Glengolly Bed and Breakfast

Mr. Martin Mackay, Durine, Durness, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4PN Tel: 01971 511255   Fax: 01971 511255 e-mail martin@glengolly.com

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GLENGOLLY DOGS

Cap & Buet

Glengolly is a working croft with North Country Cheviot Sheep, so the Border Collies are used for many tasks.  They gather in the sheep from the many acres of hill ground where the sheep are put out to graze, the sheep are then sorted at fanks (sheep holding pens), and moved to wherever their destination is.  The dogs are required to assist with this work such as pushing them up the shedder and guiding them into trailers.  Some of the stock are walked to their respective crofts, and this can be dangerous as the roads are very busy during the summer months. 

                                                    

Bob                                                                                          Flash

  Mirk

The dogs are also a necessity at other times of the year such as lambing, shearing, and dipping.

There are currently six border collies on the croft ĖBob, Flash, Mirk, Cap, Beaut, and Moss. Regular visitors to Glengolly will be sad to learn that Spot, who loved watching the TV as well as his work with the sheep, developed a malignant tumour and had to be put to sleep this summer.  He is very much missed.

Martin likes to train his pups himself and they are either bred by him or bought at around eight weeks old.  Training begins when the pups are a few months old although this can vary from dog to dog, depending on their ability.  When time permits Martin competes in local sheepdog trials with varying degrees of success!

Itís not all work and no play for the collies, they enjoy long walks in the hill or on the beach. You can meet all the dogs and see them at work (or play) if you wish, when you stay with us.

For more information about the area visit the Durness web site www.durness.org

e-mail martin@glengolly.com