Not everything is black and white

There’s been an unusual touch of symmetry to the lambs welcomed into the world by Skye crofter Fay MacLeod in recent weeks.

Fay has seen her sheep give birth to four sets of twins — all of them with one black and one white lamb. Her flock in Earlish also now includes a set of triplets — one white, and two black.

The colour composition, Fay says, is down to the tup — a distincive Swarble cross who resides in Sleat.
Swarble sheep are marked by black colouring with a white stripe down their face, and white tips at the bottom of their legs.

Fay — a receptionist at Portree’s Cuillin Hills Hotel, who takes a month off at lambing time every year — said the recent few days of warm spring weather had been very welcome for the flock.

Youngsters Mairead and Ceitidh Smith, Gordon and Fiona MacKenzie, Jonathan Smith and a proud Fay MacLeod with the new-born lambs.