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A Day at the Royal Highland Show

highlandcow

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. 

mainarena

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.

royalhighlandshowmap

This map gives you an idea of how big the event is.

livestockcrossing

You had to look out for livestock leaving and entering the main arena.

tractor

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!

quadbikes

Apparently it’s a good place for buying quadbikes too.

machineparts

I had no idea what a lot of the stuff on display was. If you know what this is give me a shout!

playbus

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…

woodcarving

I’ve heard about the woodcarving competitions but think they look so dangerous :/ Pretty impressive though to be able to carve with a chainsaw!

woodcreatures

The Highland Show is also a huge shopping event with over 1,100 trade stands!

ducks

These wooden ducks in their Hunter wellies were pretty cute.

game

Matthew can’t say no to these things so he tried to win Lana a toy – but failed…

toys

…so Lana decided to take matters into her own hands.

furs

If you like furs you won’t be disappointed.

tweed

Or tweed. There was tweed everywhere – both for sale and on people!

metalcows

I quite liked these metallic cows, but guess we don’t really have room for one in our flat…

designtent

The design tent was probably my favourite shopping destination at the show. It was pretty crowded as it was raining outside.

art

A lot of animal art on display.

bags

And leather bags and other leather goods.

jewellery

All sorts of jewellery too. This is not my style but there were some really nice pieces I almost bought…

woodenstuff

Didn’t notice that this guy had his eye on me when taking the photo haha.

prints

I’ve seen these prints before and quite like them – the name of this Edinburgh-based design company is “A Pair of Blue Eyes”.

flowers

You could buy flowers too. Didn’t know this particular flower that grows in Finland as well came in all these colours.

eating

Time for lunch! I had a savoury crepe.

chickenwrap

Matthew had a chicken wrap.

paella

I realised I never had paella in Mallorca when I walked past this. Damn!

olives

I tried some of the nicest olives ever, think they were called cherry olives.

scottishfudge

There were so many fudge stands, but I abstained for once (and got turkish delights instead haha).

foodhall

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.

scotlandslarderlive

There were live demonstrations by well known chefs.

chocolate

And plenty of chocolate, mmm…

edinburghgin

Tried some rhubarb and ginger gin liqueur, which was pretty nice.

curedmeat

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.)

mimisbakehouse

Mimi’s Bakehouse do some pretty scrumptious (and calorific) stuff!

marshmallowchoc

My sweet tooth couldn’t say no to some chocolate covered strawberries and marshmallows, yum! (Felt a bit sick afterwards though…)

novaveggie

This guy’s demonstration was so good that we bought a vegetable peeler you can do crisps and noodles with.

sheeptent

We saved the animals for the last. This huge tent was full of sheep of all kinds!

sleepingsheep

Don’t think this beauty had any idea I was taking a sneaky photo.

lanaandalamb

Stare-off.

horserider

There were lots and lots of horses too.

horses

Love the socks on these horses – I used to have tights like that…

whitecows

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.
cowbum

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

cowroyalhighlandshow

Moo!

scottishhighlandcow

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

Nina Äikäs

<p>I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!</p>

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