Sometimes, when planning a North Coast 500 journey, we like to take in to consideration some exciting events that are on to help us decide on the all-important date. And if there is one incentive to travel the North Coast 500 this September, it is the Highland Military Tattoo (HMT) in Inverness!
The Military Tattoo is arguably one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the event calendar in the Capital City of the Highlands due to its amazing celebration of traditional and contemporary Scottish culture. A must-see for visitors and locals alike, this year the HMT is bigger.. and even better than last year incorporating a whole new exciting 'Food Village' to add to the amazing experience already on offer.
The Highland Military Tattoo 2015 will take place in the dramatic setting of Fort George, Inverness. Fort George is one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe and was built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden (1746) as an impregnable base for King George II’s army. It took 21 years to complete, by which time the Jacobite threat had been largely extinguished.
With a history like that, Fort George is the perfect venue to celebrate our amazing Highland Culture!
Getting off to a roaring start with a fly past from an RAF Typhoon and culminating in a dazzling fireworks display, the Tattoo showcases a mix of local military and international acts and celebrates the best of traditional and contemporary Highland culture. To top it all off the Tattoo will also play host to the Norbord Cup which will see the famous ‘gun assembly run’ contested between teams from the RAF, Army and Royal Marines. Sounds exciting?! Who doesn't love fireworks!
There will be two vignettes at this year’s event, one commemorating the 200th
anniversary of the battle of Waterloo in which the Scottish regiments played an integral role in defeating Napoleons advances. The second vignette will feature the Battle of Loos in which gas was first used by British Forces and where Scottish soldiers were first given the nickname of ‘Devils in Skirts’ in reference to their ferocious battle temperament and kilts.
On top of the already exciting plethora of activities planned, NHI (the brains behind the North Coast 500!) has been working with the organisers of HMT to create a brand new 'Food Village' to celebrate the special 'Year of Food and Drink' for Scotland. The food and drink offering available will include mouth-watering beverages from Windswept Brewing, G&M Whytes Italian Coffee Bar and Cromarty Brewery, indulgent Venison products to feast on from Tomintoul Venison, delicious dairy from Black Isle Dairy and super sweet doughnuts from Ally's Delicious Doughnuts for that sweet-tooth in you. There will also be some tasty hot food available for when you have worked up an appetite from the Highland Street Kitchen, The Highland Bothy & Hendersons. So don't miss out!
I am lucky enough to be heading up this exciting project and myself and my colleague Eilidh will be at the event to make sure everyone is having a great time and enjoying the delicious produce. We will also be running a wee competition for those who give us feedback regarding their experience so please come and say hello if you spot us!
We hope to see you there for what we are sure will be an excellent experience on your