Scottish Enterprise has successfully trialled an Agri-tourism monitor farm concept where local farmers and business met to explore opportunities for agricultural diversification through bringing together a wide range of people, sharing learning, collaborating and facilitated meetings. The Scottish Government was keen to see a similar process tried out in the Highlands and Islands.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) recognised that due to different local circumstances, an alternative approach is needed in the Highlands and Islands; they’ve called this approach “Rural Food Tourism Places”.

Rural Food Tourism Places is looking to join the dots between the food and drink, tourism and primary production sectors to help diversification in agriculture. HIE believes that there might be some exciting opportunities through doing this and the approach is being piloted in two places, Northmavine in Shetland and Uist in the Outer Hebrides.