David Boyle & Jared Bowers

Kelburn Castle and Country Centre

Utilising Art and Nature to Support a Rural Estate

About David Boyle & Jared Bowers

Jared has worked in sustainable tourism for more than thirteen years. During this time, varied positions in tourism management, consultancy and academia have enabled him to live and work in 12 countries across the globe. He has worked with a mixture of local and international stakeholder groups and specialises in nature-based, cultural-heritage and adventure tourism. He currently works as the General Manager for Kelburn Castle and Estate and Ecotourism Project Manager for an initiative within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. He has a Ph.D. (sustainable tourism in Guyana) from Newcastle University (UK) and a MSc in Ecotourism (with Distinction) from Edinburgh Napier University (UK).

David originally trained as an architect at Newcastle University and after a short period in practice he took over the running of Kelburn Estate. In May 2009 he was a director of the world famous Graffiti Project on Kelburn castle and has since formed the company Kelburn Arts, that organises music and arts events, including the critically acclaimed Kelburn Garden Party. He is currently the Commercial manager of Kelburn Estate and the creative director of Kelburn Arts.

This talk will review the complexities of managing a 3,500 acre rural estate and the innovative and creative business activities that have been developed to support it. This includes the world famous Kelburn Graffiti Project, attracting and managing 70,000+ visitors to our country centre, setting up rural glamping accommodation, creative public events, private functions, land leasing, renewable energy and more. Forging a strong working relationship between art and nature, Kelburn has developed an operational ethos that is predicated on this relationship and seeks resourceful methods for maintaining a large estate.

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