Caithness Free Range Eggs
- Telephone 01847 821417
- Opening times No fixed opening hours but visitors welcome – call in advance to check
- Website www.caithnessfreerangeeggs.co.uk
Caithness Free Range Eggs produce hen and duck eggs on Mike and Liz Armitage's farm near Thurso, which they manage in partnership with their son Pete. Each of their five hen sheds has a three-acre open paddock for the 2,000 hens to roam around, and the farm has recently diversified into duck egg production. Eggs are packed in the on-site Lion-assured facility, and a seven-day-a-week delivery service is offered to Caithness; Sutherland; Ross & Cromarty and Inverness-shire.
Few free-range chickens get to scratch around in such amiable surroundings as the 12,000 or so on Lochqouy Farm do, enjoying a stiff sea breeze and sweeping views out over the Pentland Firth to Orkney. This 100-acre family holding, owned and operated by Mike and Liz Armitage together with son Pete, has been producing eggs for more than a decade, and healthy, happy hens are paramount to their success. Each of the five laying paddocks boasts specially built housing for the poultry, complete with sizeable foraging areas for each facility. Freshness is undisputed, with their own Lion-assured packing centre on the farm ensuring the eggs reach the shelves quickly and in tip-top condition. A recent diversification has also seen them move into duck egg production.