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
West Central - Business BootcampFriday 1st November 2019, Time: 10am-4pmLuss Village Hall, Luss, Loch Lomond, G83 8NZ
East Central - Making the Correct Website InvestmentWednesday 11th December 2019, Time: 10am-4pmScottish Enterprise Offices, Apex 1, 99 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh

*Please note the change in theme/venue. The meeting based around Succession Planning will now be help in January 2020 (date TBC).

Come along to the fourth meeting at the West Central Agritourism Monitor Farm which will be a “Business Boot Camp.”

This meeting will focus on plans by both monitor farmers and those attending to increase profits in 2020 – by focusing on three key actions to drive sales and three key actions to decrease costs.

This meeting will not be videoed and is a closed confidential environment – only open to;

  • Agritourism businesses (any)
  • Farmers looking to diversify who have attended previous meetings and are starting a business in 2020.

This meeting will give you some high-quality business development support from peers and experts, helping put plans in place to grow your business in 2020.

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

Our Latest News

  • 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....

  • 12 Sep West Central Meeting Three Report – Making Money from Farm Tours

    Click here to access the full meeting report from the third West Central meeting which took place on Thursday 5th September 2019. The all-day meeting focused on the theme ‘making money from farm tours’ and was held at Bellfield Brewery, Edinburgh, the venue giving access to several high-quality speakers based within the city. 49 individuals from farming/agritourism enterprises attended the event from all over Scotland with people travelling from as far north as Morayshire and as far south as Dumfries....

  • 11 Sep Full Videos from West Central Meeting – Thursday 5th September 2019

    Get access to the full talk from each guest speaker at the West Central Monitor Farm meeting on Thursday 5th September, where the meeting theme focused on making money from farm tours.  ...