Visit the farm at Wester Kittochside for seasonal agricultural demonstrations with the animals and crops. Share your photos with us on social media.
We have a very special delivery just in time for Christmas; a pair of eight-month old Highland calves called Airgead II and Ceo V. As is the tradition with the Highland breed, the have each been given the Gaelic name of their dam (mother), which preserves the identity of the female line.
The calves came from Woodneuk Fold at Barrhead, and have a strong pedigree bloodline; their grandsire was male champion at the Royal Highland show in 2009. Visit the calves, alongside our prize-winning Ayrshire cows, Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses.
The cattle are now dry (no longer producing milk) in preparation for the calving in January 2017 and there is no milking at 3pm. However, our Ayrshire Dairy cows are available to see all day in our Dutch Barn up at the farm.
This year our silage has been wrapped in pink in support of the Breast Cancer Now charity. For every roll of pink Topwrap film purchased, £3 is donated to the charity.
Above: Silage wrapped in pink Topwrap film for Breast Cancer Now charity © Ruth Armstrong Photography
Say hello to Maggie McDougall, our Stockperson, and Ritchie Young, our Farm Manager, when you see them at the farm.
They have a wealth of farming knowledge which they are keen to share with you during your visit.
Our small experienced team look after all the livestock on the working farm and manage our land around the farmhouse, steading and beyond.
Catch a glimpse of the Tamworth pigs in the fields this season © Ruth Armstrong Photography
Our Ayrshire dairy herd are waiting for the arrival of their new calves © Ruth Armstrong Photography
See the hens up at the farm this winter © Ruth Armstrong Photography
Meet Sooty the cat and Helyn at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life.
Meet the Ayshire herd at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life © Ruth Armstrong Photography
See the Blackface sheep at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life.
Meet Mairi the Clydesdale up at Wester Kittochside Farm © Ruth Armstrong Photography
We were delighted to announce that three more Tamworth piglets were born on Saturday 17 September in addition to the eight that arrived in August!
Two of the Kittochside dairy herd were shown at the Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh this year with great success. Kittochside Carrie's Napier was entered in the cow in milk, having had one calving prior to three years of age class and was placed 4th and Nora Louise 2nd was entered in cow in calf to be shown milked out class and was placed 2nd. Nora Louise 2nd was also in the Championship but was un-placed. This was only our second visit to the Royal Highland Show so everyone is delighted with the results.
We to announced the arrival of a small flock of Scots Dumpy chickens. We have four hens and a cockerel so we hope to have some chicks in the future.
1 Dec 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
Up at the farm
Child: £4 (under 5 free)
Family £19 (2 adults and 2 children)
National Museums Scotland Members: Free
National Trust Scotland Members and National Art Pass holders: Free except for some events.
Booking not required.
Closed 25 and 26 December and 1 January.