FARMS AND ESTATES LEARN TO PROFIT FROM THE PAST
HOW to boost Scotland’s rural heritage tourism sector? That will be the challenge laid down to delegates at the next Scottish Land & Estates demonstration day on Thursday 15 September in Inverurie.
Interested farmers and estate managers will have the opportunity to learn more about generating business from rural heritage including castles, artefacts, historic locations and standing stones, in a sector which has still to reach its full potential.
Recent Scottish Enterprise figures reveal the rural heritage tourism sector to be worth between £900 million and £1.5 billion per annum to the Scottish economy. It also shows that industry provides much needed local employment in rural areas, in some cases providing between 60% and 70% of total employment, sustaining the vibrancy and viability of rural communities.
The event will include presentations from estates already providing rural heritage offerings and will be chaired by Simon Craufurd of Crafurdland Estate, Fenwick, in Ayrshire. Delegates will hear from Wendy Sylvester, custodian at Dunnottar Castle, part of Dunecht Estate, and Mark Andrew of Haddo Estates as examples of a rural business’ which have added value to the the existing natural and rural heritage on the Estates. Other speakers include Douglas Rennie, Senior Business Development Executive from Aberdeenshire Council, Patrick Laughlin from Talk Associates and David Broadfoot MBE, Castle Administrator of Glamis Castle.
Simon Craufurd, Chair of the event, commented:
“The recent report from Scottish Enterprise identified the importance of Rural Heritage Tourism to the Scottish Economy but also acknowledged room for growth within the sector. This demonstration day aims to help landowners gain inspiration from existing successful case studies and to offer guidance to those looking to diversify into the sector. Landowners play a part in enhancing Scotland’s reputation as a quality tourism destination.”
This event, the latest in the series of special rural enterprise demonstration days held by Scottish Land & Estates, will take place at Glen Garioch Distillery, Oldmeldrum.