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Clans to make a Splash of Tartan at the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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More than fifty clans from Scotland and the Scottish diaspora will take part in the opening celebrations of this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Explore our interactive Scottish clan map.

The 2017 Edinburgh Tattoo has the theme A Splash of Tartan, and as part of the event, Clan Chiefs were invited to lead their clansmen to the Castle, on their own special designated evenings (see below for the clan dates), and to take part in the opening ceremony of the Tattoo. 

So far, 57 clans have confirmed their participation, and everyone who attends the Tattoo - whether they have a clan connection or not - is invited to dress the part; a rich mixture of tartan clothes, headgear and accoutrements of all forms. Those looking to attend the Show without a clan or family connection are being encouraged to join in with the Clan festivities and enjoy the rich history, talismans and tartan of Scotland.

Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, 24th Chief of Clan Gregor, and Chieftain of the Children of the Mist, who has been instrumental in setting up the relationship between the clans and the  Tattoo, said: “Our partnership with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been a long-time coming; it’s an excellent way to propel the fascinating history of Scotland’s clan heritage to the fore, and encourage others to explore their Scottish roots, of which there are many.

"The Clans and Families are steeped in history, but it is within a modern context and making it relevant for today that matters. It’s going to be a wonderful sight to witness people from the Highlands, Lowlands and Borders of Scotland and the world, descending on the iconic grounds of Edinburgh Castle, tartan aplenty!”

Clan Dates for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017

Thursday

03-Aug

9:30 pm (Preview)

Macnab

Hay

 

Friday

04-Aug

9pm

Arthur

Murray

 

Saturday

05-Aug

7.30 pm

Gunn

Fraser

 

Saturday

05-Aug

10.30 pm

Macdonald

Hunter

MacKay

Monday

07-Aug

9pm

MacMillan

Macaulay

 

Tuesday

08-Aug

9pm

Macpherson

Ewing

 

Wednesday

09-Aug

9pm

Wood

Broun

Maclean

Thursday

10-Aug

9pm

Henderson

Napier

 

Friday

11-Aug

9pm

Moffat

Leslie

Urquhart

Saturday

12-Aug

7.30 pm

Oliphant

Donnachaidh (Robertson)

 

Saturday

12-Aug

10.30 pm

Macneil

Marjoribanks

MacRae

Monday

14-Aug

9pm

Forbes

Wallace

 

Tuesday

15-Aug

9pm

Mackenzie

Macleod

 

Wednesday

16-Aug

9pm

Sinclair

Campbell

 

Thursday

17-Aug

9pm

Borthwick

Skene

 

Friday

18-Aug

9pm

Graham

Stewart

 

Saturday

19-Aug

7.30 pm

Colquhoun

Matheson

 

Saturday

19-Aug

10.30 pm

MacLea (Livingstone)

Currie

 

Monday

21-Aug

9pm

MacGregor

Hannay

Buchanan

Tuesday

22-Aug

9pm

Kincaid

Maclaine

 

Wednesday

23-Aug

9pm

Eliott

Agnew

 

Thursday

24-Aug

9pm

Carmichael

MacThomas

 

Friday

25-Aug

9pm

Bruce

Durie

 

Saturday

26-Aug

7.30 pm

MacIntyre

Jardine

MacLennan

Saturday

26-Aug

10.30 pm

Cameron

Clan Ranald

MacLaren

What is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo?

Each year, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo stages its colourful show for a live audience of 220,000 against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, with a TV audience reaching 300 million. The most iconic scene of the Tattoo each year is the Massed Pipes and Drums. Drawn from the Scottish Regiments and across the world, they march across the Castle Drawbridge with tartan and uniforms aplenty, pipe banners fluttering and stirring tunes to the fore. 

The dates for this year's Tattoo are 4 to 26 August 2017. For more information and tickets, visit the Tattoo website.

(images copyright The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)

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