The Tattoo and all of its Glorious History!

Tonight welcomes the opening night of the 2019 Royal Military Tattoo. 

In celebration of this we decided to share some things you may not know!

Image taken by Mel of the Glory Days Team

Etymology of the term “Tattoo”

With the establishment of modern barracks and full military bands later in the 18th century, the term “tattoo” was used to describe the last duty call of the day, as well as a ceremonial form of evening entertainment performed by military musicians.

Early Days

In 1949 Edinburgh held its first Military Tattoo, the modest event was entitled “Something About a Soldier” a the aimed to portray the Army’s support of the International Festival.

The show was held at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens which still stands proudly below the castle.

We’d recommend visiting as a good comparison, as now, 7 decades later the show has progressed into the world-renowned showcase we know today.

Girl Power

In 1977 the first female took on the prestigious role of being the lone piper. Officer Elaine Marnoch took the role in her strides as she performed to the full battlements of Edinburgh Castle. Furthermore, in 2016, Scottish solider Lance Bombardier Megan Beveridge made history as the youngest piper to take on the role, aged 21.

Weather

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance takes place every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays throughout August and has never been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. (Us Scots aren’t scared of a bit of ‘dreich’ or ‘baltic’ weather)

Make sure to wrap up with plenty layers to stay warm during the performance.

Image credit to Royal Edinburgh Tattoo

Fit for a Queen

In 2010 HM Queen Elizabeth awarded the event the title of ‘Royal’ to honour the celebration of 60th years running.

Which gives us the title we know it as today, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Who’s in the Audience?

The stands at Edinburgh Castle can accommodate a nightly audience of 8,800 people.

This means that throughout the multiple live performances 220,000 people can enjoy the tangible atmosphere of the live show.

In 2018 the Tattoo was televised in 40 countries. This year between 100-300 million people are set to enjoy it worldwide.

Did you know?

The Tattoo benefits several charitable causes. It has been estimated that over £10 million have been donated to arts, military and civilian charitable organisations.

Image Credit to Royal Edinburgh Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo generates an astounding £88 million in revenue for Edinburgh’s economy annually.

The show benefits local businesses and is readily anticipated by the city.

Running alongside Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe the city is at its peak.

The Edinburgh August buzz is not to be missed! 

Visit the Tattoo with a bespoke travel package built for you by us at Glory Days.

Call us on 0131 556 3840 for more details.

Ryder Cup 2014

Here is an interesting blog from one of our other sites – Destination Edinburgh – on the Ryder Cup 2014

http://www.destination-edinburgh.com/blog/

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Photo courtesy of www.rydercup.com

 

Check out these new hotels in Edinburgh

A trip to Edinburgh must surely be one for the bucket list, and no wonder.  Full of history, culture and some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, it is a fascinating place that is calling out to be visited.

Visitors to the city are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation, and these offerings keep expanding thanks to the city’s popular appeal.  New hotels due to open are:

The Inn Place – the sister hotel to the “Place” hotel on York Place, this hotel is even closer to the centre and the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Ibis Styles Hotel – Ibis are a well known brand, and their latest offering in Edinburgh, to take them to 3 in total is the Ibis Styles hotel located just off St Andrews Square, a prime location in which to base your stay

The Roxburghe – although always an iconic hotel in Edinburgh, excitingly for 2014, Starwood Capital Group, owners of the beautiful George hotel on George Street have taken ownership of this, and it is set to go through an exciting refurbishment to make it one of the nicest 4* hotels in Edinburgh:  http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/starwood-capital-group-acquires-the-roxburghe-hotel-in-edinburgh-scotland-269038531.html

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Travel Packages office work with a variety of hotels in Edinburgh, including these gems above, and so for the perfect Tattoo 2015 break, check out our deals