First of all, understand that "tattoo" doesn't necessarily mean something you wake with on your arm on a Monday morning to remind you of a weekend you'd sooner forget—this definition of the word is a drum signal used by military units to direct their troops.
Used for many centuries, the stirring, heart-thumping, blood-pounding beat of a tattoo is not to be missed, and the Scots do it better than just about anyone else! The magnificent (there is no other word for it) display of an organized drum corps is re-created six days a week (except Sundays) in August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival. Held in the esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle, the corps of drum teams represents the best of Scottish, British and European military units, from Scots regiments, Royal Marines, Royal Navy and representatives from almost every nation in the world. Be sure to take advantage of one the several cafes that offer native Scottish and international dishes.
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