FAQs

We've collated some of the questions we are asked most often.

If your question isn't on this list then please email us at events@rhass.org.uk

What is the Royal Highland Centre?

The Royal Highland Centre is Scotland's largest indoor and outdoor event venue hosting everything from concerts and sporting events to exhibitions.

How is the Royal Highland Centre connected with the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland?

Since 1784, The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), has been the respected standard-bearer for farming and rural industry in Scotland. With over 16,000 members, its key remit is to promote Scotland's land-based and allied businesses.

A registered charity, the Society plays a pivotal role in the creation of a better understanding of the management of Scotland's land and rural resources.

The Royal Highland Centre is the trading name of a fully owned subsidiary of the RHASS registered as Highland Centre Ltd. Registered company no. 265245.

What sort of events are held at the Royal Highland Centre?

The Royal Highland Centre hosts over 250 events annually and welcomes over a million visitors each year. 

Perhaps best known for large events such as the Royal Highland Show, the venue regularly plays host to a wide variety of events including: concerts, gigs, motoring events, exhibitions, conferences, live sport, meetings and functions.

The beauty of the Royal Highland Centre is that, in addition to three halls, there is also extensive outdoor space including 110-acres of parkland, south arena, track area, countryside area and parking for 20,000 vehicles.

I'd like to find out more about the track events at the Royal Highland Centre.

Our track events are a unique way of seeing the venue and all it has to offer.

Our purpose built track is the original home of Scottish Motorsport and is still used today. The Centre's flexibility makes it an ideal choice for motoring and track based events. The track itself is a big draw and is used in a variety of ways; from test driving vehicles, showcasing new vehicles or hosting driving day experiences that allow visitors to drive their dream cars round a purpose built track.

The Royal Highland Centre is at the forefront of track events in Scotland, securing our place in Scottish motor racing's history books; past, present and future.

What capacity does the Royal Highland Centre have?

This all depends on the area of the Royal Highland Centre that suits the event best. We have some 18,000m² covered exhibition space encompassing three halls:

Highland Hall

The largest of our four halls, the Highland Hall has a seated capacity of 10,000 or 12,000 for an indoor performance.

With views overlooking the Royal Highland Centre's parkland, the first floor has three meeting rooms and an open foyer area capable of hosting between 30 and 200 for a lecture or 250 for a private dinner. A restaurant, coffee lounge, toilets, and changing facilities are available on the ground floor and air conditioning and wifi is available throughout.

Lowland Hall

The second largest of our event venues and a popular choice with exhibition organisers, the Lowland Hall offers event organisers 4200m² of space.

The stand-alone hall is capable of comfortably seating 2500 for a banquet, over 5000 for a conference or 6000 for a concert or theatrical production.

Central Hall

Occupying the north east corner of the Royal Highland Centre, the Central Hall offers additional floor space to events in the Highland or Lowland Hall. Situated adjacent to both the Highland and Lowland Halls, it successfully links the venues for large events.

 

Which area will be most suited to my event?

Our expert team will be delighted to discuss your requirement and match you with the space that suits your event best.

Who do I speak to about putting on an event?

Our events team will be happy to help, you can contact them by emailing events@rhass.org.uk or by giving them a call on 0131 335 6200.

Is there a mailing list I can be added to?

We can add you to our mailing list to receive regular newsletters if you take a moment to register here. For the very latest on everything that's happening at the Royal Highland Centre though then we suggest you follow us on Twitter by clicking here or like our Facebook page hereWe regularly run competitions to win prizes through our social media so it definitely pays to keep up to date!

About events

How do I buy tickets for events?

Click here to view our events and buy tickets. Wherever possible we will provide links to the event holder's ticketing information through links on the site.

If you are having any trouble sourcing tickets, please let us know by calling 0131 335 6200

What about event parking?

We have parking for 20,000 cars. Depending on the event there is a nominal charge for this parking facility although many events have free parking. Please check the details on the website for your specific event.

 

How do I get to the Royal Highland Centre using public transport?

Travel Information to the venue can be found here

Are there catering options available for the event?

Yes, the Royal Highland Centre provides catering.

I am attending a concert at the Royal Highland Centre; will I be able to purchase food on site?

There is always a range of food available to purchase at events.

What time will my event start and finish?

Event times and schedules vary, we will provide information relating to each event on the website – if you have any additional queries please let us know.

Where can I stay?

If you're looking for a place to rest your head before (or after) an event at the Royal Highland Centre then look no further! We have hotel accommodation on-site at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, located at the North Gate of the Royal Highland Centre. To visit the hotel's website, click here.


Additionally, there are an abundance of hotels nearby including:

The Hilton Edinburgh Airport Hotel - located on Eastfield Road next to Edinburgh Airport and a ten minute walk from the Royal Highland Centre.

The Edinburgh Marriott Hotel - located a 5 minute drive from the Royal Highland Centre along the A8 on Glasgow Road.

The Norton House Hotel & Spa - an award winning 4 red star hotel and is a 2 minute drive opposite the Royal Highland Centre.

Or, if you would like to see what else is available please contact VisitScotland or call Edinburgh's Tourist Information Office on 0131 344 3120.

Is there anywhere nearby where I can eat?

There are lots of options nearby in terms of restaurants with each of the hotels listed above providing their own offerings. Most events at the Royal Highland Centre are also catered and you can take advantage of our locally sourced and sustainable catering offering.

How can I get in touch with the Royal Highland Centre to ask a question?

We hope we have answered the most commonly asked questions within our FAQs section. However, if you have any other questions then please don't hesitate to contact us by email at info@rhass.org.uk or by calling our events team on 0131 335 6210.

Directions

The Royal Highland Centre is on the west side of Edinburgh, located next to Edinburgh Airport, within minutes of the M8 and M9 and in easy reach of the city centre.

The Royal Highland Centre sits off Glasgow Road (A8) between Newbridge roundabout and the A8/airport roundabout, one of the main routes into the city.

Facilities - General

Is smoking permitted at the Royal Highland Centre?

The Royal Highland Centre has a no smoking policy. We do however have specific outside smoking areas for those wishing to smoke during an event.

I would like to make a complaint, how to I do this?

You can contact us by email events@rhass.org.uk or by telephone on 0131 335 6210, we will do our best to sort out your complaint as quickly as possible.

Is there a cash machine available on site?

Yes, the Royal Bank of Scotland has a permanent ATM facility within the venue.

What do I do if I require medical assistance while at an event?

Please inform a member of the Royal Highland Centre team who will find a First Aider for you, ensuring you are safe.

Should you have any questions relating to the Royal Highland Centre, please email events@rhass.org.uk or calling 0131 335 6210.