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A collection of stories about life on Eastside hill sheep farm in Scotland. Short, frequent and hopefully engaging... we’ll try our best!

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Eastside | A Gathering film

As the sheep business runs quite literally along side the holiday cottages we are always keen to share the comings and goings of the farm with our guests.

Eastside farms 1200 hectares. The sheep are farmed on an ancient system called “hefting” and they literally have the run of the place. At certain times of the year for shearing or marking, where we choose the lambs for stock or sale, we ‘gather’ the sheep bringing them off the hill & down to the farmstead.

Eastside | Winter on the Hills Film

Watch our film capturing Eastside under a blanket of snow this Winter. We love this time of year when the hills look rugged & wild & can’t wait to get wrapped up warm to explore on crisp Winter days.

Eastside | An Autumn Sunset Film

Watch our film capturing the vivid purples and golds of an Autumn sunset in the hills surrounding the cottages. The film is entirely shot on the farm and all these magnificent locations are within walking distance of your cottage door.

December | January at Eastside

Wintery days have been numerous here this December with cold crisp days and some snow over the Christmas period. There is nothing nicer than a snowy winter’s day of sledging and walking followed by an evening by the wood-burning stove.

Looking from Eastside down the road towards the Moorfoots | January 2014

Looking from Eastside down the road towards the Moorfoots | January 2014 ↑

Image credit @tcjenny

Haircuts at Eastside!

It is almost that time of year again where we start shearing (or clipping) the Blackface ewes on Eastside. Ali has started on the Hogs (one year old) sheep already with the ewes that have been nursing lambs gathered later.  The hogs are clipped earlier than the ewes owing to the ‘rise’ in the wool. The “rise” is the new wool growth that is easily clipped through and this “rise” grows earlier on the hogs without lambs to feed.

Job clipping the sheep at Eastside

Job clipping the sheep at Eastside ↑

Kind permission of Michael Rummey

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