Edinburgh Military Tattoo

5 days from $4,600 per person*
  • Watch a spectacular evening of Royal Marines and highland dancing.
  • Enjoy a night of Scottish music and dancing at the Prestonfield House.
  • Visit and tour a 19th century whisky distillery for a tasting.
  • Explore Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands.
  • Featuring expertly selected premium accommodations.
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This Celtic summer itinerary highlights the best sights in and outside of Edinburgh, while taking in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo festival. Explore the city with a local guide by foot; visit the Northern Highlands, taste whiskey at a distillery & more. Please note, this annual event only runs during the month of August.

Against the world famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this landmark production features awe-inspiring color and variety from the four corners of the globe. Experience Scotland’s colorful military musical spectacular amidst the buzz of a sold-out audience of nearly 9,000 spectators. Performers from four continents, including participants from as far afield as South Africa and South America, together with the finest modern production technology, are set to provide an abundance of matchless entertainment at the annual Tattoo on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a private tour of the city of Edinburgh, and also experience Loch Ness, the Scottish Highlands, and a tour of a renowned whisky distillery. A true Scottish discovery.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Scotland - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Activity - Military Tattoo Evening Entertainment - Section 6-7/10-11 (Mon-Fri)
  • Day 3 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Tour - Castles, Lochs & Whisky (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Taste of Scotland Show & Dinner (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 4 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Tour - Scottish Highlands (12 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Edinburgh

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Accommodation: Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel  — formerly The Principal — consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a large scale restoration, all guestrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel, and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality. The beautiful internal courtyard, an oasis of calm featuring a glass roof, is now open from breakfast through to the wee hours, while a full range of spa treatments is available alongside a pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym. Stay connected with complimentary wifi internet access provided throughout the hotel. 

Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Day 2: Edinburgh

Meet your private guide at your hotel and depart on foot for a half-day walking tour through Scotland’s hilly capital, Edinburgh, founded over 1,200 years ago. The New Town, co-listed with the Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features the famous Princes Street with its ornate 200-foot-high Scott Monument, along with historic Georgian and neo-classical architecture. With a structure-free south side of the street, Princes offers panoramic views back across the scenic Old Town, considered one of the most beautiful skylines in Europe. Stroll the renowned Royal Mile in the UNESCO-listed Old Town, bookended by the 12th century Edinburgh Castle at one end, and the 16th century Holyrood Palace at the other, residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Spot the prominent St Giles’ Cathedral, a religious focal point for nearly 900 years. Pass the National Museum of Scotland, and learn of the city’s hidden subterranean passages running below street level. Visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle, perched on Castle Rock with an imposing stance upon the historic old town below. Stroll the courtyard and learn about the historic royal residence from the outside before leaving your guide while you visit the inside of the castle, where you can see the lavish interiors, and even the Crown Jewels. 

Enjoy an evening of spectacle at the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the stunning backdrop of the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, performers from every corner of the globe come together with the finest modern production technology, exhibiting awe-inspiring precision and prowess in music and dance, along with a brilliant display of fireworks, and one or two surprises. The action-packed program will feature exciting contributions from the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Highland Dancing, the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and the stirring music of the world-famous Massed Pipes and Drums, in addition to many others. A huge audience favorite is once again expected to be the traditional and poignant close of the evening's proceedings when the Lone Piper high on the Castle ramparts plays a haunting lament, before the colorful, cosmopolitan cast march off the Esplanade to the strains of famous pipe melody, The Black Bear. Share the experience of the Tattoo's glittering array of talent as part of a sold-out nightly audience of 8,800 ticketed spectators. 

Please note that no transport is allowed up to the castle on these evenings so you will need to be able to walk unaided to the venue.

Accommodation: Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Scottish Pipe Band
Scottish Pipe Band

Day 3: Edinburgh

Meet your private guide and transportation, setting out on a full day tour to celebrate the highlights of Scotland - castles, lochs and whisky! Admire the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge over the Firth of Forth as you head north from Edinburgh, traveling through Stirlingshire where you'll be regaled with history and lore of the famous warrior William Wallace, dramatized in the film Braveheart. Arriving to the city of Stirling, you'll have an opportunity to see the towering Wallace Monument, overlooking the city below. Stroll the beautiful city streets, and enjoy a visit of the remarkable 12th century Stirling Castle, with an imposing view of its own, perched atop Castle Hill. A former Scottish royal residence, it has survived at least 8 different sieges over its period of use. Heading out along the Duke's Pass, you'll have spectacular views to the peaks of the Trossach Mountains, passing some of the country's most stunning lochs, coming to a midday pause at Loch Lomond where you can walk the shores of the largest body of fresh water in the UK. On your way back to Edinburgh, you'll make a stop at the renowned Glengoyne Distillery for a taste of the true spirit of the country - a Highland Malt Whisky.

A private driver will transfer you to the Prestonfield House this evening, just moments from the Royal Mile, where you'll enjoy an exceptional combination of dinner and entertainment. Be dazzled by traditional Scottish music, costume, bagpipes, fiddles and dance in a magically historic setting, lavishly filled with baroque plaster work, paneling, tapestries, paintings and antique furniture. Prestonfield is described by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine as so extravagant it’s like walking onto the set of some flamboyant costume drama. Your meal will consist of traditional Scottish fare, including a choice of two options for each course, a desert, tea/coffee and a half bottle of wine. Arrive by 6:45pm, with dinner at 7:00 and show from 8:00-10:00pm. Meet your private driver at a pre-determined time for your return transfer to the hotel.

Please note, you must bring along your included dinner & show voucher provided in your Welcome Pack, or you will be required to pay on the spot.

Accommodation: Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wallace Monument
Wallace Monument
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Taste of Scotland Show
Taste of Scotland Show

Day 4: Edinburgh

Meet your private guide and driver, setting out for a full day tour into the Highlands of Scotland. An expansive area characterized by mountains, lochs and glens, to say the Highlands are picturesque is beyond an understatement. With such large area to cover, this day can be anything you want - your guide can suggest some of the many highlights, or you can make it distinctly your own. Discover prehistoric cairns to stately homes and castles, venture into the beautiful Cairngorms mountains, reaching scenic vistas and spotting deer or even the Highland cow, or maybe focus on one or two of the famous lochs - Lomond, Tay, or Ness - perhaps even trying your luck at spotting "Nessie". Whatever your preference, variety is guaranteed. In order to maintain complete flexibility, any desired entrances will be payable on the spot.

Accommodation: Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Scottish Highlands
Scottish Highlands

Day 5: Edinburgh

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel: Edinburgh

Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel  — formerly The Principal — consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a large scale restoration, all guestrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel, and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality. The beautiful internal courtyard, an oasis of calm featuring a glass roof, is now open from breakfast through to the wee hours, while a full range of spa treatments is available alongside a pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym. Stay connected with complimentary wifi internet access provided throughout the hotel. 

Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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