rdalanish Farm lies in the remote south west corner of the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, extending west from the white sand of Ardalanish Bay. Highland cattle and Hebridean sheep are reared for organic meat, and the sheeps' wool is used for weaving and knitwear. Organic turnips and potatoes are also grown.
Our farming practices represent our belief in the primary importance of understanding the land and its needs and allowing ecological relationships to develop with animals already co-evolved with the environment. We believe the balance achieved with these methods produces a quality and an ethical standard which reflects the conditions that nature bestowed in this unique Hebridean landscape.
Kyloe: The Kyloe was the cow of the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland, small, black and hardy. At Ardalanish, as in days gone by, the Clach na Gruagaich Fold of Highland Cattle are predominantly black. The herd's grazing pattern is more like that of the wild herbivores than of a domestic breed, replicating in many ways the activities of the extinct wild aurochs. Their non selective grazing and foraging habits are acknowledged by conservation bodies to enhance the flora on hill ground and to improve the habitat for wildlife. Cows calve naturally on the hill, seeking out a favourite sheltered brackeny hollow or heather-filled corrie.
Native Hebridean Sheep: Hebridean Sheep possibly descended from Viking Stock; which evolved centuries ago in the Western Isles of Scotland. Their lustrous black wool makes hard-wearing articles - traces of similar wool have been found in ancient Island burial chambers. As with Highland Cattle, their grazing preferences give them an unrivalled ability in sustaining delicate ecosystems.