Everything you need to know about this year’s Royal Highland Show

With Scotland’s largest outdoor event underway, find out how to get the most out of the Show.

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This year’s Royal Highland Show has seen record ticket sales – up 15% on last year – with Friday and Saturday selling out ahead of the Show opening.

The Show is now in its 202nd year, and welcomes visitors from as far afield as Argentina, USA and Australia. 

Up to 55,000 visitors will make their way to Ingliston, Edinburgh on each of the four days of the Show from Thursday 20th until Sunday 23rd June.

David Tennant, head of show for RHASS, said: “[…] Effectively we transform the venue into a mini town which is no mean feat, but our dedicated team have been working around the clock over the last three and a half weeks to ensure visitors have the best experience possible when they visit us this weekend.”

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What’s on?

Organisers say this year includes ‘a mix of the traditional and unexpected’.   

The traditional aspects remain, including livestock competitions and parades – around 6,000 animals flock to the Show over the four days.

There’s also a farriery competition, daredevil BMX riders and the forestry arena which includes axe throwers, live chainsaw carving, and pole climbers. 

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The dedicated kid zone located in the Countryside Area includes live Sealpin Gundog and birds of prey flying demonstrations. 

The RHET Discovery Centre also allows young visitors to turn their hand to milking Mabel the (fiberglass) cow and take part in honey tasting and candle making.

young girl with cows competing in RHS.

The Royal Highland Hoolie

After the Show on Friday and Saturday, legendary country music promoters, Farmers Bash present the Royal Highland Hoolie.

This brings together some of the very best of Scotland and Ireland’s homegrown talent to the Royal Highland Centre. 

Eight live folk and country music acts will perform including headliners Tide Lines and Derek Ryan. 

Limited tickets were still available for the Hoolie as the Show opened.

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How to get there 

Those attending both the Show and Hoolie are encouraged to use public transport wherever possible. 

Visitors travelling by Edinburgh Tram to Ingliston Park and Ride will be able to get a shuttle bus to the Show. 

If travelling by bus, Lothian Buses 97 and 98 services will run direct from central Edinburgh to the Show.  

Visitors who do wish to drive are required to book parking tickets in advance as no parking tickets will be available on the day. 

Live travel updates are available on the Show website here.

Alain Wright, House & Heritage Officer for RHASS polishing one of over 300 trophies
Alain Wright, house & heritage officer for RHASS polishing one of over 300 trophies.

Get the app

Visitors are also encouraged to download the Royal Highland Show app ahead of their visit to make the most of their day out. 

Through it, showgoers can view the Show programme, competition schedules and access an interactive map of the Show.

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Didn’t get tickets?

Those who missed out on tickets for this year will be able to catch a one-hour daily programme featuring key event highlights, interviews, and stories from each day of the Royal Highland Show via RHS TV. 

The programme will broadcast on Freeview channel 278 and will also be available to watch on demand on the Royal Highland Show Website.

For further information including travel information, booking car parking or Hoolie tickets visit www.royalhighlandshow.org

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