The Sky’s the Limit at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Each night of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo attracts almost 9,000 people. Credit: Mark Owens/REMT 2018

More than 1,200 performers from around the world are taking part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. The theme, The Sky’s the Limit, celebrates the centenary of the Royal Air Force

Edinburgh comes alive over the summer. As theatre-lovers flock to see the thousands of shows in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival, another special event is being held at Edinburgh Castle.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of military tattoos performed by the British Armed Forces, and Commonwealth, as well as  military bands and performance teams around the world, on the esplanade of the castle every August as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

When the first Edinburgh Military Tattoo was held in 1950, there were eight items on the programme and about 6,000 spectators. This year, there are more than 1,200 performers, including nearly 300 young people in recognition of Scotland’s Year of Young People. Each night of the tattoo, which runs until 25 August, is expected to attract almost 9,000 people.

This year, performers include the Royal Cavalry of the Sultanate of Oman’s Pipers on horseback and its all-female marching band. Their show will be illustrated by projections of the desert and the Arabian sky. The Banda Monumental de Mexico will also entertain audiences with Mariachi music and dance. Closer to home, look out for Highland Dancers from Scotland, and the Top Secret Drum Corps and the Massed Pipes and Drums – a group of 250 military musicians from the UK.

For tickets, go to, call +44 (0)131 225 1188, or visit the Tattoo Ticket Sales Office at 1 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh