Farm Buggy Tours
The first farm tour of its kind in the far north of Scotland!
We are located at Kirkton Farm, near the village of Melvich, 16 miles west of Thurso on the main north coast road.
Here at Farm Buggy Tours, we aim to offer our guests a fun and informative experience of our traditional family run hill farm in the North of Scotland in our off road all terrain 4 wheel drive buggy.
Get off the beaten track for a unique rural experience! Learn about sheep and cattle farming, spend time with the farmer to learn about how your food is produced, learn about the local history and our famous natural environment all on day out with Farm Buggy Tours! Accommodation is also available on the farm in our residential caravan.
Our off road all terrain 4 wheel drive buggy with open sides will transport you around the farm and countryside. The buggy accommodates 3 adults or two adults and 2 children all with fitted seat belts. Warm clothing is advised but there are also ponchos available.
On arrival, you will be given a brief introduction about the farm and a chance to read our display boards, regarding farming practices, the environment and the local history.
The tour itself takes one and a half to two hours. Stopping off at various points around the farm, you will get the chance to get up and personal with some of our animals, including our friendly Highland Cows, sheep and pygmy goats. Throughout the tour, you will also find out all there is know about farming life on the north coast, what is involved in how your food is produced, the history of the farm and surrounding area and the environment.
Ever heard of the famous ‘Flow Country‘? We are located right in to the middle of this rare and vast peat bog that covers north east Sutherland and West Caithness. We will also give you an insight into our famous norse era, Clan Mackay, the Duke of Sutherland’s connections to Kirkton and the old graveyard.
You will be also taken 2 miles up the hill (in the buggy) to the highest point for unparalleled views of the county and surrounding area.
This is a very customer friendly tour and any questions and discussions are most welcome. We will also stop on request for any one wishing to take photos etc. At the end of the tour you are very welcome to a cup of tea or coffee (juice for the kids if they want it) and home baking. Hopefully we can join you for a chat but at times if we are busy you will need to help yourselves.
Meet the animals..
As part of the tour you can meet our famous Highland cows, feed our pet sheep Maisy and our two ponies Dolly and Sammy. You will also get the chance to meet our two pygmy goats Harris and Tweed and our five friendly farm dogs! If you are lucky depending on the time of year you may even get to feed a pet lamb!
During the tour, you may come across a number of our resident wild deer (but this cannot be guaranteed) and ground nesting birds. Bird life is best seen in late spring and early summer. We try our best to encourage ground nesting birds such as the lapwing, curlew and oyster catcher. You will see as we go round the farm, the environmental work that we have done to try and encourage as much wildlife and bird life as possible. The Flow Country is also home to rare birds and plant life – the peatlands are an important wildlife reserve.
Also available on the farm is accommodation in a fully equipped and serviced residential caravan. It has 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) and bedding and towels are provided and a breakfast basket is available on request. There are a number of board games to keep you occupied on a rainy night and details of all the local attractions within a 40 mile radius. There are some lovely walks about the farm and guests are free to wander and there is a beautiful unspoilt sandy beach and dunes 1.5 miles from the farm. There is also a local inn serving good food and drink 1.25 miles away.
(Guests staying in the caravan will get a discount on the farm buggy tour or if they don’t want a full tour we will do a shortened version at a reduced rate.)
Open all year round