Our Soay sheep are descended from a population of feral sheep on the 100 hectare island of Soay in the St Kilda Archipelago about 65km from the Western Isles of Scotland

Our particular ewes are from the first crop of ewe lambs descended from 1960s sheep which were transferred from St Kilda to the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh then to the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen.

They are much smaller than modern domestic sheep but hardier and are extraordinarily agile and easily capable of jumping the fences around them so careful handling is required.

The breed is listed as Category 4: At Risk by the “Rare Breeds Survival Trust” as there are only between 900 and 1500 registered breeding ewes.