We have a strong belief in supporting rare & native breed livestock, which are built to survive our altitude and climate. Our animals live free-range in a non-intensive farming environment. They are allowed to behave naturally, have normal social groups and are carefully looked after by our small team. On the 200 acres of hill surrounding Errichel House we keep:
Shetland Cattle – small, hardy and thrifty – these cows are quiet, intelligent and produce a top quality product for meat and dairy. We currently use our own Shetland Beef in Thyme at Errichel Restaurant and you can buy our beef for your own use at Errichel House. Chef Patron Paul has developed a range of cured beef products and his Shetland Beef Bilton has been awarded 2 Stars in the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards. This is a delicious, high protein snack – ideal for walking or enjoying with your favourite tipple. We are slowly learning and developing the skills needed for dairy production and hope in future to be able to add this to our product range.
Shetland Sheep – small, hardy and thrifty – these sheep have a beautiful fine fleece which is sought after for spinners and knitters. We use our own hogget in Thyme Bistro and you can buy lamb or hogget from Thyme Deli.
Large Black Pigs – large, great foragers and hardy – these pigs are incredibly docile and friendly, easy to keep and produce an excellent product. We use our pork in Thyme Bistro. Pork, ham and sausages are often available to purchase from Thyme Deli. Paul also uses our excellent pork in his selection of ready meals – Teriyaki Pork being a particularly delicious example.
Highland Ponies & Shetland Ponies – Wonderful natured, perfectly built for our environment, these ponies make excellent family friends. They enjoy their work, make good ridden ponies and do a great job of keeping the grass short! Occasionally we have some Highland Ponies for sale. Please email us for further details.
We have a Duck Pond with wild Mallards and our own geese. We keep a selection of interesting poultry breeds. We use duck, hen and goose eggs in Thyme Bistro, and often have boxes for sale at Thyme Deli.