Have you heard the moos? The 179th Royal High­land Show be­gins

● Prepa­ra­tions under way for four days of coun­try pur­suits at the Royal High­land

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By ILONA AMOS

0 Louise Fother­ing­ham holds Pinky and Perky from Gar­tocharn farm ahead of the Royal High­land Show out­side Ed­in­burgh. The show, which is held at Inglis­ton, starts to­day and runs un­til Sun­day. It will see more than 1,000 trade ex­hibitors and 2,150 live­stock com­peti­tors in­volved in the event

You might want to see a col­lie dog round­ing up way­ward ducks, mar­vel at mas­ter crafts­men carv­ing art­works out of wood or show off your fancy foot­work with a bit of tra­di­tional ceilidh danc­ing.

Maybe you fancy pat­ting a hairy High­land cow or sit­ting behind the wheel of a gi­ant trac­tor. Or per­haps you just want a new pair of wellies.

What­ever you’re look­ing for, they’ve got it cov­ered at the big­gest an­nual event in the coun­try­side cal­en­dar, which gets under way to­day on the out­skirts of Ed­in­burgh.

Now cel­e­brat­ing its 179th year, the Royal High­land Show is ex­pected to at­tract al­most 200,000 peo­ple and 6,500 an­i­mals over its four-day run.

As well as con­tests to find the best ex­am­ples of a whole host of farm an­i­mal breeds, there are demon­stra­tions of handy skills such as sheep-shear­ing, black­smith­ery, fal­conry and moun­tain-bik­ing.

More than 1,000 ex­hibitors will also be on site, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from cut­tingedge agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery and pet sup­plies to the latest coun­try wear styles and lux­ury hand-crafted gifts.

As ever, there will be an eclec­tic range of food and drink on of­fer, with fare to tempt even the most dis­cern­ing food­ies.

Show high­lights include re­turn­ing favourites such as the ever-pop­u­lar Grand Parade, which fea­tures a dis­play of prizewin­ning cat­tle, and a new event that prom­ises to be a crowd-pleaser – Shindig at the Show, which will see a bid to dance the largest ever eight­some reel to mu­sic by The Voice win­ner Steve Mccrorie.

First held in 1822, the Royal High­land Show is now the largest show­case of its kind in the coun­try and brings in around £65 mil­lion a year to the Scot­tish econ­omy.

It was orig­i­nally staged on the site of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment at Holy­rood but has been held at Inglis­ton since 1960.

Michelle May­berry washes Poacher the Cly­des­dale horse in readi­ness for the show

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