David and Denise bought the farm in 1971 and have lived here since then. Richard grew up on the farm and moved back to Knockbain with his wife Susie in 2014. Richard runs an environmental consultancy and looks after the cattle while Susie teaches in a local primary school and helps on the farm.
Our aim is to integrate farming and conservation. We run a herd of pedigree Luing cattle and aim to start selling our beef direct to customers. We manage large areas for of the farm wildlife conservation. Lapwing have recently returned to breed on the farm. Red kite are a regular sight and breed nearby.
Our commitment to the environment also incorporates renewable energy. The Dingwall Wind Cooperative operates at 250 kW wind turbine on the farm. All the houses are heated using wood from the farm allowing us to manage our woodlands for wildlife whilst also providing a sustainable energy supply. Knockbain was the joint winner of the Scotland’s Finest Woodlands – Farm Woodland Award in 2022.
Visitors are always welcome and we have an excellent network of well-maintained paths and mountain bike trails throughout the farm. We recently took the lead in establishing a new Community Woodland on the farm which was planted in 2023.