We sat in the nosebleed seats - Row CC, the very highest row along one of the side sections. We were very happy with the view. It was a looong walk up the steps to get there but crucially this row is UNDER COVER. It poured with rain the night we went, but our row (and only our row) stayed completely dry through the whole Tattoo.
We got very wet as we slowly made our way out, but by then it didn’t matter.
The performance and performers are the same every night but the fireworks are curtailed if it’s windy.
Incidentally you may well be aware of this, but the Tattoo is only a tiny part of what goes on in Edinburgh in August. I see a lot of enquiries from US tourists particularly about the Tattoo - and they’re not always aware that it’s really just a part of the world’s biggest conglomeration of festivals. There’s the Edinburgh International Festival, the Book Festival - and, biggest of all, the Edinburgh Fringe, which by itself would be the world’s biggest arts festival even without the Tattoo and everything else. So the city & the Royal Mile are crazy-busy throughout August, and hotel prices are accordingly high. Take the chance to soak up the sights & sounds of street entertainers on the Royal Mile - and maybe go to see some shows as well. There’s so much more to Edinburgh in August than the Tattoo...