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Where to see Highland cattle

mustseescotlandmustseescotland VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭✭
edited August 2018 in Scotland's countryside

OK, OK, I knew you’d want to get to the main question. You came here for some views of coos. (Actually, further down our article you’ll find some interesting stories about Highland cattle and how important they were in the Highlands.)

There are many icons of Scotland. Thistle, bagpipes, tartan, shortbread and so on. And the Highland cow. Yes, nothing says Scotland like this hirsute bovine. (Thought I’d get the synonym out of the way early on!) OK, let’s sort out the words before we start. Coo is Scots for cow. Hielan (rhyming with sea-man) is the way we pronounce Highland (sometimes - it depends on how Scottish we feel). And ‘hairy’ is exactly how we pronounce ‘hairy’ - and hence hairy coos..  read on to find out where to see Highland cows Read More >>>

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  • ScathachScathach Member ✭✭
    If people are coming up to Aberdeenshire, sometimes they can be spotted at Kincardine O'Neil. I have seen them from the bus just after the wee church.
    They are not always there but I have seen them on a few occasions.
  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @mustseescotland, There are lots of places to find Highland Cows. I live in Pitlochry and we have a few of them on the left side of the road as you exit the A9 to drive in to the town. Also at the gates of Blair Castle there are usually two or three. Taste Pertshire by Bankfoot on the side of the A9 has Highland Cows.
    Hope this helps.
    Best regards
  • MoFMoF Member ✭✭
    @mustseescotland When we were out on Islay in Dec, there were a few of the adorable hairy beasts wandering around near Kilnaughton chapel (cemetery) on on the other side of Kilnaughton bay from Port Ellen.   Of course the one with the net, did look sad (however friendly and fluffy they look) they are still very dangerous. 
  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Have a look at some of these coos that were spotted on the coastal road between Applecross and Shieldaig!

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  • mustseescotlandmustseescotland VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭✭
    @VisitScotlandLiam - great shots!! 
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  • CherylebCheryleb Member ✭✭
    Swanston Farm on the outskirts of Edinburgh have a herd of Highland Cattle who can regularly be found wandering the Pentland Hills.  The also have added three young females to the farm and they are currently residing on the grounds until settled enough to roam free. Their Highland cows even feature in a VisitScotland campaign! The farm have a Brassiere on site as well as other fun activities-such as 'footgolf'   :)
  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited April 2018
    If you're paying a visit to Stirling Castle there are ones in the land below as well!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • CherylebCheryleb Member ✭✭
    And for those who are on a City break but don't want to miss out, in Edinburgh there are Highland Cattle whom you might see wandering the grounds of the Prestonfield House Hotel in the heart of the City.
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    if you are travelling up (or down) the A9 near Perth there are coos in the field at Taste Perthshire near Bankfoot. They currently have two baby coos too. They are accessible for photo opportunities too. 

    Stirling Castle - below the castle and next to the King's knot  - you can also find heilan coos here. 

    Blair Atholl Castle - There are black coos here at the castle. They can be found at the entrance of the campsite or at the back of the car park at the castle. 

    Pollock Park - There is a large of of prize winning coos to be found at Pollock Park just outside Glasgow 

    Inveraray Castle - You can find them in the field right outside the castle door at Inveraray.

    Cardhu Distillery - There is a small herd at the distillery too.

    Balgove Larder, near St Andrews - There are usually a couple of coos as you drive up to Balgove Larder. 

    **The top photo was taken at Cardhu Distillery and the one below was at Pollock Park**
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  • VisitScotlandAliVisitScotlandAli Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    some really great pictures on here of Highland cattle, if anyone is on the Isle of Bute looking to see them, head out toward Rhubodach where they are in a field by the road side.

  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Look at these wee guys!

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  • KrisKris Member
    @VisitScotlandAli - so good photo :) 
    I saw may of cows on Sky in May.
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