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The Highland Cow ‘Heilan Coo’ is one of the most popular animals in Scotland for good reason. These beautiful animals with big horns and flowing coats originated in Western Scotland but can now be seen all over the world. They are a very hardy breed and so thrive well in the Cairngorms with its harsh winter environment.
Here we take a look at where you might find them on your travels throughout the Cairngorms.
1. Rothiemurchus | Hairy Coo Safari
Take a walk down to the farm to meet the wonderful hairy heilan coos! The Ranger will call the cattle over and they will come right up to the fence to be fed. Enjoy a ‘Hairy Coo Safari’ all year round on the estate.
2. Blair Castle
Look out for Highland cattle in the surrounding fields as you approach Blair Castle along its majestic drive, lined with Lime trees that were planted by the Duke in the 18th Century.
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3. Highland Folk Museum
This mile long site has a 1700s township (which features in Outlander) at one end and a working 1930s croft at the other. Say hello to the Highland Cows as you explore the museum. Open April-October.
4. Muckrach Country House Hotel
The Highland cows, who have grazed at Muckrach for the past couple of decades have become a firm favourite with passing tourists everyday, who stop by Muckrach Country House Hotel, to take their photo.
5. Ruthven Barracks
Ruthven Barracks were built by George II’s government between 1719 and 1721 following the Jacobite rising of 1715. They were to house garrison infantry to police the area and enforce the Disarming Act of 1716.The barracks sit high up on a mound surrounded by grazing land where you can see Highland Cows.
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6. The River Spey
Take a slow journey down the River aboard a canoe or raft and you might be lucky enough to see Highland Cows grazing the bonnie, bonnie banks of the Spey.
7. Ardlogie Guest House
If you don’t have much time for coo calling then stop by the Ardlogie Guest House in Aviemore where you can say hello to Archie the wood carved kilted beauty who greets passers by and guests. He is renown for his straight talking so keep him happy and make a donation in the box for the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team.
Archie says Thank You
8. Glenlivet Distillery
As you approach the Glenlivet Distillery look out for Highland cattle in the surrounding fields. They can be really friendly!
9. Bunkhouse at the Roundhouse, Laggan
Meet Dougie the bull, Baby, Boy, Ishbel, Victoria, and the rest of the mysterious but affectionate Highland herd. They have hairy coats and wide horns, love being combed and tickled, and their babies are the closest thing to four-legged teddy bears. Book a tour with Roy to meet these amazing creatures.
Let us know where you get your Highland Cow fix.
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