Kirkwood has been the Steel family home since 1865 and now is looked after by father and son
Anthony and Charlie (6th generation).
Jack Steel (left), Anthony (centre) & Charlie (right)
It’s the same size as it was in 1865 and beef and sheep are still
farmed, although methods have changed somewhat.
it was in 1973 that commercial tourism started at Kirkwood and in 1986 Anthony decided to
concentrate on tourism rather than maximising food production. Now the farming is run in an
“extensive” (almost traditional) way with minimal use of chemicals, fertilisers etc. but if you talk to
Anthony about organic farming and he’s off for an hour…..