Ross Appleyard was a senior correspondent with Sky News for ten years. He has happily swapped his flak jacket for a fly rod, and is now head chef and estate manager at Kirnan.
Ross is a very keen fisherman, and will arrange all your outdoor activities from bike hire to guided deer-spotting trips. He has made a film about the history of Argyll and the fascinating area in which Kirnan stands.
Diana is a feature writer for the Daily Mail, as well as writing for many women’s magazines and broadcasting on programmes such as Woman’s Hour and the Jeremy Vine show. She combines this with helping to run Kirnan and walking the family’s four dogs!
Phillip the terrier is one of the many dogs of the Appleyard family, along with Scarba the Cocker Spaniel, English springer Jura and Rum the Welsh Springer, who lives up to his name. There are also numerous free range chickens – we do request dogs are kept on leads in the garden, as we also have cats, but can run free in the forest away from the house – and our latest acquisitions are Sam and Rodney the donkeys, who are very friendly, along with Pygmy goats Constanta and Juno, Wilhelmina pig, Boris the ram and his small flock of girls.