Wedding venue near Glasgow launched by six farmer siblings

It IS a fourth generation farm located on the outskirts of Glasgow and like many in the industry is now looking to diversify to survive and secure a long term future.

From on-farm shops to self-catering accommodations and day trips, farms have had to adapt to an increasingly difficult industry.
However, thanks to the rise of what is described as agritourism, there are now new ideas to develop the traditional agricultural activity.
For the Imrie family, including six siblings, they now plan to develop their 500-acre site into a country wedding venue.

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Hillhead Farm’s new multipurpose event space will provide the backdrop for a ‘fairytale Highland wedding’, despite its location in east Dunbartonshire.

Family affair – the Imries are launching a wedding venue at Hillhead Farm, East Dunbartonshire
Work to install a 230 square meter timber-framed dome structure at the heart of the farm will begin this weekend, with bookings for next year’s summer season due to open at the end of the month.
The Imries hope the business will help preserve the future of Hillhead Farm in Torrance for generations to come.
The land is owned and operated by Antoinette, 50, and John Imrie, 53, and their six children Naomi Smart, 30, Matt, 29, Jessica, 26, Ben, 24, Tabitha, 20, and Keziah , 17 years.
Eldest son Matt Imrie said going into business with his siblings was one of the easiest decisions he’s ever made, investing over £50,000 to bring their vision to life.

HeraldScotland: Matt Imrie jumped at the chance to go into business with his siblingsMatt Imrie jumped at the chance to go into business with his siblings
He said: “They are my best friends. I couldn’t think of anyone else I would want to invest in this exciting project with. The farm means so much to all of us – it is part of our livelihood and we want to share that passion and love with as many people as possible.
“We live in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. During the summer months, when cows and sheep graze on the grass and bales of hay spread out in the distance, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Highlands.
“It’s this sense of seclusion that allows our guests to enjoy complete autonomy for their wedding while still being able to see downtown. It’s a truly unique fairytale place that’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
“This is such a special project that my family and I have poured our hearts into over the past decade. We can’t wait to share it with everyone.
The venue will debut in less than a fortnight, when Matt’s younger sister, Jessica, marries her fiancé, James Bedford, on June 25.
Mr Imrie added: “Jess has always wanted to get married on the farm. This will be a great opportunity for us to see how the venue is performing and will give us plenty of time to make adjustments before we start taking bookings.
“That being said, if we don’t get it right on Jess’ big day, I don’t think any of us will make it past the 25th.”
The Imrie family have lived at Hillhead Farm in Torrance for 100 years. Mr Imrie, project manager for Scottish Power Renewables, hopes the company will help protect the land and create a sustainable business for years to come.
He added: “It’s not just an exciting project for me and my siblings – it also gives our parents a sense of security. Succession is really important to our family, and we want to make sure our parents can comfortably hand over the reins to us and that we can do the same for the next generation.
“The industry faces an unstable future, which means farmers need to look for new ways to protect their land. If successful, I think we could provide a great plan to help others diversify and create new revenue streams. »
The multipurpose event venue will be available for hire on a one or two day basis from April to September each year, operating around the wintering cycle and the annual lambing period.
The dome will comfortably accommodate up to 100 daytime and 150 evening guests, with plans also in place to build six luxury accommodation modules on site later this year.
A preview will take place from June 26 to July 2.

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