Hebridean Hogget…

…an ancient breed for modern tables.

There are many reasons to choose Hebridean hogget (18 month old lamb) or mutton (sheep over 2 years old): the breed itself is leaner, healthier, and more flavorful than many breeds, and as it’s not mass-marketed, provenance is easy to establish. When you purchase Hebridean hogget, you are most likely supporting a small family business, and if you purchase the Hirsel’s hogget, you’ll also know that the animal you buy has been given excellent care and much affection during its entire journey from the womb to the abattoir.

We do not sell the animals meant for your table at auction – they go straight from our farm to our local abattoir in Dingwall, a short journey away, in order to minimize stress in their final hours, and lower your food miles. From there, they are sent to Swordale Farm Butchers, our local shop in Bonar Bridge.  You can order a half or whole carcass directly from us (£70/£140), and they will be butchered for you at Swordales, or you can purchase butchered portions over the counter from Swordale’s available supply. On Swordale’s website, you’ll find information about available cuts from them, or with your farm-direct order.

2019 hogget sales: we have sold out of our early (October) supplies. Our next batch  will be available in mid-late November. Please contact us if you’d like more information about purchasing this healthy, locally sourced meat for your table.

Highland Butcher

A happy customer, ready to DIY-butcher his 2018 hogget.

Supplies are always limited; to place your name on the early alert list for 2019 Hebridean Hogget, please send an email directly to info@thehirsel.com. In the email, please be clear (for legal reasons) that you wish your contact information to be held for this purpose.


Locally sourced, locally butchered. That’s what it’s all about!