Carmichael Farm is in an enviable central location with fields in Angus, Perthshire and Tayside, making it a great base to explore these beautiful Scottish regions.
There are wonderful walks from the doorstep of Carmichael Farmhouse and in the surrounding area. The farm has lot of mature hedging and grass margins with wildflowers mixed in which make for good walks leading to the top of the farm. From the top of the farm there are stunning views across the Carse of Gowrie and the Silvery Tay to Fife and on a good day you can see as far as Glen Devon to the West and the Lomond Hills to the South.
If you stay at Carmichael Farmhouse, you will have easy access to Dundee (approx. 2 miles away), Perth ( 16 miles), St Andrews (20 miles) and Edinburgh ( 55 miles away). For those that love skiing, we are about an hours drive from Glenshee ( 40 miles) and we are lucky enough to have three championship golf courses within an hours drive, St Andrews, Gleneagles and Carnoustie.
On the farm itself we grow strawberries, blueberries and blackberries in tunnels and also feed wheat, malting barley and bean crops. We also let out ground for potatoes and turnips and we have around fifty beef cows that we calve from February through to the start of April. There is always something going on at the farm!
Carmichael Farm was featured on the Channel 4 programme, Food Journeys. Here is a link to Episode 3, Eggs and Raspberries.
The cows in the field next to the house are Blue Grey heifers. Blue Greys are bred by crossing pure Galloway cows with `White Shorthorn bulls. They have been bred since the middle of the 1800s for their longevity and hardiness, they also make great Mums. Although the breed have quite small frames they have, as a genetic trait, quite a wide pelvis and this results in less difficulties during calving. The heifers in the field next to the Farmhouse are in calf for the first time and will calve sometime in March. The heifers are quite jumpy and easily unsettled. As they get older they become calmer and easier to handle, although some cows remain perennially hard to handle and difficult to get close to. None of the cows have names but those of us who work with them know their characters, the ones that like a scratch, the ones that are wild and the ones that are completely unapproachable when they have a new born calf. They are big animals and should be treated with respect. For best results they should be treated as gently as possible and if so they are a pleasure to work with.
We ask that you remember that Carmichael Farmhouse is situated on a working farm. There are various tasks being carried out on the farm throughout the year which you may see during your stay, some of which are listed below. Every year is different and timings do vary.