Nestled under the Gargunnock Hills, surrounded by lush grass and age old trees, Old Leckie has been farmed by the Younger family for over 100 years.
As a small family farm they are proud to care sustainably for their animals and the environment, and offer the very best in fresh, local produce: from award winning eggs, salad leaves and potatoes to outdoor reared pork, Highland and Limousin beef and lamb.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The name Leckie is thought to derive from the Gaelic name Leacann, meaning the ground at the bottom of the slope. A perfect description of the farm!
Alison Younger of Old Leckie said: “The Leckie family owned the ground we farm on until 1648 during which time they built Old Leckie House (circa 1530), which is now a Grade A listed property and forms the backdrop to our beautiful farm. Since then there have only been two other families who have owned the ground – the Moirs and the Youngers. This amazing history continually reminds us about our role as stewards of the environment we have.”
Alison and her husband Fergus took over the running of the farm in 2012 from Fergus’ mother. Alison said: “We both brought with us a passion for producing a finished product, local food networks and the importance of building relationships and dialogue with our customers. Since then have diversified the business into more finished products and developed a great customer base in our local area.”
FRESH AND TASTY
Old Leckie sells its farm products directly to over 220 customers, as well as through a network of local shops: BlairDrummond Smiddy, The Woodhouse, Hewitt and Aker (Killearn), Buchlyvie Stores, Doune Spar, Maggie’s (Aberfoyle), Trossachs Petrol Station (Aberfoyle), Gargunnock Village Store and Falleninch Farm Butchery.
Their produce also features on the menus of some great local restaurants: Nick’s in Bridge of Allan, The Gargunnock Inn, The Inn at Kippen, Blairdrummond Smiddy, Thornhill’s Lion and Unicorn, Aberfoyle’s Forth Inn and Buchlyvie’s Coffee Kiln.
Alison said: “Our motto is super fresh and super tasty. We pride ourselves on allowing our animals to be as free range as possible, allowed to display their natural characteristics to minimise stress and to grow as slowly as they want. We pay attention to our grass, use high quality feed and keep ourselves small and focused to ensure quality in all our produce. Direct supply chains mean we can get our products out to customers very quickly and you can taste the freshness.”