Lonely Planet Ranks Scotland 3rd Best Place To Visit

Stewart Monument Calton Hill Edinburgh, Scotland
Stewart Monument Calton Hill Edinburgh, Scotland

Lonely Planet Ranks Scotland as 3rd Best Place To Visit

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 contributor Tom Hall said: “Next year Scotland will be well-deservedly taking the spotlight on the world stage…The country’s buzzing cities and stunning scenery have plenty to offer visitors, combined with an incredible calendar of events and Scotland looks set for a year-long celebration.”
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A Scottish Tradition: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the many highlights in Scotland every year for both locals and foreigners.  Such a wonderful experience that PerryGolf recommends attending the event to clients who have always agreed that it’s a truly worthwhile and memorable experience to tie in with their August golf vacation.  Mr. Chuck Battey, a multi-year past client of PerryGolf who has taken golf vacations with PerryGolf nearly everywhere: Scotland, Ireland, France,  Spain, Portugal, England, Wales, New Zealand and Australia said,

“Our final evening [attending this event] was truly special.  Keith Baird of PerryGolf recommended we attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo located in a temporary stadium right in front of the Royal Castle (seats 8800)…One of the best we have ever experienced.”

This special experience, held every August in Edinburgh, Scotland, was formerly known as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo until it received the Royal title from HM Queen Elizabeth in 2010.  It is an annual series of Military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams.

The event takes place on the esplanade next to the Edinburgh Castle and compliments the Edinburgh Festival – the numerous independent festivals and events during August in Edinburgh.  The temporary grandstands seat nearly 9,000 people, but some 217,000 attend the event over its 3 week duration every year; tickets to attend are always sold out well in advance, so it’s important to plan ahead.  If you’re traveling with PerryGolf around this time, be sure to mention your interest in attending so we may get tickets for you.  It isn’t just Scots that attend this two hour long nightly military performance either, in fact only about 30% are Scottish, 35% are from elsewhere in the British Isles, and 30% are from overseas.

The event had a great turnout and will go down in the books as yet another success.  Performances included the Scottish army bands as well as guests from New Zealand, Mexico, England and Mongolia.   The grand finale was elaborate and anything but shy of magnificent.  It included multiple songs from all of the events’ performers, the National Anthem “God Save the Queen”, and a fabulous performance of the Scottish ballad Auld Lang Syne topped off with a breathtaking display of fireworks.

Read more details about the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo by clicking here.

Planning the golf vacation of a lifetime? Combine it with Scottish culture at the 2014 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo August 1-23, 2014.

About the Author: Harrison Gould is the Social Media Marketing Manager of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+