Hebridean Horn Types

Carrcross Vaccinium as a shearling in 2006.

Most Hebridean sheep have two horns, but some ewes and rams have four or more horns and a few ewes have no horns. As these types had become rare, recently breeders have made efforts to increase their number and they now constitute about 10% of the national flock.

Another rare type is ewes with a pronounced ‘topknot’ of wool on their heads. At one time these were much larger than most of those found today.

Currently the Carrcross flock has six ewes with more or fewer than two horns.

A ewe with ‘topknot’.