With over 900 competitions taking place including, Livestock, Pole Climbing, the Scottish Ice Cream Championships, Handcrafts and Sheep Shearing, it’s a great day out for all the family.The Royal Highland Show is seen as a must-attend event for pedigree breeders who wish to showcase their stock. Competition is intense; winning a rosette is to be savoured, becoming a champion is something of which dreams are made - whilst Inter Breed Championships are the reward of a lifetime.
The Show is fortunate to have been awarded a large number of qualifying classes for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show; these qualifiers act as a magnet for many of the top names in the equine showing world.
In addition to the showing classes, there are competitions across a number of skills and disciplines, with many of the top British Show jumpers vying for the generous cash prizes on offer.
Allied to equestrian competitions the show celebrates the skills of the Farriers, in the Show’s own Forge. The precision of creating and fitting a finely honed shoe from a bar of metal never ceases to amaze onlookers.
On the edible side there competitions for Cheese, Butter and Ice Cream and for Honey. The Dairy Produce section attracts entries from small artisan producers as well as the large creameries. Awards in this section fall into Gold Silver and Bronze categories and are decided on by a select panel of experienced judges.
Within the Honey Marquee there is a significant educational element which is always a great draw for many school groups. There are honey tastings in the marquee, but these do not include the entries in our honey cocktail class - some of which are distinctly alcoholic!
Another hugely popular site for visitors is the Poultry tent where fanciers bring a wide variety of fowl, some in glorious plumage, some in plainer attire, to compete across 115 classes which also include a variety of classes for the array of eggs entered each year, too.
For full details on what to see at the Royal Highland Show and how to get there, visit the website at https://www.royalhighlandshow.org.
If you are staying here in our locality at the time of the show why not consider the easy trip to visit this great family event. The venue is just over an hour’s drive from any of our self-catering holiday cottages and would make a great family day out.