Tourism, Food & Drink

Our Commitment

Opportunity North East (ONE) has identified tourism and the food and drink sectors as three of the five key target areas for growth to support the economy of the North East of Scotland in a post oil period.

With its prime location, diverse property assets and wide range of business activities, the Leys Estate Group is in a great position to be able to support this aim and is committed to developing this sector during the coming years.

There are already 26 tourism related businesses and 13 food and drink outlets and businesses leasing premises from the Group and we aim to developed these further and expanded opportunities where feasible.

Tourism is a key driver of the success of estate tenanted businesses such as the Woodend community complex businesses, Battlegrounds Outdoor Activity Park and the Milton of Crathes retail businesses. We are also welcoming new business developments throughout the year such as Aberdeenshire Highland Beef, Deeside Brewery and Wood & Wool.

The development of further tourism on the estate and in the Banchory area will assist in elevating the Banchory area to become a significant local, regional and national tourism destination with the economic benefits that that brings to the local economy and Group businesses. This tourism growth will be complimented by the development and expansion of the local food and drink sector, which the Leys Estate Group can play a key part in delivering.

Pictured is the Royal Deeside Railway which has developed thanks to community support and volunteers and has made the Milton of Crathes its home with a railway carriage tearoom and shop at its growing platform.

The Milton of Crathes is also home to a range of businesses including Milton Art Gallery, Atholl Countrywear, Milton Brasserie, Robin’s Egg and The Salt Sanctuary.

Objectives

  • Contribute to establishing Banchory as the key holiday destination in the North-east of Scotland
  • Assist in the promotion of Banchory as the Eastern Gateway to Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park
  • Develop ancestral/heritage tourism
  • Work with neighbours and partners to develop and promote local tourism
  • Continue to develop recreational opportunities throughout the estate
  • Integrate and link up local businesses to develop a cohesive approach to tourism development and destination awareness
  • Take part in estate wide, local and regional marketing and partnership working to develop awareness and business development