Sunday, 25 August 2013

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2013

We were lucky enough to attend this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo a couple of weeks ago.

Crowds gathered on the esplanade on a fine but breezy evening.

It was a 'gathering of the clan' for us - a family occasion to celebrate a special anniversary. Here is part of the 'clan' -  3 generations awaiting the start of the performance.

The Pipe Major takes a traditional toast of whiskey from a 'quaich' (a Scottish drinking bowl).

And the performance starts with a fanfare.

The massed pipes and drums enter with a stirring display.

The pipe bands come from many corners of the globe - this piper is from the Royal Oman Pipe Band. We have happy memories of seeing them perform at Balls, Ceidlidhs and Scottish Celebrations when we used to live in Oman in the 1990's.

The Tattoo Highland Dancers gave a very neat and polished performance.

Next came a display by the Korean Ministry of Defense Traditional Band and Dancers.

Their drummers gave an enthusiastic show.

The Imps Motorcycle Team thrilled the audience with their motorcycle acrobatic, with dare-devil backwards moves and fireworks.

The skill of these youngsters is quite exceptional - the youngest members were 7 years old and handling the motorbikes with ease.

A group of dancers and musicians from Mexico came next.

The Mexicans were followed by a lively military band show from the New Zealand Army Band.

It's not often you see a Military band doing 'Gangnam Style' dancing! 

They were joined by the Locheil Marching Drill Team, who put on a dynamic and precise display.

The Mongolian Armed Forces Central orchestra performed under a surprising flurry of fake snow, with their unusual instruments and sounds.

The wintery theme reflected with one of many spectacular light shows on the Castle walls.

The Massed Military Bands and Massed Pipes and Drums got together to celebrate the 'Parade of the Animals', reflecting the theme of this year's tattoo "The Year of Natural Scotland". Many animals tripped their way across the Castle walls - badgers, foxes, and the background here - 'a wee mouse'.

The animal theme was taken up with an appearance from the War Horse.

All too soon the performers gathered on the esplanade for the finale.

Moving tributes of remembrance ended the Massed Bands' performance.

And the Tattoo was brought to a close with the traditional lone piper on the Castle ramparts.

All in all it was a great night of entertainment, which we'll all remember for a long time. 

If you would like to see more, people in the UK can see this year's tattoo on BBC1 tomorrow evening (Monday 26th).


  1. Great evening! Looking forward to seeing the televised version!

  2. We watch this on television every year, love it, find it very stirring with the pipes and drums. This year I was particularly touched by the War Horse, not only amazingly built, but there was something so appealing about it. Thanks for visiting me..


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