One of Scotland’s favourite events is coming back to Fort George near Inverness this September – our friends at the Highland Military Tattoo tell us all about it!
“Culture. Tradition. History. That’s what the annual Highland Military Tattoo is all about. It’s a celebration of the best of Highland and military culture and traditions. An extravaganza of military performers, local talent and the world’s finest re-enactors. All set against the backdrop of the largest military fort in the UK – the historic and formidable Fort George near Inverness. All in all, this is one event you don’t want to miss. And to show you why it is one of our favourite events in the Highland calendar, our friends at the Highland Military Tattoo share with us exactly what you can expect from this year’s Tattoo.”
Putting fun on the frontlines
The Highland Military Tattoo is a unique and truly authentic experience. Set inside the magnificent ramparts of Fort George, this spectacular military ceremony showcases impressive acts, reflecting the very best of Scottish history, tradition and military expertise.
The Highland Military Tattoo experience starts, rather aptly, with a walk across the drawbridge into the Fort and the opportunity to sample high-quality affordable food and drink in the Catering and Retail Village next door to the Tattoo arena. Packed with retail stalls, Armed Forces charity tents, military vehicle and equipment displays and re-enactors who are delighted to involve children and answer any questions.
A salute to Highland history
Access to the Fort is, of course, free when attending the Tattoo, and visitors are invited to take a stroll onto the ramparts and admire Fort George’s classical buildings and examine its large cannons and mortars, which defended it and the sea route to Inverness. There’s a good chance of spotting dolphins in the Moray Firth too!
Overhead, there will be an aerial display by an SE5A World War 1 Biplane, to herald the imminent start of the show and an invite for guests to take their seats.
Seating is within three main stands, wrapped around the arena, with the Fort’s frontage as the iconic backdrop to the Tattoo.
What to expect at this year’s Highland Military Tattoo
In line with Visit Scotland’s Year of History Heritage and Archaeology, the programme will celebrate the rich military heritage of Fort George, the Highlands and Moray, and the 75th anniversary of the RAF Regiment.
In fact, the show commences with a Fly-past by RAF Typhoon jets, directly overhead of the main arena and signals the start to the evening’s entertainment.
An array of Massed Pipes and Drums from some 9 military and local bands, The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, historical vignettes, traditional highland dancing, a clarsach group, Gaelic singing, the Queen’s Colour Squadron Drill Team from the RAF Regiment and an Armed Forces’ competition with teams from the Royal Marines, Army and RAF battling it out; all take place during the course of the show.
The finale with the RAF Guard of Honour, a rendition of Auld Lang Syne and The Last Post followed by the Lone Piper, offer an often, emotional conclusion to the evening’s events; prior to an impressive fireworks display, to celebrate the end of the show.
“We look forward to giving all our visitors a warm ‘Gaelic Welcome’ in September”. Major General Seymour Monro
Full details, including shuttle bus timetables from Inverness, and tickets for The Highland Military Tattoo are now on sale and can be purchased here: www.highlandmilitarytattoo.co.uk