Category Archives: Carmichael news

Latest news

Bad week for Carmichael Heritage property

History of Policies of Carmichael.

1) Source of name 1058 church on “Caer” dedicated saint “michael”

2) First recorded use of surname Carmichael by people of the district 1250

3) earliest record of member of Chief’s family here 1292

4) Barony land grant after Bannockburn battle 1350 (includes this site)

5) Cromwell demolishes Carmichael castle 1650 first Carmichael “immigrants” to America

6) Earl of Hyndford rebuilds and creates historic design landscape of ancient Policies 1750 (Union Jack ditches & Bannockburn roundels) (includes this site)

7) 1957 small portion (121 sq m ) of ancient Policy ground on Crossridge sold for less than a £1 under compulsory purchase provision of 1944 Water supply Act for community benefit to build a tank reservoir called the Carmichael Crossridge Water Service reservoir. Tank built with public UK funds through local Council “in the spirit and true meaning” of the 1944 Water Supply Act.

8) 1957 -2015 we host Scottish Water’s local community water supply tank in our field thinking it is still in use today.

8) 2015 Feb 25 Scottish Water secretly sell site at SVA Property Auction to (unknown) highest bidder for £2100 without informing local community or previous owner (ourselves) that the tank is no longer in use. Estate owner (30th Chief) informed of sale 10 days later, date of entry of new owner is forecast as 25 March 2015. It could even be an Armstrong arch enemy ?

9) 1000 years of Carmichael name heritage control of this small hill site comes to an end through an act of local community service desecrated by a ruthless greedy successor to a vital local public utility.

10) Apparently the sale is (possibly) legal as the 1944 Act made no provision for such sites to be returned to original owners when no longer required for community water storage.

If you feel concerned as a “Carmichael” who has had part of their heritage land stolen after a millenium in this way then follow this saga urgently and contribute

@chiefcarm on twitter or email your views to

Reference lot 30 SVA Property Auction sale 25 Feb 2015 “Carmichael Crossridge water service reservoir”

Legal or not its a crime against our clan lands and heritage and an insult against our fine name.

Richard Carmichael of Carmichael – 30th chief


Beef Rib Roast

Last orders for Christmas Meats and Clan Gifts now closed.

Delicious Carmichael Estate Farm Meats, including our award winning venison, beef and lamb are available for order on our website. The last day for sending out mail order deliveries for Christmas and New Year, i.e. deliveries between Monday 21st and Tuesday 12th January has now closed. Orders can also be placed via the website for collection at Glasgow Farmers’ market taking place on Wednesday 23rd December until Sunday 20th December. Please telephone 01899308336 for meats with limited availability.

We also have a wide range of Clan Carmichael crested gifts that can be ordered and shipped almost anywhere in the world.

Have a great festive season everyone!


Carmichael Estate Farm Meats stall at Edinburgh Farmers Market

Carmichael Estate Beef Promotion – 15% Discount

As a special thank you to our customers we are offering an amazing 15% discount on our award winning Carmichael Estate Beef ordered before the 18th November 2014. All you need to do is enter the PROMO CODE: AUTUMN BEEF at checkout and either collect it from a farmers’ market near you, pick it up from our farm shop or have it delivered direct to your door.

Delicious well hung beef  this autumn. Stock up on prime cuts before the Christmas rush!


Carmichael Estate Wild Roe Deer Loin wins gold

We are really pleased to announce that Carmichael Estate Wild Roe Deer Loin was awarded 2 gold stars by the prestigious Guild of Fine Food for the Great Taste Awards 2014. We knew the wild roe deer from the Estate was good when hung and butchered to prefect but this has now been certified by the judges of GTA 2014.

Judges described the venison loin as follows:

‘This meat is beautifully tender and juicy. The flavour is nicely gamy and long lasting.’

‘Delivers a very complex gamey flavour which judges like: great depth and length of flavour, wonderful texture for such a lean piece of meat.’

Wild roe deer is available seasonally from Carmichael Estate and it is an important part of our system that we cull them in sensible numbers to allow crops, trees and other wildlife to flourish. If you ever get a chance to try one these steaks they are truly divine! The ultimate venison product.

Venison Sausages top the market!

Dreich it might have been, but John Cooke from Slow Food Edinburgh still managed to persuaded 19 folks to spend some considerable time blind- tasting close to ten sausages at Edinburgh Farmers’ Market on Castle Terrace last weekend. They filled in a sheet recording their first choice, and in most cases, second and third choices too. Some even made specific comments on flavour, texture and so on. Slow Food then collated all the results, giving three marks for a first choice, two for a second, and one for a third choice.

The result?

Well, it must first be said that the competition had both venison bangers (two producers), beef, (one) and the rest plain pork. So, comparing apples with oranges so to speak, the two venisons came out equal top overall. Well done, Carmichael Estate Farm Meats and Seriously Good Venison.

They were followed by the single beef entry from Well-hung & Tender.

The pork sausages then had a top three of Ballencrieff, Reiver and Puddledub.

‘Not sure what this proves, except that the Market has lots of good sausages, and people are prepared to spend time trying them and chatting about it. Even on a rainy, rainy day.’ John Cooke – Slow Food Edinburgh



Carmichael Estate Farm Meats stall at Edinburgh Farmers Market

Delicious new season Carmichael lamb Now Available!

We now have our delicious Carmichael Texel Lamb available at all of the Farmers’ Markets we attend and in our farm shop on the A73 between Lanark and Biggar.

Our Lamb is delicious at this time of year as it has been grazing only the freshest tastiest clover rich grass at the foot of Tinto Hil. All of our lambs are born, reared and fattened and finished at Carmichael. We also have our own abattoir and butchery here allowing us to maintain total control over animal welfare during the rearing and slaughter process.

If your looking for a delicious ‘single malt’ lamb this summer for the BBQ look no further. Now also available through our online shop on

All Self Catering Cottages at Carmichael to have Wifi internet by mid June 2014

Yes the modern world has arrived at Carmichael Estate and by the 15th of June 2014 we should have all 16 cottages wifi enabled for free to use web browsing during your stay.

A few years ago BT told us that there was no way we would ever have broadband in the cottages as we were too far away from the exchange and for many years we ran the Estate office on satelite broadband which was expensive slow and unreliable. We are now really pleased to be able to offer Wifi internet across all cottages although as we at the mercy of the telecommunications powers that be we unfortunately can’t guarantee it will always be available.

Free Wifi for all! We also have free Wifi available in the shop and tearoom from 10am to 5pm each day.