Farm Stay in Scotland has recently appointed two new Directors, each of whom is keen to encourage more Scottish farms to sign up and benefit from Farm Stay membership. Marion Oates from Hawick and Rosanne Mackay from Inverness will represent Farm Stay UK in Scotland and are extremely enthusiastic about demonstrating to farming families the benefits of joining Farm Stay.
Farm Stay UK is a not for profit membership organisation, established in 1983 in order to bring together local groups of farm based accommodation across the whole of the UK.
Farm Stay UK has a loyal and increasing following as visitors appreciate the key values of the members – quality, value for money, countryside location and the hosts knowledge of the landscape/wildlife and local food – the latter often a highlight of their stay.
Marion Oates, new Regional Director, says:
“I am proud to have been one of the founder members of Farm Stay in 1983 when I ran a farmhouse B&B in Northumberland. We now live in the Scottish Borders, running a B&B at Billerwell near Hawick.
“In Scotland we have over 60 members which include B&Bs, self-catering and campsites.
“My husband Richard and I now run a 4 Gold Star B&B and for the past few years have seen the benefits that Farm Stay membership has brought to our business. I have taken on the role of Regional Director because I am keen to raise the profile of Agritourism in Scotland and ensure that other farms across Scotland can also benefit from joining.
“I have gained much from Farm Stay but what stands out is that Farm Stay UK has a very strong UK and worldwide brand and reputation. Visitors, including many from the Antipodes and North America, are very loyal using Farm Stay members time after time.
I also think that because we can all benefit from the focused and successful marketing campaigns, including a very effective web site, which are run UK wide, we are ensuring that our properties are reaching the eyes and ears of potential visitors.”
Rosanne Mackay, who has been running a 4* B&B for 26 years and is passionate about rural tourism added:
“During the many years I have been involved in Farm Stay it has become very obvious how visitors benefit from Farm Stay, getting the chance to stay in the midst of some of the best countryside in the world. But the positives don’t end there - for farming families, Farm Stay is the best organisation to help you promote your accommodation, whether that be B&B or self-catering.
“Farm Stay offers great value for money membership, you can have different levels of membership suited to your budget and important for me, and my guests, is that the website is simply and easy to use.
“I would encourage anybody operating on farm accommodation to contact us and learn more about how Farm Stay can help bring more visitors to your door.”