Auchenstroan Coloured Ryelands

We are Adrian and Nicole Doyle and this is our web site where we show our life on our small holding and showcase the products that we sell.

We are delighted to offer a range of handmade felted fleece rugs, also known as “vegetarian sheepskin rugs”, and handmade felted fleece cushions.  These are made from the wool (not the sheepskin) from our own sheep and no animal is harmed in the process.  You can buy them from our shop, please have a look.

We have also just published Adrian’s book on smallholding life which you can buy in our shop (paperback – UK only) or via Amazon (paperback and ebook).

Latest Stories from Auchenstroan

hedgehog released back into the wild

Hoggy Released

Last November, I found a tiny hedgehog wandering around the garden.  At less than 300g, she would never have survived the winter.  We took her in and she has overwintered

Water system extended

Once a year, we borrow some cows from a neighbouring farm.  We do these because they are good for the pasture.  They eat out the long grass making it accessible

Cherokee calls out Mountain rescue

Our chickens have a large area in which they can roam freely.  They share it with the sheep as the sheeps' winter hay and main shelter are located in this

carrot box complete

Carrot box ready

We try to grow as many of the vegetables we eat as we can.  However, in the last couple of years, we have been engaged in a battle of wills

sheep waiting for vaccination

Sheep vaccinations go well

One of the annual responsibilities we have as smallholders is to vaccinate the sheep.  Each year, they get an injection of Heptavac.  The interesting challenge is how best to do

log pile chopped

Next year’s firewood

Our heating runs mainly on wood.  We have a woodburner which also acts as a boiler.  This means we can get through a fair amount of wood each winter.  In

New book published

We are pleased to announce that Adrian's new book, "This Smallholding Life".  Drawing on the experiences of moving from suburban to smallholding living, this book highlights the highs and lows

storm damaged stone dyke

Storms blow wall down

While the weather has been generally mild this winter, we recently were hit by a sequence of storms, one after another.  It got pretty windy at times. [caption id="attachment_8164" align="alignright"

sheep sheltering from snow storm

Yukky Weather for Sheep

Hiya!!  Ymogen here, or Ymo as they sometimes call me.  It has been a while but I'm still here, happy as ever.  HOWEVER, the weather has been vile.  What can

carrot box

Stopping Slugs and Snails

Last year, we planted a lot of carrots, beetroot, parsnips and turnips (swedes to non Scots).  As root crops, these are best sown direct as they don't like to be


Winter comings and goings

Up until recently, the winter weather has not been too bad.  It hasn't been too good either, but from a smallholding perspective, it has been OK.  By that, I mean

Sheep get haircuts and health checks

It’s a long time since our flock were sheared, 7 months to be precise!  Plenty of time for a sheep of a woolly persuasion to get a touch of the


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Review for Felted Fleece rug (Witchy)
Beautifully made

As someone who was given a fleece for my baby son to lie on 20 years ago, this rug is far more beautiful for being sustainable and for the fact that Witchy, who donated a bit of herself, is still hanging out with her friends and family in a Scottish field. The colour of Witchy’s wool is so gorgeous too. Beautifully made.

Review for felted fleece cushion
very happy with cushion

I love the look and feel of sheepskin but could never buy it because of the cruelty involved. I looked on Google to see if there were any vegan alternatives, and found your site. I love the fact that I can buy sheep wool without there being any harm done to the sheep. I had never heard of felting before. I also enjoy reading about whats going on at auchenstroan wool, from both you and the sheep! Your sheep look so happy and healthy.

Review for Felted fleece rug
Ynca Rug

I bought the Ynca rug as a gift and can testify to its beauty and quality. The texture and natural colours of the fleece ensure its uniqueness as does its provenance which is very pleasingly described in a wee accompanying biography of the very happy sheep whose wool is the source material of the rug. (This touch exemplifies the very personal customer experience I had.) I am delighted with the purchase and glad to have been able to support the admirable ethos which Nicole and Adrian have established as the basis of their work.

Review for Homegrown felted fleece rug, natural cream, grey, beige, Coloured Ryeland fleece – Vera
Fantastic fleece

Arrived a few days after ordering. Now pride of place in my office keeping my feet warm while working at my desk.

Review for Homegrown felted fleece “sheepskin” rug, natural cream, Coloured Ryeland fleece - Peaches
coloured ryeland fleece felted rug

Peaches’ natural color fleece rug looks great in my new bathroom and so soft underfoot! Best of all, she gets to continue to enjoy her home outdoors in the fields! A++ seller

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