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    Cute Scottish Highland cows!

    Hi Mairiuna!

    This morning on the STV online news was a story about a family waking up to discover a Highland cow in their front garden! Wow…you know how much I’m scared to death when too near of a cow, but I particularly love the Scottish Highland ones. That is, when they are on the other side of the fence. 😉

    Click on the image below to hear the full story, ( but do come back here afterwards) guaranteed it will bring a smile on your face.

    Scottish Highland Cow Found In Home Front Garden

    Source: STV Glasgow (

    While touring Scotland this year, we had the joy of taking some pictures of these beautiful Scottish Highland cows, peacefully grazing in the field near the Morton Hall Caravan and Camping Park in Edinburgh.

    Morton Hall Caravan and Camping Park Edinburgh

    So I thought it would be fun to share with our readers some of these pictures along with a short video taken before we left the camping site to stroll along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

    Scottish Highland Cows Morton Hall Caravan Camping Park Edinburgh

    Scottish cows near Morton Hall Camping Site – Edinburgh © Scotiana 2012

    Scottish Highland Cows - Morton Hall Camping Park Edinburgh

    Scottish Highland Cows – Morton Hall Camping Park © Scotiana 2012

    Scottish Highland Cows Mosaique Scotiana

    Scottish Highland Cows near Morton Hall’s Camping Site in Edinburgh-© Scotiana 2012


    Ever wondered what a day in the life of a Scottish Highland cow looks like?

    Read on…




    The following is a schedule of events in the life of a highland cow in Summer pasture mode:


    5:30 to 6:00 a.m . – Cows wake up. Senior cow gets up first and stands in front of the other cattle so they can admire her. All then get up and do a little ritual poop. Cows may make sarcastic greetings to each other like “good morning hairbag” or “who made those horns?”


    6:00 to 8:00 a.m. – general grazing time, followed by a period of staring at the master’s home. All drink water during this period.


    8:00 to 9:00 a.m. – All cattle receive the master, reporting any overnight problems and complaints. Common complaints are: quality of hay, grass has lost it’s crunch, why are we not being raked more regularly etc. Master gives hay and they show appreciation by staring at him and threatning to break wire and escape or rub and kill more trees.


    9:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Cattle find shade and socialize. The senior cow leads discussions.. (I have learned their lingo, so have a fair understanding of what goes on)…basically they gossip! They are very interested in visitors and the shoes, belts or gloves they wear, wondering who they once may have been. Highland cows have no teeth on top so can’t say their “L”s. They talk of escape from the master during these socials. This escape talk never goes any place, probably due to their speech impediments. One recent exchange went like this. “Rets rush master when by fence raking reaves, knock him off his regs and break for woods, cross that rittle rake through the woods to rarger, greener pasture.”


    11:00 to 4:00 p.m. – general grazing, pooping and peeing, rubbing on trees, trying to break fence, resting in shade, staring at master’s house or watching him work around yard or barn. A highlight of this period is when master’s wife yells at him or he does something stupid that appeals to their sense of humor. Highland cows don’t laugh openly, but smile and grin with a slight upper lift of their mouths.

    4:00 to 7:00 p.m. – eat hay master has given them, poop and pee followed by a time of meditation. Highland cattle have no religion but know they are sacred and play on this. Crop circles, sacred cows, their role at the nativity and in Scotland’s history is very important to them. The face west as the sun sets and place their noses on the ground, standing perfectly still for up to a minute. It is a most moving ceremony.


    7:00 to Dusk – Senior cow decides where they will bed down for night. She usually sleeps looking towards master’s home, with other cattle behind. They are very quiet during this period; however, there is some lowing or “rowing” as they say.


    At Dusk – To get to sleep, cows tell stories for night. These are epic tales which highland cattle have passed down for centuries…I have overheard them. Some of their favourites are:

    Wellington Wullie” – about a lonely shepherd who goes nuts and trys to ravish a herd of highlands –
    Old Mary and the Wolf” – about an old cow who fights off a wolf to save her calf –
    “How the snake got it’s name”, and on full moon nights, the horror tale “Jock be nimble, Jock be quick.


    Then they fall to sleep secure in the knowledge that the master loves and cares for them and has been placed on this earth to serve their every need and be their devoted servant.



    composed by expatriot Scot…Del Clark…Fenwick Ont.



    So funny! 🙂

    The story reminded me of the lyrics of Andy Mullen’s song “The sun goes up and the sun goes down” that we selected for one of our videos featuring a mix of scottish cattle breeds such as the belted Galloway, the Aberdeen angus and the Ayrshire cattle.

    Could not resist to include as well. Just click on the arrow to get the video playing!

    The sun is going down…gotta go…



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