The biggest celebration of farming, food and rural life

The grand parade of stock at the Royal Highland Show 2014.
The grand parade of stock at the Royal Highland Show 2014.

The Royal Highland Show, one of Scotland’s most iconic and enduring annual events, is putting the finishing touches to its 175th Show, which runs from June 18-21 at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston, Edinburgh.

Billed as the biggest and best celebration of farming, food and rural life, the ‘Royal Highland’ is one of Europe’s most impressive rural shop windows, showcasing handpicked livestock, the finest food and drink and rural living at its most vibrant.

The Royal Bank of Scotland, partners of the Show since 1981, maintain their support for the four-day event, which attracted in excess of 178,000 people in 2014.

This year sees the launch of Scotland’s Larder Live! at the Royal Highland Show. Showcasing the diverse range of quality Scottish farmed produce it will be a live, experiential food show, promoting and celebrating our Scottish food provenance, regionality and seasonality.

The event will relaunch food at the Highland, build interactivity and visitor engagement and bring to life the consumer message that ‘farming equals food’. Scotland’s Larder Live! will be lively, informative and interactive, full of the smells, sights and tastes of Scotland.

The Cookery Theatre will have a theatrical element, with chefs being challenged to whip up a dish against the clock. Tastings and talks will feature some of our finest producers and plenty of audience engagement and participation. Follow the clues around the event and enter the Scotland’s Larder Live! competition to win a selection of goodies from some of Scotland’s top producers.

The Show is the largest equestrian show in Scotland with almost 3,000 horses and ponies competing in classes for light and heavy horses, private driving, heavy horse turnouts, harness and grooming plus top class show jumping.

The Highland offers an impressive array of equine sections and classes, 38 categories in total, including nine much sought after Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifiers. Over 2,200 riders are expected to compete over the four days.

As well as playing a significant role in supporting the Scottish agricultural industry, the Highland also has a much wider economic impact - £47.1 million in 2014 - and plays a key role as a forum to highlight and discuss some of the crucial issues affecting Scotland today.

This year over 30,000 children are expected to visit the Royal Highland Show where The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) is providing free interactive activities for school groups and the public at the Education Centre.

The Show also offers a unique ‘High Street’ experience for all visitors, offering everything from luxury fashions, arts, crafts and home and garden accessories. Visitors will have the chance to pick up the latest country styles or take home a piece of rural life.