This coming Easter 2024, we’re opening the doors of our Lunan Bay Farm Goat Nurseries for the second time, on Sat 30th March, Sun 31st March, Sat 6th April and Sun 7th April 2024 for you to enjoy the antics of our famous Goats in Coats! An unique opportunity to marvel in person at our internet sensations; 86 baby goats wearing colourful jumpers, lovingly hand-knitted by our caring community. What started as a loving way to keep our smaller newborns cosy, has now exploded with knitters far and wide sending us their latest Goat Coat creations! Read more about it HERE.
Spring time is an exciting time in our farming calendar as its kidding season here at Lunan Bay Farm. We, farmers Jillian and Neil McEwan got into goats 8 years ago and never looked back! Such characterful and inquisitive creatures. We know first hand what a delight our goats are so it was time to share the goat therapy with you.
During your visit, explore our indoor kidding shed, consisting of multiple goat nurseries where Mums’ keep their watchful eyes over their mischievous kids, whilst they have fun in their playpens, sleep in their tyres and play with their pals.
Last year’s standout kids were Big Frank the Cashmere, Fiona the Boer and flamboyant Flo. Who will be your favourites this year? Feed and pet our friendly Mums, who love a special treat, especially Bonnie, Lunan and Margaret.
Enjoy lots of goat cuddles with our super soft Miniature Scottish Cashmere kids, whilst having your photo taken in the Selfie Spot. There is the option to head outside and guess “Who’s the Daddy?”, when you meet our herd of male breeding goats including the legend that is Che Goatvara, our Scottish Cashmere buck, and Shetland Davie, our small but mighty Pygmy. Dennis is back by popular demand too.
By Easter, some of our kids will be frolicking about outside for the first time, which is another wonder to behold.
Farmers Jillian and Neil, and our young stockperson Maddie will be on hand to tell you all about our goats; the environmental benefits they bring to our farm, the fantastic Cashmere fibre that they produce which we turn into beautiful garments and what is it like to spend every day tending to goats. Learn about our nature friendly farming practices too.
Along with helping to provide farm education, our goats produce Scottish Cashmere, a luxurious fibre that we hand-comb every Spring to produce homegrown sustainable yarn and clothing.
We have teamed up with local spinner and natural fibre expert, Fred Porchez of Wish Ewe Were Here, who will be on hand during your visit to discuss all things fibre, will be demonstrating how to spin our Cashmere and have a range of beautiful fibre and yarn available.
Important information you need to know before you book
Standard tickets are £9.60 per person, for all adults and children over the age of 2 years old.
Infants under 2 years are free of charge.
All tickets are inclusive of VAT.
Our kidding sheds are located on our family farm at Myreside Farm in Inverkeilor, DD11 5RL (note use link below as this postcode will not take you directly to our farm).
We NOT located at our other site at Lunan Bay.
We are located on the A92 between Arbroath and Montrose, across the main road from Inverkeilor.
Please type in “RT McEwan Arbroath” into Google Maps and it will take you direct to us. Or click this link:
Transport to our Farm
There is free parking at our farm. Please consider car sharing, if possible. Our stewards will guide you safely to your park spot upon arrival and will assist you leaving our farm. There are regular buses that stop at Inverkeilor, our nearby village, which is only a 2 minute walk from our farm.
What to Wear
The tour is inside our kidding sheds and outside around our goat paddocks, so please wrap up in warm clothing. We also recommend wearing wellies or other appropriate footwear as it can be muddy underfoot and you’ll be required to dip your soles in our disinfectant foot mats upon arrival and departure for the safety of our yourself and our goats.
Our Goats in Coats Farm tours require tickets or gift vouchers. For access to our event, please show your tickets or vouchers upon arrival to our ticket booth staff, either digitally on your devices or paper copy.
Please arrive at our kidding shed your allocated time slot.
Your ticket allows you access for one hour at our farm, which includes access our kidding shed, goat cuddles station and designated goat fields. There is one way system in place and guides will direct at each part of the tour.
When you arrive, you will be given the option to buy bags of goat feed, if you would like to feed our goats. The cost per bag is £1 and cash is preferable, please. There are instructions at each feeding station on how to feed our goats safely.
Health & Safety
There is a minimal risk of disease transmission between livestock and humans, therefore all visitors MUST wash their hands before and after visiting our farm, using our hand-wash facilities and disinfect the soles of their shoes/boots using our foot mats provided.
As you are required to dip your soles in our disinfectant foot mats before and after entering our kidding sheds, appropriate footwear is required.
If you are pregnant or there is a possibility that you might be pregnant we cannot permit you access to our farm, under Scottish Government advice regarding the increased zoonotic risk birthing livestock and offspring may be to pregnant women.
There are toilets onsite. There is good disabled access onsite. Our kidding shed is accessible for wheelchairs and we have a disabled toilet onsite. There is the option to visit goats outside too. There is a wide gravel track which leads you to our goat paddocks, which can be muddy during wet weather. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on our farm.
We have no catering facilities onsite and eating or drinking is not permitted anywhere onsite to minimise the potential health risk to our animals. There are some good catering options nearby (Arbikie, Upper Dysart and Second Chance Tearoom).
Chocolate Goat Poop
Our goats play an important role in regenerating the land by improving soil health, increasing biodiversity and lowing the carbon footprint. Amongst others, one way our goats make these environmental benefits is through naturally fertilising the soil via their goat poop. To remind you of your visit, you can buy a bag of chocolate goat poop for £1.50/bag (aka chocolate raisins) before you leave from our dedicated goat poop stall (cash preferred, please, but card payments are accepted).
Lunan Bay Cashmere & Fine Fibres by Wish Ewe Were Here
As we our Scotland’s only producer of homegrown Scottish Cashmere, Fibre fanatic and spinning expert, Fred of Wish Ewe Were Here will be demonstrating how to hand spin Lunan Bay Cashmere during our farm tours. He will have a limited quantity of Lunan Bay Cashmere yarn and a range of his lovely fibres and yarns. Fred accepts cash and card payments.
We look forward to welcoming you and hope you have a great time!
RT McEwan, Myreside Farm, DD11 5RL.