TattoO IN EDINBURGH
|| Set against the
magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the city’s
first Military Tattoo took place in 1950 with just eight
items in the programme.
Since then more than 11 million people have attended the
event and the annual audience figure now sees around 217,000
visitors flood into the Scottish capital.
But what exactly do they go to see? Three weeks of fascinating
military and international entertainment on the Esplanade
at the castle, that’s what.
Every year the Edinburgh Tattoo begins with a vivid
and intensely emotional display of Scotland's
finest fighting men playing stirring tunes that over the
centuries have given courage and inspiration on battlefields
in every corner of the globe.
These days the event also plays host to international
guest performers, who bring another dimension to a familiar
Since it began performers from 30 countries have presented here, but it is the pipes and drums, the
heart of the Tattoo, which the Scots love fiercely and
visitors quickly take to their own hearts.
Although the majority of people who watch the Tattoo in
the Esplanade are Scottish or from other parts of the
UK, a further 100 million more watch it on television in 30 countries, making it a global phenomenon.