n The Dairy Mail - The last crofter - : both sides buttered

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-4301


Several years ago, BBC News ran a story on Ian MacDonald, a quiet man with pink cheeks that is the last-known Scottish crofter to swim his cattle across the sea from the Isle of Skye. Scottish crofting is a farming tradition in the Highlands and islands of Scotland that dates back to the 19th century. Crofters are mostly tenants that raise sheep and beef cattle, before typically selling them to a farmer who can finish them out on the richer grass in the south. The Highlands and islands consist of crofting "townships" in which the poorest ground is shared among all crofters for common grazing land. Despite legislation to preserve the tradition, crofting communities continue to shrink.

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