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Shooting In The Highlands




On your next Scottish Highland holiday, why not engage in some of the country sports, such as stalking and shooting?  Hunt for majestic red deer stags or stalk the heather covered grouse moors.  The Highlands of Scotland are famous the world over for their hunting and shooting sports, and for the professional way in which the land is managed and conservation is practiced.  Enjoy the challenge of an age-old pastime and stalk the hills and moors of the Scottish Highlands when you are up on holiday.

There are all kinds of shooting activities in the Scottish Highlands, and a variety of ways in which to participate.  Professional gamekeepers are located all throughout the Highlands, and you can join them through their Highland estate affiliations.  Stalking and shooting are primarily done on estate grounds, and it is through the individual estates that you can find out about seasons and permits.  If it’s game birds you are after, there are seasons for grouse, pheasant, partridge, ptarmigan, woodcock, and snipe.  Deer stalking in the Highlands takes in the red deer, roe deer, sika deer, and fallow deer.  It is primarily red deer that are the most prevalent.  Other shooting sports include hunting rabbit and hare, and the wood pigeon.  Wild fowling is a shooting sport involving ducks and geese, and it is not for the faint-hearted.  It requires a great deal of stamina and patience, and because it takes place during the winter months, you will encounter wet, muddy, and cold conditions.

Atholl Estates is a 135,000 acre estate in around Blair Atholl and Blair Castle.  They offer self-catering lodges and the option of deer stalking or grouse shooting.  Birkhill Castle on the River Tay is the family home of the Earl and Countess of Dundee.  They can accommodate between 8 and 24 people and will arrange for deer stalking, clay pigeon shooting, and pheasant shooting.  Gordon Castle Estate near Fochabers offers roe deer stalking and provides accommodation in the castle or in the estate lodges.  House of Mulben is located in Speyside and they offer various shooting sports, deer stalking, and a variety of other outdoor pursuits including clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, and archery.  They will arrange accommodation for you.  Alvie and Dalraddy Estates are near Aviemore and offer the full range of shooting sports.  This is a traditional Highland estate and offers accommodation as well as all the field sports, quad biking, horse riding, and fishing.  There are other organizations which will arrange a shooting and stalking holiday for you on various estates throughout the Highlands, such as George Goldsmith, the Assynt Foundation, and Country Ways Sporting. 

If you want to experience a truly traditional Scottish Highland holiday, then you must arrange for a shooting and stalking experience on a Highland estate.  You will have the chance to enjoy Highland hospitality, an ages old sport, the beautiful and majestic scenery, and a challenge.  Look into the myriad ways of experiencing the shooting and stalking the Scottish Highlands are famous for the world over, and book your adventure today.