10 Things to look forward to at The Royal Highland Show 2020

Now in its 180th year, the Royal Highland Show is a showcase for Scottish farming excellence. It’s a chance to meet, touch, smell, taste and take home the best the country has to offer. With thousands of trade exhibitors and the finest animals from across the UK and Ireland. Not to mention, plenty of live music and entertainment. Is it any wonder the Royal Highland Show is one of the most iconic events in Scotland’s calendar? It’s here in Edinburgh from 18th to 21st June 2020, just a 30-minute drive from our hotel. So, here are ten things you can look forward to on a visit to the Highland Show …

1. Royal Highland Show 13th Avenue Arcade

Enjoy the latest country style art, luxurious fashions, unique crafts and all sorts of lifestyle accessories in the 13th Avenue Arcade. With everything from fashion and art jewellery to garden accessories and home-ware, the arcade is packed with a seemingly endless supply of retail delights. Home to traditional Scottish wares and quirky Scottish keepsakes, 13th Avenue Arcade is a one-stop-shop for all your Royal Highland Show shopping needs.

2. Food for thought? Visit The RHET Discovery Centre

Children at the Royal Highland Show Discovery Centre

Is your wee one curious about rural life? Do they have a taste for Scottish farming and food? Then head on over to the RHET Discovery Centre. Perfect for all ages, the centre offers a fun-tastic education programme jam-packed with cooking classes, live demonstrations, a Tram Trail Bingo Challenge and much, much more.

3. Take stock of Scottish livestock at The Grand Parade

Just as its name suggests, the Grand Parade is what the Royal Highland Show is all about. It is (quite literally) a grand display of the country’s premier livestock. Prize-winning cattle wind their way across the Main Ring to the delight of bovine-loving spectators. From your Belted Galloways to your Belgian Blues, it is a rare and wonderful opportunity to see so many different breeds at one time, in one place.

4. Experience the cream of the crop 

Livestock at the Royal Highland Show

In the past, the Highland Show used to travel around 8 electoral regions in Scotland to showcase all that region has to offer. But, ever since 1961, the show has been permanently based at Ingliston Edinburgh. So, in-keeping with the show’s historic traditions, each year the show focuses on one of the original 8 areas. 

Come and celebrate all the wonderful food, castles, golf courses, fishing ports, beaches, distilleries, farming and art that this year’s chosen area has to offer. 

5. Take a turn about The Heavy Horse Turnouts

A wonderful sight for show visitors, the Heavy Horse Turnouts is a sight to behold as these magnificent animals are driven into the Main Ring in all their glory. The only thing louder than the sound of thundering hooves is the sound of thundering applause.

6. Enjoy a hammering at The Forge

Competitor at the Royal Highland Show Forge

An ode to the good ol’ days, things really heat up at The Forge as competitors forge their way ahead of the competition in the Scottish Open Farriery Championship horse-shoeing and shoe-making competitions. Watch the masters at work as the sound of hammer hitting metal rings in the background.

7. Get the lay of the land at The Countryside Area

Not to be outdone by the blacksmithery of The Forge, the Countryside Area features a wide array of country sports, activities and rural skills. From the Honey, Goats and Poultry Marquees, to a range of outdoor pursuits, getting back to your rural roots has never been this much fun!

8. Reach record-breaking heights at The Forestry Arena

Pole Climbing at the Royal Highland Show

Witness history in the making at the Forestry Arena as fierce Scottish competitors attempt to break new records at the Scottish Pole Climbing and Utility Pole Climbing Championships.

9. Eat, drink and be merry at Scotland’s Larder Live!

Enjoy a taste of Scotland with tasty treats from over 100 food exhibitors from across the country. A must for food lovers the world over, enjoy live demonstrations, tastings, talks and more. Sink your teeth into foodie favourites with the return of the Scottish Cheese, Butter, Ice Cream and Bread Championships. Packed with foodie fun, Scotland’s Larder Live is a veritable feast of entertainment. So plan your day carefully … you wouldn’t want to bite off more than you could chew!

10. Take note of all the music and entertainment on offer

Music and entertainment at the Royal Highland Show

Since the Royal Highland Show is a treat for all the senses, enjoy a wide range of live music across the show ground. 

Visit The Royal Highland Show

With so much to do and see at the Royal Highland Show, it is easy to see why it is one of our favourite events of the year. So, book your tickets and RHS accommodation before it’s too late!