Transport arrangements unveiled for the Highland Military Tattoo
The organisers of the Highland Military Tattoo taking place at Fort George in early September have unveiled plans for a shuttle bus service to the event.
Shuttle buses provided by Stagecoach will run to and from the event from Inverness and Nairn.
The buses will leave Inverness Bus Station at 17.45, 18.00, 18.15 and 18.30, calling in at Inverness Retail Park and Ardersier on the way to Fort George. A bus will also leave Nairn Bus Station at 18.30. Return tickets will cost £5 from Inverness and Nairn and £1 from Ardersier and can be bought on the bus.
Doors open at Fort George at 18.15 with the performance kicking off at 20.00 and due to finish at 21.30. Food and drink will be on sale in the hospitality tent.
Parking will also be available at the Fort with additional car parking provided next to the visitor car park.
But as Tattoo director Major General Seymour Monro explained: “The more people that can travel by bus the better. There is plenty of car parking but it will be quicker and easier for people to travel by bus.
“This is going to be a spectacular event and we are expecting large crowds. By teaming up with Stagecoach to provide a shuttle bus service we hope to get them to and from the event as efficiently as possible.”
Bringing together a mix of local, military and international acts, the Tattoo promises to be a stunning spectacle. Kicking off with a flypast, it will showcase to visitors and local people alike the best of traditional and contemporary Highland culture from fiddlers to pipe bands, Highland dancers to Gaelic singers.
One of the highlights will be a visit from the Hellcats ensemble, from the West Point Academy in the USA. The oldest military band in the US, the Hellcats are making their first ever visit to the UK in their 220 year history.
The Highland Military Tattoo runs from 5th to 7th September and forms part of Highland Homecoming 2014, a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.
Support for the event has come from Event Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Inverness Common Good Fund and The Highland Council.
All profits from the events will be donated to Armed Forces charities.
More information and tickets priced from £10 to £30 are available from Ticketmaster Scotland on 0844 499 9990. Tickets are also available from Eden Court Box Office on 01463 234234 or at the Highlanders’ Museum at Fort George. Booking fees apply. For more information about the Tattoo go to http://www.highlandmilitarytattoo.com/.