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:

  • Developing precision livestock farming approaches
  • Evaluation of the public goods associated with upland land use systems
  • Bio-economic modelling of livestock in upland environmentss
  • Genetic based livestock breeding programmes 
  • Maintenance and enhancement of biodiversity
  • Assessment and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Developing innovative agro-forestry systems

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.

News in Hill & Mountain Research Centre

Mountain research piques Cabinet Secretary’s interest

SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre upland research and demonstration farms, near Crianlarich, were recently the focus of a Ministerial visit.

More news

Rural skills on display at Kirkton & Auchtertyre

More than 60 secondary school pupils recently attended an enjoyable Rural Skills Day at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre farms, near Crianlarich.

Below is a short video by DYW Perth & Kinross providing an overview of the Rural Skills Day.

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: Mobile: 07712 001267

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