It may be one of the most northern events in the calendar, but that’s no reason to avoid visiting Blair Castle, home to this year’s European Championships.
1. It’s easier to get to than you think.
We flew from Bristol to Edinburgh and then hired a car. At only 1.5 hours drive from Edinburgh airport, along great roads, the distance really isn’t an issue no matter how far south you live.
2. The camping.
Blair is exceptionally well set up for camping. Whether you’ve opted for Glamping in the yurts and tipis, brought your horsebox, or just have a pop-up tent, there’s a big flat field, excellent hot showers and a reasonably priced breakfast van. What more could you want?
3. The scenery.
Set right on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, with its own fairytale castle, Blair is simply stunning.
4. The shopping.
There’s everything from the big saddlery stores to bespoke tweed, and with a super craft tent and food hall, if you can think of it, you can probably buy it here. Think big 4* shopping but without the crowds.
5. The competition.
Not only are there Ian Stark’s fantastic cross country courses to marvel over (how exactly you canter down some of the hills, let alone jump fences along the way, is beyond us), but there’s also showing, showjumping and the Scottish finals of the eventer’s challenge classes. There really is something for everyone.
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