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Edinburgh Tattoo, Royal Yacht Britannia & Gretna Green

3 days from £265*
Departing: August 2018
* Price shown: 17 August 2018 from -

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British heritage at its best

Come with us to Edinburgh, the "Athens of the North". Explore the elegant salons and fascinating working areas of the Royal Yacht Britannia, soak up the pageantry of the magical Edinburgh Military Tattoo and explore historic Gretna Green, a village famous for runaway weddings.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A seat for the Edinburgh Tattoo
  • A visit to Gretna Green
  • Entry to the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Two nights' bed and Scottish breakfast accommodation in a hotel in the Ayrshire/Strathclyde area
  • Coach travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager
  • Government taxes and service charges

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Edinburgh Tattoo, Britannia and Gretna Green Tour Itinerary

Day One: Travel to Edinburgh

Leaving the local area in the early morning we'll head north, stopping for lunch on the way to our weekend hotel.

Day Two: Royal Yacht Britannia and the Military Tattoo

After breakfast, we'll head to Ocean Terminal to visit The Royal Yacht Britannia. Explore the rooms on view for a unique insight into the history of this very special ship. See the Queen's bedroom and the Veranda Room - where the Queen used to enjoy breakfast - and explore the engine room, the galley and the officers' ward room.

In the early evening we'll head to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for the Military Tattoo - the highlight of our visit - for a fantastic evening of music and colour, pomp and pageantry that ends with the spectacle of the lone piper patrolling the battlements, silhouetted against the night sky. We'll leave Edinburgh at around 10.00pm, arriving back at the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Day Three: Visit Gretna Green

After breakfast we'll head to Gretna Green - a favoured wedding venue for eloping couples since 1745. Weddings still take place every day at The Old Blacksmith's Shop, while the complex also houses an exhibition, a sculpture garden and a few shops.

We'll also stop at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, where all the stores offer up to 50 per cent off their normal high street prices. In the afternoon we'll head home, returning to your local area by mid evening.
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Derbyshire Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Derby, Glossop, Ilkeston, Matlock
County Durham
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East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Goole, Hessle, Hull
Gwynedd Bangor
Herefordshire Hereford, Ross On Wye
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Leicestershire Coalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray
Lincolnshire Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford
Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport, St Helens
North Yorkshire
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Northumberland Morpeth
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Sutton In Ashfield, Worksop
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Woodall Services M1
Shropshire Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Telford
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Cannock, Keele Services M6, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth, Uttoxeter
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West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Castleford, Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Garforth, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Morley, Pontefract, Shipley, Wakefield, Wetherby, Woolley Edge Services M1
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Warwick Services M40
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester
Date Price From
03 August 2018
03 August 2018 £265
17 August 2018
17 August 2018 £265

Ayrshire Area Hotel 

You will be staying in a comfortable hotel in the Ayrshire and Strathclyde area, such as the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport, or the Bruce Hotel, East Kilbride. All rooms have private facilities, colour TV, telephones, radios and tea- and coffee-making facilities, and all hotels have good restaurant and bar facilities.

Further Information

Evening meals

You may wish to pre-book an evening meal at the hotel on the first night of your stay for a supplement. This represents excellent value for money and is a very popular option with our clients.

Ticket upgrades

You may like to upgrade your seat for the Tattoo. The seats are located in stands in a U shape around the castle esplanade. The more expensive the seats the further away they are from the open part of the U, which is where the acts emerge onto the esplanade.

Access to the Tattoo

There is a short but steeply inclined walk of 80 metres up Castlehill, the old cobbled approach to the Esplanade. There is then a further 60-metre walk on average, followed by steps up to the spectator stands where generally, the seating is quite steeply tiered. You will have plenty of time to make your way to and from the Esplanade and will be able to go at your own pace. Wheelchairs can be sited at ground level under the North stand at all performances and disabled toilets are available on the Esplanade.

Coach seating arrangements

Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Please see Access to the Tattoo (above) for more information.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Edinburgh Tattoo, Royal Yacht Britannia & Gretna Green reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Edinburgh Tattoo, Royal Yacht Britannia & Gretna GreenScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 75 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Newark Family
Tattoo and Royal Yacht were excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2017
Published on: 26 August 2017
(6 out of 10)


Barnsley Friends
The journey going to the hotel on Friday wasn't planned very well. I feel that two stops at services was not good planning. Stopping in a town would have been better.

Saturday to see Britannia wasn't planned very well either because we were dropped there at 11.30 and we didn't have tickets for the yatch until 1.15, then we left there at 3.30 and arrived in the centre of Edinburgh at 4pm, we had to be back on the coach at 5.45. It was not taken into account that Edinburgh would be so busy with the fringe festival therefore finding somewhere to have an evening meal before tattoo was very difficult. The tattoo itself was marvelous and well worth seeing.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2017
Published on: 25 August 2017
(7 out of 10)


Holmfirth Single traveller
A lot of driving in a short time.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017
(9 out of 10)


Loughborough Single traveller
Apart from the somewhat convoluted journey in the feeder coach which took in large areas of Notts,Derbyshire and South Yorkshire the holiday itself was fantastic and very well organised, just as I have come to expect from Newmarket. Thank you very much for a great week end.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017
(7 out of 10)


Doncaster Friends
Very good trip well organised
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017
(9 out of 10)


Sheffield Family
The hotel was too far away from Edinburgh, I complained to hotel and our rep because half the lights in our room didn't work, the tiled floor as you enter the room was very slippy and couldn't access the free wifi as advertised, Nothing was done about any of these. Also restricted time for breakfast. We were told breakfast was 8.30am but the information in room said it was from 7.30am. We went down for breakfast at 8.15am and were turned away and told yo come back at 8.30am even though there were empty tables available.
The Royal Yacht Brittannia was very good however we had to spend 2 hours in a shopping mall before this took place, I believe this could have been organised better so more time could be spent in Edinburgh.
Unfortunately we didn't have much time to walk around Edinburgh because we had to have a meal before going to see the Tattoo and of course Edinburgh was very busy so all restaurants were very busy,
The Tattoo was excellant, great atmosphere and will definitely return to see the show in a couple of years time.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017
(5 out of 10)


Bourne Lincolnshire. Couple
Edinburgh Tattoo excellent, however Royal Yaught not so due to crowds. The coach, although not old, was extremely uncomfortable and should not have been used. I suggest a European Tourer type coach would have been better as we had to endure a 11 hour journey and were very tired on arrival at the hotel.

Hotel good with no problems encountered.

Too much time spent at shopping village when most passengers just wanted to get home.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017