A right royal show with some­thing for ev­ery­one

Argyllshire Advertiser - - ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

An im­pres­sive 190,000 vis­i­tors flocked in bril­liant sun­shine to the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of farm­ing, food and ru­ral life that is the Royal High­land Show.

As the 178th show drew to a close, Jimmy Warnock, chair­man of the event’s or­gan­iser, the Royal High­land and Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Scot­land, said: ‘The feed­back on this year’s show has been in­cred­i­ble – yes the weather played its part but over­whelm­ingly vis­i­tors are amazed with the scale and size of the event with ev­ery part of the show­ground brim­ming with things to see and do for the whole fam­ily.

‘Thanks must be given to the vol­un­teers, ex­hibitors and pub­lic who have again sup­ported this event in their thou­sands – it all goes to en­sur­ing the Royal High­land and Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Scot­land con­tin­ues its char­i­ta­ble re­mit to sup­port and show­case the best in food, farm­ing and ru­ral life.’

There was plenty of Ar­gyll and Bute in­ter­est across the four-day event, held be­tween June 21 and 24 – peo­ple show­ing, man­ning stands, of­fi­ci­at­ing, judg­ing and sim­ply en­joy­ing the event as spec­ta­tors.

Away from the com­mer­cial live­stock – which can be read all about on pages 50 and 51 – Kin­tyre once again shone in the dairy prod­ucts awards.

The cham­pion cheese ti­tle was won by Isle of Kin­tyre Ltd, trad­ing as In­ver­loch Cheese Com­pany with Drum­loch ched­dar, which also was deemed the best ched­dar ex­hibit and the best Scot­tish cheese ex­hibit. Drum­loch also scooped the award for the best Small Pro­duc­ers Ched­dar Cheese - Mild.

Also in the Scot­land’s Larder Live! hall, there was the Scot­tish Bread Cham­pi­onships. Lu­ing Bak­ery, based at Cul­lipool House on the Ar­gyll is­land, won two bronze medals - for ‘bread from Scot­tish-grown flour’ and also for ‘a tra­di­tional or an­cient Scot­tish recipe’.

And there was a good deal equine suc­cess – par­tic­u­larly for the Isle of Bute.

Yvonne Craw­ford from Stuck Farm won fourth prize with her geld­ing Anghus Of Rhu­bo­dach among the in­hand High­land ponies.

Border­grove Stud won third with a foal in the sport horses in-hand and a fourth in the year­ling class. And, in the small rid­ing horse sec­tion, Laura McArthur from Rothe­say won a sec­ond prize.

Aside from the white-heat of com­pe­ti­tion, many other Ar­gyll and Bute folk were there en­joy­ing an ice cream while tak­ing the many at­trac­tions around the Inglis­ton show­ground.


Florence and mum Danielle Ed­wards from Broughty Ferry were en­tranced by this calf be­long­ing to Cather­ine McKech­nie, Gar­tocharn. Florence loves the an­i­mated bull char­ac­ter An­gus from the movie Fer­di­nand. Look­ing af­ter the kids and the calf was Harry Evans.


This golden re­triever did a dou­ble-take as Hamp­shire down sheep were taken to the showring on the end of leads.

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