Arguably Scotland's most famous animal, Highland cows (or Heilan coos) are gentle giants who can easily be identified by their long, double coats and tough horns.
Build to withstand the harshest of weather conditions, they are the oldest registered breed of cattle in the world. Despite their hardy nature, Highland cows are also among the friendliest of cattle breeds with their adorable looks only adding to their appeal.
While you can stumble upon them in fields across the country, here are 12 places in Scotland where you can specifically visit Highland cows.
1. Romesdal Highlanders, Isle of Skye
If you’re in the Isle of Skye you can find Romesdal Highlands in the Trotternish area, where the small fold enjoy the island’s landscape and environment. Romesdal Highlands also run a B&B which makes it an excellent spot to both adventure and relax.
(Photo: Romesdal Highland Cattle, Isle of Skye on Facebook)
2. Rothiemurchus Highland Estate, Cairngorms National Park
Tucked away in the Cairngorms, at Rothiemurchus you can visit the farm and enjoy a range of activities – not least their Hairy Coo Safari. If you’re visiting Aviemore or Inverness it’s well worth a visit. (Photo: Rothiemurchus Highland Estate on Facebook)
3. Swanston Farm, Edinburgh
Just outside of Edinburgh, Swanston Farm’s fold of Highlands live across 300 acres of land above the farm. During the summer months you can find two, Thelma and Louise, a few minutes away from the farm’s restaurant but for the full experience pack appropriate footwear as you can wander the field to find more of them. (Photo: Swanston Farm on Instagram)
4. Jacksons at Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
You can get up close and personal with the Highland cows if you visit Jacksons at Jedburgh. Located in the Scottish Borders they offer self-guided and farmer led experiences where you can meet the animals up close. There’s also other animals around the farm to pet, such as sheep, goats and more. (Photo: Jacksons at Jedburgh on Facebook)