Our original four boys came from Ardo Alpacas in Aberdeenshire. We are not alpaca breeders and have our boys purely as pets. Our experience is that you don't need to be a breeder and that a 'batchelor herd' can give much pleasure to the owner. We have 5 acres including our big garden and grazing for the boys, 15 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. I spin, knit, felt and crochet with the fleece from the boys.


Just a reminder that clicking on (most) of the photos will show them greatly enlarged.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

A visit to the farm shop

We had to go and buy some more square bales of hay for the boys this week as they have munched their way through all the winter reserve.  We thought that we would have plenty left after the winter but for the past few weeks during the bad weather they have taken to eating loads of hay.  Where better to buy our hay than at Karen and Dave Robertson's farm shop in nearby Beauly where they also run an excellent farm shop and children's farmyard (www.robertsonstomichfarmshop.co.uk) .   Karen and Dave have 3 alpaca boys as well as many other animals to delight children and adults alike.  Here are Fergus, Griff and Dougie keeping an eye on a group of children from a local nursery who were also visiting the farm that day.
This is Fergus who is the brother of Gully whom we own.  He is a year older than Gully but they look very alike.
Just look at these two characters who were 'Hee-Hawing'  from their paddock as we passed!
Three of the various goats at the children's farmyard which also has Highland cattle and a variety of different sheep on display
This Angora looks like it could make a lovely jumper!
There are 4 baby Pygmy goats born in May this year - Honey, Angel, Twinkle and Star.  They are all in this picture - one is top left coming off the log and one is on the coloured platform.  They really are cute and a real favourite with all visitors. 
And finally - this wee Pygmy likes the taste of rubber!  We had a lovely visit to see the various animals (and hens and ducks)  - thanks Karen & Dave.


  1. oh dear that pygmy might be in for a shock!

  2. Sounds like the perfect shopping venue !! Great photos of all the animals, they look lovely......did you manage to smuggle anyone back home !.......I wonder .....Jayne

  3. Yes, this weather isn't good for the hay supplies...ours are getting depleted too...and the chance of making more doesnt look like happening very soon...rain and more rain forecast!

    Great photos!

  4. He won't think it's so tasty when he zaps his mouth!! Enjoyed visiting the farm. Boys looking good!! ...debbie