Heading to the Royal Highland Show? Let us show you the way!
The country comes to the city with the Royal Highland Show. From livestock and traditional crafts to Scotland’s finest food and drink, it’s a unique celebration of everything that’s amazing about our nation’s rural communities.
But if you think that the show, which takes place on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is just for farmers and their families, think again! It’s one of our favourite events of the year – an opportunity to see and do things that, as city dwellers, are out of the ordinary.
If you’ve never been to the Royal Highland Show before, the first thing that you’ll be surprised by is its sheer scale. There are literally hundreds of exhibitions, trade stands and displays all trying to grab your attention.
We’re now seasoned pros at this event and to help you make your way around the arena from June 22 to 24, we’ve compiled our top five must-see attractions.
1. The Grand Parade
There is nothing quite like the sight of dozens upon dozens of pedigree livestock being paraded in the main arena. It’s a chance to see some magnificent beasts in their glory. And, if you think one cow is just the same as another or that all sheep look the same, you’ll be utterly amazed at the variety of different breeds.
2. The Forge
The competition will be on fire – quite literally! In this area of the show you can watch competitors go head to head in the Scottish Open Farriery Championship Horse-shoeing and Shoe-making competitions. Don’t forget to hot foot it to 13th Avenue to get in on the action!
3. Scotland’s Larder
If the thought of oodles of top-quality Scottish food and drink doesn’t whet your appetite for attending the Royal Highland Show, we don’t know what will! Not only will you get to sample tasty treats, you’ll find some culinary inspiration with live cookery demonstrations from leading chefs.
4. 13th Avenue Arcade
New York may have its famous 5th Avenue, but the Royal Highland Show has its 13th Avenue, showing that rural business doesn’t start and finish with farming. While away the hours browsing through stands selling everything from knitted goods to handmade jewellery.
5. Forestry Arena
The World Cup, Wimbledon, the Monaco Grand Prix and possibly every other major sporting event you can think of will pale into insignificance compared to the action in the Forestry Arena. This section is not only home to bike displays and forestry demonstrations but also the Scottish Pole Climbing and Utility Pole Climbing Championships!
We hope that you enjoy your visit to the Royal Highland Show – and remember there’s always a place to put your feet up at The Chester Residence after a long day at the arena!