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With Brexit uncertainty taxing minds, farm diversification schemes are seen by many as an economic lifebelt.
Up at GG’s Yard at Laggan, near Gatehouse, entrepreneur Duncan McConchie has taken the concept to a different level.
Returning home to Galloway 11 years ago after a successful career in the TV industry, Duncan had big ideas.
His bold plan for a sustainable rural destination of excellence on Laggan’s hillside raised a few eyebrows.
But far from being sceptical, his family embraced change.
The result was Laggan Outdoor, now one of Dumfries and Galloway’s biggest adventure tourism attractions.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Duncan saw development potential in the old steading down the hill.
He joined the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme (SERLP) – and graduated full of can–do attitude.
Duncan said: “It is the most phenomenal programme rural people could ever go
“Business managers have to get on the belief to do this. “It kicked away all the barriers and doubt “I just came out empowered and ready the world – and we did.”
Duncan’s first task was to christen the Yard after 99 year-old great–grannie (GG) McConchie living next door.
Then the bank insisted on accommodatio development, so plans were redrawn luxury cabins, or ‘snugs’, which opened 2016.
Later that year the Telegraph rated GG’s of Britain’s top 10 cosiest winter retreats.
Enthused by the positive feedback, father– Duncan was confident the events venue winner.
Wedding bookings soon flooded in planning approval was secured.
“We never took a deposit,” Duncan came along with us on our journey beca believed in us.
“We did this knowing we would be doing and that our guests would be able to stay
“We got permission in February 2017 builders were in the following Monday.”
The £1.9 million events and wedding venue
Stunning setting Duncan and Vicki McConchie in the wedding venue at GG’s Yard