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This photograph was taken on a narrow track in the north-west of Skye. We were on our way to Neist Point when we came across a small heard of cows. I must say this one was quite placid as I took its picture!

Highland cattle featured prominently in Scottish landscape paintings during the Victorian era, when all things Scottish were in vogue. Queen Victoria had a small herd of Highlands at Windsor and today the Queen has a herd at Balmoral. These hardy animals are like tartan and heather, synonymous with Scotland.

The highland breed of cattle has a long and distinguished ancestry, not only in its homeland of western Scotland, but also in many far-flung parts of the world. One of Britain's oldest, most distinctive, and best known breeds, with a long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair and majestic sweeping horns, the Highlander has remained largely unchanged over the centuries. Written records go back to the 18th century and the Highland Cattle Herd Book, first published in 1885, lists pedigrees since that time.
New folds, as herds of Highlanders are known, are founded every year both at home and abroad and in recent years Highland Cattle societies have been started in Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Holland, Finland, France, Switzerland and Norway and there are also Highlanders in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, USA, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Faroe Islands. In the British Isles folds are found from the furthest south to the extreme north on many different types of ground varying from the slopes of the Sussex Downs, the fenlands of East Anglia, to the windswept machars of the Outer Hebrides

http://www.highlandcattlesociety.com/

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