The Horned Beauties of the Highlands: Understanding Our Fluffy Scottish Residents

Ricky our scottish Highland calf born in 2023 on the farm
Meet Ricky. He is one of our cute little calfs.

Nestled within the rolling hills and lush pastures of our unique wedding venue, our beloved Scottish Highland cows grace the landscape with their majestic presence. Known for their long, wavy coats and gentle dispositions, these horned beauties are a sight to behold and a favorite among couples and photographers alike. But did you know that all Scottish Highland cows, regardless of gender, sport a pair of impressive horns? Let’s delve into the fascinating world of these fluffy residents and uncover how to distinguish between the males and females, adding a touch of natural wonder to your special day.

The Horns Have It

A distinctive feature of the Scottish Highland breed is their horns. Both bulls (males) and cows (females) have them, making them unique among cattle. These horns are not just for show; they serve practical purposes, such as defending against predators and foraging through snow to find food during the harsh Scottish winters. The horns add to their rugged charm and resilience, characteristics that make them stand out in the animal kingdom.

Spotting the Difference: Bulls vs. Cows

While both genders boast horns, there are subtle differences that can help you tell them apart:

  • Horn Shape and Size: Generally, bulls have thicker and longer horns that curve more dramatically forward. In contrast, cows’ horns are slightly narrower and curve more gracefully upwards and outwards. This distinction can be subtle to the untrained eye, but it becomes more apparent with a bit of observation.
  • Body Size and Build: Bulls are significantly larger and more muscular than cows, with a broader, more pronounced hump on their shoulders. Cows are smaller and have a more streamlined silhouette, which, combined with their horns, contributes to their elegant appearance.
  • Coat Texture: While not as obvious a difference, bulls often have a coarser coat than cows. The females tend to have slightly softer, wavier fur, which adds to their gentle allure.
  • Behavior: Though it might be harder to observe if you’re not spending a lot of time with them, bulls can be more assertive and territorial. Cows generally display a more docile and calm demeanor, especially when they’re around their calves.

Celebrating the Highland Cows in Your Wedding

Incorporating these magnificent creatures into your wedding day can create unforgettable moments and stunning photographs. Their serene presence and striking appearance against the backdrop of our venue provide a touch of natural elegance and whimsy. Whether you’re capturing a tender moment with your beloved amidst the grazing Highlanders or simply admiring them from afar, these horned wonders are sure to add magic to your special day.

As you stroll through our venue, take a moment to observe our fluffy Highland residents. See if you can spot the differences between the bulls and cows and appreciate the unique charm they bring to the landscape. Their enduring spirit and distinctive looks are a reminder of the beauty and diversity of nature, making them a perfect complement to the celebration of love and unity.

A Final Thought

The Scottish Highland cows at our venue are more than just a picturesque addition; they’re a symbol of resilience, beauty, and the enduring bond of love. As you embark on your journey together, let the steadfast presence of these horned beauties inspire you to embrace the unique, cherish the natural, and celebrate the love that brought you together. Here’s to a wedding day filled with wonder, joy, and a touch of Highland magic.