Showcase shares the best of Dumfries and Galloway with the world

Dumfries and Galloway aims to tell the world about its amazing food, farming, coast, countryside and culture as the host region of the 2021 Royal Highland Showcase.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:00 pm
Three generations of the Bell family have the ‘Beltie’ breeding bug. Pic: Colin Hattersley Photography

While Covid restrictions mean the public cannot physically attend the event at The Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston from June 14-20, it will be streamed around the world.

The strapline for the 2021 show will be “Dumfries & Galloway – Let’s Grow Together” reflecting the region’s ambition to build on its many strengths and showing the interdependence of its different sectors.

The region will be promoted in many different ways. Plans include the creation of a giant 12 foot tall wicker Belted Galloway bull, a special garden created by military veterans at the showground and a photography competition.

Multi-coloured life size cut outs of cows will be displayed around Dumfries & Galloway itself so people can take “A Selfie With A Beltie” as tourism begins to return.

Livestock judging will also still be taking place at the showground, and among those representing Dumfries and Galloway will be Anne Bell (aged 82), her daughter Katie Keiley, and granddaughters Mollie (14) and Daisy (12).

All will be showing some of the region’s much loved Belties. For Mollie and Daisy it will be the first time they have shown at the Royal Highland Showground. However, their granny has a proud track record, having had four Supreme Champion Belted Galloways in the past.

Katie said: “We are all looking forward to this so much. My Mum has always been such an inspiration to all of us – thanks to her the whole family got the Beltie bug.

“And it will be very special for all of us to see Mollie and Daisy going into the ring at the Royal Highland Show for the first time with their own Belties.”

There will also be specially commissioned videos and other online activity to showcase some of what makes south-west Scotland such a special place.

For more information follow @ScotlandRHShow on Twitter and visit the Royal Highland Show page on Facebook.