Have you heard the moos? The 179th Royal Highland Show begins
● Preparations under way for four days of country pursuits at the Royal Highland
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