Boreray sheep are the UK’s rarest breed of sheep, with just over 500 registered breeding ewes. They are a primitive breed, one of the family of North European Short-Tailed sheep. These sheep were bought to Northern Europe with the first Neolithic farmers and seem to have been spread by Norse Vikings to several countries and islands in the North Atlantic area.

Boreray sheep, once found throughout the Scottish Highlands as the now extinct Scottish Tan-Face sheep, are now confined as a feral flock to just one small island in the St Kilda archipelago.

Orkney Boreray is the term used to refer to the Boreray sheep in Orkney that are the unique ‘lost flock’. They are on a separate RBST register to other Boreray sheep. You can read more about them here.


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