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Royal Highland Show Edinburgh

One month to go until one of the best weekends in the Scottish social calendar – the Highland Show. Last year we braved the freezing cold and this year have our fingers tightly crossed for more of the gorgeous sunshine we’ve been having. It’s the perfect day out for people of all ages. We’ve taken a quick look at what’s going on at the Royal Highland Show 2016.



Royal Highland Show History

The Royal Highland Show is an annual event, held close to Edinburgh Airport at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. Over 1,000 exhibitors, 5,000 livestock and almost 200,000 people will attend this years event. A huge difference to the small show, first held in 1822 on a site in the Canongate area of Edinburgh.


The show travelled round with a new location each year, up until 1960 when the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston was opened. The show was bestowed the Royal title by King George VI in 1948 and continues to have the support of the Royal Family – Princess Anne has been known to attend.

Highland Show Programme

The Highland Show it the day you discover an interest in something you never thought you would enjoy! The showing programme is packed with Equestrian events and Show Jumping, a sport our owners daughter, Isla Mowat, is a rising star in.


Isla Mowat and Bugsy with Shirley Mowat

Isla Mowat on Bugsy with Dunstane owner Shirley Mowat

Isla has previously competed at the Royal Highland Show in 2013 and 2014. She is now working with her talented (but young and inexperienced) new horse Bugsy and started the qualifiers with him this year – so a pair to watch for in the future! Equestrian stars like Tim Stockdale have also been spotted competing in previous years.


There are also the showing competitions for cattle and sheep, farriery contests, sheep shearing competitions and the heavy horse turnouts. You can get up close to see all of the animals as you wander around the show, stand next to giant Shire horses or watch the speed and skill of the men and women doing the sheep shearing. It’s an incredible sight!


If food is more your thing, then the “food tent” is for you. Scotland’s Larder is on display, with everything from Orkney cheeses to olive oils, fudge, chocolate, bread, sausages…the list is endless! Don’t be afraid to ask for tasters. There are also live demonstrations, and plenty of drinks to try as well. Many of our own suppliers will be there too.


Hog roast stands are the place to head for lunch (according to our assistant manager Greg!) and there are plenty of other options and pop-up bars to choose from. Grab your lunch and find a good spot next to a show ring or one of live music performances.


There are plenty of educational areas, for both adults and children, about the importance of the farming industry, sustainable practices and almost anything you can think of related to the incredible countryside here in Scotland.


Still not enough for you? There are tractor displays, you can buy hot tubs (yes, really!) and so many amazing sculptures and features for your home and garden. There are craft tents, with everything from home accessories to jewellery and incredible art, like that of first-time Highland Show exhibitor Tori Ratcliffe Art (below).



Getting to the Highland Show

The Highland Show have many years of experience in getting people to and from the Highland Show. That’s not to say it’ll be fast! The popularity of the show means you can’t escape the inevitable traffic jams, but they move faster than other shows we have been to.


GREAT NEWS! There is a dedicated Lothian Bus (number 98) that runs from George Street all the way to the show gates. We’ll let you guess where the bus also stops…right outside our front door! Yep, getting to the Highland Show couldn’t be easier for Dunstane guests. The bus is £6.00 return for adults and runs frequently throughout the day. You can drive and details can be found on the Royal Highland Show website.


Special Offers at The Dunstane

Seeing as the bus will pick you up from our doorstep, it would seem silly to stay anywhere else! Take a look at the latest special offers at The Dunstane and book your room now – booking direct guarantees you the best rates.


If you need any more proof that this will be an amazing day out, check out what the Royal Highland Show have promised us on Twitter…make sure  you are following  the Highland Show (and us) on Twitter!