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Farming Holidaymakers

When the McConchie's three sons wanted to return to the family farm, jobs had to be found for them. Caz Graham meets a farming family who have taken diversification to a new level.

There aren't many farmers who can look at their sheep and cattle from an 820 metre zip wire that traverses their farm, in fact the McConchie family who farm near Gatehouse of Fleet on the Dumfries and Galloway coast may just be unique in that. The zip wire and adventure centre it's based in are part of a wide programme of diversifications the farm's undertaken to cement a solid future for the business. When all three sons decided they wanted to return to the family farm and work at home drastic changes had to be made to ensure a smooth succession from one generation to the next. As a result, one farm business has now become three; one is still rooted in farming, one is a camping and caravanning site and the third offers adventure tourism and luxury weddings. Caz Graham has been to hear the story as well as meet the lambs, enjoy the seaside and try her hand on one of Europe's longest zip wires.

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Sun 6 May 2018 06:35