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 - Making Money from Farm ToursThursday 5th September 2019, 10.00-16.00Bellfield Brewery, 46 Stanley Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5TB
East Central - Food TourismTuesday 1st October 2019, Time TBCDRIFT, Canty Bay, North Berwick, EH39 5PL
West Central - Family SuccessionFriday 1st November 2019, Time TBCVenue TBC

Come along to the third  West Central Agritourism Monitor Farm which will focus on making money from hosting farm tours.

This meeting will be an all day event with a networking lunch and will be located in Edinburgh, in order to have access to a high number of quality speakers based in the City.

The venue is the newly opened function space in Bellfield Brewery, a 15 minute walk from Waverly rail Station.

There is an optional walking tour after the event which will start at 4.30pm and last 90 minutes. Undertaken by Sara Robertson from Scotbeer Tours, this will be a historic walking tour with Scottish beer tasting. The price will be £18 per person and is separate to the main meeting.

To register for any of the upcoming Agritourism Monitor Farm Meetings click here.

Our Latest News

  • 16 Aug EAST CENTRAL MEETING THREE REPORT – PUTTING AGRI INTO AN AGRITOURISM BUSINESS

    Click here to access the meeting report from the third East Central Monitor Farm meeting. The third meeting held at Castleton Farm by kind permission of East Central Monitor Farmers, Stuart and Jo McNicol, focused on how to put the ‘Agri’ element into an Agritourism business, particularly if you had an arable farm. The meeting had a large turnout with over 30 attendees from across Scotland. Guest speak Sascha Grierson spoke about her experiences with diversifying their organic farm near Perthshire. Attendees also got a tour of Castleton farm, with Stuart & Jo highlighting some of the ideas they have had to try and incorporate the farm and their two other businesses at DRIFT. cafe and Castleton Events....

  • 16 Aug Putting ‘Agri’ into an Agritourism Business

    The recent East Central Monitor Farm meeting followed the theme ‘Putting Agri into an Agritourism Business’. At the event, guest speaker Sascha Grierson from Grierson Organics spoke to attendees about her experiences with diversifying their organic farm near Perthshire. Sascha along which her husband Hugh developed the business which now includes; An on-farm butchery with produce sold directly online or through local farmers markets Farm tours which include a tour around the butchery Steak and Lamb tasting experiences within the Farmhouse kitchen Burger making experience Click on the following links to watch parts two, three and four from Sascha talk. Part Two  Part Three Part Four...

  • 16 Aug Putting ‘Agri’ into Agritourism at DRIFT. & Castleton Events

    We caught up with Stuart & Jo McNicol at the East Central Monitor Farm meeting on 8th August to find out what they were hoping to gain from the meeting, which focused on putting the ‘Agri’ into an Agritourism Business. Stuart and Jo are currently looking at ways to develop a stronger connection between the farm which is cereals based and their two diversification businesses; DRFIT. and Castleton Events....

  • 17 Jul Lennox Branding Update

    During the second West Central Agritourism Monitor Farm meeting on 26th June 2019, Lesley Wood from LMW Consulting gave feedback to attendees on the workshop that she carried out with the Lennox family. The workshop looked at branding all the enterprises that the Lennox’s run within on brand, including creating a new brand name and logo. A copy of the brand questionnaire the Lennox family carried out with the progress they have made on developing the brand is available to view via the West Central meeting two report....