Edinburgh Military Tattoo

In 2017 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo embraces a colourful theme, Splash of Tartan, playing host to a stunning array of performers from all points of the compass.

In a Royal Navy lead year, we set sail with the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines as we celebrate the history, heritage and colour of Scotland's global family both near and far.

The famed Massed Pipes & Drums will once again create their iconic sound on the esplanade, delivering some of the most iconic scenes of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

India’s premier military band, the Indian Naval Band, will showcase the vibrant culture of their nation’s Western seaports.

The Fanfare Band of the 9th French Marine Infantry Brigade will offer a traditional military ensemble, bringing their own Breton influences to the proceedings.  

Bringing to life the story of the Viking invasion and settlement on Shetland, Hjaltibonhoga will once again bring their fiddle music to the castle ramparts.

Performing a piece written by composer Findlay MacDonald especially for this year’s theme, the Tattoo Dance Company; made up of the very best highland dancers from across the globe; will perform on the esplanade.

The Japanese Ground Self Defence Force Central Band will bring their nations traditional as well as contemporary music to the evening's proceedings, while acting as the first representatives for their country at the Tattoo.

The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland will tell the story of the Jacobites through the breathtaking piece 'Ambush in the Glen'.

Turning the esplanade in to an Aircraft Carrier, The Queen’s Colour Squadron with the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment shall showcase their exceptional musicianship and precision drills. 

Programme subject to alteration


Firework Timings 

Monday to Friday, 9:00pm performance:

9:01pm, 9:17pm, 10:19pm, 10:29pm, 10:36pm

Saturday, 7:30pm performance:

7:31pm, 7:47pm, 8:49pm, 8:59pm, 9:06pm

Saturday, 10:30pm performance:

10:31pm, 10:47pm 11:49pm, 11:59pm, 12:06am 


Flyover dates & times

5th 7:30pm

9th 9:00pm

11th 9:00pm

15th 9:00pm

16th 9:00pm

18th 9:00pm

25th 9:00pm

Purchase tickets HERE


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    EH1 2NG

  • Price

    £25.00 per person

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