About us



We are located on the west coast of Scotland, about an hour from Glasgow on the Isle of Bute. The Farm carries a herd of about 140 suckler cows mainly “Saler cross” cows with Charolais calves at foot, and about 1.000 breeding ewes (150 Scottish Blackface and 800 Scottish mules & Aberfield including a couple of pedigree Blue Faced Leicesters)


Farmed by Ian and John Dickson the Farm is producing “lamb and beef” which is sold mainly through Scotbeef and the local butcher R. H. McIntyre, Rothesay.

But as well as meat we are trying to supply the local with fresh duck eggs in the near future.


Scalpsie Farm is surrounded by stunning wildlife and fabulous views with lots to explore and discover.  With the Loch Quien to its left which is famous for fly fishing Brown Trout and the beautiful sandy beach of Scalpsie Bay to the right. Which is only a 10 minute walk away from the Farmhouse.

Wildlife such as the Seal colony, Porpoises and Basking Sharks can be seen. There are plenty of beautiful walks to be explored as well as interesting history and geology of the Bay.

The secluded Scalpsie Bay is a great place to relax and enjoy with stunning scenery at our doorstep.

A huge sandy beach is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic view on the backdrop of the Isle of Arran. Two viewpoints, located nearby help visitors spot the area’s fascinating resident wildlife and take in amazing landscapes.

Head to Seal view point where you can watch the large colony of seals sitting on their rocky perches, and the other viewpoint is where you can catch the best scenery of Arran and the Holy Isle.


Training and breeding the working Sheepdogs on Scalpsie Farm is Lisa’s passion and  you can follow her dogs and breeding on the link above as well as on our Facebook page #scalpsiefarm

As a hobby, as well as in day to day work our Border Collies are all essential.

14646595_10156518991199619_637190075_oLisa and Harvey penning at Manor Sheepdog Trial – Picture by G. MacDougall

We hope you are able to find a wide range of useful information on this website. If you have any questions about us, the Farm or our Border Collies please get in touch and we hope we can help.

Thank you very muchl39

Scalpsie Farm

Ian, John and Lisa




Pictures by Kirstin Piert