Watch out for sheep toys hidden across Scotland

Almost 2,000 cuddly toy sheep will be hidden across Scotland this Easter to celebrate the 240th birthday of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

1920 toy sheep will be hidden across Scotland celebrating 240th birthday of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
Photo by RHASS.

A total of 1,920 sheep will be waiting for their new owners across Scotland, from Shetland and the Outer Hebrides to the lowlands of the Scottish Borders. Toys will be hidden in shopping centres, farm shops, tourist destinations, and agricultural centres.

The task is simple: find a sheep, keep the sheep, and be in with a chance of winning a VIP experience at the Royal Highland Show 2024. Those who find one of the lost flocks should scan the QR code on the sheep’s ear tag to discover if they are a winner.

The free family fun event launches on Monday 25th March and will last until 14th April.

Photo by RHASS.

Find your sheep  

Sheep will be hidden in the eight RHASS regions of Scotland: Edinburgh and Lothians, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Strathclyde, Stirling, Perth, Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands in both rural and urban landscapes. Sheep will also be hidden in and around Angus and Fife. 

Each of these regions have previously hosted the Royal Highland Show before it became a one-location event in Scotland’s capital in 1960.  

The campaign will also share information with the new sheep owners about the importance of the spring period in the agricultural calendar, sharing insights on lambing, crop sowing, and more.    

Photo by RHASS.

Bringing a rich history to life 

To celebrate its 240th birthday, RHASS will also be bringing its rich history to life through 240 Years of Stories. It will collect meaningful stories from Scotland’s rural community, to be shared through multiple media platforms throughout the year.

The organisation aims to showcase its profound influence on countless lives and society in Scotland over the centuries, highlighting pivotal moments and acting as a form of remembrance, connection, and celebration for generations past, present, and future.

Photo by RHASS.

RHASS chairman Jim Warnock said: “It is a great honour to chair RHASS during its 240th anniversary year.

“We hope Hide and Sheep, alongside our other family-friendly events this year, encourage people across Scotland to learn more about the Scottish agricultural community, the challenges they face, and the important role they play within Scotland.”

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