The Royal Highland Show is a celebration of the best in food, farming and rural life and one of Scotland’s biggest events. I’ve been wanting to visit for years and decided that now is the time, so Matthew took a day off work and we got on the dedicated bus service and headed to Ingliston near the airport where the showground is.
I knew it was a big event but was still a bit shocked when we got there and I realised just how massive the area was. The main ring where the farmers showcase their animals is the heart of the show. It really pays off for the farmers to participate in the Royal Highland Show as it is good for business if your animals win prices there.
This map gives you an idea of how big the event is.
You had to look out for livestock leaving and entering the main arena.
As it is primarily an agriculture event there are lots and lots of tractors and machinery that didn’t interest me the slightest bit to be honest!
Apparently it’s a good place for buying quadbikes too.
I had no idea what a lot of the stuff on display was. If you know what this is give me a shout!
A play bus for kids. We were trying to get Lana to sleep as it was time for her afternoon nap so we didn’t check it out. In hindsight we should’ve because Lana was awake for a good two hours still…
I’ve heard about the woodcarving competitions but think they look so dangerous :/ Pretty impressive though to be able to carve with a chainsaw!
The Highland Show is also a huge shopping event with over 1,100 trade stands!
These wooden ducks in their Hunter wellies were pretty cute.
Matthew can’t say no to these things so he tried to win Lana a toy – but failed…
…so Lana decided to take matters into her own hands.
If you like furs you won’t be disappointed.
Or tweed. There was tweed everywhere – both for sale and on people!
I quite liked these metallic cows, but guess we don’t really have room for one in our flat…
The design tent was probably my favourite shopping destination at the show. It was pretty crowded as it was raining outside.
A lot of animal art on display.
And leather bags and other leather goods.
All sorts of jewellery too. This is not my style but there were some really nice pieces I almost bought…
Didn’t notice that this guy had his eye on me when taking the photo haha.
I’ve seen these prints before and quite like them – the name of this Edinburgh-based design company is “A Pair of Blue Eyes”.
You could buy flowers too. Didn’t know this particular flower that grows in Finland as well came in all these colours.
Time for lunch! I had a savoury crepe.
Matthew had a chicken wrap.
I realised I never had paella in Mallorca when I walked past this. Damn!
I tried some of the nicest olives ever, think they were called cherry olives.
There were so many fudge stands, but I abstained for once (and got turkish delights instead haha).
What many people don’t know is that the Highland Show is Scotland’s largest food & drink event. And having wandered around and sampled a fair few things in this big tent I can assure you that it was all about the best Scottish produce in there.
There were live demonstrations by well known chefs.
And plenty of chocolate, mmm…
Tried some rhubarb and ginger gin liqueur, which was pretty nice.
Matthew tried some really really really spicy dried meat and was pretty much crying afterwards. (He then got angry with the vendor for not warning him haha.)
Mimi’s Bakehouse do some pretty scrumptious (and calorific) stuff!
My sweet tooth couldn’t say no to some chocolate covered strawberries and marshmallows, yum! (Felt a bit sick afterwards though…)
This guy’s demonstration was so good that we bought a vegetable peeler you can do crisps and noodles with.
We saved the animals for the last. This huge tent was full of sheep of all kinds!
Don’t think this beauty had any idea I was taking a sneaky photo.
There were lots and lots of horses too.
Love the socks on these horses – I used to have tights like that…
It took us a while but we finally managed to track down the cows – just when Lana decided it was time for her much-delayed nap.
The beef cows were massive whereas the milk cows almost looked anorectic. I just had to take a photo of that bum – just look at it! :O
Last but not least I finally got to meet some charismatic Highland Coos! Don’t understand how they can see anything under that fringe! I hope I can meet one out on a field soon as well.
That’s it for me! It was a great day out for the family and it didn’t get too crowded which was nice. Being there amongst all the farmers, animals and tweed almost made me want to move to a farm – but since there’s not one ounce of farmer in Matthew we’re staying in the city for now!
x Nina x