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The Aberdeenshire town of Turriff, affectionately known as Turra, is home to one of Scotland’s best-known annual agricultural shows - The Turra Show. Up to 40,000 people – farmers and those who struggle to tell one end of a cow from another – attend this event.
Even in the bustling town centre – which has a fantastic selection of small, independent shops where there is always a bargain to be had – there is a nod to the importance of the local farming industry.
In 1913 a white milk cow – later known as the Turra Coo - was seized by the government when its owner protested at the introduction of compulsory National Insurance and refused to hand over £22. The beast was walked into town to be auctioned but locals, sympathetic to the farmer’s plight, caused a near riot, bought the cow and returned it to the farmer. A statue of the famous cow now takes pride of place in the town centre.
In 2018, Turriff received the accolade of being voted Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street.
Just a few miles outside of Turriff amid the rolling fields lays Delgatie Castle. It is a contrast of regal splendour and a cosy family home, mixing one of the finest painted ceilings in Scotland and grand period furniture, with the warmth of the tea-room where the award-winning home bakes have people coming from near and far!