Ardoch Hebridean Sheep are one of the few who are dedicated to the breed and have a multi-award-winning flock, often to be seen showed at the Royal Highland Show mid June in Edinburgh.
Hebridean sheep are on Slow Food Ark of Taste and have a delicious delicate flavour, lightly herbal and easy to cook. More details & recipes to follow soon (Feb2019). Sold as boxes. Click on their for more details in the meantime.
They are direct descendants of the ancient North European short tailed sheep that came to Scotland 8 thousand years ago. Small, hardy and lively ewes rarely weighing more than 40kg. Originated on the archipelago of the Hebrides with a few cooks and chefs seeking it out.
Their dainty frame means small cuts and many farmers favour modern breeds with larger cuts and greater weight as that is demanded at auction. It is also the case that if lamb is seen as a commodity then their only asset is weight. Those who rear Hebridean and other rare breeds recognise the value in flavour, wool, sustainability, their wonderful characters and lively nature, not size.