Over the years we have built up our business around these local sheep that are so well suited to our island habitat.
When we first came to the island the sheep would take refuge from the gales and rain by sheltering behind the walls of our little house, so one of our first jobs was to build dry-stone dykes to keep them away from our front door!
Our boys have grown up helping to round up the sheep when they need to be clipped or counted, a job that involves a lot of running over our 250-acre island. These sheep have no respect for sheepdogs and will jump straight over the dog’s head if cornered!
We are lucky that we have been able to bring our family up on such a lovely island, with seals and whales and millions of seabirds to keep us company.
As our family grew, we started making sheepskin rugs and then wool products from the fleeces to increase our income. More recently we have been making felt on the island and designing new products to add to our range.