Welcome to the Scottish Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme

The new Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme is a three-year programme established to provide expert and peer group support, knowledge exchange, skills development and confidence building to a wide range of agritourism and rural businesses across Scotland.

Funded by Scottish Enterprise
Agritourism mon farm - Castleton Farm-005

Stuart & Jo McNicol are directors of DRIFT. Ltd – a new café and agritourism business the couple opened in June 2018. Jo works full time in the café business and also runs an events business called Castleton Events. Both agritourism businesses are based on land on the family farm, run by Stuart and his father Bill, which compromises of 430 acre of cereals.

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Agritourism Monitor Farm Project West Central Scotland.

The Lennox family run two self-catering agritourism businesses on their 1,500 hectare working hill sheep farm located on the banks of Loch Lomond. Bobby, Anne and Kay work full time on the farm which is a tenant farm on Luss estate. Kay is the 10th generation of the family to work in the family farming business. Kay and her husband Dougie are developing a new luxury glamping business based on giving visitors the opportunity to undertake a range of farm tours and unique experiences, which the whole family will be involved in delivering.

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Key Dates

Monitor FarmDateLocation
East Central - Making the Correct Website InvestmentWednesday 11th December 2019, Time: 10am-4pmScottish Enterprise Offices, Apex 1, 99 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh
West Central - How to run a happy family businessWednesday 15th January 2020, Time: 10.30am-3.30pmStirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling, FK9 4RN

Come along to the fifth meeting of the East Central Agritourism Monitor Farm which will focus on making the correct investment for your business in a website.

This meeting will be held at the Scottish Enterprise offices in Edinburgh and will be an all day event with a networking lunch included.

Lesley Wood, who previously delivered the Branding workshop with the West Monitor farm, will be our main speaker for the day.

** This meeting is restricted to 30 places **

To register for the upcoming Agritourism Monitor Farm Meeting click here.

Our Latest News

  • 18 Nov Meet Our Community Groups

    As part of the Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme, two community groups have been established to help build strong relationships and allow for likeminded people to share ideas and develop their agritourism businesses.   Over the course of the programme we will catch up with individuals from each of the community groups to find out about their businesses and why they have got involved in the Scottish Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme. Watch the full videos from some of our Community Group businesses. Byres Farm Portnellan Farm Jackson’s at Jedburgh Duncan Family Farms Carfrae Farm...

  • 12 Nov West Central Meeting Four Report – Business Boot Camp

    Click here to access the fourth and final West Central Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm meeting report of 2019, which took place on Friday 1st November 2019. The all-day meeting focused on the theme ‘BUSINESS BOOT CAMP” and  followed a slightly different format in comparison to previous meetings, with the aim to provide a confidential and supportive environment for business owners to share challenges, find solutions and to share and discuss new business ideas. The meeting was held with Chatham House Rules which ensured that any outputs from the meeting are either not attributed to a particular business and/or have not been shared out with the group....

  • 08 Oct Full Videos from East Central Meeting – Food Tourism, What is Local? (1st October 2019)

    Guest speaker for the day was Sandra Reid from Fare Consulting. Sandra has over 15 years consultancy experience and offers business support in food service, accommodation, retail and events. The meeting covered four main areas including;– What’s is local?– Supplying your own farm produce to guests– Environmental health requirements for serving food and drink East Central Monitor Farmers Stuart and Jo McNicol also discussed their experiences with using local produce through the café at DRIFT., highlighting some of the challenges they have faced along the way.   Prior to the meeting Sandra met with East Central Monitor Farmers Stuart and Jo to discuss some of the local produce they use in the DRIFT. They focused on six main ingredients and looked at where they currently get the supply from, highlighting......

  • 08 Oct East Central Meeting Four Report – Food Tourism, What is Local?

    Click here to access the full meeting report from the fourth East Central meeting, which took place on Tuesday 1st October 2019. The meeting focused on the theme ‘Food Tourism – What is local?’, highlighting areas such as costs, benefits, logistics and the impact on a business that sources and provides local produce. 29 individuals from farming/agritourism enterprises attended the event from all over Scotland with people travelling from as far north as Aberdeenshire and as far south as Dumfries. Guest speaker for the day was Sandra Reid from Fare Consulting. Sandra has over 15 years consultancy experience and offers business support in food service, accommodation, retail and events....