Having lived in Dunedin, Florida, for several years, I have always wanted to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to see the Famed Edinburgh Castle Royal Military Tattoo perform. The little town of Dunedin always celebrated its Scottish heritage with events like Highland Games, and perhaps, most famously, its high school’s Scottish Highlander Band. In the world of high school marching bands, Dunedin High School offered one of the most unique, a full highlander band complete with bagpipe section, full military dress kilt uniforms, and Scottish dancers.
Here’s a look at that famous Dunedin Highland Band:
Having loved my high school band so much, I have wanted to see the “real thing” at the Edinburgh castle every since I saw it featured on a travel show on TV. Now, Princess Cruises is offering excursions from Glasgow/Greenock to see the performance in the evenings during their overnights stops in August 2013. Edinburgh is only about a 90-120 minute drive from Glasgow/Greenock. The cruise also features a day stop in Edinburgh, but she ship doesn’t stay late enough in port to take in the Tattoo performance.
Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
The word “Tattoo” comes from the words “Doe den tap toe ” which means ” “close the (beer) tap”. It has come to be used in British military for the ceremonial evening entertainment at the end of the day. The public performances at Edinburgh Castle began in 1949 with only about 6000 spectators. Today over 217,000 spectators come during the moth of August to enjoy the evening performances. In 2011 planners erected a new set of grandstands that include box seats and expanded the over all capacity. The show always sells out in advance. The Tattoo performs every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays throughout August and has never been cancelled due to inclement weather. The second Saturday night performance includes a Fireworks display, although each performance uses Pyrotechnics and since 2005 has also incorporated a Son et Lumiere element projected onto the facade of the Castle. Proceeds from the show benefit several charitable causes.
In 2013 Princess cruises will offer an excursion that departs from Glasgow/Greenock, during the overnight stay in that port, that will take passengers to the famed Edinburgh castle to see the tattoo performance. Princess has two sailing in August that offer the overnight in Glasgow/Greenock during the month of August when the tattoo performs. The Caribbean Princess sails 12 night itineraries on both 8/4 and 8/16 that offer the following itinerary:
12-Night British Isles, London R/T
Day Date Port Arv Dep
Sun 08/04/13 London, England – Embark – Times subject to change 05:00 PM
Mon 08/05/13 Guernsey, Channel Islands 07:00 AM 02:00 PM
Tue 08/06/13 Cork, Ireland 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Wed 08/07/13 Dublin, Ireland 07:00 AM 06:00 PM
Thu 08/08/13 Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland 07:00 AM
Fri 08/09/13 Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland 02:00 AM
Fri 08/09/13 Belfast, Ireland 09:00 AM 07:00 PM
Sat 08/10/13 At Sea
Sun 08/11/13 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands 07:00 AM 05:00 PM
Mon 08/12/13 Inverness/Loch Ness, Scotland 07:00 AM 06:00 PM
Tue 08/13/13 Edinburgh, Scotland 07:00 AM 07:00 PM
Wed 08/14/13 At Sea
Thu 08/15/13 Paris, France 07:00 AM 08:00 PM
Fri 08/16/13 London, England – Disembark – Times subject to change 05:00 AM
There will probably be a high demand for this excursion so passengers who have it on their must do list should book both the cruise and excursion early to be sure that they don’t miss out. To learn more about the Tattoo performances, visit their website at www.edintattoo.co.uk/
To learn more about the Princess cruises offering this excursion, please contact your travel agent.