Royal Highland Show To Highlight Best Of Farming And Rural Life

22 June 2017, 07:12 | Updated: 22 June 2017, 07:14

Royal Highland Show

Thousands of people are expected to visit the 177th Royal Highland Show as it opens on Thursday, showcasing the best of farming, food and rural life.

More than 6,500 animals and more than 1,000 trade exhibitors will be involved in the four-day event at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.

Some of the country's most accomplished riders will take part in equestrian events at the show while there will also be educational workshops, shopping and other entertainment.

Last year, the event welcomed a record 189,000 visitors and generated £47 million for the Scottish economy, organisers said.

This year there is a focus on Aberdeenshire to mark the time when the show moved around the country before settling into its permanent home at Ingliston just outside Edinburgh in 1960.

In the specially-created Aberdeenshire Village, food and tourism will be the key themes highlighting the diversity of the area.

Visitors can enjoy Scottish produce at Scotland's Larder Live, the show's very own food & drink festival.

There is also a dedicated programme of activities for young people.

The event runs from June 22 until June 25.