The 177th Royal Highland Show takes place between the 22nd and 25th of June, showcasing the very best in food, farming and agriculture.
Held at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston on the outskirts of Edinburgh, this year’s show plays host to over 1,000 exhibitors from all over the globe, representing the worlds of arts, crafts, agriculture, food & drink and entertainment. Visitors to the show can arrive in Edinburgh with the Caledonian Sleeper.
Around 190,000 visitors will be expected at 280-acre site, celebrating the very best of Scotland’s produce and Scottish producers.
The show is also a chance to win a coveted Royal Highland Show rosette. The rosette rewards dedication and excellence in everything from cattle and poultry breeding to cheese-making, sheep-shearing, show jumping and horse-shoe making.
Arguably the most prestigious of the competitions is the Queen’s Cup, an honour which rotates between the champions of the beef, dairy, sheep and heavy horse sections each year. This year the Queen’s Cup will be awarded in the Beef Cattle section, and is sure to bring in the crowds.
The equestrian events are sure to be fiercely contested, as over 3,000 horses take part in 34 different categories. The Highland is the premier show jumping event in Scotland, with a Grand Prix rewarding the winner with £18,000 in prize money. The showpiece equestrian event is almost certainly the Heavy Horse show, in particular the majestic Clydesdale horses.
Foodies can sample the best of Scotland at the on-site food venues. All on-site caterers and producers must adhere to a strict charter, launched in 2014, that requires only locally and ethically sourced produce can be served at the show, underlining the quality of buying Scottish.
The Royal Highland show is also great for children, with more than 30,000 expected to attend. The Royal Highland Education Trust provides free interactive activities for schools, including interactive lessons on baking, science, agriculture and cookery. This year’s event sees the launch of the RHET Tram Trail Bingo Challenge, where children can win an iPad.
Why not visit the Royal Highland Show with Caledonian Sleeper.