Craiglands is a large farm in the heart of the Black Isle, just 3 miles or so from my base in Fortrose. Rory has several sheep flocks, breeding his own ewes to a strict system in order to get the best from his mixed quality grazing. The flocks include a small group of Bluefaced Leicesters and a large flock of mostly white Shetlands. I first bought both BFL and Shetland fleeces in 2018, and in 2019 was delighted to be able to pick out the Shetland fleeces on shearing day. Rory tends to clip his BFLs earlier in the season and unfortunaly I missed their clipping day but had the pick of the wool bale.
It is a real bonus to have such lovely white Shetland fleeces near at hand – they work very well with the mostly coloured Shetland wool I buy from the smaller flocks I work with.