The Black Isle Show: Celebrating the Best of Scottish Agriculture


The Black Isle Show is one of the biggest agricultural events in the Scottish calendar,

The show, which takes place annually in August (the 3rd of August in 2023), brings together farmers, breeders, and producers from across Scotland and beyond to showcase the very best of Scottish agriculture. From the finest livestock to the latest farming technology, oh and how can we forget the monster trucks!

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what makes the Black Isle Show so special, from its rich history to its exciting future (and monster trucks). We’ll explore the different attractions on offer, from the animal shows to the trade stands, and give you a taste of what to expect if you’re planning to attend the show this year.

A Brief History of the Black Isle Show

The Black Isle Show has been a fixture in the Scottish agricultural calendar since 1836 when it was first held in Fortrose.

Over the years, the show has grown and evolved, moving to different locations and changing and adapting as the industry has moved over the years, Today, the show is held at Mannsfield Showground near Muir of Ord, where it attracts thousands of visitors each year.

One of the things that sets the Black Isle Show apart is its focus on tradition. While the show has evolved over the years, it has always maintained a strong connection to the past. From the traditional crafts on display to the vintage tractor parade, the show offers a glimpse into Scotland’s rich agricultural heritage.

Attractions at the Black Isle Show

One of the main attractions at the Black Isle Show is the animal competitions. The show hosts a range of competitions for different livestock breeds, from cattle to sheep to horses. These competitions are a chance for breeders to showcase their finest animals and for visitors to see some of the most impressive livestock in the country.

The show hosts over 300 trade stands, offering everything from farming equipment to artisan food and drink. It’s a chance for farmers to network and learn about the latest products and services in the industry, as well as for visitors to pick up some unique souvenirs (Toy monster trucks! Are we spotting a theme here yet?)

For those interested in traditional crafts, the Black Isle Show has plenty to offer. The craft tent showcases a range of traditional Scottish crafts, from weaving to wood carving, and gives visitors the chance to see skilled Scottish artisans at work.

In addition to the animal shows and trade stands, the Black Isle Show hosts a range of other attractions. These include the vintage tractor parade, the sheepdog trials, and the children’s entertainment area, which features bouncy castles, face painting, and other fun activities.

And Monster Trucks!

The main ring is the focus of the event. You’ll likely to see vintage tractors, livestock, horse jumping and other events. But the real star of the show (it was for us anyway) was the monster trucks!

See these huge vehicles jump sky high over puny cars. Race around and roar. They always get a roar from the kids on the sidelines too.

The Black Isle Show Video

If you want to see what the Black Isle Show is like, see the video below to recount what the show was like in 2022 (skip to 3:32 for the monster trucks)

What to Expect at the Black Isle Show

If you’re planning to attend the Black Isle Show this year, there are a few things you should know. The show takes place over two days, usually in early August. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day. There is ample parking on-site, and there are shuttle buses available from nearby towns and cities.

When you arrive at the show, you’ll be greeted by a bustling atmosphere and a sea of people. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking involved!

Tip: You should also bring some cash with you, as not all of the trade stands accept card payments.

There are plenty of food and drink options available at the show, from traditional Scottish fare to more modern street food. Make sure to try some of the local produce, such as the famous Black Isle beef or artisanal cheeses (yum!).

Can I Bring my Dog to the Show?

Yes. Dogs are welcome at the Black Isle Show. Remember to be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your pet.

What is the Address for the Black Isle Show?

The address for the Sat Nav is:
Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord IV6 7QA

The phone number for the site is 01463 870870

Black Isle Admission Charges & Tickets

2023 admission charges haven’t been confirmed yet, however, last year’s prices are below.

Tickets can be bought either at the gate on entry or online here

  • Preview Evening – £8. Children aged 12 12 and under FREE
  • Show Day – Adults £15; Concession (over 12 up to 18, over 65) £10, Children aged 12 and under FREE

Program of Events From 2022

This was the program of events from the 2020 Black Isle show to give you a very good idea on what to expect this yea in 2023 and next year in 2024

Wednesday 3 Aug 2022 – Main Ring

  • 4.30pm             Show Jumping Final
  • 6.00pm             Vintage Tractor Parade
  • 6.30pm            “Give Fergie the Push” (tractor pushing competition)
  • 8.00pm            Monster Trucks

Around the Showground

  • Highland Dancing
  • Cookery Demonstrations – 5.30pm and 7.00pm
  • Music in the Bar Tent
  • Chainsaw carving
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Sheep Show
  • Hogg Show
  • Spinning Demonstration
  • Flower Show from 5pm
  • Discovery Area

Thursday 4 Aug 2022 – Main Ring

  • 8.00am – All livestock judging (main ring and stock lines)
  • 12noon – Cattle Interbreed and Pairs
  • 1.30pm – Vintage Tractors
  • 2.15pm – Children’s Races
  • 2.30pm – Monster Trucks
  • 3.10pm – Grand Parade of Livestock
  • 3.45pm – Vintage Tractor Parade
  • 4.30pm – Monster Trucks

Around the Showground

  • Cookery Demonstrations 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
  • Chainsaw carving
  • Street Entertainers
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Spinning Demonstration
  • Music from 11am in Bar Tent
  • Hogg Show
  • Sheep Show
  • Dog Show (1pm)
  • Flower Show
  • Music in Village Square
  • Discovery Area

In Summary

The Black Isle Show is a celebration of all that is great about Scottish agriculture.

From the finest livestock to the latest farming technology, the show has something for everyone.

Whether you’re a farmer looking to network and learn about the latest products and technology, to have a chit-chat with other farmers just like yourself. or to the kids wanting to see the monster trucks race around.

All bases are covered for a fun two days out with all the family.

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