Highland Cattle are born and bred to deal with the extreme weather conditions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. They are very hardy but very gentle in nature. There are still working herds or ‘folds’ throughout Scotland. Highland Cattle have no layer of fat to keep them warm and instead have an extra coat which also maintains weatherproofing. The coat is shed in the spring in preparation for the better weather!
The long fringe or ‘dossan’ keeps the driving wind and rain out of their eyes in the winter and the sun and insects in the summer months.
Archaeological evidence places Highland cattle back in the 6th century. They are the oldest pedigree breed in the world and the Highland Cattle Society’s first herd dates to back to 1884.