The Highland Cow is a gentle giant with a gorgeous hairdo and a sweet personality. Also known as the Highland Coo, the Heilan Coo, and the Hairy Coo. This beautiful animal is very photogenic, so whenever we go back to Scotland, I am always on the hunt to find the wee beasties. But lately, its usually with a crowd of people.
Luckily, we have been to Scotland enough times that I know a few secret spots where it’s just me and the ‘Coo’…..and yes folks, I am going to share it with you!
A few disclaimers before we move on:
- Please, please respect the property and the animals
- No photo is worth running across a busy highway
- I make no guarantees that the cows are still there, but they were when I took the pic!
- Go at your own risk
We found coos in England! Yes, I am as suprised as you. It was the last place I thought we would ever see a Coo but we did, and we had them all to ourselves. Keep reading below for the area.
1. The Torridon Inn, Wester Ross
The Torridon is a luxury resort in the Scottish Highlands. They have a farm on the resort where they keep a fold of 15-20 highland cattle.
You’ll find these guys as you are driving up the long driveway to the resort.
2. Duirinish Railway Station
This cutie patootie, along with his friends, is a bit harder to find.
Duirinish is a small crofting township of about 20 people. It’s in a very remote part of the Highlands, four miles northeast of Kyle of Lochalsh and a mile southwest of Plockton.
You will find the cattle near the railroad station–just follow the signs to the railway station.
It’s pretty much guaranteed there won’t be a crowd of people there.
3. Dornoch Near Oystercatchers Holiday Cottage
This sweet mama, her baby, and her friends were on an unnamed road in Dornoch. Find the BnB, then head towards the green fields–they are on a single track road.
4. A87 near Isle of Skye Golf Club
We didn’t stop here because there was a whole gaggle of tourists who stopped first. But, if you want to go early you will have less of a crowd to contend with. They are located north on the A87 just past the Isle of Skye Golf Club on the right.
It’s a busy highway, and there is nowhere to park, so PLEASE be very careful!
5. Isle of Skye, A855
On the A855 from Portree towards Old Man of Storr, there are some coos on the right side of the highway.
This is another busy highway. There is an emergency pull over area if you choose to use it– again please proceed with caution!
The Muckrach Country House is a luxury resort in the Highlands. Two sweet boys live on the premises, they are Dougal and Hamish. I fell in love with these guys.
We’ve been to Muckrach twice. Both times for a lovely lunch, then it was a short stroll down the driveway to visit our furry friends.
In fact, here’s an IGTV video from our Instagram account of me feeding the little guys. It was off season so I was allowed.
To say I was tickled is an understatement.
We found these going south from Aviemore, along the B9152. Just keep your eyeballs peeled.
I wish I could give you more specifics on the Orkney location and I am sure they are everywhere. It was on our way to Yesnaby Cliffs.
9. Glenfiddich Distillery
The Speyside area is like a mecca for highland cattle it seems they are everywhere you turn. These beautiful girls were right across the road from the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown.
10. Cardhu Distillery
These guys are right on the grounds of the Cardhu Distillery and weren’t moving for me. I think my coo calling skills definitely need some help. You used to be able to feed them, but not anymore.
11. A938, Grantown-On-Spey
Along the A938 going towards Dufftown, there was a gorgeous herd of these girls. This one is a bit tricky, there is a private road you can turn into, but it comes up quickly.
12. Pegwell Bay Country Park in Kent, England
Yep, we found this sweetie and her friends in a park in England. Pegwell is a Natural Nature Reserve right along the water with walking trails, and lots to do. But right in the middle is a small herd of Coos. At least in October, we had them all to ourselves at it was lovely. The only fee to get in is for parking.
PLEASE BE KIND TO THEM!
I just want to remind everyone again to please be kind to these gorgeous animals. For the most part, they are docile, but I am sure they wouldn’t hesitate to hurt you to protect their young or if provoked.
I see many tourists tugging on their horns and trying to feed them food—it’s wrong and cruel and not why I made this post. They are just a beautiful animal to photograph.