Kitchen Coos and Ewes is run by Neale and Janet McQuistin.  Their respective families have lived in the Luce Valley in the Southern Uplands of Scotland for many generations.  

Over the last decade the farming policy where their business is based has changed dramatically.  Livestock numbers have been greatly reduced and more sustainable and less intensive farming practices have been adopted.  Scotland's iconic Highland cattle now graze the hill to benefit wildlife and one of the UKs newest breeds of sheep 'Beltex' are bred to make the most efficient use of the grass that grows in the in-bye fields.  That mix of the ancient and modern breeds ensures all parts of the farm are being used to best effect. 

Their farm is situated in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere which has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature.

The UNESCO Biosphere designation is recognition of the fantastic array of landscapes, wildlife, cultural heritage and learning opportunities that SW Scotland offers for communities, businesses and visitors to experience and celebrate in a sustainable way.

Neale and Janet are proud to be part of this amazing initiative and are committed to working with others towards achieving the shared aims and ambitions for this fantastic part of the world.

Their farm, the livestock they keep and the environmental measures that they carry out are all a very good fit with the overall aims of the Biosphere.  

The business is also committed to support organisations like The Royal Highland Education Trust by providing free school visits to our farm and to support the aims and objectives of the New Luce Community Trust by encouraging tourism in the New Luce area. 

Our tours

Join us for a walking tour of our beautiful farm, accompanied by a knowledgable guide and showcasing the history, scenery and of course some traditional farmhouse baking. The route is 1.5 miles and visitors should wear clothes and footwear appropriate to weather conditions and be able to walk on an uneven surface.

Tuesdays at 10am
2 hours

Our introductory experience that gets you straight out on to the hill among our beautiful Highland Coos. You'll have plenty of time to get photos and learn all about the fold from your experienced guides.
*The experience must be booked in advance and numbers are limited to fifteen people.*

If you don't see a date available that suits you give Kitchen Coos & Ewes a call on 07944850823.

Saturdays at 2pm
£15 per adult, £7.50 per child under sixteen
1.5 hours

A longer tour, where you'll start off by meeting some of our record breaking flock of Beltex sheep, before getting in among the cattle on the hill. Return to the farm for a sheep shearing demonstration then enjoy a cream tea with your hosts in the farmhouse kitchen.

*Tours must be booked in advance and ticket sales will be limited to eight per tour.*

Sundays at 2pm
£28 per person
2.5 hours

The full Kitchen Coos and Ewes experience.
This is a bespoke and personal farm experience that can be tailored to suit you or your group's expectations.
Visit the Highland coos on the hill. Round up sheep with our collie dog and see (or even try your hand at) sheep shearing and wool rolling. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a little known beauty spot on the farm. Explore the archaeological and natural features on the farm like burnt mounds and hut circles. Then enjoy a farmhouse cream tea at our kitchen table and reflect on your time on the hill before you go.

Contact us to arrange a date and time
£340 per group (maximum four people)
5.5 hours