Portnellan is a small family farm on the south-eastern shore of Loch Lomond.
Owned by the Scott-Park family for over 60 years, Portnellan is first and foremost an organic farm, which sells its beef directly to consumers. Our organic beef is available for collection from the farm. We pride ourselves not only on producing a quality organic product but, furthermore, farming sympathetically in our beautiful location on Loch Lomond.
In recent years, farm incomes have declined and most farms have to diversify in order to survive. Portnellan is no exception and we are pleased to be able to share our lovely location with guests in the Old Farmhouse and boat owners on the moorings in The Bay.
Speed boat tours – personalised to your requirements – are available from the farm pier. Sea kayak and Canadian canoe safaris are offered by our partners, Wild by Nature. And if you want to try Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP), our capable instructor, Mike of Unicorn Paddle will be happy to help.
We’ve got planning permission to put glamping on the farm (Glamp Loch Lomond) in a beautiful location on the loch shore. We hope to be opening this summer; keep an eye on the glamping blog, which will inform you of our progress.
Meet the Scott-Park family
David is farmer-in-chief; he works all hours of the day and night like most farmers with livestock – David is also a talented mechanic, builder, welder, plumber, and general Mr Fix-It. He’s never happier than when he’s showing people around the farm or the moorings – he likes to tell people about the farm – about our organic principles, the ‘new’ system of paddock grazing, the fencing projects and the plans for a biomass boiler.
Freda married David in 1983 and their first task was to build their own house. Freda is a vet working as a consultant in veterinary cardiology to the pharmaceutical industry. Freda is also an official Met Office observer and is a font of information about the climate on Portnellan. She likes nothing better than having a cup of tea with visitors. She’s fussy about her tea, having grown up on a tea estate in Kenya.
Chris graduated from Stirling University in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Science and Outdoor Education. It’s fantastic that he’s come back to work on the farm; a great help to David. Chris is a tremendous stockman, and he really knows his cows. Chris is a Tae Kwon Do black belt, enjoys hill running and is qualified Mountain Leader and a commercially endorsed boat driver.
Ginny graduated from St Andrews in 2014 with degrees in Management and Psychology. She is planning a further challenge, taking on a chartered accountancy internship. Ginny helps with accommodation changeovers and generally keeps everyone cheerful.
A short history of the farm
Portnellan Farm originally belonged to Ross Estates. Donald MacLean bought it from Ross Estates in the early 1900s: Donald was a stockman on another farm over towards Stirling and when he left to take over Portnellan, he was gifted the dairy herd and he walked the cows all the way over to their new home on Portnellan. David’s Grandfather, Stanley Scott-Park, who was a radiologist in Glasgow, bought the farm in 1952 for his son Jock Scott-Park to manage. David came back to work on the farm in 1981 and Chris joined him in 2014.