Policy & Lobbying
The Scottish Government sees tourism as a major growth area for the Scottish Economy in the coming years. Rural Scotland is well placed to take full advantage of this growth. Many landowners and farmers across Scotland have already diversified into tourism and provide first class attractions and accommodation.

Newer opportunities include the growing international reputation Scotland has as:
  • a wildlife watching and activity holiday destination;
  • culture and heritage tourism destination; and
  • food and drink tourism destination.

Scottish Land & Estates engages with Government and relevant agencies such as VisitScotland to ensure members tourism interests are recognised and supported. In addition, we make representation to the treasury on issues relating to the taxation treatment of tourism businesses and lobby government to reduce red tape. 

Scottish Land & Estates’ current work in this area includes:

    Case Studies

    • 19/07/2011 - Case Study: The Bairnkine – On Farm Small Scale Tourism
        The Bairnkine is a farming business that has diversified with two 3* holiday cottages and a Certificated Location Caravan Site.
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    • 12/06/2011 - Rural Heritage Tourism - Cambo Snowdrop Festival Case Study
      Cambo is an excellent example of a rural business that has added value to the natural and rural heritage that exists on the Estate.  The woods at Cambo are a wonderful place to visit at any time of year and particularly spectacular at snowdrop time.  Cambo have though in recent years done various things to “add value” to
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    • 12/06/2011 - Rural Heritage Tourism - The Alnwick Garden Case Study
      The Duke of Northumberland (the 12th Duke) succeeded to the title in Nov 1995 following the death of his elder brother.  On 7th March 1996 the new Duchess contacted Ian August, the then Head of Property for Northumberland Estates and said “Ian, I have an idea, I would like to do something with the old garden, can you help?”
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    • 12/06/2011 - Rural Heritage Tourism - Alvie Estate Case Study
      Alvie and Dalraddy considered that one of their diversification options might have been wildlife tourism.  They recognised however that they lacked the very detailed knowledge of many wild species of flora and fauna that wildlife tour operators offer.  However, they do have that very detailed knowledge of the wildlife that the
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    • 12/06/2011 - Rural Heritage Tourism - Duns Castle Case Study
      Duns Castle in Berwickshire has been in the ownership of the Hay family since 1696.  Like many historic homes it has been through a number of incarnations. 
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