The Black Isle Show farming event will return in August after a two-year absence

Perfume in the air at the 2019 Black Isle Show Flower Show. Photo: Gary Anthony.

It’s just not summer in the Highlands without the Black Isle Show!

And after two years without the first agricultural and family event in the North, this month of August, it is indeed Show time!

Taking place on Thursday August 4th, with the preview night on Wednesday August 3rd, visitors can expect a host of cattle, horse and fur competitions, show jumping, sheep shearing , the vintage tractor show, the ever-popular charity tractor push and much more. Gardeners and growers will showcase their stunning flower displays and fruit and vegetable products at the Flower Show with a host of trophies and prizes to be won, and dog owners can showcase their pooch at the Dog Show – with 18 classes in all , there is a category for every furry pal.

But there’s more to the Black Isle Show than displays of agricultural excellence, micro-farming and horse riding.

The Main Ring attraction sees the return of Monster Trucks this year!

Watch in awe as Big Pete and Grim Reaper soar through the air before crashing and crashing into vehicles that get in their way.

There will also be great music on Wednesday and Thursday with performances by the Black Isle Peas, Wee James and also Dancing with Sharks.

And no visit to the Black Isle Show would be complete without enjoying some of the best food, drink and crafts from the Highlands and beyond. The Black Isle Show is a must visit for families and farmers in the Highlands and beyond with competitions, attractions, activities and events for everyone!

Big Pete Nigel Kirby Photography
Big Pete Nigel Kirby Photography

Here’s what’s going on…

At its heart, the Black Isle Show is North Scotland’s premier farming event where farmers, smallholders and riders can showcase their animals and skills.

On Wednesday nights, enjoy the full ring experience with Show Jumping, Charity Tractor Push and Monster Trucks with Big Pete and Grim Reaper.

There are also plenty of vintage tractors and implements to admire and compare to the giant tractors on sale at other stalls throughout the show.

Other attractions include sheep shearing, shopping stalls, fun fair and flower show.

Doors open at 4pm with an entry fee of just £8 and children under 12 enter free.

Black Isle Show 2019..The Sheep Show..Photo: James MacKenzie.  Picture No. 044520.
Black Isle Show 2019..The Sheep Show..Photo: James MacKenzie. Picture No. 044520.

Visit the shopping stalls, the village square and the food and craft hall where local artisans will offer a wide range of products and delicious food and drink.

There’s also the Marquee Bar, with music all evening from bands such as the Black Isle Peas and Wee James. Black Isle Farmers’ Society President Freida McKenzie was delighted with the return of the show: “It’s fantastic to be back. We look forward to welcoming you all to the 183rd Black Isle Show on August 3-4.

“We took advantage of the two-year break to improve the Show experience for our visitors. Come and host the show again and meet all the old friends you haven’t seen in a long time. The main sponsors of the Black Isle Show this year are mutual agencies NFU, Dingwall, Thurso, Elgin and Inverness. NFU Mutual is the UK’s leading rural insurer.


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