The Royal Highland Show
What is the Royal Highland Show?
For those of you who don’t know, the Royal Highland Show is an annual four-day country and agriculture event taking place from the 23rd – 26th of June 2016. It has a whole host of stuff going on from livestock, forestry, show jumping, flowers, food and much much more.
One things for sure, it’s a big date on Scotland’s events calendar. With visitor numbers looking to peak 180,000 in 2016, and we thought you ought to know why.
Well, to start with, it’s Scotland’s largest food and drink event and there’s plenty to tempt the avid food lovers out there. Not only does the Royal Highland Show champion the best of Scottish produce, but there’s always a great array of samples to get your taste buds juicing. It’s also a great opportunity to speak to the producers, buy some deliciousness and support local Scottish produce.
Whilst food is a big draw, the biggest attraction, however, is the the livestock, with more than 5,000 cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and poultry strutting their stuff.
Even more animal entertainment comes in the form of the Fife Foxhounds, Elite Falconry Sealpin Gun Dogs, and hilarious duck-herding with the Drakes of Hazard, which is a great hit with vistors of all ages and walks of life.
The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) has been providing free interactive activities, including baking and science experiments to keep younger attendees occupied for decades.
Parents, meanwhile, can escape to the various shopping arcades where luxury fashions, arts, crafts and home wares will be on offer for the discerning shopper to take home a piece of rural life.
Did I mention it was a big event in Scotland’s Agricultural calendar? Yip it is, but not only that, it takes place right smack bang at the start of the busiest weekend of the Summer season; June 23-25th. The traffic during the event is notoriously heavy with delays and tailbacks seen to be miles long in and out of the city.
Our advice, if you’re flying from Edinburgh on these dates leave at least 2-3 hours earlier than you normally would to avoid any potential delay in making your flight.