In a lather: Final touches before agriculture showcase

A BLACKFACE shearling ram from Glenrinnes farm in Banffshire is given a quick shampoo yesterday in preparation for this year’s Royal Highland Show.

The sheep will join thousands of livestock taking part in the four-day celebration of Scottish agriculture which begins today. It is anticipated that about 175,000 visitors will descend on the Royal Highland Centre over the course of this year’s show.

Organisers expect to see hundreds of food stalls set up across the 280-acre site – while thousands of the country’s top cattle, goats, sheep, horses and poultry will be on display at the event. Other attractions include show-jumping, live music, cooking demonstrations from some of Scotland’s top chefs and a countryside area where visitors can learn about fly-fishing and clay- pigeon shooting. The event, which has been running for 189 years, will continue until Sunday.