Emma of Team DC had the opportunity to visit The Royal Highland Show and here’s what she thought of it:
The Royal Highland Show is one of the highlights in rural calendars across the country and attracts tens of thousands of people from across Scotland. It is a wonderful opportunity for farmers, crofters and land managers to showcase what rural Scotland is all about. Billed as the biggest and best celebration of farming, food and countryside, ‘The Highland’ is the country’s largest rural shop window showcasing handpicked livestock, the finest food & drink and rural living at its most vibrant.
For years I thought you had to be into cows or tractors to visit the Royal Highland Show. After a visit this year, I see that I was wrong. Yes, there are combine harvesters, and yes, there are farm animals, but there is also a whole lot more to make for a fantastic day out. Whether you are interested in food, animals, cooking, shopping or want to take your kids for a fun day trip, you won’t be lost for things to do at ‘The Highland’.
It was lovely and sunny when we arrived. Once we had said hello to a few sheep and cows we had a browse around some of the shopping arcades where there was a wide range of luxury fashion, home-wares, arts, crafts and gardening goods for sale. With all the Scottish inspired art, mugs with cute animals on them and handcrafted soap and jewellery you could be excused for wanting to browse/shop all day.
But, after a good look around, our stomachs were growling, so it was time to move on. Over 100 producers and suppliers from all over Scotland were showcasing the best of their produce in the food hall and we were keen to try some of their wares.
Scotland is rich in natural food resources, and the samples at the food hall were testament to this. Cheeses, dips, oatcakes, bread, fruit and drinks were available to try everywhere we turned. You could probably eat a whole meal just on samples alone. And in the cookery theatre there were some fascinating demonstrations on how to make the most of your Scottish produce, as well as plenty recipe leaflets to take away and try at home.
If you want to go to The Royal Highland Show you will, unfortunately, now have to wait until next year. But, just so you know, buses run to the show every 20 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, so getting there is not a problem, and, if you are more of a private transport type person, there is ample parking available.