Melbourne is to host The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time, with 1,200 performers coming to Victoria’s capital city in February 2016 for a spectacle rarely seen outside Scotland. The announcement today at the venue for the event, Etihad Stadium at the Docklands, was delivered with a fanfare of bagpipes and drums from Melbourne’s Rats of Tobruk. The Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipes and Drums band performed Scotland the Brave while marching past the AFL goal posts, brightening a dreary cold day with a splash of bright red tartan.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Melbourne will be the Rats of Tobruk’s eighth performance in the world-famous show, but the first on their home ground. When the Rats return to Etihad Stadium next February, the goal posts will be long gone and a scale replica of Edinburgh Castle will be erected in their place as part of the spectacular setting for marching musicians and other performers from around the world. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is performed annually in Edinburgh before an outdoor audience of 220,000, and the show is so popular tickets have sold out for the past 16 years.
Another 100 million viewers around the world see the unique event on television – including Australians who traditionally watch a recording of the show on the ABC on New Year’s Eve.
The event has left Scotland only a few times, although many of the world’s great cities have bid to host it. It will return to Wellington in 2016, a week after three shows in Melbourne from February 12 to 13. Before the show’s producer and chief executive, Brigadier David Allfrey, and his team leave the United Kingdom for Australia, they will conduct the 66th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August at its traditional site. Since 1950, the event has been held in the esplanade in front of ancient Edinburgh Castle, a World Heritage Site in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.
Brigadier Allfrey said despite its outdoor fortress setting, there has never been a show cancelled due to inclement Scottish weather.
Melbourne audiences can be reassured their live performances will be viewed from one of the world’s most modern facilities, a world-class stadium with a closed roof, he said. He said the Tattoo in Melbourne would be an authentic reproduction and experience of the Edinburgh Tattoo. Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the “iconic” Tattoo will be held in Melbourne amid a two month spree of world class events. It arrives straight after the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam, and is followed by the Australian Grand Prix and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
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A wealth of talent from around the world joined forces to stage a spectacular 60th Anniversary programme of music, song, dance and drama at the 2010 Tattoo. Among the many attractions that wowed audiences was a thrilling display of daredevil motorcycling, award-winning pipe music, the best of British Military Bands, breathtaking gymnastics, enthralling never-before-seen overseas artistes and an all-action antipodean exhibition of top-flight entertainment. Day 1We travel north via Newtown, Welshpool, with suitable stop en-route, to arrive at our hotel in East Kilbride in the late afternoon. George, who resides in the West End of Glasgow, has been named VisitScotland‘s official Ambassadog, after standing out in the pool of over 200 applicants.
George is owned by 22-year-old twin sisters Emma and Victoria Rae, who entered their dog in the competition in March.
Later this year, the winning pup and his owners will be rewarded with a dog-friendly holiday in Scotland, courtesy of VisitScotland. This entry was posted in Associate Events, News, Travel in Scotland, Uncategorized and tagged Ambassadog, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestonfield House Hotel, Travel in Scotland, VisitScotland on May 10, 2016 by Theresa Schilling. Siobhan Mackenzie is a multi award-winning Scottish Fashion Designer who started her own business right out of university. After graduating with a First Class BA Honours degree in Fashion Design & Production from The Manchester Metropolitan University, Mackenzie decided to try her hand at bringing traditional Scottish dress into the 21st century. She self-funded a fashion brand in which she twisted the traditional rules of kilt-making to create innovative, Avant-garde bespoke and modern kilts. She was asked to design the national costume for Miss Scotland in the Miss World Competition in 2014, which gave her brand international exposure. Today Siobhan Mackenzie’s designs are sold globally throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand and Europe.
As Patterson notes … “All of America’s national park system came out of this determination by Roosevelt to preserve America’s wild places for future generations.
AT THE heart of world finance on Wall Street, Americans are lining up to pay tribute to the Scotsman they regard as a hero for changing their country for the better. Yet back in his homeland, the name of the man they regard as the father of modern environmentalism remains in relative obscurity.
A photography exhibition is being held in Federal Hall, a historic building in the centre of the financial zone, ­celebrating the life and legacy of a man who measured riches in nature’s bounty, not stocks and shares.

Muir was born in Dunbar, East Lothian , in 1838, crossing the Atlantic with his family 11 years later, landing in Wisconsin and growing up to become the father of the US National Park Service, who ­celebrate their ­centenary in August.
Ken’s show, In The ­Footsteps of John Muir, features the work of a ­Scottish ­photographer on whose life Muir had a profound and transformative impact many years after his death in 1914. Ken has had a lifelong enthusiasm for outdoor activities, propelling him into the mountains around the world as a keen walker, rock and ice climber. But it wasn’t until he was ­recuperating from a brain tumour in 2001 that he encountered the work of Muir, and grew to appreciate the ­restorative power of the Scot’s mantra. Ken said: “Although I obviously had many difficulties, the experience of the brain tumour ultimately proved to be a positive one. Enthused by the ­wilderness, Ken found a way to reconnect with nature, a passion represented in the photos of his trip.
And in a bid to draw a connection between the American luminary and his Scottish heritage, Ken approached the American Scottish Foundation, co-organisers of the annual New York Tartan Week celebrations.
The photographs became part of the program of events in the 2005 jamboree, being exhibited in Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery and twice since then, including during Muir’s centenary and again this year. Dad-of-two Ken, 59, said: “The outdoors played such an important part in my life and, after illness, getting back to that was very important to me. Photographer Ken Patterson : his photography exhibition In The Footsteps of John Muir opens in New York this month. Ken’s recovery affirmed a wider pondering on notions of Scottish identity, at home and abroad, and eventually led to him establishing a website, The Famous Scots Project, an ongoing study into the work of influential Scots. In 1903, Muir guided president ­Theodore Roosevelt through Yosemite, camping out for three nights during which Muir lobbied by the campfire, impressing upon him the need to set aside key areas for preservation and appreciation by future generations. Muir’s profile in Scotland has been bolstered in recent years, principally with the 2014 inception of the John Muir Way, a 130-mile east-west walk from Dunbar to Helensburgh, echoing a 211-mile trail named for the Scot through the American Sierra Nevada.
Schoolchildren also take part in the John Muir Award, an environmental education scheme encouraging young people to forge an appreciation of nature. Ricky Ross weighed in on the legacy of the man described by ­Statesiders as a “wilderness prophet”, writing the tune For John Muir as a tribute on Deacon Blue’s 2014 album A New House.
The Bristlecone Pine can live for 3000 years making it one of the longest living organisms on the planet. This entry was posted in ASF Events, Initiatives and tagged American Scottish Foundation, Daily Record, Federal Hall, John Muir, Ken Patterson, NPS Centennial Celebration, Paul English on May 7, 2016 by Camilla Hellman. The winner and guest will receive a full bag of TaylorMade Golf? equipment and Adidas Golf? clothing and footwear so they look the part striding along the fairways of the world’s most historic golf courses.
VisitScotland received over 200 applications from all over Scotland, and the entries ranged from small city dogs to huge Highland hounds. Sydney is a four year-old Pug from Edinburgh who enjoys walking up Arthur’s Seat, Blackford Hill and the Pentland Hills with her owner, Kristyn Lavery. Cassie, a three and a half year-old dog, is a Patterdale Terrier and Collie mix from East Lothian. Cassie loves adventures, and has been on walks everywhere from the Tyningham Beach to the Lammermuir Hills. The fox terrier has travelled all over Scotland, visiting dog-friendly cafes in cities like Aberdeen and exploring the likes of Glen Tanar and Morven on Deeside.
Blaze the four year-old Border Collie is from the Isle of Skye, where he is a local celebrity. In 2014, the pair raised over ?1,000 for the Glencoe Mountain Rescue through the sales of a calendar featuring the adventurous pup.
Fenton is a four year-old Shetland Sheepdog who lives in Shetland with owner Kaylee Robertson. Cluanie’s owner, Micky Jones, has taken the tiny dog up 59 Munros in the last two years alone. VisitScotland and Denholm Associates will now work with TV personality Kaye Adams and the charity Dogs’ Trust to pick the winning finalist.
This entry was posted in Associate Events, News, Travel in Scotland, Uncategorized and tagged Ambassadog, Butterfly Films, Denholm Associates, Dogs' Trust, Kaye Adams, Scotland with the Wee White Dug, Vimeo, VisitScotland on May 4, 2016 by Theresa Schilling. The year 2017 will showcase the rich history and archaeology of Scotland, celebrating its famous World Heritage Sites, ancient monuments, historic battlefields, castles, houses and more. VisitScotland has created inspiring itineraries to help visitors make the most of their trips to Scotland in 2017. This entry was posted in Associate Events, Travel in Scotland, Uncategorized and tagged Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heritage & Archaeology, Intineraries, North of Scotland, Scotland's Northern Islands, South Scotland, South West Scotland, travel, VisitScotland, VisitScotland Travel Guide, Year of History on April 29, 2016 by Theresa Schilling.
The exhibit traces Muir’s early days in Dunbar, Scotland to his love of Yosemite allowing one to see the environment Muir loved and did so much to help preserve.

Come learn more about John Muir, the Scot who did so much for America’s national parks. The contest closes April 30, and the winner will be randomly selected on May 5, 2016—the 125th anniversary of Carnegie Hall’s opening.
With a blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre from the UK plus international military and civilian acts the Tattoo is an event to be savoured.
We have 6 motels in Wellington and 25 motels in the greater Wellington, Kapiti & Wairarapa region. You are viewing the amazing and beautiful tattoo on the topic: Kneeling Military Tattoo Design. In 2005 and 2010, five sold-out performances were held in Australia at Sydney Football Stadium, and in 2000 the Tattoo travelled to Wellington, New Zealand.
The sisters knew that George could represent Scotland with his adventurous nature and spirit.
To find itineraries for your own pet-friendly vacation in Scotland, visit the VisitScotland website here.
Through creativity and determination, the young Scot created a global brand that celebrates the heritage and fashion of Scotland. By the age of ten she was certain that her future was in the fashion industry, and at thirteen she bought her first sewing machine. However, her company remains firmly planted in Scotland, using Scottish textiles, Scottish design and Scottish manufacturing so as to create new jobs in Scotland and help boost the Scottish economy. When I got out of the hospital, I had to learn how to walk and obviously I couldn’t climb either.
Scotland needs to move on a wee bit and get a better sense of depth of its own history beyond Culloden and all that. Situated on one side of the Owens valley in California the Inyo mountain range have several sites of bristlecone forests. The tourist board, which is a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, was looking for a well-behaved dog with an adventurous side and tons of #ScotSpirit. His owner, Samantha Grant, says that the Westie has travelled all across Scotland since his puppyhood, visiting destinations like the Isle of Mull, Onich, Portpatrick, and the West Highland Way. This adventurous little dog loves to explore, and is often found splashing through the crashing waves on the island shores, or else running round the rolling hills. The official Ambassadog will be announced later this month, after interviews with the finalists. If you and your pet are interested in visiting Scotland, you will need proper documentation. Scotland’s heritage will be shared through its rich cultural traditions, ancient myths and classic tales.
Scotland’s gorgeous landscape, incredible architecture, and deep heritage make it a perfect holiday destination for the adventurous traveller. Should you find a lower price offered by a competitor, we guarantee to beat it or you fly free. No evening meal at our hotel today, as in the evening, we pay a visit to the Military Tattoo at the Castle, before returning to our hotel.Day 4A short journey takes us to Glasgow. I decided that the strength of the nation lies in its sense of community, the heart in its people and the soul in its history.
Besides fame, the Ambassadog and their owner will win a unique dog-friendly holiday in Scotland. To commemorate Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary, we are sending one lucky couple back to where our founder was born, the beautiful town of Dunfermline, Scotland. When it toured New Zealand in 2000 tickets sold out in two days and people came from all over New Zealand. She is a former snowsports columnist for a major Australian newspaper and enjoys skiing the world’s snowy peaks. This guarantee is based on Australian registered businesses and websites for travel departing from Australia. Price beat must relate to the exact same fare and flight number and must be presented to us prior to booking.

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