Kay, Lennox of Lomond, Loch Lomond
When did your farm diversify into tourism and in what way?
We have over 5,000 acres and hill sheep farming is a long process, so we needed ways we could diversify and push into new sectors. Around 1972 my gran started to do self-catering which is when Lennox of Lomond started to branch out. We run tours, accommodation and have now started to provide quadbike trail tours - no one else has done this yet here!
What part of tourism do you love the most?
Meeting people. I was always taught from a young age to communicate with people. It’s great to see how interested people are in meeting the farmers and grounds that date all the way back to the 1750’s.
How did lockdown impact on the tourism aspect of your business?
Greatly. We have no government funding so we had to support ourselves. It was difficult as a lot of the money we made was getting reinvested into the farm. It also affected the farming industry with wool severely losing its value.
On a more positive note, it gave us headspace to re-evaluate and support other businesses.
Tell me about the GoRural live farm visit?
It’s been incredible and a great teaching platform. For us, we were trying to find a new brand for the farm so we were able to have weekly meetings, which we found so helpful. There were 14 days of live Lambathon tours across the world showcasing different farms.
How are things going now lockdown is lifting?
We started to take bookings again around the end of June, so a lot of accommodation is now fully booked. We’re finding that people are really seeking more space than ever before. We’ve got great hills, which sit above Loch Lomond and you get the best panoramic views.
Have you changed anything as a result of lockdown which you’ll continue with?
We’re looking to pursue all the new ventures mentioned above - I believe we’re going to see a surge continuing on into the winter months as people have holidays they need to use up.