Highland Cow

This Highland Cow was sat at the roadside, on Cold Fell, as I was passing by one day. They're a gorgeous creature and the opportunity to grab a photo was just too great. Thankfully, the Highlands are also known to be very placid creatures, so taking a photo was no problem at all. A word of warning though - please leave them alone when they're with their young.

Highlands are a Scottish breed of rustic cattle. It originated in the Scottish Highlands and the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland and has long horns and a long shaggy coat. It is a hardy breed, bred to withstand the intemperate conditions in the region. The first herd-book dates from 1885.

They have long, wide horns and long, wavy, woolly coats that are coloured red, ginger, black, dun, yellow, white, grey, "silver" (white but with a black nose and ears), or tan, and they also may be brindled.

They have an unusual double coat of hair. On the outside is the oily outer hair—the longest of any cattle breed—covering a downy undercoat. This makes them well suited to conditions in the Highlands, which have a high annual rainfall and sometimes very strong winds.