Royal Highland Show: Ingliston attracts 170,000

More than 170,000 visitors attended the Royal Highland Show, boosting the attendance by almost 9,500 on last year, organisers said.

The Princess Royal was among the visitors to the Royal Highland Show. Picture: Jane Barlow

The Princess Royal, sportsmen Ryan Mania, Ross Ford and Nick De Luca, tennis ace Andy Murray’s mother Judy, and several politicians attended Scotland’s largest outdoor event at Ingliston near Edinburgh over the weekend.

With a focus on Highlands and Islands, new attractions this year included a 10-metre “mountain” to climb and abseil, outdoor street food from award-winning chefs, Set4Sport with Ms Murray supported by RBS and almost 5,000 animals including sheep, cattle, poultry and horses.

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Show manager Becky Elvin said: “As my first show in charge, I am thrilled that we have again demonstrated the show’s enduring appeal. From tasting Scotland’s finest foods, to cycling around the new mountain bike track, to seeing the finest animals on parade - the show is a once-a-year event that is for many an attraction not to be missed.”

More than 25,000 children attended the show. Meanwhile hundreds of shopping and food exhibitors and a packed entertainment programme created what organisers described as a “happy and optimistic” atmosphere following a difficult winter for the food and farming industries.

Allan Murray, chairman of organisers the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, said: “It is clear that following two weeks of sunny weather, farmers were in a optimistic frame of mind and ready to do business. All in all, it has been a very successful show.”