The Royal Highland Centre

The Royal Highland Centre is home to Ingliston House, the Society’s headquarters. Importantly, the Centre also plays a key role in supporting and driving the development of both Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s events business, hosting hundreds of events, conferences, exhibitions and functions each year.

The advancement of our events business delivers significant benefits to the Society and Scotland and it is estimated that over £250 million is generated for the Scottish economy. From large-scale gatherings, such as Gardening Scotland and the Royal Highland Show, to intimate private parties, our unique parkland setting next to Edinburgh Airport and minutes from the city centre, has earned the reputation as an inspiring and well-connected venue.

With many years of experience in making events happen, our events team pride themselves on creating solutions to exacting individual requirements frequently working with colleagues within other parts of the Society. This partnership approach, coupled with our first-class exhibition halls, pavilions, outdoor theatre, onsite catering and hotel accommodation, provides organisers with a flexibility
and quality that’s hard to beat.

The Future Unfolds

The decision to purchase the 280-acre site at Ingliston in 1958 demonstrated the Society’s ability to grasp opportunities and bring big ideas to fruition for the benefit of its members.

Over the years we have continued to invest in the site – creating a successful events business, developing an agribusiness hub, maximising the income from our residential properties and returning the 18th century Ingliston House to its former glory.

We have embarked on another major milestone in the Society’s history – the redevelopment of the Royal Highland Centre.

This ambitious project, costing in excess of £20 million, will result in the creation of a world-class event space and a centre of excellence for rural enterprise, agriculture and primary industries.

The realisation of this master plan will enable the Society to grow and develop, ensuring the success of our business and thereby delivering significant economic benefits to Scotland.

The developments include:

  • Designed to be multi-functional

    A Scottish Centre of Excellence showcasing the best of Scottish primary and secondary produce including food and drink, textiles and other products. This facility is designed to be multi-functional incorporating retail, catering, exhibitions, training and education.

  • Leisure tourism

    Two additional hotels to accommodate business and leisure tourism.

  • Business hub

    An expansion of the existing business hub to provide additional facilities and support the development of rural and agricultural enterprise. Our intention is to attract a diverse range of agribusiness, primary industry and rural businesses, including renewables, and become a core location for Scotland’s rural economy.

  • Conference space

    A new conference space designed to attract much- valued business tourism to Scotland.

  • Civic realm

    The creation of a civic realm to provide a strong sense of arrival to Scotland’s national showground