About The Royal Highland Show
What’s this event all about?
The Royal Highland Show has been celebrated as the biggest showcase of Scotland’s agriculture and countryside for well over a hundred years. Originally devised in 1822 as a means to display livestock, the show has morphed over the intervening years into the premier event for farming in Scotland and now comprises a wide range of exhibitions, activities and shows.
Remarkably, the show celebrated its 175th year in 2015 which drew in its biggest crowds to date when nearly 190,000 visitors were recorded entering the grounds to enjoy the mix of livestock, sporting events and Scottish-produced goods. Visitors to the show can enjoy the spectacle of competitions where sheep, goats, horses, ponies, donkeys and poultry are exhibited to be crowned best in class, while exciting competitive rural events such as sheep shearing, show jumping, dog obedience trials, falconry and tug-of-war are also organised throughout the day.Read more...
What can you do there?
There are always impressive exhibitions of agricultural machinery at the Royal Highland Show which are a favourite with dads and kids alike, while mums can go on a shopping spree at the smaller stalls in the 13th Avenue Arcade which sell everything from sporting goods and clothes to locally produced food and drink in a huge selection of brightly-coloured market stalls. Also keeping visitors entertained are a variety of different bands and musical groups, with traditional Scottish pipe and drums often playing alongside the fantastic massed ranks of military bands.
Other events to watch at the show include record-breaking attempts at pole climbing in the Forestry Arena, while the Countryside Arena showcases marquee displays of honey, livestock and outdoor pursuits. The Forge is the place to watch competitors battle against each other in horseshoe making championships while Scotland’s Larder Live is a great venue to enjoy live demonstrations and tastings of Scottish produced delicacies.
What I liked about this event
- There’s an incredible amount to see and do at the Royal Highland Show
- The food tents are amazing
- It’ll keep you entertained for a full day
What I didn’t like about this event
- The tickets are too expensive in my opinion
- The crowds are a bit too hectic
Car parking is available on-site and there are regular bus stops along Glasgow Road.
Prices and opening times
The Royal Highland Show runs from Thursday 21st June until Sunday 24th June 2018. You can choose to visit the Show on any day you like, as all tickets are single entry to any one Show Day.
Tickets and car parking can be purchased in advance or on the day.
Gate Ticket Price
Adult (aged 16+): £29.00 (single entry to any one Show Day)
£10.00 per car per day
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