Connage Highland Dairy
Connage Highland Dairy is a traditional, family-owned, fully organic business. A family business in the true sense of the word, Connage is owned by brothers Callum and Cameron and their wives Jill and Eileen. Callum and Jill manage the cheese side of the business. Cameron and Eileen undertake the majority of the work on the farm themselves, from breeding and managing the dairy herd to milking them. The organic dairy herd of 150 cows, mostly Holstein Friesian with Jersey crosses and Norwegian Reds, graze the luscious clover pastures around the dairy and along the shores of the Moray Firth. From their state-of-the-art cheese dairy they use traditional techniques to produce a range of organic, hand-crafted vegetarian cheeses and yoghurt. These can be bought online, wholesale or direct from the Connage Pantry, the dairy shop. Visitors can look through the big window in the Ardesier farm shop to see their three hard and four soft cheeses being made. Dunlop comes in smoked and unsmoked versions, and they have teamed up with the Hebridean Smokehouse in North Uist to make Bradan is Gruth - peat-smoked salmon mixed with Connage Crowdie.
Reviews & features
A brief history of Ayrshire's Dunlop cheese17 Sep 2010
Scotland’s equivalent of Cheddar is enjoying a revival thanks to a number of artisan makers. Jackie Hunter looks at the story of Ayrshire’s Dunlop.
The best Scottish cheeses17 Sep 2010
It’s perfectly possible to ﬁll your cheese board with Scottish artisan cheeses. The Larder has teamed up with Pierre Leger of respected cheese retailer and wholesaler Clarks Speciality Foods to assemble some of the country’s prime cuts.
Crowdie – an essentially simple but historic Highland cheese.1 May 2009
Possibly Scotland’s most ancient cheese, crowdie is thought to date back to Viking and Pictish times, and might have disappeared completely had it not been for an enterprising farmer’s wife in the 1960s. Made at one time by every crofter in the…
Scotland's best cheeses1 May 2009
Iain Mellis, along with colleagues Benjamin Newell and Alistair Marr, offers his expertise
Isle of Mull Cheddar Isle of Mull Cheddar is considered by many as the daddy of Scottish cheddars. Strong, fruity and brooding, Isle of Mull cheddar is made from unpasteurised cow’s milk on Sgriob-ruadh (pronounced ‘Ski-brooah’) farm on the tranquil…