Welcome to the Scottish Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme

The Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme is a three-year programme established in 2019 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

In line with Government guidance surrounding COVID-19, the Scottish Agritourism Monitor Farm meetings scheduled to take place throughout 2020  will now consist of virtual meetings via Zoom for the foreseeable future.

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

Monitor Farm MeetingDateLocation
Post Lockdown Business Health Check13th August 2020, 10.00 - 12.00Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Gift Vouchers and Christmas Promotions25th August 2020, 10.00 - 12.00Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Making Money from Farm Tours10th September 2020, 10.00 - 12.00Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Loyalty Schemes, E-news, Customers Databases & GDPR24th September 2020, 10.00 - 12.00Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Agritourism Monitor Farm Project West Central Scotland.

Our Latest News

  • 09 Jul Scottish Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme – June Virtual Meetings Report

    During the Covid-19 restrictions, our Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm meetings have switched from the face to face monthly meetings to fortnightly meetings, lasting two hours via Zoom. The meetings kicked off on the first of June and each month a report will be issued highlighting some of the key points and resources from the monthly meetings. Click here to access June’s report....

  • 30 Jun Agritourism Sector Praises Scottish Enterprise Monitor Farm Programme

    The Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme (SEAMFP) has announced the results from year one of the project. Citing the achievements as: stimulating significant progress within the sector, helping farm businesses to develop their agritourism offering throughout Scotland, and contributing to the voice of, and economic contribution from, the agritourism sector both regionally and nationally. Launched in January 2019, the three-year programme has already developed a core network of businesses from across Scotland, with people attending the meetings from as far north as Forres in Morayshire, right down to the Scottish Borders, with some meetings also seeing individuals travel from the Isle of Mull and Islay. Stuart & Jo McNicol, who were selected as the East Central Monitor Farmers opened DRIFT, a café built from upcycled shipping containers on a......

  • 05 Jun Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme Year 1 Report

    Click here to access the year one report, produced by the Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme. This annual report captures the outputs of the Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm Programme and impacts to date in its first year, giving an overview of the 12 monitor farm meetings which have taken place in the first year, the progress the monitor farmers have made and the development and achievements of the core community group....

  • 25 Mar West Central Meeting Six Report – Effective Storytelling

    Click here to access the sixth West Central Scottish Enterprise Agritourism Monitor Farm meeting report, which took place on Tuesday 10th March 2020. The meeting, which focused on effective storytelling included guest speaker Stuart Delves – a writer and storytelling trainer, who gave support and advice to the 37 attendees on how to develop critical skills and confidence in this area. LEAF Open Farm Sunday’s Scottish Coordinator, Rebecca Dawes joined the meeting to discuss how to get involved with the 2020 event on Sunday 20th September*. West Central Community Group member Shona Duncan spoke alongside Rebecca, about her family’s experience of opening for Open Farm Sunday for the first time in 2019. *Please note change of date from what is detailed in the report due to COVID-19....