From the Scots Guards to managing an Estate.

The Telegraph, having read about Cardross in Galbraith‘s Rural Matters, wished to write a piece on how Alastair balances the estate’s diversification with his transition from the Army into Venture Capital.

Alastair in the hallway

Estate activities include farming, sporting and residential lets and increasing diversifications into holiday cottages, luxury B&B, Weddings and events such as Doune The Rabbit Hole.

Myiesha and Adam’s wedding
Photo by Ross Alexander

There is also a glimpse of Alastair’s experiences growing up on Cardross and learning how to manage the estate from his parents, Sir Archie and Lady Orr Ewing.

The article mentions the estate’s 8,000-year old Flanders Moss now a national nature reserve. It’s significance as one of the largest lowland raised bogs in Europe has led to a strong relationship with Scottish Natural Heritage.

The ongoing focus to embed sustainable practices throughout the estate, have seen Cardross nominated twice in the Scottish Rural Awards, with the final decision announced in November 2020.

Foraging Fortnight
Scottish Wild Food Festival

Alastair states: “The essence of Cardross continues to be the incredible community in and around it. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.”

You can read the full Telegraph article in full here written by Emma Wells.