Where can one see working sheepdogs in Scotland?
April 15, 2014 5:47 AM   Subscribe

My wife and I are visiting Scotland in late June, and would love to see working sheepdogs. I've read a lot about Leault Farms, of course, but are there any others where the public can watch the dog(s) as they herd sheep (or ducks, or whatever)?
posted by Mogur to Travel & Transportation around Scotland (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Sheepdog Trials Diary
posted by Catseye at 5:48 AM on April 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

We definitely saw a working sheepdog in June at the northern tip of Iona. We had just arrived and it was pouring rain, and as we were hurrying into our accommodation, this dog (maybe there were more - we didn't stay to watch for long) gleefully went out to do its job. Don't know whether you want to head that far west (and it's rather remote - have to cross Mull to get to it), but it's an astonishingly beautiful island. Highly recommend (although if you're dead set on the sheepdog, maybe call ahead to make sure that's still going on).
posted by ClaireBear at 6:09 AM on April 15, 2014

Just drive around the Scottish Borders in the wee hours of the morning and you'll have a good chance at seeing farmers (on quad bikes!) and their dogs doing their rounds.
posted by Halo in reverse at 6:19 AM on April 15, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks! The Sheepdog Trials page is on the ISDS website, where I also found links to trainers like Julie Hill, who does demonstrations. I've contacted her for details. :)
posted by Mogur at 6:59 AM on April 15, 2014

There will be all kinds of sheepdog-related things (as well as a lot of other very cool agricultural stuff) going on at the Royal Highland Show. It's a great event, totally massive.
posted by Happy Dave at 7:51 AM on April 16, 2014

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