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, 19 August 2018

More visitors.

Couldn't resist putting this photo of Faro up first, taken today in the sunshine.  He has that macho look, questioning why a human is in his paddock!   Bless him.
The toileting habits of alpacas are a frequent topic of conversation when visitors come to see the boys, especially when one boy goes to the loo, followed by another, then another etc.  We've seen all four boys going at once, facing in different directions - like points in a compass!
We had a lovely visit on Monday from Alison and Brendan of Seafield Alpacas, Portmahomack in Ross-shire. The boys gave their usual few minutes of attention to the humans and when the carrots were finished - so were they, and they wandered off!
Monday was a busy day for visitors because we also welcomed a lovely Chinese family who are touring the Highlands, saw the alpacas in their paddock and came to say "Hello."  Here they are feeling the softness of alpaca fleece. Hope you are still  enjoying your holiday folks - nice to meet you all.
The Grumpy Gardener was busy on Monday organising carrots for the boys.  Fyta is helping himself to some and Fidget wants to share the food. We've had various other visitors to see the boys from our neighbour's bed and breakfast business, but the camera isn't always handy.
Typical of Fidget to 'photo-bomb' this shot by going to the toilet in the background!  Fyta (left), Faro and Fergus near the Gunnera plant.
Plenty of bees around this year but not so many butterflies - until today when lots of them appeared in the sunshine to feed on the flowers.  This Peacock butterfly is enjoying being on the Liatris plant.
And finally...........this lovely cushion was given to us by Alison and Brendan when they visited. It's very colourful and this photo does not do it justice.  Thanks folks.


  1. It was a surprise outside our travel plan.Your farm is the most beautiful scenery we saw along the way! Thank you for inviting us to visit,you are so friendly and your life is so enviable~I just notice that my son wore a sweater with Alpaca that day,haha~What a coincidence!We returned home last weekend,I will visit you again if I come back to Scotland,what a lovely place!Best wish to you and four boys~^_^

  2. Hi, thank you for your kind comments and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. It was good to meet your family. Hope you had a good time visiting Scotland and that you will come back and see us sometime. Take care of yourselves. Kind regards. Shirley & Robbie