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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Tour the Scottish Highlands on a day trip from Edinburgh, and then watch the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at night. Capturing the essence of Scotland in one day, the experience offers the perfect combination of Scottish Highland countryside, a whisky distillery tour with a sample and a guaranteed ticket to the Military Tattoo — where festival-style performances and marches take place at Edinburgh Castle’s historical esplanade.


  • Combined Highlands day trip and ticket to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Trossachs National Park to the Highlands
  • Learn all about Scotch whisky on a whisky distillery tour and enjoy a sample, too
  • Explore the Hermitage pleasure grounds, and walk through the woodlands to Ossian’s Cave
  • Gaze in awe at the tattoo’s performers at the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle
  • Book for a Saturday to include entrance to a firework display after the tattoo

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What You Can Expect

Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo after a day trip to the Scottish Highlands

After leaving central Edinburgh, travel by air-conditioned minibus to the city of Stirling to see the historical Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland. Having viewed each monument from the outside, head further through the scenic Trossachs National Park, hear tales of Rob Roy (the legendary Scottish folk hero), and enjoy impressive views of the untouched nature of the Scottish Highlands.

Travel along the banks of tranquil Loch Earn into the beautiful Highlands region of Perthshire, where you have the option to learn about the production of Scottish whisky on a local whisky distillery tour. Learn about the barley and malt used to produce the peaty notes of a good Scotch, and sample a shot of whisky made on site. Next, explore the peaceful Hermitage pleasure grounds and take a short woodland walk to see some spectacular waterfalls as well as Ossian’s Cave and the River Braan. A break for lunch (own expense) is included either at the whisky distillery or at the Hermitage pleasure grounds.

Return to Edinburgh in the early evening, passing the medieval Dunkeld Cathedral and Forth Bridge, and then enjoy free time to relax and eat dinner (own expense) before making your own way to Edinburgh Castle for the Military Tattoo.

Set on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo includes acts by performers from around the world. The action-packed program features hundreds of Commonwealth participants with appearances from the Massed Pipers and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers and the Lone Piper.

The evening event typically lasts around 1.5 hours and finishes at the esplanade. If you book the experience for a Saturday, the tattoo is followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the city. Food and drink stands can be found on site; just note that any items are at your own expense.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The high point of my trip! A very knowledgeable driver/guide with stories to spare. The Edinburgh Tattoo seats were excellent. One day was not enough to take it all in. Next time I'm taking a multi-day tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great tour. Excellent guide. Thoroughly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Tony was a great tour guide, informative and always added a joke or two. Tour of the Famous Grouse was great, the whole tour was really interesting. The Tattoo was one of the highlights of our trip, excellent position in the stand and great to catch up again with people on the day tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The tour was nice, but everyone with kids under 5 be careful! On the site they put children 5 - 15 but what they mean isn't that kids under 5 go free, they mean they can't go at all! Had some panic in the morning of the tour! the festival was fantastic, we all loved it... Whisky tour was amazing too

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The value of this day tour which includes the Military Tattoo in the evening is fantastic. Tony, our tour guide, was full of amazing stories and really gave us insights into Scottish history. The visit to the Whisky distillery was very interesting, as were the other stops on the way (Wallace monument, Dunkeld). Even though we were running a bit late, this still left us plenty of time to have dinner at a pub on the Royal Mile before queuing for the Tattoo. Entering the show ground was amazingly well organized as are the seating arrangements. Our seats were great, in fact there seem to be no seats with poor visibility. The whole show was spectacular, including the illumination of the castle and the fireworks at the end of the evening – in other words: Don't miss it!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Hello from Ausrtalia !
i'm sorry I am late returning this review,our experience was fantastic,our driver Andy was great,
we enjoyed every part of the trip,and the Tattoo was brilliant
thank you .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

We took the day tour through the Highlands and saw the Military Tatoo and was very pleased with the whole experience. When we come back to Scotland, I hope to spend at least a week explring Scotland.
Our seating for the Tatoo were outstanding ( 50 yard line and half way up in the stands).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Always wanted to attend this Military Tattoo, but I'm glad I did it as part of a day trip....got such great insights into Scottish history and the Scottish scenery along the route was lovely. Our tour guide / bus driver was quite friendly and knowledgeable, and made the trip such fun. Was a bit disappointed that although we made the trek to the Wallace Monument, we were not allowed to enter / climb to the top as our tour bus had to leave the site before 10am (the opening time for the monument) to keep on schedule. Additionally, it was deemed too muddy and risky for us to hike the waterfall, which I was really looking forward to seeing. But aside from these shortcomings, we really enjoyed all the other sites visited, especially the tour of the whiskey distillery and the free whiskey samples :) We made acquaintances with so many on our tour bus, and as we all sat in the same row at the Tattoo, by the end of the day we felt like a large group of international friends , and the great display of song, dance and military drums was the icing on the cake!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

The location of Viator's local tour company was good and they were very organized, in general. There was a little mixup or maybe traffic causing the bus to arrive a little late, but otherwise it was very smooth. The guide was very good, especially considering she was also the driver. The combination of a great day trip in the countryside, then an evening at the fantastic Edinburgh Military Tattoo was a terrific value. Our seats at the Tattoo were much better than I expected!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

The tour was excellent and the guide very informative as well as being witty. The whiskey tour was a must, very good and again we learnt a lot. What can I say about the Tattoo, awesome, still watching the recording on TV. The seats we received were right in the middle of the stands and had a perfect view, the atmosphere was out of this world.

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