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Nairn firms to showcase at Royal Highland Show in June


By Donald Wilson


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The Royal Highland Show was called off for 2021.
The Royal Highland Show was called off for 2021.

FIRMS from Nairnshire and Inverness will be in the spotlight at the Royal Highland Show in June as the the event returns in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

This year’s show is a particularly special one as it’s the 200th anniversary of the first show which took place in the Canongate, close to where the Scottish Parliament now sits.

Since moving to its permanent home at Ingliston in 1960, each region in Scotland takes its turn to be host and 2022 sees the Highlands and Islands using the opportunity to showcase its innovation and resilience over the last two centuries, as well as highlighting the best of its produce.

As Honorary President Ewan Macdonald explained: “We’re immensely proud to have the chance to be host region in this very special year for the Royal Highland Show. And we’re using the chance to demonstrate how we have survived and thrived for centuries in this part of the world, by using our natural resources.”

With the theme “Scotland’s Natural Capital – Highlands and Islands”, a specially created exhibition will focus on our rural economy, tourism and culture, food and drink, as well as renewable energy and tackling climate change. The various zones will tell the story of a region which has always used its natural resources to innovate from the first commercial hydro scheme in the country at Loch Ness to the groundbreaking marine energy centre at Stromness. And it’s an area whose stunning scenery, amazing wildlife and fascinating history and culture attract visitors from around the world.”

The Presidential Initiative Marquee will tell the story of the Highlands and Islands Region and its innovation in three areas – tackling climate change, food and drink and tourism.

A large section of the popular Food Hall has been given over to Highlands and Islands food producers.

And thanks to a partnership with Black Isle based Exclusively Highland, there will also be a focus on the region in the Home and Gift Hall. A number of crafters and artists will be selling their wares, including Rose Cottage Kitchen, Jack Spowart, Gold Moss and Kirsten Hel.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors to reach up to 200,000 visitors that will attend the Show over the four days from Thursday 23rd June to Sunday 26th June.

Ewan added: “Many of these small producers could never consider attending the show on their own, but through grants we’ve been able to make it more affordable so they can test the water. And we’re delighted to have such a spread of talent from across our whole region. This is our chance to show the rest of the country the fantastic place we call home. It’s always been a place where we turn our challenges into opportunities."

As well as the smaller producers the Presidential Initiative will be promoting the work of some of the more established players in the Highlands and Islands Region such as Walkers, Johnston’s of Elgin and ANTA.


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