Recently I have been involved in promoting the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. As one of the premier events in world, let alone Scotland, it is not surprising that tickets are always tricky to come by. Add to that the fact that the Tattoo happens at the same time as the other major Edinburgh Festivals and you have a city that is fit to burst! So does it really need promoting?
This year, with the support of the Great Clans the tattoo is running a special event called Splash of Tartan, which will see clan members parade into the castle each night behind their Clan Chief. With over 50 clans accepting invitations to march and only 25 performances promises to be a spectacular addition to the tattoo.
But some clans will be better represented than others. It is a huge undertaking and not every clan has the manpower to organise a delegation of several hundred marchers for a particular night in Edinburgh – but you can bet that there will be some healthy competition as to which clan provides the biggest spectacle for the 8,000 strong audince each night.
Because it is such a big event for each clan, many are building it into their clan gatherings, with hundreds from each clan coming to Edinburgh for their special night and then returning to their own celebrations for the rest of the week.
Gatherings are always a very special occassion, with clansmen and women travelling from all over the world to support their clan, but with this once-in-alifetime opportunity to represent your clan at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, clans are expecting an even better attendance to their gatherings thatn they usually get.
Those who take will be richly rewarded with an event that is sure to go down in clan history! Further information is at the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs website
The Edinburgh Tattoo have put on hold tickets for each clan, but hurry, clan members only have until 01 March to book. Click here to discover the provisional list of dates for the participating clans but you should contact your clan to get the exact details of your clans’s involvement AND the special clan-unique password for buying tickets.
Ticket and Hotel Packages for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
For some, just being there is all that is important and you may not be able to go to the full gathering or march in the pre-show parade.
If clansfolk just want to come along and support their clan then Tattoo ticket and hotel packages are available.
Clansfolk from around the World
It doesn’t matter where you live. If you are a Macnab, a Hay, an Arthur or a Murray, a Hunter, a Fraser, a Wood, a MacLeod, a Wallace, a Napier, a NacNeil or a Gunn or any of the clans and families that are part of Scotland’s rich history and bright future, you will have a small, or maybe not so small, patch of Scotland, peopled by folk who will always welcome you with open arms.
So, if you are lucky to belong to a clan, to count yourself amongst the “children” of Scotland, then make sure you take that trip – and the sooner the better.
Whether you are lucky enough to be able to travel to Edinburgh in August 2017 and join your clan on their big day, whether you have already been to a gathering organised by your clan or you are yet to make that trip, come to Scotland: you will always remember the day you came home!
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