The 2022 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Featuring a variety of guest countries such as the U.S., Mexico and New Zealand, Scotland’s armed forces bring in a yearly celebration filled with music and dancing.



As the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland walks towards the backstage area, one of the members carries the logo on his drums.


The United Kingdom, made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is filled to the brim with culture. Each country has its own charm that leaves you excited to discover more. 

Every year, Scotland hosts a show called the “Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo,” which is a part of the Edinburgh Festivals. A tattoo — not to be confused with the permanent artwork on your skin — originates from the Dutch phrase “doe den tap toe,” which was a signal to bar owners from the Corps of Drums to turn off the ale kegs so the soldiers could sleep in their quarters. Eventually, the term evolved to represent the entertainment from the military’s marching band. 

Returning this year after a brief hiatus due to COVID-19, the Military Tattoo occurs every year in August. Performances this year occurred from Aug. 5-27, with one performance each day except Sunday and two performances on Saturdays. This year, the theme was “Voices: A Celebration of Expression.” Using orchestral arrangements, dancing and the traditional bagpipe, Scotland has proven it knows how to create an extravagant celebration that will keep you on your feet, dancing along.