Edinburgh Tattoo Experience Tour
One day tour
Marvel at the scenic beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, visit a renowned Malt Whisky Distillery, see ancient Dunkeld, nestling within the mighty woodlands of Highland Perthshire then enjoy a thrilling evening at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Price range: £143 - £146
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - attend a performance of the world-famous spectacle of pipers, drums and highland dancing
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park - experience breathtaking scenery in ‘Rob Roy country’
Famous Grouse Experience - learn how whisky is made and sample a dram at Scotland’s oldest distillery
Dunkeld - explore this ancient town, picturesquely situated on the banks of the river Tay
The Hermitage - see the spectacular Black Linn waterfall set amongst giant Douglas Firs, some of the tallest trees in Britain
Forth Rail Bridge - enjoy amazing views of this UNESCO world heritage site
Movie locations - The 39 Steps, The Railway Man and The Descent
Full Tour Itinerary
From Edinburgh we head northwards and pass Stirling with views of its impressive Castle, the Wallace Monument and the Ochil Hills beyond. Then it's into the Highlands through the scenic beauty of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, once home to the infamous cattle thief and rogue, Rob Roy MacGregor. We’ll hear tales of his adventures as we make our way through the sprawling Strathyre Forest.
Next follow the shoreline of beautiful Loch Earn before stopping in Crieff to visit a local whisky distillery. On your visit to The Famous Grouse Experience you will learn how the 'water of life' is made and you can sample a wee dram for yourself. There will also be time for a leisurely lunch in the distillery’s award-winning restaurant.
Explore the peaceful Hermitage and take a short woodland walk to see the spectacular Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. Next stop in Dunkeld with its spectacular cathedral on the banks of the River Tay before returning south through Highland Perthshire and through the ancient Kingdom of Fife. You’ll get amazing views of the Forth Bridge as we make our way back to Edinburgh.
Back in Edinburgh, you will have time to have dinner and explore the city before making your own way to Edinburgh Castle. Once seen and never forgotten: there’s always something magical about the World famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the setting high up on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle is simply breathtaking. Sit back and enjoy the drama, excitement and spectacle of the visiting performers, highland dancing and the stirring massed pipes and drums as the sun sets over Scotland’s romantic capital city.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
Tell me about the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo?
Staged every year as part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle, almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the cobbled Esplanade. Each year some of the most memorable highlights are the stirring performances of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands that emerge from the huge castle gates playing the stirring battle tunes of Scotland's famed regiments. Add to this the spectacular displays from the many overseas performers who bring music, action and colour to the event in Edinburgh and you have a winning blend that always keeps the Tattoo fresh, exciting and alive, even for the many faithful fans who return here every year. This unforgettable spectacle is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, spotlit high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Fireworks, a mass chorus of Auld Lang Syne from the audience and the roar of jets from a military flypast bring the curtain down on a truly memorable night's entertainment.
Tell me what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process. Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Ticket for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From 60 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1TB
Check-in: 08:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:45 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
All departures include a visit to this famous celebration of music, dancing and culture performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.