Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2021 – Perfect UK Staycation

Edinburgh has been voted the best city in the UK by a top travel magazine and we believe it is a perfect staycation destination – a city break combined with a visit to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 will be remembered as a challenging year that has forced many of us to change the ways we go about our lives. It has also changed the way we travel and spend our holidays. Even though we may not be able to travel to our favourite places now we can start planning for the long term and have something to look forward to in the summer 2021. Scotland ranks as one of the most popular destinations for domestic holidays for UK travellers. This trend is thought to continue well into 2021. Most Scottish residents already spend their domestic holidays in Scotland but a boom in staycations in Scotland is expected throughout 2021 as international travel may not have enough time to recover fully.

Edinburgh Attractions

Edinburgh is great for a short city break, as well as a perfect starting point for a longer Scotland itinerary. You will be taken back in time with a walk in Edinburgh’s Old Town, exploring hidden closes and cobbled alleyways. The city also boasts many gardens, parks, walking paths, and several viewpoints that offer stunning views of the city – such as Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill to name just a few. Finally, Edinburgh is also a world leading festival city and the home of world-class events and performances. In 2020 the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo would have marked its 70th anniversary – although we were all sad the event could not take place this year, the organizers have staged a special ‘socially distanced’ performance to mark what would have been the 2020 finale – the video can be found here https://www.edintattoo.co.uk/news/presenting-the-2020-tattoo-finale

Accommodation & Ticket Packages for 2021

We are delighted to see the Tattoo is now back on schedule for next year – it will take place from 6th until 28th August 2021. As part of our packages, we offer a minimum of 2 nights accommodation in the city centre and official tickets as standard. The packages can be tailored to the type and length of your holiday and can include a range of attractions, such as the Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and many more. Are you looking to explore Scotland a little more but are short on time? No problem, we can include a suitable day (or half day) tour, offered by our trusted partners, that will cover the most popular points of interest. If you have a little extra time and prefer to explore at your own pace – we will create a bespoke self-drive itinerary that can be linked with your Edinburgh stay and a visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our standard Tattoo packages can now be booked online here.

Your package can be booked for as little as £75 per person and as part of our covid-19 policy, we will refund all monies due if the event is fully cancelled.

If you need help with organizing your Edinburgh stay, or have any specific requirements you would like to discuss with us, please contact our friendly team on 0131 556 3840 or info@glorydays.uk.com

*Images were taken by the Glory Days team

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.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tickets – Best Seat in the House??

We often get asked on the best seats as it’s always a special occasion to attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Attached are some photos of my visits in 2018 – fantastic performance and one view from Section 4 and the other from the Royal Gallery (thanks to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the invite!). The weather was awful on the Royal Gallery preview show but in Section 4 it was a lovely night.

In terms of options there are a few

Arena map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry Level – Section 16 (or similar price range)
These are still good seats – they are next to the Castle so some of the lighting displays on the castle and some of the salutes to the Royal Gallery where the guest of honour takes the salute may be restricted.
It provides a great view of all the performers as they emerge from the Castle and are next to the choir area.

Standard Level – Section 4 (or similar price range)

Section 4We have used these for years and they offer a superb view of all the performance.Its not head on to the Castle but a slight tilt of the head and you get the full lighting displays.You get fantastic views of all the performers and often feel a lot closer to the action than the upgrade tickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upgrade Tickets – Section 7 (or similar price range)
Sections 7-10 are the same price range but section 8&9 are often used for hospitality so not often available within packages. This really is no issue as the front on view of the Castle is spectacular from all these seats. These also provide the best entrance and exit options as close to the main entry of the esplanade.

Hospitality Tickets – Various Sections
The best of the Hospitality is in the Gatehouse or Queen Anne Room as these can include the Royal Gallery but the dining options are hosted in the historic parts of the Castle.
Whilst other options may include fantastic meals and additional tattoo performers we feel if you are going to upgrade then the Gatehouse and Queen Anne provide the best.
The Hospitality also includes Queue jump and often post Tattoo refreshments – a nice way of avoiding the whole crowd if this helps even if the seating is not front on.

I had the honour of listening to the Brigadier who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the event (and life in general), definitely worth the admission if you get to hear him speak!

Hospitality is excellent and well worth it but if above your budget please feel free to ask us and we’ll advise on plenty of pre-show restaurant options to cover all tastes.

 

Royal Gallery

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is quite simply a phenomenal performance in a truly iconic setting.

Feel free to call us on 0131 556 3840 if you have any questions.

 

David Hardy
Managing Director

 

Things to do in Edinburgh

Coming to Edinburgh but not sure what to do? I’d recommend you check out this article: http://ow.ly/RgUXf . Washing your face with the dew from Arthur’s Seat is a must!

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/

photo gallery image

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