Each year, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo stages its colourful show for a live audience of 220,000 against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The 2017 show will run from 4th – 26th August. The most iconic scene of the Tattoo each year is the Massed Pipes and Drums. Drawn from the Scottish Regiments and across the world, they march across the Castle Drawbridge with tartan and uniforms aplenty, pipe banners fluttering and stirring tunes.

This year the organizers are taking inspiration from VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and a Royal Navy lead with the theme as Splash of Tartan. The partnership will look to ignite a renewed interest in Scotland’s national fabric but at the same time reach out to everyone with a link to Scotland: whether they live in Scotland, have a family connection or are visiting or simply with an interest.

Splash of Tartan will be reinforced through a range of separate partnerships and initiatives, including a tie up with The National Museums of Scotland, The National Trust of Scotland and Historic Environments Scotland who are promoting its own emphasis on The Jacobites

Clan Chiefs are being invited to lead their clansmen to the Castle, on their own special designated evenings, and to take part in the opening ceremony of the Tattoo. In addition, clans and families are being encouraged – with some support from the Scottish Government through the Scottish Clan Event Fund: Splash of Tartan – to arrange their own family events around Scotland.

Visitors attending the Tattoo – whether they have a clan connection or not – are invited to dress for the part; a rich mixture of tartan clothes, headgear and accoutrements of all forms. Those looking to attend the Show without a clan or family connection are being encouraged to join in with the Clan festivities and enjoy the rich history, talismans and tartan of Scotland.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Chief Executive and Producer of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “In the coming year when Scotland’s heritage and history are once again to the fore, Splash of Tartan offers a fabulous opportunity for everyone to get involved, dress the part and join in the celebration and pageantry at the Tattoo.

“We are looking to get the word out, not just across Scotland and the United Kingdom but to everyone abroad who is linked to Scotland – in whatever way – to join us in a remarkable set of celebrations in front of our great Castle at the heart of the City of Edinburgh. Kilts, trews, sporrans, plaids, hose and bonnets are all de rigeur.

“We hope the Tattoo will provide a perfect excuse for families to come together at the Show and further afield. We want everyone to celebrate their links with Scotland by looking the part in August.”

For more information contact: www.edintattoo.co.uk

Images: ‘The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’.