187k visitors enjoy Royal Highland Show at Ingliston

More than 187,000 turned out for Scotland's biggest celebration of farming, food and rural life. Picture: Toby Williams
More than 187,000 turned out for Scotland's biggest celebration of farming, food and rural life. Picture: Toby Williams
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MORE than 187,000 visitors flocked to the Royal Highland Show over the last four days, organisers said.

Scotland’s biggest celebration of farming, food and rural life saw 7000 of the UK’s finest livestock compete for £225,000 of prize money and 280 trophies worth around £2 million.

Two new themed bars – the Botanical Garden, serving Scottish gins, and The Stetson – proved popular additions.

The show dance, held each night, attracted around 6000 revellers over the four days.

More than 30,000 children attended the Show for free over the four days, with many learning about food, farming and the countryside at the Royal Highland Education Trust’s Education Centre.

Attending Scotland’s largest outdoor event were some of Scotland’s finest chefs including Jamie Scott and Lady Claire Macdonald.

Chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Ross McEwan, and a number of political figures, including Fergus Ewing, Ruth Davidson, David Mundell and Rory Stewart, also attended.

Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland chairman Willie Gill said: “Once again the Royal Highland Show has proven that, along with being the country’s premier exhibition for the finest livestock, it is one of Scotland’s favourite days out.”