Whitmuir Farm, Borders
Whitmuir is a small upland family farm of 140 acres in the Scottish Borders. Once part of a bigger estate, it retains features of the original designed landscape, with beech trees and earth mounds marking the field boundaries. Walk to the top of the hill and the views stretch across Edinburgh to Fife.
The farm has recently planted new woodland and hedgerows to create shelter and increase biodiversity. The shelter belts also provide a superb environment for the Tamworth pigs.
The farm has developed a network of 260 mostly local households who buy the produce regularly. People are more than just customers – they visit the farm, get involved in what’s going on, and help plan what to produce.
The farm is home to foxes, badgers, buzzards, kestrels, deer, pheasants, hares, owls and woodpeckers.
The farm produces beef, pork, lamb, turkey, eggs, and grows over 40 different vegetables from asparagus to zucchini as well as a range of soft fruit.
The farm shop stocks over 2,500 lines of organic produce, including seasonal vegetables, eggs and organic meat from the on-farm butchery, plus a range of other organic produce. The shop was awarded Natural and Organic Best Organic Retailer in the UK 2011.
Schools and community groups are welcome to visit by appointment.
Arranging a visit
People are welcome to visit the farm during shop opening hours. The shop is open 7 days a week, Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm.
How to get there
Whitmuir Farm is on the A701, 4 miles south of the Leadburn Inn and 2 miles north of West Linton. By car, the farm is about 15 minutes from Peebles, and 20 minutes from the south end of Edinburgh.