Discover what real life is like on a traditional Scottish family farm!
If you are looking for a day out with a difference and would like an insight into organic farming, then why not visit us at Portnellan Farm. Portnellan has been home to our family since 1952 and over the last 65 years or so a lot has changed. Join us on a Farm Tour to learn about the history of Portnellan Farm, why we raise our cows off the grass and how we have diversified into tourism activities.
Farm Tour and Tea – £25pp
Perfect for smaller groups, a tour of Portnellan allows you to get behind the scenes and really understand what life is like on a working farm. On arrival, guests will be given a warm welcome by a member of the family and given an introduction to the farm. You’ll then be taken for a walk around the farm where you’ll learn about organic farming, how things have changed since the 1950s, and have the chance to see the cows, and take panoramic photos of Loch Lomond and its mountains. After seeing the cows, we’ll take you down to the loch while talking about our water-based activities and you’ll be able to enjoy the shoreline and get a photo or two from the farm pier. Before you depart you will be invited to take a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some home baking. It’s the ideal chance for you to ask any questions you might have about the farm.
For small group tours, there is a minimum charge of £50 and a maximum of 12 guests. Children under 3 years old are free; children under 14 years are £15 per person.
Stout footwear is necessary: walking boots, rough terrain trainers, or wellies. Unless it’s completely dry underfoot, there will be mud. Please note that Portnellan is quite steep in places; please let us know if you are less able to cope with uphill/downhill walking or rough conditions underfoot.
Large Group Tours – £POA
We are also very happy to host larger groups and offer tours tailored to suit varying interests and levels of expertise. We have hosted several large groups, including farmers from Germany and the Netherlands and French cookery school students looking to learn about Scotch beef production. Tours generally last between 90 minutes and 2 hours and will include an introduction to the farm including its history, what organic farming means, and its role in sustainable food production, grassland management and diversification. The tour will conclude with refreshments in one of the farm sheds with plenty of time allowed for questions and discussion at the end. We can cater for groups of up to 50 people and there is plenty of room to get a 52 seater bus up to the farm and turned.
Farm Tour & Speedboat Tour – £POA
For a unique experience, we can arrange for speedboats to collect a group from the pier after the farm tour for a truly memorable way to experience Loch Lomond. The speedboat tour will include highlights of the loch such as the islands that make up the Highland Boundary Fault Line and the famous Loch Lomond Golf Course. You also have the option to visit Inchcailloch, an island that forms part of the National Nature Reserve with beautiful walks and views, or Inchmurrin – an island where you can enjoy the very best of Scottish food and drink in the island’s pub.