• Balcarres
  • Balcaskie
  • Elie
  • Gilston
  • Kilconquhar
  • Strathtyrum

In-hand farming is characterised by direct control of the activities on the land, either through contracting arrangements or by farming with direct labour.

The in-hand farming gives the families a greater say in the day-to-day management of their land and a commensurately greater share of the financial risks and rewards.

The families running East Neuk estates are hands-on. We have an active involvement in the farming of our own land and – through the East Neuk Estates group – have an avid interest and engagement in the management of our neighbouring farms.

From in-hand, mixed-use farming – with both livestock and arable – to our planning and management of supporting enterprises across the estates, each of us is involved in the day-to-day decision-making that drives our own businesses.

That involvement is reflected in our environmental work that we undertake independently of each other – as well as collaboratively under the East Neuk Estates’ banner.