photos and found it hard to choose one.  In the end, I picked this one because of the way the castle is lit.  It is unrecognisable as Edinburgh Castle, isn’t it?

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Seeing it on TV and actually being there, experiencing it live, are two completely different things.

This year’s theme is the year of homecoming – returning home to friends and family from far-flung places.  It also celebrates the Commonwealth, which is particularly pertinent this year with Glasgow having hosted the Commonwealth Games.

I found it a captivating 90-minute performance set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle with all the music, ceremony, and dancing.  It was really entertaining; very lively and so colourful (the castle and the costumes).

Near the end, the silence was broken by the Lone Piper who began to play from high up on the castle battlements.  It sent shivers down my spine.  To finish, everyone at the event crossed their arms across their bodies and linked hands with the people next to them, singing nothing other than ‘Auld Lang Syne’.  What a perfect way to end the evening!  Would I go again?  For sure!


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Have you been to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo?  If so, what did you think of it?  If not, is it on your bucket list, as it was for me?


I would like to thank Visit Scotland who sponsored my trip to Edinburgh and to see this amazing show as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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