Where to find Highland Cows near Inverness

The Scottish Highland cow is such a beautiful animal, it is known all over the world. With its shaggy mop of hair, gorgeous rounded horns, and dark mysterious eyes, it’s a must-see for visitors to Scotland. But where to see Highland cows near Inverness? That’s a good question, and one we’re happy to help with!

Fortunately, there are plenty of places to see Highland cows for those visiting Inverness. So get a moo-ve on and hoof your way to see them! In the Highlands. you’ll often hear them referred to as Heilan coos. For those interested in the Gaelic language, they are called Bò Ghàidhealach.


Highland Cows come in a range of colours

Including red, ginger, black, dun, yellow, white and grey

Camerons Tea Room

Perhaps one of the simplest ways to get close to a Highland cow whilst also enjoying some tea and shortbread is at Camerons Tea Room and farm shop. Just outside Foyers on the east-coast of Loch Ness, this tea shop offers everything you might need for a break in your day. But as well as delicious cakes and lunches, it is also home to some Highland cows who like nothing more than to come and say hello (from behind the safety of a fence, of course. You don’t want them nabbing your scone!)

Cardhu Distillery

How about combining a search for Highland cows with a nice dram? At Cardhu Distillery to the east of Inverness there are Highland cows in the fields around the buildings. This is a great opportunity to have a distillery tour and see these beautiful animals in one morning or afternoon.

Hairy Coo Land Safaris at Rothiemurchus Estate

If you fancy getting a bit dirty on your cow trek, then visit the Rothiemurchus Estate, about 40 minutes south-east of Inverness. Here you can join others on a quad bike ride around the grounds where you might meet the estate’s herd of long-horned Highland cows. There’s also a chance of seeing wild deer here too!

Culloden Battlefield

Perhaps one of the easiest places to spot Highland Cows is at Culloden Battlefield. This is especially true if you don’t have access to your own transport. There are many tour busses which will take you to Culloden from Inverness city centre. In the fields around the battlefield, you’ll find a herd of Highland cows. Did you know that Highland cows provide benefits to the land? As such, they were put next to this iconic Inverness visitor attraction to help preserve the ancient moorland at Culloden battlefield. And here you can enjoy a small group of Highland cattle as well as Shetland cattle, goats and Highland ponies. This mix of Scottish natives all play an important part in conservation grazing on the battlefield site near Inverness. And they are all beautiful animals for you to enjoy whilst learning about the Jacobean uprise. Find out more about this Scottish battlefield below:


Holidays with Highland Cows

Yes! We have a few special locations for you to enjoy a Scottish Holiday with Highland cattle on your doorstep...

Highland Cow Holiday Locations

And if you want to take your Highland Cow experience a little further, why not book a holiday location with their own coos? Yes, holidays with Highland Cow’s near Loch Ness are the perfect way to enjoy these fluffy beasts. And, there are a few holidays around Loch Ness that offer you Highland Cows right on your doorstep! From Cameron’s cottage on Glenlia Farm to Eagle Brae (with their famous herd of wild deer also roaming amongst their cabins) with their own herd of black Highland’s. Cameron’s Cottage is situated on the wild side of Loch Ness on a farm between Loch Tarff and Fort Augustus. And Eagle Brae is set in the Wild Scottish glens! Here their five-star wilderness log cabin village sits high up in a natural habitat north of Loch Ness, near Glen Affric and Beauly.

Did you know that Highland Cows were originally black? However, the Victorian’s wanted ginger cows and as such began a selective breeding program to change the common Highland Cow to what we know and love today. Another place to enjoy some hairy highland cows on your holiday is at Drumbuie Farm (pronounced drum-bew-ee) bed and breakfast, situated in the lovely village of Drumnadrochit near Inverness.

Wild Highland Cows

Also, wild Highland cows can often be seen roaming around the wild Scottish Highlands. And, if you are lucky, you can spot them if you take a trip through the Cairngorm National Park. Do be aware that although they look cuddly, you shouldn’t approach them as they are most definitely wild animals! This is especially true if you happen upon a baby Highland cow. They are the most adorable little cows but their mothers can be fierce!

Highland Cow Gifts

If you don’t manage to find any cows, perhaps a souvenir will have to do instead. You can find cuddly Highland cows in most tourist shops. More upmarket stores like An Talla by Loch Ness can also be a great place for Highland cow gifts. So if you are looking for where to see Highland cows near Inverness, we hope you are successful but if not, there’s always a cuddly toy waiting instead!


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