Boreray Sheep

About Boreray sheep

Boreray are a numerically small breed of sheep, usually only living on the island of Boreray in the St. Kilda group. There are a few small flocks on the UK mainland. The faces and legs are clean and black. Both sexes have horns; those on the rams are large and spiralling. Boreray sheep are thought to originate from crosses between the old Scots Dunface and the new Scottish Blackface. As they were so isolated, they developed into a distinct breed.

The fleece of Boreray sheep

The wool is mostly tan coloured, occasionally dark brown. It is quite coarse – best used for tweeds or outer garments.