Heritage and Culture

The Royal Highland Show

By Sophie

This June, for the 177th year, The Royal Highland Show will take place! One of Scotland's most iconic annual events, the Royal Highland Show is one of Europe's most impressive farming, food and rural life show-cases. Attracting over 19,000 visitors last year, this impressive show hosts competitions such as a sheep-shearing race, horse-jumping, and the livestock version of Crufts as well as a tonne of stalls offering tasty Scottish food, wool from lambs to llamas and other products related to rural life. It really isn't to be missed!

History of the Show...

First starting in 1822, Edinburgh's Cannongate was the first location to hold this famous event. When occupied by the Scottish Parliament, in 1959, the show moved around various towns and cities in Scotland before Ingliston became it's permanent home in 1960.

Having a permanent base, the show has only developed and flourished as the years have passed. From what started as a livestock showcase, a whole new world of Scottish food and rural products have been incorporated to create a truly wonderful celebration of rural Scotland.

The Royal Highland Show was not once so majestic. It wasn't until the 1948 show, held at Inverness, that it received its 'Royal' title. King George bestowed the title on the show after his visit.

Other Royals have visited the show throughout the years, with the 175th anniversary event in 2015 seeing Princess Anne make an appearance.

What can you see this year?

If you take a trip to the show this year, you will be in for a unique experience. Animals such as sheep, cattle, goats, horses, ponies, donkeys, and poultry will be on show for you to pet and admire. There will even be a grand parade of all live stock, which feels a bit like the rural version of Crufts!

The Heavy Horse Turn-Out is another event not to be missed! Watch these magnificent animals take a parade and compare the many breeds at their finest.

If you're less in to animals then check out the Forsestry Area, which will host the Scottish Pole Climbing and Utility Pole Climbing Championships.

Take a walk along to the Forge, where things get hot going head to head at the Scottish Open Farriery Championship Horse-Shoeing and Shoe-making competitions.

Throughout the day, live music from pipe bands and choirs, to bands, will be seen and heard all around the event site.

With all of this available, and much more, why not sample some free Scottish delicacies, and feel the gorgeous lambswool and llama wool samples on show at the Shopping area.

With so much to see and do, this really is a show, not to be missed!