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Swanston Farm

Swanston Farm nestles into the base of Caerketton, one of the most striking peaks in the Pentland Hills Regional Park. Within just 5 miles of Edinburgh City Centre and boasting 700 acres of land, Swanston Farm is a mere 15 minute bus journey from Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle, offering a fantastic selection of facilities to locals, visitors and tourists alike.

Over the last 35 years, Swanston Farm has evolved through many changes, diversifying from arable and livestock farming to more leisure-based activities – and now boasts an 18 hole golf course and a 9 hole short course, driving range, FootGolf and DiscGolf courses, Exmoor Pony Trekking, an Equestrian Livery Yard, Residential Lets, Self-Catering Holiday Cottages, Business Lets and a Brasserie which commands stunning views in all directions.

Swanston Farm is still a working farm and visitors can, if they are lucky and prepared to hike a little, see our herd of Highland Cattle, grazing the 300 acres of hill land on the Pentland Hills above the historic Swanston Village, as well as our sheep grazing the lowland fields and our free range hens pottering about their paddock.

Access to Swanston Farm is just off the Edinburgh City Bypass at either Dreghorn or Lothianburn junctions. Why not come and start your day here, with a hearty, freshly cooked breakfast and lovely hot drink. Contemplate the day ahead whilst you enjoy the panoramic view and take a breather. You don’t have to go far, to find peace, tranquility and inspiration. You’ll find it all at Swanston Farm.

The Pentland Hills Regional Park

Enjoyed by mountain bikers, hikers, horse riders, families and those who simply want to breathe in the fresh air, take in the stunning vista and explore the natural habitat. Home to many communities of wildlife, the Pentland Hills Regional Park will delight, surprise and challenge you. Feel the rocks under your feet and let the tracks and paths take you exploring.

Easily accessed by foot, it really couldn’t be easier or quicker to stride out into the fantastic landscape. Shaped over thousands of years by glaciers and water, the geology of the Pentland Hills Regional Park comprises mainly of 390 million-year-old Devonian Old Red Sandstone and outcrops of fossil-rich Silurian rock. With nearly 25,000 acres of countryside, including over 100km of paths, there is always something new to explore. There is a car park right next to Swanston Brasserie for your convenience.


Highland Cows

Visitors to Swanston Farm are able to see our Highland Cows if they are prepared to take a wee walk up the hill!  We recommend sturdy trainers or preferably walking boots, along with appropriate clothing for the weather conditions before venturing out up the slopes at the bases of Caerketton and Allermuir Hills of the Pentland Hills Regional Park.  You can sometimes get quite close to our Highland Cattle – enough to take good photographs – however as they are not used to humans touching them, we recommend that you don’t try to cuddle or stroke them!  Please keep dogs under strict control around them and avoid startling the cattle.  You can download our booklet on our Highland Cows which tells you where to find them, shows a map with a recommended walking route and some interesting facts about our herd.

We use our Highland Beef in our Brasserie, available on our menu from time to time.

For more reading about Highland Cattle, take a look at the Highland Cattle Society.

Filming and Photo Shoots with our Cattle

If you or your production company is interested in using our cattle for filming or photo shoots, please contact us in the office via email or via telephone on 0131 445 2239 (option 3).

Watch the VisitScotland video campaign #ComeAlongScotland featuring our Highland Cattle here.

You can also follow Swanston Farm on Twitter for more about what we do here, as well as regular updates about our farm animals, especially our Highland Cows every Tuesday (#Coosday).

Free Range Hens

We have a large group of free range Lohmann Brown hens at the Farm which are incredibly friendly and like nothing better than chatting away to walkers and children passing by and stopping to say hello.  All of our hens lay eggs which are collected and used for Swanston Brasserie.  We ask that dog walkers keep their dogs under strict control when passing our hens, to prevent any accidental chicken dinners – please remember: these are our clucky ladies that all have names and are not fair game for passing pooches!


Swanston Farm is a working farm and every year we breed from our Ewes. Lambing usually starts around March/April time and keeps us very busy! Our sheep are a Texel-cross breed and produce strong stock that are hardy enough to endure the often harsh Scottish winters.  Sadly we have had fatalities as a result of sheep worrying, so we ask that dog walkers keep their dogs under strict control whilst passing our sheep and lambs all year round.

We use our lamb in our Brasserie, available on the menu from time to time.

To read more about the Texel breed of sheep, visit the Texel Sheep Society.