Stuart & Jo McNicol are directors of DRIFT., with Jo working full time in the business as well as running an additional business called Castleton Events, which she set up in 2013. Castleton Events accomodates weddings and other high-end events based on the farm, with the site overlooking the sea.
Prior to setting up Castleton Events and DRIFT., Jo was a full-time teacher.
Stuart has worked full-time on the family farm since 1999 and now runs the business along side his father Bill.
Stuart is a former regional Chairman of NFUS, is a Scottish Enterprise Rural Leader and has been a participant in the Scottish Enterprise Planning to Succeed programme.
The couple have two children.
Jo and Stuart are the fourth generation to live on Castleton Farm which is located two miles from North Berwick in East Lothian, Scotland.
DRIFT., the new agritourism business is located around half a mile from the farm on a cliff within the family’s farmland.
The McNicol’s run two agritourism businesses based from their farming enterprise.
Stuart & Jo are both directors of DRIFT., which sits within the farming business. The new café is built on a cliff within the family’s farmland and overlooks a sandy beach, with panoramic views out to sea and over to the Fife coast.
DRIFT. is built out of up cycled shipping containers and currently employs two full time and 14 part-time members of staff. Food is produced fresh on site and currently focuses on soup, scones, cakes, teas and coffees. The café also sells a range of retail coffee and e-coffee cups.
Castleton Events is run solely by Jo and delivers high end events and weddings in a marquee based on the farm. Currently they host around seven events per year due to planning restrictions on site. Castleton Events take bookings from April to September and the venue can accommodate up to 250 people with access to a private beach.
Castleton Farm grows 430 acres of cereals compromising of winter wheat, spring barley, oil seed rape and winter beans. The farm has no livestock but provides storage and office lets for nearby businesses.
The farming enterprise is owned by Stuart’s Dad, Bill McNicol, with both father and son partners in the farm business. Stuart is currently the fourth generation of the McNicol family to farm at Castleton.
East Central Monitor Farm Focus Areas
|Monitor Farm Meeting||Date||Location|
|Last physical meeting – open (West)||10th March 2022, 09.00-17.00||Physical Meeting if permitted|
|Online Meeting||17th March 2022, 10.00-12.00||Virtual meeting via Zoom|
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