A Visit to the Isle of Colonsay: Special People and Special Sheep

Did you figure out the “hints” from the last post?

After taking a train from Glasgow to Oban, it was just a quick little bit to the ferry terminal where I purchased my ticket for Colonsay. A little wet and windy, but I still got a chance to take some photos as we left the mainland of Scotland to head for the Isle of Colonsay.

I was met at the ferry by Yasmin and Trevor, my hosts for the next few days. They run a bed and breakfast and Yasmin teaches all sorts of knitting short courses.
In our communication as I planned this visit, we discussed me knitting something out of their Hebridean Sheep wool.20130804-122203.jpg

But, remember the other hint? This trip was about finding sheep. Yasmin knew this and very nicely obliged. This is what I’ve been waiting for thriugh 2 plane rides, one train ride and one ferry ride – Hebridean Sheep!

Aren’t they amazing?! They are a primitive rare breed with wool that is wonderful to work with (more on that later!) the above sheep were the ewes and the wether, “Lola” ( and more about his wool later!)
After we visited them, Yasmin rounded up the tups (rams) for me to meet. They had gotten disturbed by something and were a little hard to get but Yasmin persevered, which I appreciated.
And here they are.
20130804-145013.jpgThis handsome boy is the flock sire, “Ewan”.

Next post : More sheep and more about the island.


Published in: on August 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. I love the pictures! We have only been on the mainland, and want to get to many of the islands. Thanks for the great sheep pictures.

  2. Thanks so much for the awesome photos. I would love to try Hebridean wool sometime. Please inquire as to whether they would ship internationally (to the US?). Thanks, Misty

  3. Oh, I am so envious of this trip.. If you could only throw in a few bagpipes and kilts! What a gorgeous island!

  4. The landscape is beautifu annd those sheep are really cute.

  5. What a lovely adventure you are having. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

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