The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo, Rail & Steam
PUBLISHED: 11:29 19 December 2016
4 Days from £349pp
7 & 25 August 2017
To book this tour please call Diamond Holidays on 0330 1344 222 quoting ‘NO’ or visit www.diamondhols.co.uk
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will once again unite performers from four continents to host one of the most spectacular shows in the world, a colourful kaleidoscope of music, dance and displays, set against the incomparable backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The programme will include its most popular items - the Massed Pipes and Drums, Military Bands, display teams and dancers and of course the poignant notes of the Lone Piper from high on the castle ramparts. This annual event has been performed to sellout audiences, many of whom have travelled from every corner of the world. They are joined each year by around 100 million worldwide television viewers. With an included train journey on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway as well as a cruise on the famous SS Sir Walter Scott steamship, this is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Scotland’s military musical extravaganza.
• Private coach travel from your local area
• Three nights’ stay with cooked breakfast & three course evening meals on two nights
• Return journey on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
• Visits to Edinburgh, Aberfoyle & Gretna Green
• Ticket to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
• Circular cruise on the SS Sir Walter Scott
Day 1: Hotel
Your holiday begins when you board our private coach and travel towards the gentle Scottish Lowlands region. Making appropriate comfort stops en route, we arrive at our hotel in time for you to settle in to your new surroundings before your included evening meal is served.
Day 2: Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
After your included breakfast we travel to the Railway Station at Bo’ness for our included train journey. This wonderful route follows the shore of the Firth of Forth, before climbing a tree-lined gradient with spectacular views. We continue through the woodlands of Birkhill and cross the impressive Avon viaduct, travelling through open countryside towards Manuel. Returning to Bo’ness Station you have a little free time before we travel to Edinburgh, which will be buzzing with its throng of Festival and summertime visitors. The old town part of the city is the Royal Mile with the Palace of Holyroodhouse at one end and the castle at the other. Running parallel and linked by The Mound is Princes Street (the new town) which is filled with fine architecture, sweeping crescents, squares and circles. You have some free time in the city to browse around and purchase a meal before ascending the hill to the castle for the performance of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This magnificent spectacle combined with the awe inspiring setting of the Castle Ramparts, the play of the lights on the brass bands and the excited murmur and applause of the crowd makes for a truly memorable event! We will experience the massed Pipes and Drums along with regimental Bands as well as being enthralled by the Tattoo company of dancers and much much more. We reboard our coach and return to our hotel arriving back late at night / early hours of the morning. At the time of writing this brochure the Ticket Sales Office of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo have not allocated our tickets, therefore the time of the performance will be confirmed on your joining instructions. The programme for the show is also yet to be confirmed. For more information you can visit www.edintattoo.co.uk
Day 3: SS Sir Walter Scott
After your included breakfast we travel to Loch Katrine in the heart of the Trossachs. From Trossachs Pier we board the historic steamship Sir Walter Scott for our included 45 minute cruise. This is a great way to take in the magnificent scenery, shaped by nature and immortalised in poetry by Sir Walter Scott. We can also learn of the tales and legends of the loch as narrated by a member of the ship’s crew. After a memorable trip we travel to the small town of Aberfoyle for some free time before returning to our hotel for your included evening meal.
Day 4: Gretna Green
After your included breakfast we travel to the UK’s marriage capital, Gretna Green. Gretna Green has been a haven for romantic lovers for more than 250 years and this tradition is still going strong. You could spend your time visiting the Old Blacksmith’s Shop Centre where you can learn how the Blacksmith was the lifeblood of any village. There is also a choice of dining locations should you choose to spend your time simply relaxing. From here we continue the journey home arriving back in your local area in the mid to late evening. Passengers with Disabilities Due to the ancient and historic setting of the Esplanade (the Tattoo venue) of Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano some 135 metres above sea level, it may present access difficulties for some. In particular the elderly, people with disabilities or of limited mobility, those with heart or respiratory problems and vertigo sufferers. Castlehill, the old cobbled approach to the Esplanade, is a short walk of some 80 metres, though it is on a steep incline. In addition there are around a further 60 metres followed by a dozen or so steps to the stands in the arena where generally the seating is quite steeply tiered. On a Saturday there are no facilities for transportation up to the Esplanade and coaches are not permitted to drop passengers off at the top of the hill. Wheelchair spaces are available at the Tattoo but must be pre-booked. Please note however that permanent wheelchair users must be accompanied by an able bodied attendant. Please consider this carefully prior to booking. Should you have any specific difficulties please contact us on 01858 438453 prior to making a booking, so that we can try and accommodate your requests.
This tour is operated by Diamond Holidays. ABTA W0552. All holidays are operated by said tour operator and contracts are between the tour operator and the client direct.