Find Scotland Tours that feature Sheepdog Demonstrations
|Address:||Leault Farm, Kincraig, PH21 1LZ . Tel: 01540 651402|
|Operated by:||Independent See Website|
|Opening Hours:||June - Oct: 4 pm everyday except Saturdays |
By arrangement at other times. It is worth contacting the farm as they often do demonstartions for coach parties and you may be able to tag along with one of these.
|Accessibility:||The demonstration takes place in a field adjacent to where you park your car. The ground is uneven, but it shouldn't pose a problem. Wheelchair users should be fine as you don't need to go far and the demonstration can be watched from the car parking area without impediment.|
|Shop:||Not as such, but a few souvenirs such as shepherd's whistles and children's books can be bought.|
When you live in Scotland you tend to get a bit blase about seeing sheep and sheepdogs, but we have to admit that the sheepdog demonstrations at Leault Farm were something that we thoroughly enjoyed.
The sheepdog demonstration lasts for ~45 minutes and during this time you get to meet the dogs, learn about their training and gain an understanding about the commands used to control them. Neil Ross, the shepherd, uses a team of ~10 sheepdogs and each dog has its own set of whistle commands so that they can be individually directed. It is quite a mind boggling bit of multi-tasking.
If you want to get a bit more hands on, you can take a shot at hand shearing a sheep the old fashioned way with a large pair of shears. Depending on the season, you can also have some fun with hand feeding the new lambs from baby bottles. This is an entertaining spectacle as the lambs nudge and jostle with the sheepdog pups to get their share of the milk.
We were particularly lucky with the timing of our visit in late May, because we were there in time to see the sheepdog pups having their first outing with Mum & Dad on the job. The pups are so cute that you will find it hard to resist taking them home and it is great fun to watch the interaction between the spring lambs and the pups.