“There is a recognition that the rural economy is changing. We want to help farmers and crofters to diversify their businesses by working with food and drink and tourism businesses.”



With changes on the horizon for our agricultural sector including Brexit, changes in climate and changes in primary production methods, HIE is excited to have brought together a fresh approach to agricultural diversification. We’re hoping that the Rural Food Tourism Places project being piloted in Northmavine and the Uists will join the dots between food and drink, tourism and primary producers to help maximise opportunities in the agricultural sector leading to new collaborations, new products and opportunities for economic growth.


Uist delivery team

We are delighted to be working with HIE and the businesses in Uist to look at ways of collaborating and expanding the products and services currently on offer. Uist as a geographic area has a lot to offer in terms of its location, environment, etc and there is a strong history of successful  diversification that can be built on.

Lynne Maciver

Lynne has been a facilitator of workshops and corporate events for many years. She brings her experience in developing business plans and business processes to the team.

Kathy McMillan

Kathy is a both a facilitator and runs a small croft on the Westside on the Isle of Lewis. She brings her personal experience of diversification in this context to the team.

Northmavine delivery team

Northmavine is one of the most spectacular areas of Shetland. Forming the most northerly part of Shetland’s mainland, the area is renowned for its dramatic scenery and geology, vibrant community and crofting, fishing and aquaculture. We are delighted to be working locally, together with HIE and other partners, to support new ventures.

Rachel Gambro

Rachel is a facilitator with many years of project management experience. She has a background of working with small scale food and drink producers and has a particular interest in helping them tell their food stories.

Kirsty Scott

Kirsty provides mentoring and business planning support to individual businesses and groups across Scotland. She has worked extensively in rural communities, leading projects that build viable and sustainable opportunities.