We've collated some of the questions we are asked most often.
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About the Royal Highland Centre
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 15,000 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 sorts of events are held at the Royal Highland Centre?
The Royal Highland Centre welcomed over 1.2 million visitors to 250 events last year, contributing £250 million to the Scottish economy including £100 million to Edinburgh and the Lothians.
We are well known for large events such as our own Royal Highland Show but we regularly play host to a wide variety of events including: motoring events, exhibitions, conferences, live sport, meetings and functions.
The beauty of the Royal Highland Centre is that, in addition to our four halls, we also have extensive outdoor space including 110-acres of parkland, our main 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 please.
Our track events are a unique way of seeing the Centre 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 adaptability of the indoor and outdoor spaces and the Centre's accessibility from the motorway network ensure that we deliver events that surpass expectations. 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.
In addition to car events, the track has also seen an increase in use for cycling events. We believe this reflects a nationwide surge in interest for all things cycling related since the Olympics of 2012. The trend for cycling spans the generations and has a positive impact on Scotland's health, something we're happy to play a part in.
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 four halls:
The largest of our four halls, the Highland Hall can seat 10,000 for a conference, 5,000 for a corporate dinner 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.
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.
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?
As we have so many spaces within the Centre that are used for events, there is sure to be a space for you. 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 email@example.com 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 here.
How can I keep up with the latest news at the Royal Highland Centre?
As above, if you follow us on Twitter, Facebook or sign up for our mailing list you can keep up to date with the very latest on the Centre. We regularly run competitions to win prizes through our social media so it definitely pays to keep up to date!
Are there any current vacancies at the Royal Highland Centre?
We have a vacancies section on the website, click here to view.
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.
Can I use public transport to get to the Royal Highland Centre?
From Edinburgh, Lothian Buses run regular services including the 48, 35 and the Airport Express (100). All buses run regularly and drop-off close to the Centre. Click here for a Lothian Buses timetable or call 0131 555 6363.
The Stagecoach Jet747 bus service from Fife will drop visitors off outside the Royal Highland Centre. Click here for more information.
Citylink also operate services with drop-offs on the A8 close to the Royal Highland Centre. For more information, click here.
Haymarket is the nearest train station offering train links from across the UK. For more information contact National Rail on 08457 48 49 50 or click here.
Lothian Buses run regular services stopping outside Haymarket Station and dropping off close to the Centre. Call Lothian Buses on 0131 555 6363 or click here for further information.
Or, why not hop in a taxi? Taxis are available from outside the station and take around 15/20 minutes to travel to the Royal Highland Centre.
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 Quality Hotel, an award winning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our events team on 0131 335 6210.
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 email@example.com 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 showground.
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 don't hesitate to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0131 335 6210.