What are Highland Cows?
Highland Cows are a unique breed of cattle known for their long horns and wavy, shaggy coats. They are one of the oldest breeds still in existence today, with records showing that they were already present in Scotland during the Middle Ages.
Highland Cows have a natural ability to survive harsh weather conditions due to their thick double coat, which consists of an inner layer of soft wool and an outer layer of long, coarse guard hairs. This allows them to be well insulated against cold temperatures and wet weather, which means they can cope perfectly with the Scottish weather!
Highland cows are also known for their docility; they are remarkably easy-going animals that can be handled with ease. Their friendly nature makes them a great choice for small-scale farms, requiring less handling and care than other breeds.
Highland cows are a popular choice in Scotland, where they are often seen grazing in the countryside. They come in a variety of colours, including black, red, yellow, brown and white. No matter what colour their coat is, these animals remain iconic symbols of Scotland and its proud history.
Highland cattle are a hardy breed with the ability to thrive in all conditions. They need exercise and plenty of room to graze, but they can also be comfortable living indoors during the colder months. With proper care and nutrition, Highland cows can live up to twenty years or longer – making them a long-term investment for any small farm or homestead.
It can be difficult however to know exactly where you’ll be able to find Highland Cows in Scotland that are located in a safe spot where you can stop and get close enough to see them and take some photographs.
This is why we’re so pleased that we came across Hector’s Highland Cows.
Where are Hector’s Highland Cows?
Hector’s Highland Cows are a super friendly herd of Highland Cows that can be found at Lodge on the Loch in Sconser on the Isle of Skye.
You can also find out more information at the Lodge on the Loch website – Hectors Highland Cows (lodgeontheloch.co.uk)
Do you have to pay to see Hector’s Highland Cows?
They are free to go and see however there is a donation box should you wish to donate any money for the gorgeous photos that you’re guaranteed to get of these amazing cows so please help keep these amazing animals there for us all to see and drop a few coins in the box.
Is there parking available to see Hector’s Highland Cows?
There is parking available at the Lodge on the Loch but there is also a large layby over the road which is where the cows actually are located in the field. You can park in the layby and get those all-important highland coo shots to tick off your Scotland bucket list.
The cows are very popular and attract a lot of visitors from all over the world, there were coach loads of people there when we visited!
We highly recommend a trip to Hector’s Highland Cows for a great spot to see and photograph some lovely highland cows on the Isle of Skye.
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