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Show off your Clan Pride at the 2017 Tattoo!

This year is Scotland’s ‘Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology, and the 2017 Tattoo is embracing this theme by featuring the Clans and Families of Scotland!

unnamedThe Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place August 4 – 27, has just announced the clans which will be appearing as part of this year’s show, which is themed “Splash of Tartan.” The Tattoo and the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs have joined together to involve Scottish Clans and Families. Clan Chiefs have been invited to lead their clansmen to Edinburgh Castle, on their own special designated evenings, and to take part in the opening ceremony! Do you want to represent your clan at this year’s Tattoo? For a limited time only, visitors looking to book tickets to sit in their designated clans seated section can contact their Clan Chief directly! You can find out more details about your clan and chief at www.clanchiefs.org.uk or by emailing info@clanchiefs.org.uk. This promotion will end on 31st March, so act fast!unnamed-2

Whether you have Clan roots or not, if you plan to attend the Tattoo, you are encouraged to dress for the part! Put on your best tartan and tweed! Come August, Edinburgh is sure to be a wonderland of plaid!

Find your Clan’s date and time below, and purchase tickets for the Tattoo here.

Day

Date

Time

Clan/Family

Thursday

3 August

9.30

Macnab and Hay

Friday

4 August

9.00

Arthur and Murray

Saturday

5 August

7.30

Fraser and Gunn

Saturday

5 August

10.30

Hunter, Macdonald and MacKay

Monday

7 August

9.00

Macauley and MacMillan

Tuesday

8 August

9.00

Ewing and Macpherson

Wednesday

9 August

9.00

Broun, Maclean and Wood

Thursday

10 August

9.00

Henderson and Napier

Friday

11 August

9.00

Leslie, Moffat and Urquhart

Saturday

12 August

7.30

Donnachaidh and Oliphant

Saturday

12 August

10.30

Macneil, Macrae and Marjoribanks

Monday

14 August

9.00

Forbes and Wallace

Tuesday

15 August

9.00

Macleod and Mackenzie

Wednesday

16 August

9.00

Campbell and Sinclair

Thursday

17 August

9.00

Borthwick and Skene

Friday

18 August

9.00

Graham and Stewart

Saturday

19 August

7.30

Colquhoun and Matheson

Saturday

19 August

10.30

Currie and Maclea

Monday

21 August

9.00

Buchanan, Hannay and MacGregor

Tuesday

22 August

9.00

Kincaid and Maclaine

Wednesday

23 August

9.00

Agnew and Elliot

Thursday

24 August

9.00

Carmichael and MacThomas

Friday

25 August

9.00

Bruce and Durie

Saturday

26 August

7.30

Jardine, Macintyre and Maclennan

Saturday

26 August

10.30

Cameron, Clan Ranald and Maclaren

 

 

Countdown to the 66th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The iconic Edinburgh Tattoo is fast approaching.royal-edinburgh-military-tattoo-logo

The 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will begin on August 7th and run until the 29th. The theme of this year’s event is East Meets West. The 90-minute production will showcase around 1,200 talented performers, many of whom are of Scottish descent — but the international theme promises acts from everywhere from Germany to Nepal.edinburgh-tattoo-travel-packages (1)

With Edinburgh Castle setting the scene, singers, dancers, pipers, and drummers will come together before massive audiences. The 2015 Edinburgh Tattoo line-up includes Switzerland’s famous percussion group, ‘Top Secret Drum Corps,’ as well as the new addition of an appearance by the UK’s Royal Air Force. And for the first time, Charleston’s 70-piece Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will travel from South Carolina to perform. Alongside the music will be a light display, illuminating the castle in color and complementing the sights and sounds on stage. Every show will end in a display of fireworks.

A “Tattoo” is a ceremonial performance given by military musicians. They traditionally take place in the evening. “Tattoo” comes from the old term “tap toe,” which was a call for last orders in the tavern before soldiers were sent off to bed. The first official Edinburgh Tattoo occured in 1950. Since then, over 48 other countries have taken part. The audience is also always filled with international spectators. In the past 65 years, over 13 million people have attended the Tattoo.royal-edinburgh-tattoo-melbourne-2016

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo coincides with city’s various summer festivals. The Tattoo keeps Scottish flair and history alive, even as it celebrates international relations. Each August the city fills with excited tourists and locals alike. The annual audience is made up of around 217,000 people who are eager to experience the Scottish tradition.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Tattoo’s official website.

Preview the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in this video:

All images via events.com.au

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