Go llama trekking at St Abbs Head!New venture is unque in Scotland
Is the start of a feature in this week's Berwickshire and it goes on:
.ALTHOUGH he's currently busy with his own art exhibition, a St Abbs man is about to launch another animal-inspired activity.
Not content with letting the Berwickshire public look at his paintings of animals at Duns Library, Peter Marshall is now offering people the chance to get a lot closer to two of his pets.
But these aren't your everyday domestic companions; Sammy and Niko are two llamas that Peter has been training up for the past few weeks to get them ready for guided trails around St Abb's Head.
And despite the topsy turvy weather we've been experiencing of late, the llamas have been adapting well to their new surroundings and Peter is confident they'll prove a popular attraction.
"It's really a case of the calmer the weather is, the calmer they are. I think the weather up here is colder than what they're used to but they are coping well.
"At the moment they're in a paddock near the Nature Reserve and I've created a shelter for them. They need quite a lot of space to move around in and at the moment they've got just over half an acre."
And what makes Peter's venture so unique, is that after going onto to various websites, including the official British Llama Society site, he's discovered that he is the only certified person to be offering llama trekking in the whole of Scotland.
"It's great that no-one else is doing it at the moment and I'm hoping it will be successful - I just hope the weather is kind to us although there are other routes we can take people if it's too windy
Well a real Borders first and another reason for making it your favourite short break destination. But I am slightly puzzled as to the exact meaning of trekking in this context. Its not clear from the article (and there is a lot more in the paper) if you are meant to ride the beasts-and they look rather fragile so the average caravanner better not try, or, it seems more likely, just go for a walk with them. Perhaps they might manage to carry your sandwiches and a small thermos. If it is the latter the concept might catch on around these parts-as many owners of the more exotic breeds of dogs (eg the Hutton Hare Hound, the Paxton Polished Poodle) would be delighted if people would pay good cash to take them for a trek?
I wonder if pooper scoopers and plastic bags are included in the safari accessories?
Labels: Bordes, Llama Treking, Llamas