Hill & Mountain Research Centre

Kirkton flockThe Hill & Mountain Research Centre, with its team of systems-scale researchers, is based at Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms, a 2200 ha Highland estate near Crianlarich in the west Highlands of Scotland.

The site is set within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and ranges from high quality and productive grazing to high altitude (over 1000 metres above sea level) semi-natural habitats of high conservation value.

Our work aims to seek economically, environmentally and socially sustainable land management systems in the context of international, national and local land use policies, with an emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Current interests focus upon:

  • Options for reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from upland grazing systems
  • Ecosystem services (including Carbon sequestration and biodiversity) provided by grazed upland landscapes
  • Circadian rhythm as a welfare indicator in extensive grazing systems
  • Bio-economic modelling of livestock in upland environments 
  • Significant participative research with hill farmers, environmental managers and policy-makers

Sheep Electronic Identification at SRUC

EID Survey

Kirkton sheep

Please tell us about you and what you think of using EID for management of sheep, so that we can help the industry realise its potential benefits.

Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Sheep at Kirkton

Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms are SRUC's major research farms in the West Highlands and host scientists and staff from SRUC's Hill and Mountain Research Centre (HMRC).

Return to the Hills

Kirkton Tup

We are leading the ‘Return to the Hills’ by doing research to support, develop and demonstrate more productive, efficient and profitable hill farming.

Strathfillan Wigwams

Wigwam Interior

The site is based at Auchtertyre and comprises some 18 wigwams, 3 serviced lodges and reception with a small farm shop.

Prof Davy McCracken

Head of SRUC Hill & Mountain Research Centre (HMRC) / Professor of Agricultural Ecology

Address: Future Farming Systems, SRUC, JF Niven Building, Ayr KA6 5HW (HMRC, Kirkton, Crianlarich, Perthshire, FK20 8RU)

Telephone: 01292 525 299

Fax: 01292 525 333

E-mail: davy.mccracken@sruc.ac.uk