Royal British Legion Scotland
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen


Beating the Retreat at Edinburgh Castle

We run three different types of ceremonial event each year. More about events can be found on the events diary page of the website.

Beating the Retreat

This event is hosted annually by Legion Scotland in Edinburgh Castle at the beginning of May (for more information about events click here).

Historically beating the retreat took place at the end of a day’s fighting where troops would, for example, withdraw into Edinburgh Castle to rest before recommencing fighting the following day.

Ceremonial Beating the Retreat sees the whole Castle esplanade filled with over 200 pipes and drums from the various Royal British Legion Scotland branches around Scotland along with standard bearers carrying the flags of the various Legion branches and motorcyclists from our Riders Branch. This includes serving military personnel, and representatives of the Reserve Forces and the Cadets from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

In 2015 we will be running a Beating Retreat in the Forfar area to mark the 100th anniversary of VE Day on the 9th of May. See the VE Day 2015 news page for more information. 

Standard Bearing

Historically, the regimental standard (the flag) was the rallying point for troops during battle.

We run a standard bearing competition annually for Cadets from the Navy, Army and Air Force. Heats take place regionally across the year culminating in a final. This colourful spectacle takes place in May as part of the Legion Scotland annual conference. In 2015 this will be at the Dewar Centre in Perth.

Any Cadet groups interested in taking part in this should contact their local branch or  Legion Scotland's head office.

Mini Band Competition

We run an annual competition for Legion Scotland sponsored pipes and drums. This includes a range of categories from a full band through to individuals with trophies and financial prizes available, depending on the category. This is held in the School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming in Edinburgh with the next competition in April 2015 (for more information about events click here).

Take a look at the results of the 2015 Mini Band Competition.

Anyone interested in joining a local band should contact their local branch. Any individual or existing band interested in getting involved in the competition should contact our Head Office.