FARM SUMMARY

The land is farmed by Kenneth Headspeath who cares for his stock of rare breeds both at Balvarran and at Boreland, in Glen Shee. Highland cattle, often roaming right up to the high ground on Meall Uaine, are now a feature at Balvarran.  Belted Galloway and a flock of Hebridean sheep also graze the land.

Kenneth runs Highland Drovers and you can buy his gourmet beef and lamb online at www.highlanddrovers.co.uk…

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FARM HISTORY

The local area has a long farming history and of particular note were the Michaelmas Fairs which took place at Kirkmichael.  It was one of Scotland’s largest cattle markets where traders from the north would meet their counterparts from the south.  Historically a number of drove roads converged on Kirkmichael, making it popular with dealers from the lowlands who could purchase small lots of cattle from highland drovers.

Balvarran has been grazed by cattle for centuries and three ruaids (old hill pastures) remain clearly visible…

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