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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August in Edinburgh can mean only one thing: the Military Tattoo. These impressive night-time pageants held in the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle are the stuff of legend and attract more than 200,000 spectators every year. Expect rousing martial tunes along with a spectacular sound and light show. Each year has a 'lead' service from the British Armed Forces, alternating between the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, the Army and the Royal Air Force. There is also a commemoration of a particular organisation, anniversary, theme or event. The highlight continues to be the massed pipes and drums. Every evening concludes with the massed pipes and drums marching on to join the massed military bands. This is then followed by a rendition of the national anthem and Auld Lang Syne. There is then a flag-lowering ceremony, with the buglers sounding the Last Post or the Sunset call of the Royal Marines. Finally, there is an emotional Lament performed by a floodlit lone piper playing from high on the ramparts of the Half Moon Battery. The performers then march off the esplanade and down the Royal Mile to a series of rousing tunes including Scotland The Brave. International military regiments from more than 30 countries have performed at the Tattoo over the years, including some African tribes. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the ultimate Scottish experiences. Take your seat in the summer twilight and enjoy the show! August in Edinburgh can mean only one thing: the Military Tattoo. These impressive night-time pageants held in the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle are the stuff of legend and attract more than 200,000 spectators every year. Expect rousing martial tunes along with a spectacular sound and light show. Each year has a 'lead' service from the British Armed Forces, alternating between the Roy Meeting point is Edinburgh Castle. Doors open 45 minutes before the show. The 2013 Tattoo will take place from August 2 to 24, with performances on Monday to Friday at 9.00pm and on Saturday at 7.30pm and 10.30pm. There is no performance on Sunday.