This rare and ancient breed graze different areas of the headland throughout the year.
During the early summer the flock graze the heath compartment to the west of the main cowfield. In the winter they graze either the main headland compartment within the Northern Fort or the cliff slopes between the two forts. Signs will tell you if you are entering an area grazed by sheep and if walking a dog please put it on a lead within these areas.
Soay sheep are a primitive breed, all descended from flocks on the Island of Soay, St Kilda. They do not require shearing as they naturally shed their fleece. They do a great job maintaining our limestone grassland and keeping invasive scrub at bay.