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SPORTING LETS Fishing, stalking & shooting

“This brochure gives a flavour of what we can offer, with more detail and information available on our new sporting lets website, and if you haven’t done already, sign up to follow our Sporting Lets Facebook page with hints, tips, latest news and offers.”

WELCOME to our 2017/2018 CKD Galbraith sporting lets brochure, our 40th edition. Despite the turbulent political times we live in, Scotland continues to attract sportsmen from all over (the world), whether it be to fish on our fabled salmon rivers, shoot on our iconic grouse moors or our historic deer forests, continue to value Scotland as a world class

destination. We pride ourselves as being able to guide newcomers or experienced sporting hands to the best sporting experiences that Scotland can offer. We have a dedicated and experienced team in hand, and we are happy to discuss your sporting requirements – whether a grand lodge and driven grouse shooting or a single day’s Salmon fishing or stalking. This brochure gives a flavour of what we can offer, with more detail and information available on our new sporting

We hope you enjoy this brochure, it is intended as a guide only and we encourage you to contact us to discuss the sport available from each estate, the detailed costs and other relevant information. Prices quoted are based upon the weekly cost of the accommodation on a self-catering basis or as stated, and include our commission charge and VAT at 20% unless otherwise stated. CKD Galbraith reserves the right to amend any charge without notice. Sporting clients will be liable for any changes to the price should the VAT rate change. The information contained within the brochure is correct at the time of going to press. CKD Galbraith cannot accept responsibility for changes or alterations to the prices, facilities, accommodation or sport described. This does not affect your statutory rights. All bookings are subject to our full terms and conditions which can be found on our website www.sportinglets.co.uk All prices are correct at the time of going to print. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or

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NEWS & VIEWS

NEWS & VIEWS From the Hill, High Ground, Covert and Tide!

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irstly we would like to draw your attention to our new website. In stalking parlance our old site was beginning to ‘go back’ a little and our new site highlights all things sporting in a clear and fresh way. We love it and hope that you have a moment to explore the site. One of the great joys of working at Sporting Lets is being in constant contact with both the men and women who work in our wildest places and also those that visit them. We have regular updates on grouse counts, what is running off the tide and whether there might be the opportunity for a last minute day on the hill. To keep up to date please drop in our website, facebook and Instagram pages and never hesitate to pick up the phone for advice or an update. www.sportinglets.co.uk

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THE SPORTING REVIEW 2016

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he tale of the fishing season is that it started slowly for both fish and fishers. There were good localised catches on just a handful of beats but, as April arrived, the picture began to change. The northern rivers gave an indication of what was to come with ever strengthening runs of fish and this picture was mirrored on the Spey, and to a slightly lesser degree the Tay and Tweed. May, June and July were, when conditions suited, simply magnificent months to be on the water. Strong runs of quality late spring fish poured into a number of our rivers, particularly in the north, and there were many happy fishing parties regaling us with tales of fish they had hooked, lost and landed. The Sport was not confined to the North and the Spey, in comparison to recent seasons, enjoyed superlative sport and the Tay saw large numbers of fish running through the late spring and

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summer although they were not always brought to book. Again the size and quality of the running fish was noteworthy. What was disappointing was that the picture was by no means universally positive and for every river sharing in the runs of fish there was another hoping that they might yet arrive. As the runs of larger fish slowed it became clear that they would not be joined by huge runs of grilse. As always there were exceptions and there were tales of being able to walk across the river Hope on the backs of grilse and the Ullapool, Ewe and one or two others bucked the trend. As August turned to late summer, temperatures both air and water, remained high, and catches and runs of fish just tailed away. Through September and October fresh fish were at a premium and they ran in dribs and drabs if at all rather than off every tide. Residents were present but

largely uninterested and it was another distinctly lacklustre autumn. Looking forwards it is impossible to predict what the future holds. Whilst the pattern and timing of the runs of fish has undoubtedly changed in the past and may do so again all we can really do is wait and see what the big tides of 2017 bring us. Wouldn’t it, however, just be wonderful if our rivers were once again filled with heavy spring fish?! Grouse As 2016 developed the spring weather of April, May and June looked promising putting a spring in the step of the custodians of the high ground. The first whispers of doubt came to light in early July and it increasingly became apparent that what weather we had arrived exactly at the wrong time and what it lacked in longevity it more than made up for in intensity. Many first broods were wiped out resulting in numbers of very young birds being

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reported in late July and much of Scotland’s early driven programme was cancelled immediately as a result. Walking parties in late August confirmed the count data and to protect stock, which remains strong on most moors, large parts of many programmes across the Lammermuirs, Angus and Aberdeenshire were cancelled. As ever there have been bright spots and those moors that avoided the worst of the weather, largely Perthshire and more Central Moors, have enjoyed superlative sport with one breaking their record on 4 consecutive days and other generally higher, ironically in light of the havoc that the weather has played, moors adding additional days well into October due to the weight of birds that they were seeing. On balance it has not been a stellar season but it has certainly kept us on our toes and as always we look ahead with anticipation. The stag stalking season this year

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has been characterised by one of the mildest and driest September and October in recent years. As a result, the rut has been quite long and drawn out, in many cases late in getting truly underway adding to the challenge of achieving cull targeted by the close of the season on the 20th October. Having said that, it has been a glorious time to be on the hill, with the russets and golds of Autumn colours a stunning backdrop for the protagonists. We have some new and exciting stalking options for 2017, for either single days or weekly lets for stags and hinds. As I write, we are now well into November; hind culls are underway, Partridge shooting is giving way to the first of the Pheasant days. Looking forwards we need windy weather to clear the leaves from the trees and sharp frosts to concentrate birds in the coverts, and we can then look forward to the best of the winter shooting before fishing gets underway again in January.

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Scottish Property 2016

MARKET REVIEW

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t the start of 2016 we were cautiously optimistic about the volume of trade in estates for the year ahead. As we near the end of the year, this optimism proved to be wellfounded. To date sixteen estates have sold for a combined total price of over £70 million. Based on data from the last decade, this amounts to a ‘normal’ year of trading. Sales tend to dip when there is any kind of market uncertainty; in the wake of the ‘credit crunch’ in 2009, less than ten sold, and in 2014, the year of the Scottish Referendum, only seven. As the vote on 23rd June 2016 made Brexit a reality, we held our breath to see how the market would react. As it turned out, committed buyers were unfazed by the prospect of change, and the weakened pound gave, and indeed continues to give, foreign buyers an unexpected funding boost. Times of uncertainty can create nervousness in sellers, more so than in buyers; the former worry that the buyers may not be there if they commit to sell on the open market. We commented previously that if the European

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Referendum did have an effect, it would be to reduce the number of estates offered on the open market and to increase the number sold privately. This has indeed proved to be the case, with almost onethird of estates selling privately so far this year, compared with only 10% last year. Some significant premiums have been paid, with one small estate making almost double the asking price. The average premium over the asking price has however remained at a more conservative 13%, only one percentage short of last year’s average of 14%. We have however seen some of the most expensive estates for many years being offered for sale on the open market, with five available at around £10 million or more against an average sale prices over the last ten years between £2.5 million - £4.5 million. One of these estates sold privately in excess of the £16.5 million asking price, and another, Tulchan Estate, was put on the open market in August for offers over £25 million, billed as the most expensive sporting estate ever to be marketed in Scotland. It is our understanding that none of these sales

were driven by Brexit, IndyRef2, Land Reform, or politics. There have been four opportunities for grouse enthusiasts this year, with two estates offering driven grouse shooting and two offering walked-up. Half of all estates potentially available had red deer stalking, and around a third had salmon fishing. Our analysis of the prices paid to date this year indicate the following: Grouse (Driven/brace) £4,000 - £4,500 Grouse (Walked up/brace) £2,000 - £3,500 Red Stags (per head) £35,000 - £40,000 Salmon (per fish) £4,000 - £7,000 Premium Property Department Of the sixteen successful purchasers this year, half were from either England, Europe or North America. While the exchange rate has helped these buyers with foreign wealth, we continue to speak to a number of buyers based in WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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“Our buying team have been involved with more than 60% of the estates available for sale this year, considering opportunities on behalf of clients both on and off-market.”

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the UK who also have an appetite for Scottish property. The remaining half of purchasers already owned land in Scotland, a testament to the fact that they too remain optimistic about the future of landownership north of the border. Whatever its political or economic future, the country remains a mecca for those looking for natural beauty, affordability, privacy and seclusion. In truth, Scotland is arguably the last true wilderness in Europe, and its land represents extremely good value for money. Our buying team have been involved with more than 60% of the estates available for sale this year, considering opportunities on behalf of clients both on and off-market. They went on to secure four times as many deals as their nearest competitors. Our network of 11 offices across Scotland gives us multiple ‘ears on the ground’ and continues to provide us with relevant, local and sometimes otherwise unobtainable information, that puts our clients in pole position for success. With limited new stock coming to the market, buyers can greatly enhance their chances of success if they use an agent to help them, a fact that frustrated underbidders and those that miss out entirely on private sales, are starting to recognise. While most buyers will register direct with estate agents, we are often able to pick up on rumours before a selling agent would normally release any information to third parties, therefore giving our clients a head start. In 2016 over a third of CKD GALBRAITH

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the properties that the Premium Property Department were involved with were off-market. For properties already on the open market, we can often find out the level of competition and advise on the price required to secure a deal. The UK still has some way to go to catch up with our American counterparts who use a buying agent for more than 50% of all their property purchases; here in the UK we still choose to go unrepresented in many of our high value property acquisitions. That said, almost half of all estate purchases this year involved agents. Increasingly complicated fiscal, legal and management issues make informed bidding almost impossible for all but the expert, and our combined decades of experience in farming, forestry, sporting and residential property, aswell as many years’ experience of the land market, give us the ability not only to reassure clients that they are paying the right price, but that they are also buying the right property. While we will always be seeking success on behalf of our clients, this does not necessarily mean paying ever higher

prices; we have recently helped a buyer save well over £1 million on an estate purchase where she had previously been trying to deal with it herself. In other cases a premium may be entirely justified: once missed, some opportunities may not reappear for another 20, 25 or possibly even 100 years – only an agent who has been operating in the market for several decades will be able to guide you on this. As well as acting for clients looking for estates, we also act for house buyers at the top end and as the London property market has cooled, we have seen an influx of demand from people looking to ‘cash in’ down south and move up to Edinburgh for a more relaxed style of living. We have seen strong demand across Edinburgh in particular for the prime properties in the West End and the New Town. We are also seeing a growing market from buyers, both foreign and domestic, for the highly sought after student properties in the capital. As with estates, we have been able to help our clients access privately available properties, stay ahead of the competition and reassure them that the price they are bidding is reasonable.

CONTACT INFORMATION John Bound in Inverness Tel: 01463 221343, Email: john.bound@ckdgalbraith.co.uk Anna Henderson in Edinburgh Tel: 0131 240 6988, Email: anna.henderson@ckdgalbraith.co.uk Scott Hall in Edinburgh Tel: 0131 240 6975, Email scott.hall@ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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THE HEBRIDES

THE HEBRIDES (INNER & OUTER ISLES) A jigsaw of islands flanking the West Coast, the inner and outer Isles of the Hebrides combine extraordinary beauty and tranquillity with the wildest of sport. Miles of untouched white sand, wheeling oyster catchers, lobster potting and a myriad of lochs, some famed for their Salmon and Seatrout, others gin clear, for their large wary trout. Woodcock and Snipe abound in the winter, and accommodation includes Castles by the sea-shore and remote wild lodges. Getting there couldn’t be easier – by ferry or air. The journey is all part of the adventure and worth every second.

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Aline | ISLES OF HARRIS & LEWIS

ALINE ESTATE IS located on the boundary of Lewis and Harris and covers 8,000 acres of beautiful hill, moor and loch. In addition the Estate also has sporting rights over a further 1,600 acres. The estate is bounded by the wild coastline and the lodge sits at the head of Loch Seaforth and has spectacular views of the Loch, Seaforth Island and also of Clisham, the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides. Aline is not just an all round sporting estate; it is also a true wilderness where golden eagles, peregrines, merlins, sea eagles, snowy owls, puffins, divers, seals, otters, dolphins and whales all may be spotted, sometimes from the Lodge. The beaches of Lewis and Harris are rightly famous and the estate has sea boats that enable tenants to explore, to picnic on Seaforth Island (part of the estate), and to fish. Accommodation In 2009, the 18th century lodge was completely refurbished (as were the boathouse, sauna complex, cottages, and byre), with new bedrooms, bathrooms (4 of them en-suite), kitchen, gunroom, sunroom, study, games room, and dining room. With no road between the lodge and the sea, most rooms enjoy magnificent views down Loch Seaforth to the Isle of Skye. The lodge has 5 double or twin bedrooms and 1 single bedroom and provides comfortable accommodation for 11 (with 4 more bedrooms available in the nearby cottages). Fishing There are 4 main systems on the estate. Loch Langavat is the headwater of the Grimersta system and provides excellent boat and bank fishing for salmon and trout. The Estate also fishes one bank of the Langadale River at the head of the loch which can be prolific in spate conditions. The Tiorsdam system consists of a small spate river and loch above that enjoys runs of salmon and sea trout from early July. In addition the picturesque Scaladale gets runs of salmon, again from early July, and the rarely fished Vigadale offers the adventurous a rewarding day trip. CKD GALBRAITH

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There is trout fishing on numerous little hill lochs and weather permitting, our sea boats can take up to 8 people fishing for mackerel, pollock, or skate and putting down and pulling up the estate’s prawn and crab pots. Shooting Aline has several English pointers and grouse are shot from the beginning of September, snipe from October and woodcock from early November. The estate also offers very special driven woodcock in the forestry with daily bags ranging from 15 to 30 or more, depending on the experience of the guns. Duck flighting and the occasional goose are also available. Shooting weekends consisting of driven woodcock, duck flighting, geese if present and perhaps a hind are available from November. Stalking Red deer stalking begins in earnest in September with hinds commencing from the opening of the season at the end of October. Tenants will be looked after by the head and under gamekeepers who live on the estate. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday. LODGE FOR 11 (COTTAGES NEARBY CAN TAKE 8 MORE) CATERED/SELF CATERED SALMON & TROUT GROUSE, SNIPE & WOODCOCK RED DEER POA MACNAB CHALLENGE

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Amhuinnsuidhe Castle | ISLE OF HARRIS

AMHUINNSUIDHE CASTLE IS situated in a stunning and romantic seaside location with views to South Harris and the islands beyond. It is acknowledged as one of the finest sporting estates in Scotland, with excellent salmon and sea trout fishing on a number of River and Loch systems together with spectacular stalking. Accommodation The Castle, built in Scottish Baronial style in 1865, lies in a sheltered bay overlooking the Atlantic. The name “Amhuinnsuidhe” is the Gaelic for “sitting by the river”, and salmon and sea trout can be observed jumping in the sea from the castle windows. It provides extremely comfortable accommodation for up to 18 guests in 12 bedrooms, all of which have their own bathroom. In addition, the Castle boasts a drawing room, panelled dining room, billiard room, rod room and well-equipped drying room. Weekly lets are on a full board basis (excluding wines and spirits) with household staff. Salmon & Sea Trout fishing Tenants have the exclusive use of 6 river systems, which include 9 freshwater lochs, the most famous being Voshimid, Scourst and Ulladale. Five ghillies are available. The bulk of the fishing is from boats although tenants may prefer to fish the lochs from the bank. The rivers and burns can be very productive during or just after a spate. All fishing is by fly only, with the wet fly and the dap the most effective. Hebridean salmon typically average from 5-8lbs, with sea trout reaching up to 7lbs. Amhuinnsuidhe is 10

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remarkably consistent with the five year average for Salmon and Grilse standing at 264, and Sea Trout 514. Stalking The deer forest is estimated to cover about 35,000 acres and this rugged part of North Harris with its deep Corries makes for exciting stalking. The overhanging cliff known as the “Amphitheatre Buttress” above Glen Ulladale is a particular feature. Mixed Rod Weeks Amhuinnsuidhe Castle is available on an exclusive weekly basis for the main Sporting weeks, however each year, some sporting weeks are available to individual and smaller groups on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis with a minimum of a 2 night stay. An ideal chance to sample the fishing, and also a perfect opportunity to try for a Macnab. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday www.amhuinnsuidhe.com LODGE FOR 18 FULLY CATERED WITH FISHING 14 RODS: SALMON & SEA TROUT RED DEER (2 RIFLES) POA MACNAB CHALLENGE

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Morsgail | ISLE OF LEWIS

MORSGAIL ESTATE IS a wonderfully secluded estate of some 14,000 acres situated on the West Coast of the Isle of Lewis with a very comfortable fully refurbished modern Lodge. The estate offers excellent unspoilt salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, exciting red deer stalking and walked-up grouse shooting over pointers. In addition there is a rigid inflatable boat for sea fishing expeditions and waterskiing. The estate and Lodge are accessed by a 2 mile private road from the coast road, and this is the only road on the estate. Accommodation Morsgail Lodge is sited in a spectacular secluded position, nearly 2 miles from a main road, in a south facing position overlooking Loch Morsgail. Built in 1986 in a traditional style, the Lodge has been extensively refurbished and modernised in 2006/2007 to provide very comfortable accommodation for 10 in 5 en-suite double/twin bedrooms on the first floor. The public rooms include a sitting room with wood burning stove, looking over Loch Morsgail, a large kitchen, separate dining room, gun/rod room with amazing views over the loch, drying room and utility room. It provides ideal accommodation for both fishing and family parties. Dogs are welcome on the estate, but not in the house. Kennels are provided nearby. Fishing Fishing is available for salmon, sea trout and brown trout on CKD GALBRAITH

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both river and loch. The principal system is the Morsgail, which has 2 boats on the loch and 2 rods fishing the upper and lower rivers. There can also be exciting fishing in the Loch Ken Resort estuary, particularly early in June and July. There is a further boat on Loch Langavat. Stalking Morsgail offers exciting red deer stalking for 1 rifle on 2 beats, with an expectation of up to 5 stags per week. Shooting The estate offer walked up grouse shooting over the estate pointers, and snipe and woodcock later in the season. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday www.morsgail.co.uk

LODGE FOR 10 CATERED SALMON, SEA TROUT & BROWN TROUT WALKED UP GROUSE, SNIPE & WOODCOCK STALKING FOR 1 RIFLE POA

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Eishken | ISLE OF LEWIS

EXTENDING OVER SOME 43,000 acres, Eishken Estate lies on the south east shores of the Isle of Lewis. It offers stalking, loch and sea fishing, game shooting and watersports. Accommodation Eishken Lodge lies in a stunning position on the shores of Loch Shell, one of the sheltered anchorages on the estate and overlooks the main deer forest on the other coast. The lodge lies in a secluded and sheltered situation 7½ miles from the main Tarbert to Stornoway road. The lodge, built in the late 1800s in a classic Victorian style, is well proportioned. It has recently been refurbished to a very high standard with mains electricity and oil fired central heating and a substantial hot water supply. The accommodation consists of: • Ground floor: 4 public rooms, billiard room, gym, sauna, Turkish bath and drying room. • First and second floors there are 12 bedrooms (7 double and 5 single with 6 bathrooms). Maximum number allowed in the house at any one time is 14 including children. The lodge is equipped with broadband and Wi-Fi. Vodafone signal strength is strong and O2 signal strength is good in the lodge. Fully catered accommodation including the services of permanent domestic staff. All transport for the fishing and stalking on the estate is provided. There are numerous estate boats for use by the guests as part of the rent, including water ski boats, sailboats, pedalos and canoes and, in addition, there is a 38ft sea boat available for charter at extra cost. Sporting Eishken is well known for its sea trout fishing with the main fishing taking place on 5 different lochs and also on the River Eishken. The main season is July to the end of October. The principal salmon and sea trout lochs all have boats. These include Lochs Eishken, Loch Mor Stomrabhaigh, Loch na Beirighe, Loch Sgibacleit, and Loch Lacasdail. Ghillies will be available for lodge tenants until the stalking starts and their services are included within the rent. 12

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Stalking Eishken deer forest is divided into 4 stalking beats, 3 of which are accessed by boat each day. Three experienced stalkers are employed and up to 3 stalking parties may go to the hill each day. Stags are retrieved from the hill in the traditional way with the use of garrons. Game Shooting There are some grouse on the estate and one day’s walked up grouse shooting over pointers is available to shooting parties from late August. Later in the season there can be excellent snipe, duck and woodcock shooting. Watersports The sea loch in front of the Lodge provides an opportunity to engage in a variety of watersports including sailing, pedalos, canoes and waterskiing. Sea Fishing Sea fishing is available and tenants may charter the 38ft sea boat at extra cost, manned by the estate staff. All sea fishing equipment is provided. Dogs must be kept under control at all times and are not allowed in the lodge. Kennels are available. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday LODGE FOR 14 FULLY STAFFED & FULLY CATERED INCLUDING SOFT DRINKS BUT NOT ALCOHOL SALMON, SEA TROUT & BROWN TROUT. WALKED UP GROUSE RED DEER (3 RIFLES) (EXTRACTION BY GARRON) POA. DATES FLEXIBLE AND DO NOT NEED TO BE ON A WEEKLY BASIS MACNAB CHALLENGE

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Knock House | ISLE OF MULL

THE GROUND AT Benmore extends to approximately 33,000 spectacular acres in the heart of the Isle of Mull. The Estates offer guests an all-round sporting or family experience that has few equals in Scotland. Accommodation Knock House dates from the late 18th century and has been refurbished to an exceptional standard. The lodge comprises of reception hall, 4 principle public rooms, Ceilidh Hall with sprung dance floor, 12 bedrooms and 8 bath/shower rooms, family kitchen and additional staff accommodation if required. To keep children young and old amused there is a tennis court, snooker table and table tennis table. Knock can be let partially or fully staffed and there is suitable cooks accommodation located within the house. Sporting There is spate river salmon fishing on the River’s Ba and Forsa. In addition there is fishing by boat or from the bank on Loch Ba for salmon and sea trout. There is a comfortable bothy at Loch Ba. Sea fishing can also be arranged on one of the estate sea-going boats. CKD GALBRAITH

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Stalking Benmore offers really spectacular Hebridean stalking across 6 beats which are normally shot by 2 rifles per day. Additional stalkers can be employed if guests require more parties on the hill and approximately 60 stags are shot each year. Sea Boats Tenants of Knock can enjoy, under the guidance of the professionally trained estate staff, sea fishing, sailing, lobster potting and trips to nearby islands in one of the estates sea boats. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.benmoreestate.co.uk KNOCK HOUSE SLEEPS 24 SELF CATERED/CATERED SALMON, SEA TROUT, BROWN TROUT WOODCOCK AND WILDFOWL RED DEER POA

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Islay Estate | ISLAY

ISLAY ESTATE IS centred around the village of Bridgend. The Estate has over 50,000 acres of farmland, woods, moors, lochs and hills, never far from the sea, providing a memorable and unspoilt setting. The island is renowned for its beauty, whisky, links golf, delightful people and diversified wildlife. Islay Estates aim to preserve as much of this character as possible making it the perfect base for sportsmen and an all-round family holiday. Bridgend Hotel is owned and run by the Estate. It has been recently refurbished and has 11 comfortable bedrooms and combines high standards with excellent value. Wherever possible the chef’s use local produce including game from the Estate, lamb (and soon beef) from the in-hand farm, local fish including lobsters, crab, scallops and oysters.

to shoot mixed game that includes Pheasant, Partridge, Woodcock, Snipe and Duck. They won’t be in every drive but you should get a chance to shoot at most of these 5 species during your stay. Both driven and walked-up days are available, normally as a pair of days, with accommodation at Bridgend Hotel.

Accommodation Accommodation can also be provided on a self-catering basis for parties of up to 10 in our comfortable self-catering farmhouse overlooking Loch Skerrols, and for groups of 2-4 in a recently modernised cottage in the woods near Bridgend.

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Wild brown trout fishing The wild brown trout fishing on Islay is renowned worldwide. The Estate has trout lochs of great character: some, including the renowned Loch Gorm, with boats; others are wild and accessible only for the energetic fisher. Salmon and seatrout fishing may also be booked on the upper River Laggan.

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Uig Lodge & Fhorsa Fishery | ISLE OF LEWIS

UIG LODGE IS set in a spectacular position overlooking, but with easy access to, the magnificent white sands of Uig Bay to the west and to the south the contrastingly dramatic views of the Harris hills. It is simply a superb holiday destination with a huge variety of fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. The Lodge also enjoys its own recently renovated 9-hole golf course. Accommodation Uig was described by Lord Leverhulme’s niece, who was given the Lodge by him as a wedding present, as having a “scene which surely has few equals in all Britain for sheer breathtaking loveliness”. This remains the case today. The Lodge has recently been refurbished and is extremely comfortable. It includes a sitting room with an open peat fire, dining room capable of seating 18, a rod room/ 2nd small sitting room, laundry room, drying room, and a large newly updated kitchen. Upstairs are 3 double en-suites, 4 twins and a single sharing 2 bathrooms. The Lodge is let with the services of a good cook, but can also be taken on a self-catering basis. Fishing Loch Suainaval, about 3 miles long, is the headwater of the Fhorsa system and fishing from an estate boat provides salmon, ferox and brown trout. From there the river runs into Loch Slacsavat where salmon and brown trout can be fished from the bank or 2 boats. From the bank the river is then fished down through 15 named pools, 7 of which are tidal, to the sea and the renowned Bruton Stream providing one of the few opportunities to catch CKD GALBRAITH

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salmon and sea trout in salt water. Many of the tidal pools are ideal for beginners wishing to catch an estuary trout. The resident ghillie can also organise sea trips to fish for mackerel or explore the coastline and lagoons, weather permitting. Recent catches of over 100 salmon, 50 sea trout & 400 brown trout make Uig a tremendous all round fishery complimented by a lodge in a fabulous situation. Other Activities Stalking and shooting can be let by arrangement on neighbouring estates. The Uig sands are ideal for kite surfing and sand yachting, the adjacent coastline is popular with Kayaking and beach combing enthusiasts. Other popular outings include trips to the Callanish standing stones, brochs, tweed mills and speedboat trips to St Kilda are other popular outings making the lodge a perfect base for a memorable Hebridean holiday. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday www.uiglodge.co.uk LODGE FOR 15 CATERED/SELF CATERED & SMALLER PARTIES PER NIGHT SALMON, SEA TROUT, FEROX & BROWN TROUT AVAILABLE SELF-CATERED FROM £3097 + VAT PW. WITH RESIDENT COOK FROM £3740 + VAT PW

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Uig & Hamanavay | ISLE OF LEWIS

THE UIG & HAMANAVAY Estate provides extensive salmon, sea trout and trout fishing on the West Coast of the Isle of Lewis together with shooting and stalking over 50,000 acres in beautiful scenery. Accommodation Accommodation is provided in the estate house at Hamanavay, which is in one of the most magical settings in Scotland at the head of a sea loch. The house has been extended and sleeps up to 8 in 4 bedrooms. There are breath-taking views from the drawing room, dining room and master bedroom. Hamanavay & Red River Systems The estate has the exclusive fishing rights on the Hamanavay and Red River Systems, both enjoying good runs of sea trout and salmon. With four principal lochs, Craobhaig, Cro Criosdaig, Dibadale and Raonasgail, and two river systems, there is considerable variety available. This includes extensive river fishing (subject to water conditions) consistent loch fishing from boats and estuary fishing at river mouths. The sea trout fishing has been carefully conserved and is of outstanding quality. This is some of the most private and secluded fishing in the British Isles. There is a 9-mile private road which requires the use of a four wheel drive vehicle. The estate applies a strict fly-fishing only policy. Stalking and Shooting The estate offer stalking and shooting in remarkable scenery. Grouse are shot over pointers or walking up. Excellent snipe and woodcock shooting are available and the estate welcomes 16

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parties of guns in November, December and January when good mixed bags may be expected. Mixed Weeks Weeks in September and October offer a rare combination of fishing, shooting and stalking allowing tenants to fit their daily activities to the weather. The estate, while not setting out to achieve the accolade, has provided a number of “Macnabs� to guests over recent years. The estate house, which is open from April, is at that time of the year an ideal location for walking in the hills and wilderness, or for relaxation. Boat trips (using Sea Trek) to St. Kilda and the Flannan Islands are available. Journeys to St. Kilda could start from the estate house subject to weather conditions. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday www.hamanavay.com HOUSE FOR 8 SELF CATERED 6 RODS: SALMON & SEA TROUT GROUSE, SNIPE & WOODCOCK RED DEER POA MACNAB CHALLENGE WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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Grogarry Lodge | SOUTH UIST

SOUTH UIST IS a wild and unspoilt island in the Outer Hebrides extending to over 90,000 acres. The Estate offers some truly special fishing, wildfowling and stalking. In addition to sporting opportunities the island is also stunningly beautiful and there is a huge array of birds and wildlife. Accommodation Grogarry Lodge provides extremely comfortable accommodation for up to 16 guests in a mix of twin and double rooms. The Lodge is let on a weekly basis and is fully staffed allowing tenants to enjoy the sport, peace and tranquillity of the island. It is the perfect antidote to the frenetic pace of the modern world. Fishing The lochs of South Uist, Fada, Roag, Kildonan, West Ollay, Schoolhouse, to name just a few are rightly famous for the quality of their brown, sea trout and salmon fishing. At certain times of the tide there is also exciting fishing for sea trout in the sea pools. Brown trout fishing in the famous Machair lochs begins in earnest in late April/early May and the first migratory fish begin to show in early July and fresh sea trout can still be expected right through to October. The lochs are normally fished from a boat and are fly only. CKD GALBRAITH

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Stalking South Uist has some quite stunning hill ground, which is steeped in history and home to the nationally important pure Red Deer herd contained in which are some exceptional stags. Wildfowling The Estate offers walked up Snipe, (Oct/Nov), Woodcock (Nov/Dec/Jan), morning/evening flights for duck and geese from September onwards. South Uist can tailor sporting packages to suit the requirements of its tenants.

HOUSE FOR 16 FULLY CATERED SALMON, SEA TROUT, BROWN TROUT SNIPE, WOODCOCK, DUCK & GEESE RED DEER POA

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WESTER & EASTER ROSS

WESTER & EASTER ROSS Wester and Easter Ross Are beautiful mountainous regions of Scotland with a passionate band of followers who return year after year to the same week at the same, much loved, sporting estates. The region offers first class spate river fishing and some of the very best stalking to be found anywhere in Scotland. The steep climbs and panoramic views are the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

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Rhidorroch | WESTER ROSS

EXTENDING OVER SOME 20,000 acres of the most spectacular scenery, Rhidorroch is one of the best mixed sport estates in the Highlands, with a unique variety of salmon and wild brown trout fishing together with red deer and sika stalking. Accommodation Accommodation is in Rhidorroch House, a delightful, traditional Lodge which sits above Loch Achall with unrivalled views to east and west, and epitomises all the best in a sporting lodge. Features of the house include an oak panelled dining room, full sized billiard table and it provides comfortable accommodation for up to 14. Stalking During July, August and September, 1 stag can be taken per week and in October up to 5 red stags per week. In addition Sika stags and additional stalking can be arranged with prior notice. The Fishings Flowing westward is the Ullapool River which, although a spate river, holds up well for 4 or 5 days after rain due to the 2 mile long Loch Achall at its head. It CKD GALBRAITH

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provides superb fly fishing on 2 beats, for up to 4 rods from the end of June, when the first grilse appear, through August and September when a steady stream of salmon and grilse run. Loch Achall itself offers salmon and breakfast sized brown trout from bank and boat. Other Activities For the non-sporting guest the estate offers gentle hill walks amidst spectacular scenery, and for the more adventurous there are several Munros, including An Teallach, Seana Bhraigh, and the famous peak of Stac Pollaidh, within a short distance. The house itself supplies badminton and croquet. There is also

a games room adjacent to the house with table tennis and table football; clay pigeon shooting is also available. Just 4 miles away is the unique fishing village of Ullapool with its traditional fishing boats landing prawns, lobsters and crabs daily. A stroll along the pier will be memorable. There is also a magical 9-hole golf course by the shores of Loch Broom, a sports centre with tennis courts, and a 25m first class swimming pool, a large variety of interesting shops and restaurants as well as sea trips to the famous Summer Isles. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday www.rhidorroch.com

ACCOMMODATION FOR UP TO 14 SELF CATERED/CATERED SALMON: 4 RODS RIVER ULLAPOOL, 4 RODS RIVER RAPPACH. SALMON & TROUT: 2 BOATS LOCH ACHALL. NUMEROUS HILL LOCHS SHOOTING RED AND SIKA DEER HOUSE & FISHING FROM ÂŁ3,650 PW

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Kinlochewe & Lochrosque | WESTER ROSS

LOCATED AT THE southern end of Loch Maree, Kinlochewe and Lochrosque extend over some 35,000 acres taking in some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery. The estate offers an unrivalled mix of sport with fishing for salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout, walked-up grouse shooting and red deer stalking over some famous stalking grounds, including Cabuie and Nest of Fannich. Accommodation The impressive Kinlochewe Lodge enhances this first rate sporting estate, and provides accommodation of the highest standard for a maximum of 18 people including staff. This is a traditional Highland Lodge, which is located close to the rivers with good access to the hill. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the lodge preferably in the gun room and there are kennels available. A full sized billiard table is in the lodge and tv. Downstairs there is a cloakroom with shower and 2 wash hand basins and 3 separate w.c.’s. First Floor: Master King size, 2 doubles, 1 super king size, 6 twin bedrooms and 1 single bedroom. Second Floor: 1 double and 3 twin bedrooms. 9 main bedrooms have wash hand basins, 4 bathrooms with w.c and separate w.c’s. Broadband available. The Lodge is also ideally located for hill walking, or touring the Highlands. There are several Munro’s in the vicinity including Ben Fionn, Slioch, Ben Eighe and the Torridon mountains and some lovely secluded beaches close by. The famous Inverewe Gardens are also in the area and both Gairloch and Strathpeffer have golf courses. Lodge Cottage, immediately adjacent to the Lodge is available as additional accommodation for larger parties. There are 3 twin bedrooms, bathroom, small 20

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kitchen and sitting room and central heating throughout. Fishing The Kinlochewe, Bruachaig and A’Ghairbhe Rivers provide great variety for salmon and sea trout fishing on more than 11 miles of both banks. The rental of Kinlochewe Lodge includes 4 rotating beats on the rivers and 2 boats on the south end of Loch Maree. Salmon may be expected from as early as March. Charles McLaren, author of Sea Trout Fishing, always favoured May as his favourite month on these rivers. The estate provides excellent wild brown trout fishing on Lochs Maree, More, Beg, Loch a’Chroisg and Fannich as well as a number of smaller hill lochs, and 5 miles of the River Braan, a tributary of the River Conon. Shooting and Stalking From the middle of August until early September mixed sporting packages are available with walked-up grouse and

stalking. From September onwards the Lodge is let with stalking and fishing, initially with up to 5 stalking outings per week with more stalking outings per week available in October. According to the late G. Kenneth Whitehead, Lochrosque, Cabuie and Nest of Fannich have some of the most challenging stalking grounds in Scotland, especially as there are a number of punchbowl-like corries which demand great skill in order to complete a successful stalk. Kinlochewe is an ideal estate to try for a Macnab. On 3rd August, 2012, Angus Yellowlees age 19 caught a salmon in the river on his 3rd cast using a trout rod, never having fished before. Being only an hour’s drive from Inverness, where there is an international airport, Kinlochewe and Lochrosque are easily accessible from all parts of the UK and are an ideal location for family holidays throughout the year. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday

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Incheril | WESTER ROSS Accommodation Situated on the Kinlochewe Estate, Incheril Lodge is ideally located for hill walking, fishing or touring the Highlands. There are several Munro’s in the vicinity including Ben Fionn, Slioch, Ben Eighe and the Torridon mountains and some lovely secluded beaches close by. The famous Inverewe Gardens are also in the area and both Gairloch and Strathpeffer have golf courses. The Lodge provides comfortable accommodation for up to 8 on a self catering basis and has an oil fired boiler in the kitchen, and partial central heating. Kitchen has washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, deep freeze, microwave etc., sitting room with open fire, dining room, 2 twin bedrooms with whb, 1 twin and 1 double. Bathroom and separate shower. Linen provided, not towels. Keepers Cottage, Incheril Close to Incheril Lodge and may be available for let either separately or along with Incheril Lodge. There is a small sitting room, small kitchen with electric cooker, 2 twin bedrooms, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, wc, and shower room and wc and central heating throughout.

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Fishing Salmon fishing is available on 1 rotating beat of Rivers Kinlochewe, Bruachaig and A’Ghairbhe. By arrangement, 1 boat on Loch Maree (at additional cost) and plenty of trout fishing on hill lochs. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday

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Inverbroom | WESTER ROSS

INVERBROOM, PART OF the old Braemore Forest, extends to approximately 20,000 acres from Loch Broom to A’Chailleach at 3,276ft., and includes the whole of the south bank of the River Broom. Inverbroom Lodge Inverbroom is a lovely Victorian sporting lodge situated in one of the most beautiful valleys on the West Coast. The Lodge is situated half a mile from the head of Loch Broom and 8 miles from the idyllic fishing town of Ullapool. The lodge has been completely refurbished to provide very comfortable accommodation with 8 double bedrooms, 2 smaller single bedrooms, plus cook’s accommodation and now comfortably sleeps 16. Most bedrooms have their own bathrooms. Downstairs there is a large sitting room with log fire, dining room, kitchen and games room with a snooker table. It is an ideal house for both a sporting and family holiday. Dogs are restricted to ground floor. 22

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Fishing The Broom is a classic spate river and the house has the sole rights to fish 4 rods on the near bank of the river. There are 25 pools and fishing is by fly only. There is a 100% catch and release policy in operation in keeping with other West Coast rivers. Fishing runs from mid-June to the end of September. There is plentiful trout fishing on lovely remote hill lochs and a boat is available by arrangement on the largest of these. Stalking There is stalking available from mid July with up to 6 stags being taken each week.

Hind stalking is available from late October – December. Other Activities This is a wonderful area for walking and bird watching with A’Chailleach, Sgurr Mor and Stac Pollaidh nearby. The beaches of Gruinard and Achiltibuie are unforgettable. Boat trips to the Summer Isles and the ferry to Stornoway leave daily from Ullapool. A 9-hole golf course and indoor swimming pool can also be found in Ullapool. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.inverbroom.com

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Strathvaich Estate | WESTER ROSS

STRATHVAICH ESTATE EXTENDS to over 37,000 acres, and has been carefully managed as a private stalking estate since the early 1850’s up until 2010, since when it has become available for let. It now offers an unrivalled opportunity to secure prime West Coast stalking in combination with a comfortable, traditional lodge. The estate lies in a secluded position up a hidden glen on the road to Ullapool, with the lodge lying in the heart of the estate. There are 2 stalking beats, each able to field a daily stalking party, with follow up rifles if required. Garron ponies are used for extracting the stags. The traditional lodge sleeps 16 in 5 double rooms, three twin rooms and one single, with three bathrooms, and a further CKD GALBRAITH

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wet room with shower. Down stairs has a large hall, dining room, drawing room, sitting room, children’s play room/cook’s sitting room, drying room and a newly fitted kitchen. In addition to the stalking there are brown trout and pike fishing on the River Vaich which runs in front of the lodge and a myriad of hill lochs. The estate has

also recently purchased salmon fishing on the lower river Blackwater just above the confluence of the River Conon at Contin, with several named pools and a fishing hut. A guide can be organised to assist guests on the river. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.strathvaich.com

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Kildermorie | EASTER ROSS

NESTLING AT THE foot of a wooded hillside on a bend in the River Alness above Loch Morie in the 19,000 acre Kildermorie Estate, Meall Mor Lodge is private and secluded, yet under an hour from Inverness. The Lodge provides luxurious, centrally heated accommodation complemented by open log fires in the reception rooms, furnished throughout with period furniture (including a Broadwood grand piano) and featuring a cook’s delight of a modern kitchen. Accommodation Meall Mor Lodge is beautifully furnished, centrally heated accommodation with 10 double/twin bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom. The Lodge combines the best of the traditional with modern standards of comfort, convenience and safety. One suite, with its own kitchen facilities, can function as a self-contained flat, and another, on the ground floor, is equipped for the disabled. The Lodge includes a fully equipped catering kitchen, a large dining room, 2 large lounges with log fires, a large heated drying room and a secure gun room. A housekeeper services the Lodge daily; all linen, towels and luxury toiletries are provided. A trolley-mounted gas barbecue serves the courtyard. The Lodge is let on a self catered basis, but excellent cooks can be recommended. The Lodge is also let on a flexible catering basis to suit house parties, family or sporting holidays, corporate or conference use. Dogs are welcome, although not allowed in the Lodge; estate kennels are provided, by 24

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prior arrangement. In addition to Meall Mor Lodge, there are two traditional stone cottages offering warm, comfortable and modern accommodation. April Cottage sleeps 2 adults and 2 children and its neighbour, May Cottage, sleeps 2. Both are ideal for a family or small hind stalking groups or as overflow and/or staff accommodation from nearby Meall Mor Lodge and are “No Smoking” cottages. Fishing On the Alness river, the Kildermorie Beat offers salmon and sea trout fishing, with a 5- year average of 45 salmon/grilse and 5 sea trout. Additionally there is the Glasa river below the lodge. There is also loch fishing on the 2-mile long Loch Morie, which contains salmon, brown and ferox trout and sea trout and char, plus 5 productive hill lochs. The Estate provides 2 boats with outboard motors on Loch Morie and a boat on each of the other lochs.

topography makes it possible for 2 rifles to stalk red deer in any wind. Resident stalkers use garrons and Argocat/quad for bringing home up to 10 beasts in the peak weeks to one of the finest Victorian deer larders in Scotland. The Estate also offers exciting Sika stalking in the forest areas. Shooting Limited grouse shooting is provided over the Estate’s pointers, together with ptarmigan shooting for the more adventurous. Clay pigeon shooting is available on the Estate for both beginners and those “getting their eye in”. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.kildermorie.co.uk

Stalking Kildermorie is a well known deer forest in the heart of magnificent scenery. The

Baledigle Estate, Sutherland The Estate controls the sport at Baledigle, over 3,000 acres close to Forsinard, Sutherland. Transport is provided from Kildermorie for escorted roe and red deer stalking using the rides and deer lawns amongst the forest areas.

MEALL MOR LODGE FOR UP TO 20 SELF CATERED SALMON, BROWN, SEA & FEROX TROUT, CHAR GROUSE OVER POINTERS, PTARMIGAN RED, SIKA & ROE DEER LODGE ONLY FROM £1,900 PW. APRIL COTTAGE (SLEEPS 2 + 2 – NO SMOKING) FROM £225 PW. MAY COTTAGE (SLEEPS 2 – NO SMOKING) FROM £220 PW MACNAB CHALLENGE

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Novar | EASTER ROSS

NOVAR ESTATE WAS created by Sir Hector Munro in the 18th century and is still owned and run by his descendants. It is a traditional, mixed highland estate extending to 20,000 acres between the River Glass and the River Alness, only half an hour north of Inverness. Accommodation Ardtalla is a conversion of the 18th century stable square and in a unique position at the heart of the estate and adjacent to Novar’s 5 acre walled garden. Housekeeping and all meals are included except by special arrangement. The house can be let on a daily basis depending on availability, and therefore ideal for shooting parties. Careful and sympathetic design has created very comfortable en-suite accommodation for up to 20 couples with extensive public rooms and dining room. Ground Floor: large, double-storied galleried hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, 2 double/twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, drying room and secure gun room. First Floor: billiard room, 7 double/twin bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom. Fyrish House, a former dower house 26

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to Novar Estate offers accommodation comprising of a large kitchen with aga, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, conservatory, downstairs en-suite bedroom, 3 first floor bedrooms with a further 3 bathrooms and 2 attic bedrooms. Larch Cottage is a 3 bedroomed cottage with 2 bathrooms, sitting room and kitchen. Fishing Salmon, sea trout and trout fishing are available on the River Alness and on Loch Morie. Further trout fishing is available on stocked lochans close to Ardtalla. Fly fishing instruction can be arranged on the estate. Shooting The estate offers a high quality driven

partridge shoot. Rough shooting, duck flighting, walked-up grouse and grouse shooting over pointers are available to guests at Ardtalla. Clay pigeon shooting can also be provided. Stalking Roe deer and limited red deer stalking are available. Other Activities There are more than 20 golf courses within an hour’s drive. Table tennis and billiards are available at Ardtalla with tennis and croquet in the walled garden. Archery, mountain biking and falconry demonstrations can be arranged. It is a good base from which to explore the North Highlands.

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Langwell Estate | WESTER ROSS

LANGWELL IS A wonderful secluded West Coast sporting estate that extends to over 20,000 acres. The main Lodge sleeps 14 and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Whilst Langwell is a renowned sporting estate, it is also a perfect base for a family holiday. Otters and golden eagles are regularly sighted on the estate and there are spectacular beaches, boat trips to the Summer Isles and Munro’s to be climbed. Accommodation Langwell Lodge The Lodge, which enjoys spectacular views, has recently been extensively enlarged and refurbished and provides a very high standard of accommodation. There is a very special loggia, dining room, kitchen with aga, games room and all reception rooms have log fires. There are 7 twin/double bedrooms. Satellite TV and high speed broadband Wi-Fi. Langwell Lodge is let on a weekly basis with the services of a housekeeper; bookings are usually from Sunday to Sunday. CKD GALBRAITH

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Glen Cottage Glen Cottage has also been extensively modernised to provide extremely comfortable accommodation for up to 4 people in 3 bedrooms, in a wonderfully secluded location on the estate. Fishing The estate has approximately 1 mile of double-banked salmon fishing on the River Kanaird. In spate conditions the river provides exciting fishing for up to 6 rods. There is also excellent trout fishing on Loch a Chroisg and a number of other hill lochs, some of which hold surprisingly large trout.

Grouse Shooting Some walked up grouse shooting over pointers is available from the start of the season on 12th August. Stalking Stalking at Langwell starts in late July and the estate is known for its exciting and challenging stalking. Extraction is generally by traditional Garron. Up to 6 stags per week are taken and there is also the chance of a Sika. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.langwellestate.com

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SUTHERLAND & CAITHNESS Caithness and Sutherland are a bewitching part of Scotland. Caithness is dominated by the flow country. It is land of big, big skies, twittering skylarks, bog myrtle blowing in the wind and views to the Orkneys and a magical, shifting light. Sutherland is larger and the isolated sandstone peaks of Foinaven, Arkle and Suilven form a dramatic contrast to the more gentle country of Caithness. Both are blessed with superb lodges, fishing of the highest calibre and stalking either for wary flow country stags or across Sutherland’s famous deer forests.

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River Inver | SUTHERLAND

THE RIVER INVER lies a short distance from the picturesque village of Lochinver in the unspoilt North West of Sutherland, overlooked by Benmore Assynt. The River is approximately 6 miles in length and flows out of the sizeable Loch Assynt at its head. Below Loch Assynt, and really part of the loch, is Loch Garbhe Uidhe and a short distance downstream Loch an lasgaich, both of these lochs being incorporated into the upper beat fishings. In the early part of the century, the exit at Loch Assynt was dammed in order to control the flow of water into the river. The sluices were renovated in 1976, with a fish pass to allow the free ascent of fish. Since World War II a lot of improvement work has been carried out, particularly to the lower river, and this includes jetties, groynes and walkways. This has created better holding water and made the pools more accessible. Fishing on the Inver is by fly only; the season runs from 11th February to 15th October, the main fishing months being July to October inclusive. Upper Beat This beat starts at the sluice gates at the lower end of Loch Assynt and finishes where the burn from Loch Badnam Aighean enters the river at the west 30

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end of the Battlefield Pool. The beat includes Loch Garbhe Uidhe and Loch an lasgaich, the latter reputedly the best holding pool on the river. In addition to the 2 lochs there are 2 pools on the stretch of river between the 2 lochs. The beat lies alongside the A837 and is easily accessible from the road side. A boat is available on Loch an lasgaich. Middle Beat The middle beat is a daily rotating beat for 2 rods between the Lower Middle and Upper Middle. The Upper Middle beat starts at the Upper Grassy and continues down to the Black Pool. The Lower Middle beat runs from below the Upper Bridge to now include the Long Pool below the Brackloch Pool. Lower Beat The lower beat is organised as two x 2 rod

beats with changeover at 1pm. The Top Lower beat has 8 pools and runs from The Whirl down to and including The Scramble. The Bottom Lower beat comprises 13 pools from the Cow Pool to the Carpenters Pool. Inver Lodge Hotel Fishing parties are no longer required to stay in the Inver Lodge Hotel, but it remains a convenient and very comfortable place to stay in Lochinver, and includes the famous Albert Roux restaurant. Accommodation Iolaire, a newly refurbished and very comfortable house for fishing parties sleeping 10 in 5 bedrooms, 4 twins and 1 double bedroom. Offered self-catered.

SALMON: 4 BEATS EACH OF 2 RODS LOWER & MIDDLE BEATS FROM £176 PER BEAT/DAY UPPER BEAT FROM £88 PER BEAT/DAY IOLAIRE HOUSE FROM £1,450 PW

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River Kirkaig | SUTHERLAND

THE RIVER KIRKAIG lies in the unspoilt North West of Sutherland with a backdrop of the mountains of Suilven Canisp and Ben More Assynt. The river lies in a wonderfully unspoilt gorge with a series of rocky pools and runs. The Falls of Kirkaig, 2 miles upstream from the mouth are an impressive barrier to the further upward migration of salmon and sea trout, and the river below this is divided into 3 beats, each of 2 rods, which are fished on a daily rotation. Each beat has a variety of excellent holding pools, some of which are rocky and only accessible to the most agile. The Kirkaig is very much a spate river, and restricted to fly only with the season running from 11th February – 15th October, the main fishing months being July – October. Upper Beat The top of this beat, the Kirkaig Falls is approximately 2 miles walk from the car park at Kirkaig bridge. Access is provided by reasonably maintained footpath. The beat consists of 13 pools and provides exciting and challenging fishing for two fit and agile rods. Middle Beat The middle beat is only 1 mile from the car park and is much less precipitous than the upper beat. It consists of 10 pools and provides fishing for 2 rods and best fished in medium to high water. It includes the Little Kirkaig, Turn and Hazel Pools which are productive in all heights of water.

many of the pools beside the road. It is a particularly good beat in medium to high water and comprises 7 pools including the Sea Pool, and is fished by 2 rods. This includes the Heather, Bridge and Elder Pools which can all be productive. Inver Lodge Hotel Fishing parties are no longer required to stay in the Inver Lodge Hotel, but

it remains a convenient and very comfortable place to stay in Lochinver, and includes the famous Albert Roux restaurant. Accommodation Iolaire, a newly refurbished and very comfortable house for fishing parties sleeping 10 in 5 bedrooms, 4 twins and 1 double bedroom. Offered self-catered.

SALMON: 3 BEATS EACH OF 2 RODS FROM £55 PER BEAT/DAY (UP TO 2 RODS PER BEAT)

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n salmon fishing circles, the Scottish “Big Four” namely the Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed, need no introduction. Scotland, however, also has a host of smaller and generally wilder “Gems” that can, when conditions are right, give an unforgettable day’s sport. Some rivers hold their waters for a week or more whilst on others the window of opportunity when the waters flow the colour of dark ale, bank high and flecked with foam may last just a couple of hours. That is both the frustration and delight of spate river fishing and the Laxford,

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Inver, Kirkaig, Ullapool, Carron, South Esk, Thurso, Brora, Ewe and many more are all, to a lessor or greater degree, dependent on conditions. Spate rivers are generally short, fast flowing, small and rocky. An uninspiring channel of water sliding past bleached rocks can be transformed by heavy rain into a series of the most wonderful pools, glides and runs. Heaven for the fly fisherman! Different rivers expect fish to arrive at different times of the year, and whilst you can fish with confidence on the Thurso, Brora and Carron through March and

April others require a later start. For some the best of the sport commences with the first run of grilse and summer salmon in July. With water these rivers will fish right through to the season’s end in September/October. Whilst small some monster fish can still be expected. The Brora has a long history of weighty fish and in the last week of the 2015 season one Thurso fisher caught fish of 27lb and 30lb. As is always the way there are tales of the one that got away. In 2011, Dr John Anthony, a regular on the Kirkaig, was broken by a strong fish when it rapidly WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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exited the Falls Pool. The following day he found his fish, slain by an otter, with his size 8 Cascade firmly wedged in its scissors. Conservatively, the otter had eaten 5lbs from its shoulder yet the great fish still weighed 35lbs on the hotel scales! Tackle & Technique for Scottish Spate Rivers One of the keys to fishing these smaller rivers is being highly mobile. A single rod, reel, series of tips, a couple of fly boxes and spools of nylon are all that is required. Waders are not always necessary, but often very useful to cross the river. In most places, a twelve or thirteen foot double handed rod rated for an 8 or 9 line will cover most situations. Alternatively, a 10 foot single hander rated for a 7 or an 8 will work when the water drops away. It might sound like hearsay, but for most of my spate river fishing, I like to use Double taper lines as distance is rarely a priority and I resort CKD GALBRAITH

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to short head’s only when stripping sunray shadows or similar. If circumstances allow, I will always fish 2 flies – tail fly and dropper, and this will enable me to present two different sizes and/or patterns to dibble and to have anxious moments when a fish takes the dropper. For the majority of the year I would be happy if I had one orange shrimp, one dark fly and one long winged pattern in my box as long as they were in a wide range of sizes/weights. In order to get the best out of a spate river you have to examine every pocket and seam of the river. You must think like a hunter, forget about casting to the far bank, use extreme stealth and different techniques to fish every pot and run. If you simply cast at 45 degrees and let it swing you will miss 80% of the water and will likely leave never to return. These rivers share several traits including beauty, tranquillity and generally value for money. We would urge you to give them a try!

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Reay Forest | SUTHERLAND

THE MAGNIFICENT REAY Forest is situated amongst some of the most imposing landscapes Europe has to offer. The estate stretches from the rugged North West Sutherland Coast and takes in the well-known peaks of Arkle, Ben Stack and the southern slopes of Foinaven. Superb stalking and fishing can be enjoyed across the estate in the company of its attentive and knowledgeable stalkers and ghillies. With its spoiling housekeepers, Reay Forest, a traditional Highland sporting estate that exceeds expectations year after year ensuring that openings are both rare and highly sought after. Accommodation There is a choice of two lodges both providing very comfortable, tastefully furnished accommodation and include the services of a housekeeper and cook. The properties benefit from effective drying rooms, Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. The Old Laundry in Achfary, sleeps 9 and the accommodation includes a drawing room, dining room, study, 1 double bedroom, 3 twin bedrooms which convert to doubles, 1 single bedroom, 4 bathrooms and 2 separate w.c’s. The Old Laundry annexe is available as overflow accommodation for the Old Laundry at extra cost and sleeps four in 1 double bedroom and 2 single bedrooms. Stack Lodge, on the banks of the Laxford and with its views over Loch Stack, sleeps 13 and the accommodation includes a drawing room, sitting room, study, dining room, 3 doubles, 3 twin bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, kitchen and 6 bathrooms. Fishing Reay Forest is renowned for its Salmon and Seatrout fishing particularly on the famous River Laxford, which offers a variety of classic fly-water over its 4 mile length. A typical weekly let in one of the two main lodges will include one of the two 2 rod beats on the River Laxford, with a midday changeover. One boat per Lodge is also included for 2 rods on Loch Stack, with additional fishing on Loch More and the myriad of hill lochs, 34

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some with argocat access. Sea fishing or sightseeing trips can be arranged in the estate’s own high specification RIB or sea boats at extra cost, or for those just wanting exercise there are several Munros to climb or deserted beaches to stroll along all within easy driving distance of the estate lodges. Stalking Six stalking beats, two of which are accessed by boat, provide arguably the finest stalking experience in Scotland amid spectacularly beautiful scenery to suit varying levels of fitness. Highland ponies are used for extraction on some of the beats and Argo cats on others dependent upon the location. Five rifles are available to let with the sporting lodges. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday OLD LAUNDRY SLEEPS 9 + 4 STACK LODGE SLEEPS 13 SELF CATERED WITH A COOK SALMON & SEA TROUT FISHING AND THE ESTATE’S SEA BOAT RED DEER (6 BEATS/5 RIFLES) POA

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Lairg | SUTHERLAND

THE LAIRG ESTATE offers 3 miles of double-bank fishing on the Upper Shin. Lodge Accommodation Sitting on a hill overlooking Loch Shin, the Lodge was built in 1886 as one of the Duke of Sutherland’s sporting lodges. For the past 40 years it has been in the ownership of the same family. Recently refurbished, the Lodge retains its original character whilst offering the highest levels of comfort. There is plenty of hot water, deep Victorian baths; bedrooms have new beds including 2 impressive four-posters, 1 with en-suite bathroom. Tenants often comment on the quality of the bath towels and bed linen. There are 2 large sitting rooms, the dining room seats up to 14 comfortably and there is a billiard room. The Lodge’s various levels and wings provide a series of complex spaces and its 9 double/twin bedrooms and 1 single ensure that large numbers are absorbed effortlessly, whilst smaller groups suffer no lack of intimacy. With 7 bathrooms and 3 further loos, laundry room, drying room and a big kitchen, guests feel instantly at home. The Lodge is let for 12, but can accommodate up to 14 for an additional fee. Lairg Lodge is staffed with a resident housekeeper and 2 further staff to ensure high levels of domestic service. We can produce a list of splendid cooks on request. A ghillie is also included for all sporting requirements. The Lodge is a 2 minute drive from Lairg village centre and approximately an hour’s drive from the city of Inverness with its main line rail terminal and nearby international airport (20 minutes from the city centre). Cottage Accommodation The Estate also has 2 cottages, which are ideal for smaller parties. These are available self catered, and let from Sunday to Sunday during the fishing season. Phil’s House This property is a brand new, single storey house. It sleeps 6 in extreme comfort and offers 2 twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 1 large double with adjacent shower room with CKD GALBRAITH

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w.c. and wash hand basin. The living area is open plan. A state of the art fitted kitchen will provide everything the holidaymaker would require and is fitted to a high standard. There is a purpose built drying room and large internal passage which will accommodate all forms of sporting equipment and outdoor clothing. It has wonderful views and offer unrivalled comfort year round. Reid’s – Saturday to Saturday Lettings Two twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sitting room with panoramic views and wood burning stove, great drying room and lovely kitchen, Reid’s is a perfect place from which to explore all the Highlands has to offer. Fishing The River Shin is a short and exciting river running from Loch Shin into the Kyle of Sutherland which it shares with the Oykel, Cassley & Carron. Having a dam at the top of the river ensures plenty of water year round in order for the fish to run. The upper river enjoying consistent sport once the fish pass the Shin Falls in late May. With 3 miles of double bank fishing and 30 named pools, there is ample space for you to enjoy this wonderful river. The upper river is divided into 2 beats, each fishing 4 rods and rotating at lunch time. Catches have been consistent over the past decade and the Shin is rightly famous for producing large multi sea winter fish. Over the last few years no fewer than 6 fish have been landed over the 30lbs mark, with 2 of them being close to 40lbs. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday SELF CATERED LODGE FOR 12. PHIL’S HOUSE FOR 6. REID’S COTTAGE FOR 4 SALMON FISHING 2 BEATS - EACH WITH 4 RODS OR THE LODGE WITH 8 STALKING & ROUGH SHOOTING BY ARRANGEMENT PRICES FROM £4,500 PW

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Dounie | SUTHERLAND

THE DOUNIE BEAT is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets offering excellent salmon fishing for either 2 or 4 rods with riverside accommodation available if required. The beat is split into upper and lower sub-beats each fishing 2 rods with parties rotating at lunch. The fishings are predominantly double banked and there are 22 named pools, most of which are easily accessible, which gives fishers the luxury of fishing rested water. Wading, when required, is easy. The river Carron has a long season with a strong spring run and fish generally arrive in the beat in March with numbers building through April and May. From the end of May through to season end fishing can be excellent with a mix of salmon and grilse running through to August and, with water and a drop in temperature, the September fishing can be prolific. The open landscape of the upper section contains a number of large 36

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pools interspersed with rapids; in the middle section there is a series of slower pools in deep gorges; in the lower section the river banks open out through fields and woods. This variety gives fishing in all water heights although in common with most highland rivers the Carron does fish best after rain. Dounie is a very secluded, tranquil and beautiful beat with a profusion of birds and wildflowers and it is a pleasure to spend time on its banks. The resident ghillie will show new anglers the beat, and is available for advice if required. The Bard Cottage The estate’s Bard Cottage, overlooking the river, is available for visiting fishing parties of up to 4 people, in 2 twin rooms from £390 p/w. It is the perfect base for parties who wish to have the pleasure of being able to walk to the river. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday.

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Gledfield | SUTHERLAND THE GLEDFIELD FISHINGS comprise approximately one mile of right bank fishing. It commences immediately above the MacGregor pool and terminates just below the Carron Bridge. This is a renowned beat for an early springer and in latter years has also had a healthy grilse run. It shares, with the Cornhill beat, such inviting pools as The Raven, The Little Falls and The Gledfield. The beat provides salmon fishing for 2 rods on some classic fly water and there are 14 named pools. There is good access to the river, and fishing is eased by the platforms and walkways, which have been constructed on some of the pools. Carron Cottage The comfortable Carron Cottage offers a very high standard of accommodation and is taken with the fishing. This traditional cottage is attractively situated in an acre of garden and stands on the banks of the River Carron. It faces South, is well equipped and provides accommodation for 6/7 people in 1 double, 2 twin and 1 boxroom. Relaxation is guaranteed with the luxury of the sauna installed in the adjacent anglers’ pavilion. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday COTTAGE FOR 7 SELF CATERED SALMON: 2 RODS FISHING FROM £220 PW COTTAGE FROM £450 PW

Cornhill | SUTHERLAND CORNHILL, ON THE CARRON, is less than 2 miles from Bonar Bridge, and is a renowned spring beat, due to the Gledfield Falls which form a temperature barrier to running fish in cold conditions. As the waters warm, excellent fishing can be enjoyed for summer salmon and grilse, right through to the seasons end. Extending to over a mile of left bank, the beat provides excellent fishing for 2 rods. There are 12 named pools including Clump and Whirl, which offer a variety of fishing at varying water levels. Access to the water is good with well maintained paths, some staging and platforms to ensure that anglers are able to cover the best lies. New tenants will be shown the water on arrival at Cornhill and will be provided with a detailed map of the beat which marks clearly the pools, access paths and fishing huts. CKD GALBRAITH

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Glencalvie | SUTHERLAND

THE GLENCALVIE ESTATE, approached through part of the Caledonian Forest at the head of the Strathcarron, is one of the finest sporting estates in the Highlands. Extending to over 20,000 acres, the ground rises to the top of Carn Chuinneag at 2,749 ft, providing stunning views to the East and West Coasts. Glencalvie is the perfect setting for both private and corporate guests to enjoy a sporting or family holiday in the Highlands in comfort. Glencalvie Lodge In traditional Highland style the lodge accommodates up to 14 guests and each bedroom has its own bathroom. The drawing rooms and dining rooms provide all the comfort for relaxation and entertainment. With beautiful landscaped gardens and a small loch, the lodge is set in stunning surroundings. 38

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The Gruinards is a 4 rod beat, and includes a variety of pools and runs, with excellent fishing in most conditions. There are 27 main pools including the Upper and Lower Craigs, Keepers, Pigeon Rock, The Morail, Gardeners, the Boat Pool and the Washer Woman. A ghillie is usually provided. Stalking Glencalvie offers some of the finest and challenging stalking on the East Coast with 2 rifles taking up to 5-10 stags each week during August, September and October. The estate is traversed by well maintained pony tracks and you will have the services of 2 stalkers. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.glencalvieestate.co.uk CKD GALBRAITH

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Opposite page (clockwise from top): Glencalvie Lodge, Hall, Fishing on Glencalvie Estate. This page (clockwise from Top): The Gruinards Beat, Diebidale from afar, open plan living at the Diebidale Lodge.

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Bighouse | SUTHERLAND

BIGHOUSE ESTATE LIES on the North Coast of Scotland in East Sutherland. Accommodation Bighouse Lodge lies in a stunning position at the mouth of the River Halladale and is flanked by water on 3 sides. Built in 1765 and a former home of the Chief of the Sandwood Branch of the Clan Mackay, Bighouse Lodge offers all the warmth, comfort and charm expected of a traditional Scottish Highland house. The drawing room, study and dining room all feature open fires whilst outside, the walled garden with its unique pavilion extends to 2 acres and provides fresh herbs for the kitchen. The menus take advantage of wild game from the estate and quality local produce, marrying fine Scottish fare with a contemporary approach. The Lodge has recently been refurbished and all 11 en-suite (double or twin) rooms have been tastefully redecorated. There is an efficient drying room, gun room, rod room and games room. Electricity and water are mains fed and there is an abundant supply of hot water. Stalking Bighouse Estate has access to some 60,000 acres of stunning wild Sutherland landscape bordering on to the flow country. Stalking in this environment is an exciting challenge. There is also roe stalking in the forest. Fishing The River Halladale has 50 named pools along its 15 mile length. It has 6 beats (2 upper and 4 lower) with 3 rods on each beat. Ghillies are available on request. It 40

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has a 5 year average of 856 salmon. Sea fishing and loch fishing give some excellent sport. We now have arrangements for our fishing parties to fish on the Thurso, Borgie and the Forss. Shooting The Estate has a very successful partridge shoot where birds are driven across deep gulleys and ravines close to the river. Walked up grouse, rough shooting for woodcock, snipe, wild pheasant and very exciting wildfowling are all available. Other activities The Lodge and estate are a perfect venue

not only for family gatherings but also for business meetings. The conference room can seat up to 40 theatre style and has ample breakout rooms. Wi-Fi connection and computers in Lodge available. In terms of leisure, there is an abundance of scenic coastal walks, with beautiful beaches and gardens. Reay golf course, the most northerly 18-hole links course on the UK mainland is only 10 minutes’ drive from the Lodge (designed by James Braid). The estate can also provide clay shooting, falconry displays, a piper, a local band and a host of other activities if needed. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday

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Lower River Brora North Bank | SUTHERLAND

ONE OF SUTHERLAND’S best salmon rivers, the Brora has a catchment area covering 165 square miles. The two main tributaries, the upper Brora and Blackwater meet near Balnacoil, and after a short run enter Loch Brora, a sheet of water 4 miles long and a mile wide. The Lower Brora flows from the loch for about 3 miles through some delightful countryside before falling into the sea. The north and the south bank are operated on a rotational arrangement whereby tenants, although fishing their own bank, never fish opposite each other. There is an ongoing CKD GALBRAITH

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programme of river improvements to enhance the fishing in all conditions, and a feature of the lower river is that it often fishes best in low water. There are now 29 named pools including the Ford, Rallan, Bengie and Madman. North Bank access is good, much of it by vehicle, and there is a recently modernised hut in the middle of the beat at the Madman pool. In addition to providing some wonderful fly water, the Lower Brora enjoys a spring run from early February, excellent summer grilse fishing and a true autumn run in

September and October, with fresh fish being caught up to the last day of the season on 15th October. The best fish in recent years was caught in July – a 30 pounder and in the right conditions sport can be fast and furious. SALMON FISHING 4 RODS FROM £1545 PER WEEK

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Thurso River | CAITHNESS

THE THURSO RIVER enters the Pentland Firth about 20 miles west of John o’ Groats on the North Coast of Scotland. The 5-year average for beats 2-13 now exceeds 1,600 salmon. Whilst favourable weather conditions have played a part in this, we are undoubtedly seeing the results of recent investment by the owners, Thurso River Ltd, who took over the fishing rights in 2006. This has resulted in improved access to the more remote beats and a management regime focused on maximising the smolt numbers returning to sea. Fishing There are 12 beats varying in length from 1 to 3¼ miles. Anglers rotate beats on a daily basis, working down the river system, fishing both banks. Breast waders are not necessary. The River offers a good variety of fishing with something to suit every taste. Some beats are fast and streamy, others long and deep, and Loch Beg on beat 12 is usually fished from a boat. With the aid of a ghillie and a reasonable wind, fishing the “slack water” can be a very satisfying and fruitful experience. Whilst the season begins on the 11th of January, the fishing really gets into full swing during March. At this time, upper beats tend to be most productive although during the last 3 or 4 seasons the whole river has fished well CKD GALBRAITH

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from April onwards. The majority of fish taken up until the end of June exceeded 10lbs. Grilse begin to arrive towards the end of June and catches during July, August and September often exceed 400 fish per month. Salmon Conservation From 11th January until 18th June, all salmon and sea trout should be returned safely to the River. From 18th June until 5th October, anglers fishing for a week may retain up to 2 fish, provided they do not exceed 8lbs in weight or 70cm in length. Treble hooks are not to be used at any time during the season and from 1st September until the end of the season (5th October) all hooks must be barbless. Ghillies The use of a ghillie is strongly recommended to every fisherman, but particularly those who do not know the river well. The Thurso ghillies are steeped in local knowledge and river lore and

will undoubtedly enhance the whole experience and greatly increase the chances of success. Transport For those travelling by car, Thurso River is 2 hours north of Inverness. There is an airport at Wick, 20 minutes from the river and a train service linking to Inverness. Guests can be collected from both Wick and Inverness Airports and Thurso train station. Accommodation The Ulbster Arms Hotel is ideally situated on the banks of the River Thurso in the village of Halkirk and specialises in catering for anglers. Recently refurbished, the rooms and facilities have all been upgraded and anglers who stay here will enjoy priority treatment and generous discounts when they book a hotel and fishing package. www.thursoriver.co.uk www.ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk

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INVERNESSSHIRE Inverness-shire is the sporting centre of Scotland. There are wild, high grouse moors offering exhilarating and ever more consistent shooting. Bright rivers with a full season and accessible elegant lodges make for the perfect all round sporting destination.

Tomatin | INVERNESS-SHIRE

Accommodation Tomatin House is a comfortable family home, enjoying a beautiful private setting on the banks of the River Findhorn. Dating from approximately 1640, the house enjoys a glorious secluded setting, surrounded by wonderful mixed woodland and extensive lawns. Improved and extended over the centuries, the house now offers extremely comfortable accommodation for up to 15 people. On the ground floor there is a large elegant drawing room and sitting room each with open fires, dining room seating 12 and well appointed kitchen with Aga, playroom and cloakroom with 2 w.c’s and bath. Satellite tv and Broadband. On the first floor there is a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 1 double room, 2 twin bedrooms with wash hand basins, 3 single bedrooms with wash hand basins, 2 further twin bedrooms, bathroom with separate shower and 3 further bathrooms. There is a full sized tennis court available to tenants at the side of the house which has recently been refurbished. Fishing The Findhorn needs little introduction to salmon fishermen, and here at Tomatin it flows within 100-yards of the house and offers delightful salmon fishing right on the doorstep. The Tomatin beat extends over some 2½ miles of single, left bank fishing, with 10 named pools offering fly fishermen wonderful fishing for up to 6 rods. The fishing’s are all within easy walking distance of the house. The Findhorn still enjoys a healthy spring run and the first fish usually arrive at Tomatin during April or May, and the months of May and June can often provide some excellent fishing, some springers still retaining their sea lice. July heralds the start of the grilse run which is enhanced by a run of summer salmon during August, with the beat normally well stocked with fish in September. Fishing is by fly only, with many pools easy for novices to cover. In addition to the salmon there is a healthy stock of brown trout, and occasionally sea trout. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.tomatinhouse.co.uk HOUSE FOR 15 SELF CATERED 6 RODS: SALMON HOUSE FROM £2,300 PW, FISHING FROM £1,200 PW

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Dorback | INVERNESS-SHIRE

DORBACK ESTATE IS a classic mixed sporting estate lying in the heart of beautiful Speyside. Extending to over 18,000 acres, the land stretches from the low ground at Nethy Bridge to the spectacular high ground on the edge of the Cairngorm Massif. Embracing both high and low ground heather moor, Dorback has an enviable reputation for both driven and walked up grouse shooting. The Estate is well butted and roaded and now includes an outstanding lunch hut at Fae Bothy, and 2 other lunch huts on separate beats. The experienced keepering team provide an enjoyable, relaxed and well organised day’s sport. Grouse numbers continue to improve with excellent covey sizes and a good density of birds throughout the estate. As a result, continued investment on the grouse moor is paying dividends, with improving numbers on all beats. Recent seasons have shown a steady improvement, with best days of over 150 brace. Dorback also offers some high quality sporting pheasant shooting on the low ground being a mix of Birch and Caledonian Pine. Driving birds from the fringes of the estates grouse moor and with skilful use of deep gullies and sandy knolls, the dedicated sporting team are able to present visiting guns with hardy, testing birds. In addition to the shooting, the Estate offers red deer stalking for 1 or 2 rifles in October, and there may be an opportunity for some early season roe deer.

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Mixed Shooting/Stalking A limited opportunity is available in October for small parties to sample a variety of sport on the estate from late season walked up grouse to rough shooting. To be taken in conjunction with estate accommodation. Accommodation Drum Lodge Drum Lodge, the owners private residence, is now available for shooting parties. It provides luxury accommodation on a fully staffed and catered basis for holiday lets and shooting parties. Laggandhu Cottage Laggandhu Cottage, also on the estate, provides very comfortable accommodation for up to 6 in 3 bedrooms on a self-catered basis. LAGGANDHU COTTAGE FOR 6 DRUM LODGE FOR 10 CATERED/SELF CATERED WALKED UP AND DRIVEN GROUSE, PHEASANT RED DEER POA

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The Corrour Estate | INVERNESS-SHIRE

CORROUR IS A 57,000 acre Highland estate and it is a haven for wildlife and tranquillity. The Lodge is located in splendid isolation and is accessed via a 12 mile private road. Uniquely the estate is also serviced by its own railway station on the beautiful West Highland line. There are direct connections to Glasgow and the overnight sleeper train from London. In 1891 Sir John Stirling Maxwell, a philanthropist from Glasgow, bought Corrour and planted the estates magnificent rhododendron gardens. His love for the outdoors was the start of environmental stewardship at Corrour that continues to this day. In 2003 the current owners finished the new lodge, designed by Moshe Safdie. It is a rare example of first-class twentiethcentury architecture in Scotland. Like Sir John, they run Corrour as a Scottish sporting estate that combines innovative land management with traditional values. In keeping with this, the lodge and seven holiday houses combine old-fashioned appeal with modern furnishing. They offer seclusion in spectacular surroundings. With silent, peaceful nights, abundant wildlife and remarkable starscapes, Corrour is the ultimate wilderness escape. 48

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Corrour Lodge Corrour Lodge has seven luxurious en-suite bedrooms and suites. In addition there is a children’s bunk room designed by Pinewood Studios in the theme of a pirate ship! The interior of Corrour Lodge is a winning blend of simple Scandinavian luxury, carefully curated classic 20th-century furniture and show-off touches. The lodge features many large glass windows with stunning views down Loch Ossian towards the west. The public rooms provide luxurious comfort and space for relaxation with lots of open log fires to add to the atmosphere. The lodge also boasts a games room and a Scandinavian style sauna built on stilts over the loch and a cedar hot tub on the lodge’s roof. Hospitality The hospitality at Corrour Lodge is central to any stay and would rival that of any hotel in Scotland. It is run by David and Lynne Taylor who offer a personal, warm, professional and discreet style. Food and catering is to the highest standard and menus, wines and events can all be tailored in advance. WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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Cottages Our secluded nineteenth-century houses nestle between lochs and hills. Recently renovated, they blend traditional features with modern finishings. Some have original pine-clad walls, wooden floors and wood-burning stoves. Furnished with beautiful antiques, they are impeccably maintained. Our houses sleep from three to eleven guests and can also be used to accommodate overflow guests from the Lodge. These guests can be accommodated for meals at the Lodge. Stalking Corrour Estate offers some of the finest stalking in the central highlands. We have three rifles available and can offer stalking for both stags and hinds. The estate itself is vast and access to many of the remote areas is by one of the estate’s three allterrain vehicles. The team of stalkers, led by Donald Rowantree are there to deliver an experience that won’t be forgotten. Their knowledge of stalking is augmented by an acute understanding of local history, ecology and the environment. Excellent trout fishing is available on the estate lochs. Loch Ossian is also home to some very large pike. Fishing tackle CKD GALBRAITH

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and expertise can be provided by the estate’s stalkers. There are also two boats and canoes for those wishing to experience the tranquillity of Loch Ossian. We also have our own Icelandic ponies on the estate. These are an ancient breed dating back to ninth-century Vikings, it’s a great way to see the spectacular countryside. We can also offer clay pigeon shooting. Personalised cookery classes in our first class catering facility can also be arranged for any party members not stalking. www.corrour.co.uk

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A MEMORABLE FIRST STALK Lucy Steele recounts her first day on the hill

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and pony men who all made me very welcome. The day started with a shot at the practise target using the stalkers rifle. Thankfully I hit it and from that point my nerves did slightly reduce and excitement kicked in. We then drove deep into this beautiful unblemished landscape and I quickly realised that this was a day I would appreciate and not forget. The pony man was dropped off to collect the pony and not long after we left the land rover behind crossed over a river and started on our gradual climb towards the hill. As it turned out it was a still, very warm October day which unfortunately meant the midges were out in force.

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stay close in behind. The rifle was taken out of the slip and we made the short, steep climb. I was grasping onto clumps of grass to pull myself up. This was it, my heart was racing. Once over the brow we crawled on our tummies for a short distance to get into the ideal position. I was right beside the stalker and he passed me his rifle. There were a number of stags in the group but they began to run away from us, three of them stopped and the middle stag turned to look back. This was the one; I had the stag in my sights, took a breath in and pulled the trigger. It went down, what a relief, I had made the shot. The stalker said well done and shook my hand.

After a short wait we made our way over to where the stag lay, the stag was gralloched and I was promptly blooded. We eventually sat down and ate our lunch and could see the pony man and his pony make his way up the hill towards us. It was such an amazing view and we could see for miles around and interestingly the estate marches and mountains were all pointed out. The stag was expertly hoisted and trussed onto the patiently waiting pony and we all made our way back down the hill towards the land rover. All in all I had a truly amazing day and I will treasure the memories of it and no doubt repeat the experience.

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Kyllachy | INVERNESS-SHIRE

KYLLACHY LIES IN the Upper Findhorn valley, just upstream of Tomatin. The estate extends over 1800 acres, and includes a productive grouse moor, low ground and fishing on the River Findhorn. Accommodation Kyllachy House commands an inspiring south facing position overlooking the river with the grouse moor behind. It is an impressive traditional Victorian house sleeping 16, with 4 en-suite twin/ double bedrooms on the first floor, 2 twin and 2 double bedrooms on the second floor, a disabled suite on the ground floor and 2 further upstairs back bedrooms, a twin and single, ideal for staff accommodation. Fishing The Kyllachy Beat provides salmon fishing for 4 rods on 2.5 miles of the Upper Findhorn. The first salmon generally reach the area in late Spring and then numbers build steadily through the season until the close on the 30th September. The upper river requires rain to fish best, but 52

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in the right conditions the beat can be very productive. There is a great variety of pools, runs and holding water the majority of which are easily fished. The beat is predominantly single bank but there is a reciprocal arrangement with the far bank to ensure tenants do not have anyone fishing opposite them. Additional fishing, if required, can be sourced from neighbouring estates. Grouse Shooting As a result of a new keepering regime, there has been a significant improvement in grouse numbers to enable parties to enjoy walked up shooting in line or organised over pointers with a comfortable

expectation of 30 brace per week. There also may be opportunities for driven days for up to 9 guns in September, with a reasonable expectation of 50+ brace per day. Other Sport The estate can offer a limited amount of Sika and Roe stalking, as well as a limited amount of Red stags and hinds later in the season. Kyllachy is a lovely all-round Sporting Estate with easy access to the A9 (10 minutes), and Inverness Airport (35 minutes). Lettings are Sunday to Sunday

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Ralia | INVERNESS-SHIRE

RALIA ESTATE IN Inverness-shire runs to 23,000 acres and provides a diverse range of quality shooting, from driven grouse, pheasants and partridges to duck flighting, and red deer stalking as well as trout fishing on the Upper River Spey and Truim. Additionally, there is a stocked trout loch and a pitch and putt golf course within the grounds of the lodge policies. Accommodation in Ralia Lodge Ralia Lodge is a classic Victorian shooting lodge that sits in a sheltered position with a stunning outlook across to the Monadhliath Mountains. Accommodation is all inclusive; guests are looked after by a friendly and efficient team of staff, and are encouraged to treat the house as their home. Relax in the large characterful drawing room complete with deep sofas and a roaring fire and let the hospitality flow whilst enjoying excellent home produced and locally sourced food provided by the lodge cook. The lodge comprises 8 bedrooms, all of which are en-suite. Just 50 minutes from Inverness airport and a two hour drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Grouse Shooting The Drumochter hills are home to Ralia estate’s driven grouse shooting, which is famed for its spectacular contours and challenging grouse. Ralia is able to offer CKD GALBRAITH

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some of the highest and most exciting grouse shooting in the country, with lines of butts from 2000 to 2700 feet. Ralia offers walked up grouse shooting over pointers early in the season, using the estate’s very own highly trained pointers, and subsequently driven days of 50-100 brace. Pheasant and Partridge Shooting Ralia is a well established and compact driven partridge shoot encompassing heather moorland and steep wooded banks. The estate is able to offer a wonderful mix of drives from classic partridge drives to high birds. With 35 driven days a year, bags range from 500 bird days early season to 100/150 birds in January. Pheasant shooting starts on 1 November, but with only a limited number of pheasant drives, days are on a mixed pheasant and partridge basis. Rough shooting is also available for parties of 2-6 guns on a walked up or mini driven basis for a wide variety of game including pheasant, partridge, grouse, snipe, woodcock, duck and hares.

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Dunachton | INVERNESS-SHIRE

DUNACHTON ESTATE COMPRISES of over 10,000 acres of the Highlands stretching from the River Spey in the east to the Headwaters of the River Dulnain in the west, with high open hill, leading down to native birchwoods on the low ground to the Spey and Loch Insh. With the variety of topography and habitat the estate is able to provide a wonderful mix of sport. Accommodation Accommodation is provided in the recently refurbished Dunachton Lodge (which doubles as a family home). The Lodge sleeps up to 16 in 6 en-suite twin/ double bedrooms and 2 further twin bedrooms sharing a bathroom and is offered fully catered. There is a further 2 bedroom stable block which can be let separately or as part of the Lodge for larger parties. Fishing Salmon, trout and pike are all available in Loch Insh and on the Spey. Additional 54

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fishing can be arranged nearby. Grouse Dunachton has 3 separate grouse beats enabling consecutive days driven grouse shooting if required. Days of 50-60 brace are available from mid-August. Walked up grouse shooting is offered from the start of the season with an expectation of 10 to 25 brace a day. There are 2 wellappointed bothies on the hill for lunch. Rough Shooting Walked up woodcock, blue hares,

pheasants, snipe and duck are available from late October and rough shooting is let by the day or as part of a package. Mixed packages of all of the above can be arranged by the week. Stalking Dunachton is traditionally a hind forest but offers 1 rifle per day early in the season (September) for stag stalking increasing to 2 rifles during the rut in October with an expectation of 1 stag per rifle per day. Hind stalking is let by the day from November onwards.

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indeed is the sport who has days in the diary. It is not difficult to pinpoint the attraction of a day on the moor. Everything is done on a grand scale. There can be a team of 40 perhaps 50 keepers, beaters, flankers and picker uppers and you are often on top of the

world with views stretching across the Scottish mountains, loch and sea. Then, of course, there are the marvellous birds themselves. The go-bak-go-bak-go-bak call of the red grouse is one of the great sporting noises and there is nothing that can replicate the distant wave of a beaters flag followed by, seemingly seconds later, WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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GROUSE CHECK LIST Contract: Ensure that you have a suitable contract and that all participants are conversant with the terms. Weather Insurance: Please, please ensure that your party are covered with appropriate weather insurance. Progressing uncovered is a gamble too far. It generally costs in the region of 5-6% of the cost of the day. Midge repellent: Midges, to the surprise of some parties, can feature in a day’s grouse shooting. A large cigar will be effective for a full drive but, for non-smokers, do remember to pack the repellent. Safety glasses: This is simply common sense and, in our opinion, should be obligatory. Mobile phone: Leave it behind!

coveys whistling past. Any day on the hill is a very special occasion that should be savoured but there is always a story of years of energy, passion, dedication, drive, enthusiasm (not to mention expense) behind every moor and generally a deep love of conservation and field sports in general. These factors have been pivotal in the steady rise in consistency of sport across Scotland and many moors are seeing the benefit of this program of work and investment and we pay great tribute to the passion of the owners who make this sport possible. When should you go? Walking days start on the 12th and are often the precursor to a larger driven programme and an important “recce” as well as being tremendous sport. In the Outer CKD GALBRAITH

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Hebrides September and October will see the best of the walking programme. From a driven perspective many of the Scottish moors start slightly later than their English counterparts. For greatest certainty and the biggest bags the last week of August and the first two weeks of September are the prime times. There are numerous options but all have different permutations of bag sizes, accommodation and availability and we would recommend considerable planning in any such venture. The second half of September sees great sport and it is time favoured by many local teams. The birds are in rude good health, the weather can still be kind but bags are gently beginning to reduce in size. Outwith the Borders and the Angus Glens days in mid to late October are by

no means a certainty but in a good year they can be magical for those teams that are able to take advantage of short notice deals. With frost, a dusting of snow and a steady wind you will truly find out if you can shoot or not. Please register an interest if you are interested in late days. Some years you will find there are no options but on others you might just have a day to remember. We welcome both UK based teams and overseas visitors from all over the world and have the overall package accommodation, transport, catering, additional sport is of the utmost importance to the enjoyment of this unique and special sport. We are also able to assist overseas visitors with firearms permits and crucially for peace of mind – shoot insurance.

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he Gift of Grouse, a major campaign to highlight the benefits of grouse moors to Scotland, is in its inaugural year and has so far received wide spread support and approval. The campaign is focused on four key pillars – tourism and leisure, employment, environment and conservation, and accessibility – to demonstrate the difference that grouse shooting makes to both rural communities and to wider Scotland. People are at the heart of Gift of Grouse. The campaign is all about explaining how people and communities thrive in some of the more remote parts of Scotland to look after the moorland wildlife and landscape for everyone’s benefit. An integral part of the campaign are the six regional moorland groups from Loch Ness down to the Lammermuirs Moorland Group who promote grouse management in their areas.

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Empolyment The grouse industry is vitally important to rural Scotland supporting 2,640 full time jobs and providing £30.1 million in wages. Tourism Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to maximising tourism growth and to supporting field sports. Scotland offers the complete package of sport, a warm welcome, good food & drink and unrivalled landscapes and shooting makes a valuable contribution to the rural economy, including in the winter months. “I am very pleased to be able to extend support to all of those who make a success of field sports in a professional and responsible fashion. Their efforts bring to Scotland a number of visitors who are very welcome and make a significant financial contribution to the sector.” Conservation 81 and flying – that is the number of bird species thriving on Scotland’s grouse moors. There is much to celebrate about grouse shooting in Scotland but sometimes the tremendous contribution moorland management makes in terms of environment and conservation is overlooked. It was therefore particularly gratifying to see the Scottish Parliament recognise what is achieved by gamekeepers and land managers as they do their bit to support and enhance habitat and wildlife species. Graeme Dey MSP hosted a reception at the Parliament to celebrate species diversity through grouse moor management and an audience of MSPs, industry figures and the media had an 58

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Beekeeping and heather conservation on the Hopes Estate.

opportunity to hear and see first-hand the conservation work being carried out on a daily basis. The Gift of Grouse has also highlighted the vital work carried out on grouse moors to help protect the juniper plant which is used to flavour gin and the conservation of heather moorland – essential to the production of heather honey and protecting Scotland’s honeybees. Grouse shooting estates don’t exist solely for leisure purposes, gamekeepers work hard to ensure that everything can flourish on the estates. Robert Rattray, head of CKD Galbraith’s Sporting Lets, said: “It’s fantastic to have a platform such as the Gift of Grouse from

“The Scottish Government is committed to maximising tourism growth and to supporting field sports.” which to showcase the Scottish shooting industry. Scotland’s grouse moors offer an unrivalled world class sport which draws global visitors, brings additional money to rural communities and supports important species conversation work. The many gifts of grouse should not be overlooked or underestimated!” WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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Gift of Grouse launch on the Glorious Twelfth.

Fergus Ewing, MSP, extending his support to rural communities.

A covey of young grouse.

Accessibility Recent years have seen high demand from female shooters and all women shooting clubs which have continued to grow in popularity. Mhairi Morriss, founder of the ladies shooting club, Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags, said: “The enthusiasm and interest in women’s shooting has been incredible. As a women’s shooting club we are increasingly being approached by ladies of all ages and abilities looking to participate in grouse shoots. “We’ve created a community in the Scottish sporting scene where women feel accepted and encouraged to join in. The women’s shooting events being organised CKD GALBRAITH

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Graeme Dey, MSP and gamekeepers celebrate species conservation.

Interest in women’s shooting continues to increase.

all over the country provide an accessible platform for newcomers to the sport or those daunted by the thought of joining a mixed shoot.” Garry MacLennan, Head Keeper at Invermark Estate, is at the forefront of telling the gamekeeper’s story. He says: “A lot of people simply see the 12th of August as toffs out enjoying themselves. The reality is different. Work is going on all year round on the moors, nurturing habitat and a range of wildlife species as well as supporting local families and communities. This is our world and our livelihoods.” Be a part of the Gift of Grouse The Gift of Grouse has experienced much

success so far but there still plenty of activity ahead – and you can play your part! It may be helping to stage an event, or providing participants for publicity activity. It could be something as simple as displaying a Gift of Grouse car sticker in your vehicle or liking the Gift of Grouse Facebook page. However you think you can play your part, we want to hear from you. Please contact Tim Baynes, Director of the Gift of Grouse campaign on 0131 653 5400 or visit www.giftofgrouse.com

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Glen Cannich | INVERNESS-SHIRE airport. Those visiting Glen Cannich for the first time are often struck by feelings of solitude and remoteness. The Hind stalking has been kept for the family and for the first time it is now available on a weekly basis. Accommodation is an old shepherd’s cottage (Muchrachd) on a beautiful highland working estate surrounded by the wild and beautiful Glen Cannich. The village of Cannich is only 5 miles away with a Post Office, shop and pub. The cottage itself is very comfortable and fully modernised yet retains its traditional feel. The Ground Floor consists of a sitting room with open fire, kitchen with oil fired Esse stove, 1 twin bedroom, 2 bathrooms both with bath, whb, WC. The First Floor has 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom and 1 single bedroom. Laundry is not supplied and due to the remoteness TV’s don’t receive a signal. Parties taking the cottage for a week will enjoy up to 4/5 days on the hill in the company of head stalker Mr Donald Fraser.

SLEEPS 7 SELF CATERED GLEN CANNICH ESTATE sits on the north side of the river Cannich in between the picturesque glens of Affric to the south and Strathfarrar to the north. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, 30 minutes from Beauly and an hour from Inverness

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Kingie | INVERNESS-SHIRE The lodge is well equipped and includes Sky TV, DVD player and CD player and wireless Broadband service. The lodge is provided on a self-catered basis, with linen and towels provided, oil central heating and open fires. A nearby cottage, sleeping 6, may be available.

EXTENDING OVER SOME 18,000 acres, Kingie Estate is situated in stunning west coast scenery on the south side of Loch Quoich, and surrounded by Munros including the mighty peak of Sgurr na Ciste where Prince Charles Edward Stuart hid after the battle of Culloden. Accommodation Kingie Lodge, built in 1993 by the present owner, provides modern comfort with a traditional feel, and will accommodate up to 14 in style and comfort. 60

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Fishing Loch Quoich is renowned for its ferox, with two of 19lb 9oz and 18lb 2oz caught in recent years. In addition, there is a good head of free rising brown trout averaging 10oz which can provide a wonderful day’s sport. One boat with outboard is available for lodge guest’s use. Sea fishing and alternative trout and pike fishing can be made by separate arrangement.

Stalking With the greater part of the stalking ground on the south side of Loch Quoich, Kingie is considered as one of the west coast’s finest deer forests, offering challenging and rugged stalking in one of Scotland’s great wilderness areas. Much of the stalking ground is accessed by boat on the south side of Loch Quoich, which adds a unique flavour to a day’s stalking. Additional stalking can be arranged on a nearby family owned estate, Corrielair, near Cluanie. The main stag stalking season is end of August, September and beginning of October with hind stalking weeks available from November to February. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.ihbrown.com/kingie

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SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND Often overlooked in the haste to head North, Dumfries, Galloway and Ayrshire offer a diverse tapestry of dramatic coastlines, rolling moorland, mountains interspersed with historic towns and villages, castles and abbeys. The area boasts excellent salmon fishing and top quality Pheasant and Partridge shooting.

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Glenapp | AYRSHIRE

GLENAPP, LOCATED JUST outside Ballantrae on the Ayrshire coast, is a beautiful Scottish baronial castle dating back to 1870. Now operating as a five star hotel and part of Relais and Chateâux, Glenapp Castle provides one of the most luxurious settings for shooting in Scotland. Hidden away within glorious gardens and woodland, the castle has spectacular views across the Irish Sea to the island of Arran and the famous volcanic outcrop of Ailsa Craig. Accommodation Each of Glenapp’s 17 guest rooms is individually and luxuriously styled with a unique combination of furnishings, antiques and art. The rooms are spacious with open fires for the winter months and there are a variety of suites with magnificent views over woodland and the surrounding seas. The castle is famous for the quality of its cuisine. An award winning restaurant makes use of the castle’s own vegetable produce, the vast array of local sea catches, famous Ayrshire lamb, beef and cheese. Combined with an extensive wine cellar, the castle offers the complete post-shoot dining experience. Shooting The surrounding Glenapp Estate offers some of the highest quality pheasant shooting in Scotland with notable and renowned drives throughout the estate. The pheasant shoot combines perfectly with the partridge shoot which is established CKD GALBRAITH

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on the dramatic coastal cliffs, amid the high hills, deep glens and moorland fringe of the estate, allowing experienced guns a fantastic opportunity for challenging sport. Rough shooting is available on request. Fishing Salmon and trout fishing are available on a variety of locations, including the well-known River Stinchar. The sea fishing is also spectacular and a boat can easily be organised through the hotel. Additional Activities Glenapp is surrounded by some of the best golf in the world with Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes nearby. Whale watching, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, archery, the castle’s treatment room and spa visits are also available. www.glenappcastle.com GLENAPP CASTLE WITH 17 LUXURIOUS BEDROOMS CATERED SALMON AND TROUT DRIVEN PARTRIDGE, PHEASANT AND ROUGH SHOOTING POA

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ABERDEENSHIRE, MORAY & BANFF The North East of Scotland encompasses some of Scotland’s finest sport amidst a variety of stunning scenery. Famous grouse moors and excellent low ground Pheasant and Partridge shooting combined with the world famous River Spey, Dee, Don and Deveron.


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Woodend, River Dee | ABERDEENSHIRE

WOODEND LIES IN the heart of Royal Deeside 3 miles west of Banchory. It is totally secluded and provides 1 ¼ miles single bank fishing on one of the most famous and beautiful beats on the Dee. There are 11 named pools including the renowned Moral Pool which has been described as one of the most beautiful on the river. A rod room is available for securing equipment and a hut (with wood burning stove) for lunches and shelter. Fishing is by fly only and by general agreement of the Dee proprietors, a catch and release code is in force. A ghillie is available if needed by separate arrangement.

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Knappach, River Dee | ABERDEENSHIRE

THE KNAPPACH BEAT of the River Dee comprises just less than ¾ of a mile of right (south bank) fishing for 2 rods. The whole length is fishable, but there are some notable pools including Lower Floating Bank, Island Pool, Upper Birkenbaud and Lower Birkenbaud. The beat is normally let without a ghillie although someone from the estate is available to show rods the water. A ghillie may be available by prior request. Knappach lies about 18 miles from Aberdeen and 1 mile east of Banchory and is accessed via the south Deeside Road. There is a fishing hut available and the setting is very secluded. The Dee has some of the most classic fly water in Scotland and is characterised by the clarity of its water. It is the home CKD GALBRAITH

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of greased line fishing and synonymous with the small fly and floating line. This is an opportunity to acquire a tenancy on some lovely middle river fly water. 2 RODS: SALMON FROM £32 PER ROD PER DAY

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Glenmuick Estate | ABERDEENSHIRE

GLENMUICK IS ONE of Scotland’s ultimate sporting estates. It is situated in the heart of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park and is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. The estate extends to approximately 14,000 acres bursting with all the wildlife and epic landscapes that make Scotland such a truly special place. Accommodation House of Glenmuick is approached via a long private wooded drive and sits in a stunning position, overlooking the River Dee, and surrounded by its wellkept gardens. The house has a homely atmosphere and its luxuriously appointed rooms and roaring fires make it perfect for both intimate groups and grand entertaining. Glenmuick will comfortably accommodate a party of up to 20. Stalking Glenmuick offers Red Deer stalking by the day, either on the extensive heather moorland or down in the woodland. Both 66

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areas make for challenging stalking where no 2 days are the same. Roe Deer stalking is available either on the hill on foot or from high seats on the low ground woodland. Shooting Both walked up and driven Grouse Shooting days are available at Glenmuick and provide some of the most challenging shooting in the world. Fishing Glenmuick is situated 300 metres from the

River Dee, one of the world’s great salmon rivers. The Estate can arrange fishing across some of the best beats on the river. Activities Royal Deeside offers a wealth of activities ranging from hill walking to distilleries, and castles to craft centres. The town of Ballater is within walking distance and has an excellent range of shops and restaurants. Balmoral Castle is also a short drive upstream and well worth a visit. www.glenmuick.com

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Lower Dess | ABERDEENSHIRE

LOWER DESS IS one of the jewels of the river Dee. The beat fishes from the first day of the season to the last and over the years has proved to be remarkably consistent with an increasing and often neglected sea trout run during the summer months. There are 18 named pools at Dess, fished by a maximum of 5 rods, and fishing in all but the highest floods. A splendid fishing hut offers respite from the cold in the spring and shade from the summer sun. Fishing can be booked by the day or week with or without accommodation. For the utmost in luxury, parties can stay at the Mill of Dess Lodge. Recently completed, this Lodge has 10 en-suite bedrooms and is let on a fully staffed, fully catered basis. This really is the ultimate way to experience the Dess fishings and

Royal Deeside. The Lodge can also be booked with or without fishing from a single night through to a full week. For smaller parties the estate also offers a 2 bedroom selfcatering cottage. www.lowerdessestate.com FULLY STAFFED FOR 20 GUESTS CATERED SALMON & SEA TROUT POA

Ballindalloch | MORAY & BANFF THE AVON IS the largest tributary of the River Spey and attracts good runs of salmon, grilse and sea trout. Fishing starts in earnest in late April and, in the right conditions, good sport can be enjoyed through to the seasons end on 30th September. The Ballindalloch fishing comprises over 4 miles of the best water on the Avon. The water runs from Livet Mouth down to Butler’s Pool below the Bridge of Avon. The fishings, known as the ‘the lower beats’, are split into 6 beats, each fished by 2 rods, on a daily rota system. There are over 30 named pools on these beats which may be fished twice during a week’s stay at Ballindalloch. Good access to the river has been provided for vehicles and most beats have small fishing huts. From Livet Mouth upstream to the march with the Crown Estate fishing is from the left bank only. This stretch of water is known as Beat A and is let separately. Fishing is let by the week but day permits may be issued if there are any rods available. Accommodation Cottage accommodation is available on the Estate. Please contact us for further information. Alternatively for those not wishing to self-cater the Delnashaugh Hotel is on the estate and conveniently situated near the river at the Bridge of Avon. It has 8 twin bedded rooms with en-suite facilities and 1 double room with an adjoining private bathroom. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk CKD GALBRAITH

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Gordon Castle | MORAY & BANFF

GORDON CASTLE IS located on the lower River Spey and was historically the principal seat of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon and dates back to the 1400s. This was one of the largest houses ever built in Scotland. Today, only one wing remains (east) and it has been converted into a comfortable country house in its own right. The Castle is situated in secluded grounds but just 50 miles from Aberdeen and Inverness airports. Accommodation Gordon Castle has 8 beautiful double or twin bedrooms, together with 2 further single bedrooms. Each has its own well appointed bathroom finished to the highest standard. All the bedrooms have been individually decorated to create an elegant, warm and extremely comfortable stay. The beds are huge, the linen crisp and the towels large white and fluffy! The personal touches ensure that all who stay feel that they have experienced a truly memorable and special time. Guests will feel spoilt, comfortable and cosy as well as grand. The Castle has numerous living rooms on both floors for guests to spread out, including drawing room, study, billiard room and 2 large entertaining rooms. Satellite television is available in 3 of the living rooms and a computer with broadband internet is in the study. There is a lift for those unable to use the stairs. The gardens are large and private and include a tennis court. The Castle is fully staffed, providing friendly service and delicious food. Other smaller, self catering properties on the estate are also available. Fishing The River Spey is one of the “big four� Scottish salmon rivers and the Gordon Castle beats are amongst the most famous in the world. Spread over 8 miles, its 8 beats of double bank salmon fishing are together probably the largest prolific salmon fishery in Britain. Each beat has its own ghillie and is fished by between 3 and 6 rods, with most beats being for 6 rods. Fishing is with fly only, and a largely catch and release policy for salmon and sea trout is in force. The Estate has a variety of fishing 68

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Dipple House | MORAY & BANFF

DIPPLE HOUSE IS situated approximately 2 miles from the centre of the bustling town of Fochabers on the North Moray Coast. It is an ideal base for a family holiday particularly if part or all of the family fish. Dipple House is located very near to some of the best fishing beats on the River Spey, particularly the Brae water and Gordon Castle water, as well as Delfur, Orton, Rothes and Craigellachie. Additionally, Dipple is only 15 minutes drive from Elgin and less than an hour from Inverness. The house itself is a lovely Georgian country house set in a secluded and well stocked garden. Having been extensively modernised and redecorated, the house now includes a lovely sitting room, separate TV room (extensive collection of videos and DVD’s), dining room and well equipped kitchen. There are 5 bedrooms sleeping a total of 10 in 3 double rooms and 2 twin bedded rooms. In addition, there is an attic with its own bathroom which comfortably sleeps 4 in a dormitory style. The house benefits from a full sized tennis court, barbeque and garden furniture. Situated next to a farm, there are no CKD GALBRAITH

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immediate neighbours, although the occasional cow has been known to look in from the adjoining field. The Moray coast offers wonderful beaches and, of course, an abundance of wildlife from dolphins to the famous Speyside Ospreys. Locally there are many pursuits which can be enjoyed including cycling, canoeing, visiting distilleries and numerous golf courses. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday

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House of Glennie | MORAY & BANFF

THE HOUSE OF Glennie lies in the picturesque countryside of the Middle Deveron, one of Scotland’s premier Salmon Rivers. Glennie is a wonderful location for a family holiday. It is an extremely comfortable home, not just a simple lodge in the wilderness. Books, games, interesting contents, hot baths, a lovely garden and setting; croquet, table tennis, and of course the fishing, which is 30 yards from the house. There is no need to get in the car as Glennie is a secluded world of its own. Accommodation The House of Glennie has recently been extensively refurbished and redecorated to offer ideal accommodation for family fishing parties looking for a traditional Scottish holiday. The house sleeps 13 in 8 bedrooms, 70

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in 3 doubles (one en-suite), 2 twins and 3 singles with 4 bathrooms. The new kitchen has an Aga. There are 2 sitting rooms with open fires. TV, DVD and Wi-Fi included. Although secluded, Glennie is 50 minutes from Aberdeen airport, and easily accessible by car. Fishing The Glennie fishing’s comprise over a mile of double bank, easily accessible fishing for 2 rods, with over 10 named pools. With the river in such close proximity to the house, it is a short walk to the river

ensuring ease of access and the flexibility to return to the house for breaks in the day. Lunch can be taken in the charming fishing hut or in the house. It is also ideal for those wishing a last cast after dinner and every chance of a sea trout. If everyone is a keen fisher and extra water is required, there is generally some available on neighbouring beats. The beat produces around 100 salmon per season. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.houseofglennie.co.uk

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Orton | MORAY & BANFF

ORTON IS LOCATED approximately 10 miles from the tide and marches with Delfur and Brae 1 on its upper and lower marches. The beat is double banked and approximately 1.5 miles long and is fished by 6 rods looked after by 2 full time ghillies. It is possible to take either 3 or 6 rods and if 2 separate parties are fishing then the beat is split into two with parties rotating at lunch thereby fishing the whole beat each day. The fishing’s are let by the week with excellent serviced, selfcatered accommodation for up to 12. Orton fishes from the beginning of the season to the end. The early fishing is predominantly for running fish but by late April the resident population starts to build and the summer months 72

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can produce magical floating line sport. Couperee is a favourite resting place for large fish and Cairnty, whilst productive in all heights of water, is arguably the best high water pool on the Spey. Orton is a very relaxed, sociable beat with excellent ghillies and a first class fishing hut. There is no need to drive on public roads and it is the perfect location

for a relaxed and productive fishing holiday. Beat One consists of the following pools:-  House, Willows, Couperee and Wood Pools Beat Two consists of the following pools: – Upper Cairnty, Lower Cairnty, Arns, Island Point, Island Stream, Wee, and New (part) Pools.

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PERTHSHIRE & ANGUS From the mighty Tay, which still boasts the largest rod caught salmon in the UK, to the prolific South Esk, noted for its sea trout, this area extends from the hills of Perthshire to the magnificent Angus glens famed for their grouse moors. This is an area where you can stand in a grouse butt whilst looking out over the sea or stalk amongst the majestic rolling hills of Perthshire. The grouse here are some of the best in the country with estates such as Glenogil consistently producing big bags with exciting drives to test even the most experienced gun. Night fishing for sea trout can open a whole new world to fishermen who are looking for a new challenge and the pheasant shoots of Glamis and Glenogil rank amongst the best. Stalking on Atholl Estate must be considered one of the most beautiful places to stalk stags.

Commission a professional artist to paint your fishing or shooting party. Commission wildlife and landscape artist Francesca Sanders to paint oil studies of your fishing or shooting party. Each member of the group can receive a small but very personal painting of themselves, from £500. • Begin a collection of small paintings over time, to remember your favourite haunts • Makes an excellent gift, either private or commercial • Alternatively, commission Francesca to paint something for your office or dining room wall

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Atholl Estates | PERTHSHIRE

ATHOLL ESTATES COMPRISE 50,000 hectares of farmland, woodland and moorland in the heart of Highland Perthshire. The estates are centered around historic Blair Castle, ancestral seat of the Dukes of Atholl, and are within one and half hour’s drive of both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Accommodation Old Blair Located in the hamlet of Old Blair, the lodge was originally built as an inn on the Old North Road and is situated just a few hundred yards from Blair Castle. The house is a comfortable and homely lodge filled with period charm. It is an ideal base for an active family holiday for up to 12 people. Kindrochet Lodge Located in the peaceful Highland hamlet of Old Struan, with no immediate neighbours, Kindrochet Lodge is a Victorian property with a contemporary conversion, perfect for family occasions or large groups of up to 16 guests. Beautifully furnished with open fires in the sitting and drawing rooms, a full size billiards table in the games room and 5 en-suite bathrooms (one with roll-top bath), you can indulge 74

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yourself in this delightful residence. A cook’s room can be made available taking the sleeping capacity up to 17.  Each lodge is let on a self-catering basis and is fully equipped although cooking services can be provided. Heating, electricity and a full linen service are all included as well as Internet Wi-Fi connection. Fishing Salmon fishing is available on the rivers Garry, Tummel and Tilt. Together, these fishings provide an excellent contrast of water and scenery from the calmer stretches of the Lower Tummel to the dramatic spate waters of the Tilt. Wild brown trout hill loch fishing is also available.

Shooting Walked up red grouse shooting is available on the higher moorland beats and is usually let as part of a package along with accommodation. Parties can be accommodated during November and December for rough and driven game shooting. Stalking Atholl has long been known for the quality of its red stag stalking, although hinds and roe deer are also available. Ponies are used in the traditional way to retrieve deer from the hills wherever possible, and all stalking guests are accompanied by an estate stalker.

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Innerwick | PERTHSHIRE

INNERWICK ESTATE EXTENDS to over 5,500 acres, and lies on the north side of Glenlyon. Glenlyon is one of the finest Highland glens in North Perthshire, and is famous for its autumn colours which makes October a particularly attractive month to be on the hill. The stalking ground is mostly heather with grass areas and peat bogs, and offers testing stalking over a variety of terrain. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended. A footpath leading from Innerwick to Rannoch divides the stalking ground into eastern and western beats whilst the high ground offers spectacular views north over Loch Rannoch, and south to Ben Lawers. Tracks and the use of an argocat aid access to most areas. Innerwick is traditionally a hind forest, but provides exciting

stag stalking just prior to and during the rut with an annual cull of about 25 stags. As a result stags are only available from mid September through to the end of the season on 20th October. Self catering accommodation available. www.innerwick.com RED DEER STALKING ON DAILY OR WEEKLY LETS ONE RIFLE PER DAY WITH EXPECTATION OF ONE STAG PER DAY £365 + VAT

Dalguise, River Tay | PERTHSHIRE

THE DALGUISE BEAT is situated about 2 miles downstream of the confluence of the Rivers Tay and Tummel and extends to approximately 1.25 miles of double bank Middle Tay fishing. The beat is set amongst spectacular scenery and boasts a wide array of both plant and wildlife on its riverbanks. The beat is well maintained, with excellent bank side access and benches at most pools. There is also an extremely comfortable custom built fishing hut, fully equipped with all amenities, overlooking the middle of the beat. Ideal for relaxing at the end of the day, indoors or on the balcony with a glorious river view, dram in hand. Dalguise has 9 major named pools, several of which can only be described as a fly fishers dream. Within most of these major pools there are distinctly different and separate ‘bits’ resulting in CKD GALBRAITH

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a pool count closer to fifteen. The beat can fish well in all heights of water and caters for all fishing styles. Dalguise is available on daily or weekly lets for up to 7 rods with weekly lets being given priority. This is an ideal opportunity to obtain a tenancy on this steadily improving and attractive beat on one of the world’s great salmon rivers. SALMON FISHING FOR 7 RODS WITH BOAT AND GHILLIE. 7 RODS FROM £26 PER ROD PER DAY

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Glenquaich | PERTHSHIRE EASILY ACCESSIBLE FROM the A9 at Dunkeld, Glenquaich Estate lies in a secluded glen at the head of the River Braan above Loch Freuchie. Pheasant Shooting Glenquaich now boasts a well established driven pheasant shoot under the direction of the headkeeper Stan Riches. The excellent glen topography and well established plantations are ideally suited to show top quality pheasants. The Estate are able to offer a limited number of 100-150 bird days to full teams of up to 8 guns, the emphasis being on quality rather than quantity. Rough Shooting Glenquaich is able to offer excellent rough shooting during the winter months which can include pheasant, partridge, snipe and woodcock. Stalking The Estate offers red deer stalking on a variety of ground from the high crags rising to over 2,500 ft to the low ground above the loch. The main stag stalking season is October, with hinds in November. Glenquaich has become extremely popular for stalking parties, particularly those looking for daily lets. It is easily accessible from Perth, Edinburgh or Glasgow, making it an ideal short break in conjunction with Croftmill Cottage or one of the excellent local hotels. Brown Trout Wonderful wild brown trout fishing on Loch A’Mhuillin, a secluded hill loch with only one boat for up to 2 rods and fishing

hut. Available on an exclusive daily basis. Accommodation Croftmill Cottage, on Glenquaich Estate, provides very comfortable self catered accommodation, ideally suited to stalking

and small rough shooting parties. The accommodation includes 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single bedroom, a kitchen/diner with wood burning stove, and a games room in the Bothy annexe with bar area and wood burning stove.

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Snaigow | PERTHSHIRE SNAIGOW ESTATE LIES in one of the most beautiful and secluded areas of Perthshire between Dunkeld and Blairgowrie, and yet within a half hour drive of Perth. The driven pheasant shoot at Snaigow is well established and under the present family ownership has a deserved reputation for offering spectacular shooting. The shooting is largely retained by the family, but a limited number of driven days are usually available each season, offering days of 100-150 birds for 8 guns, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity. The renovated Snaigow Hall provides the ideal venue for the midday or end of day shoot lunch. 76

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In addition to the driven shooting, the estate is able to offer smaller walked up rough shooting days from October, for up to 6 guns, which has proved very popular with smaller parties. Fallow and roe buck stalking are also available on the estate in season, with trophy heads usually shot each year. DRIVEN PHEASANT MIXED ROUGH SHOOTING ROE & FALLOW DEER POA

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Glenogil Estate | ANGUS

SITUATED ON THE edge of the Grampian Mountains in one of the Angus Glens, Glenogil is a renowned Sporting Estate with ground rising from around 600 ft to over 2,300 ft. The continuing programme of investment and careful management ensures Glenogil continues to offer some of the best grouse, pheasant and partridge shooting in the country. It is highly accessible within Scotland. Grouse Shooting The grouse moor extends over 20,000 acres and comprises the Glenogil, Glen Moy, Glenqueich, Fern and Nathro beats. Following successful seasons from 2008 to 2011 and in line with several other moors in Angus, 2012 was a poor season for a variety of reasons so little shooting took place to preserve stocks for 2013 which was vindicated with another successful season. 2014 saw a number of very happy clients shoot good bags with last season, as on many moors, showing low numbers due to a poor spring for broods. CKD GALBRAITH

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Conservation management once again came to the fore in the hope that future years will prove to be much better seasons.

on from late October to the end of the season. Days between 200 and 300 birds are available for full teams of up to 9 guns.

Pheasant and Partridge Shooting Occupying nearly 3,000 acres of low ground and woods, the pheasant and partridge shooting at Glenogil and Glen Trusta has earned a deserved reputation as one of the best driven shoots in the area. The mix of established woods, marginal bracken on the fringe of the grouse moor, and deep gullies provides a wonderful mix of drives to show high and testing birds for the best of guns. Partridges are shot from late September with pheasants following

Accommodation Accommodation is fully catered and available in the shooting lodge decorated to the highest standard and sleeping up to 18. A converted steading building sleeping eight in 4 twin rooms is also available. Should the Lodge be available any accommodation requirements for shooting parties in the area can be provided for on a fully catered basis. www.glenogilestate.com

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Cortachy Castle | ANGUS

CORTACHY CASTLE FISHINGS are situated in the middle reaches of the South Esk and offer approximately 2 miles of double bank fishing. The average salmon weights are in the region of 8-10lbs with fish over 20lbs being caught every year. Sea trout fishing, through late May, June and July, can be excellent with fish up to 6lbs caught on a regular basis. The beat is very secluded and access up and down the river, both by vehicle and on foot, is excellent and the beat has 2 well appointed fishing huts. A part-time ghillie can be arranged on request. The banks are maintained to a good standard to allow accessible casting while keeping a natural feel to the river. The beat has 15 named pools including the Sawmill Dam, Dairy and

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Laundry and the famous Meetings pool where the River Prosen meets the South Esk. Part of the beat known as the Riverwalk fames 6 named pools and has an open highland aspect. www.airlieestates.com WELLBANK COTTAGE FOR 8 SELF CATERED SALMON FISHING FOR 3 RODS 3 RODS FROM £30 PER ROD PER DAY

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Brewlands Estate | PERTHSHIRE

BREWLANDS IS A mixed sporting estate in highland Perthshire, on the southern edge of the Cairngorm National Park, dating back to the 13th century, with a full concierge service and housekeeping for all houses if required. Accommodation Brewlands Lodge provides accommodation of the very highest standard for a maximum of 16 people in 2 super king (en-suite) bedrooms, 4 twin bedrooms (3 en-suite), 2 double bedrooms and bathroom. Dogs are not allowed in Brewlands Lodge but 2 well behaved dogs may be kept in the external drying room or with the keeper. Private hot tub and revolving summerhouse. Housekeeping included. • Two well behaved dogs are allowed in each cottage. • Claypotts: 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite). Private hot tub. • Brewlands Cottage: 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite). Private hot tub. • Croftend: 2 bedrooms both en-suite. Private hot tub. • Clover: 1 bedroom 1 bathroom. Private hot tub. • All houses have Wi-Fi. Fishing Renowned brown trout fishing on 2 beautiful hill lochs on the Estate is CKD GALBRAITH

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available for hire. There are also 1.5 miles of double bank fishing on the Upper River Isla. For those staying on the Estate salmon fishing can be arranged on the 13 estate beats of the upper River Isla (the largest tributary of the world famous Tay), the interesting spate rivers of the Blackwater and the Shee and also on the Tay itself. Fishing lessons and rod hire can be arranged. Driven Grouse, Pheasant, Duck, Partridge and Walked Up Grouse Shooting The mix of 3000 acres of low ground heather hills, moorland, established and new woods, lochs, marginal grassland on the fringe of the grouse moor and deep gullies provide a wonderful mix of drives with testing birds, if desired, for the best of guns. Days between 100 and 180 birds are available for teams of 8 to 10 guns. Brewlands Estate offer mini-driven days

(50-80 birds) and also rough shooting which can include pheasant, partridge, duck, snipe and woodcock. Good duck flighting on several ponds (for 1–8 guns). Stalking Roe Deer stalking in early morning and evening with keeper. Potential for medal heads. There are also excellent opportunities for challenging red deer stalking in wonderful surroundings. Additional Activities Clay pigeon shooting, falconry, photostalks, archery, mountain bike hire, all on the Estate. Lettings are Friday to Friday for Brewlands Lodge and Claypotts. The other cottages are Saturday to Saturday www.brewlandsestate.com

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Glamis | ANGUS

STRATHMORE ESTATES EXTEND to some 14,000 acres and is situated in the Vale of Strathmore, Angus. At the centre of the estate is the famous Glamis Castle, the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years. The present Earl is Michael, 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. The lands at Strathmore rise from the fertile valley floor to the heather clad Sidlaw hills to the south. Being located just 5 miles off the A90 and within 1.5 hours of both Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports the estate is easily accessible for national and international guests. Glamis Castle The Castle is situated in the heart of the estate and set within landscaped grounds and gardens. The childhood home of HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the castle is steeped in history and tradition. During shoot days the guns are met at the front door and provided with tea and coffee in the 16th Century Castle Kitchens, where lunch and afternoon tea are also provided later in the day. Included in a day’s shooting is a 45-minute guided tour of the castle should guests wish.      80

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Shooting The estate offers both high quality driven pheasant and partridge shoots with bags of 150–300 being achieved. There are over 30 named drives across the estate with the most popular amongst guests being The Lera, Berryhillock and Crams Point. The varied topography of the estate allows for a range of differing birds to be offered, with birds driven over deep woodland gulley’s and off open heather hill. In addition, there are a number of ponds on the estate hosting duck throughout the season. Arniefoul provides challenging driven duck and a great end to a day’s shooting. Rough shooting is available on request.  Roe Stalking Strathmore is renowned for consistently providing exciting roe stalking throughout the season with first class medal standard bucks on offer. The buck stalking has attracted guests from around the world for many years with most returning annually. Doe stalking is also available when in season. The stalking is accompanied by professional stalkers with 2 rifles being accommodated.    

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Urrard Estate | PERTHSHIRE

URRARD IS AN established mixed sporting estate located close to Killiecrankie in the heart of Highland Perthshire. The estate encompasses breathtaking scenery, dramatic topography, a mix of shooting, fishing and stalking and a stunning mansion house steeped in history. Perth is only a short drive away and the sights of both Edinburgh and Glasgow are also easily accessible. Accomodation Urrard House is set in beautiful landscaped grounds and is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind after a day on the hills. The owners offer accommodation, starting from a single night, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. There are 9 bedrooms available (7 double and 2 twin). There is also a cottage available on a self-catered basis. Urrard is renowned for its exceptional hospitality! Shooting Urrard has rightly gained a reputation for showing pheasants and partridges of exceptional quality. Signature drives CKD GALBRAITH

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such as ‘Hail Mary’, ‘Druid’s’ and ‘The Girnaig’ will test the most experienced teams. The shoot makes full use of the natural topography and in addition to the high bird drives there is also exciting shooting for less experienced parties. Access to drives is excellent. Smaller mini-driven/rough days for pheasant and partridge can be arranged together with evening duck flighting and clay shooting. A limited number of walked up grouse outings are also available giving shooting tenants a huge range of options. Fishing Urrard owns just over half a mile of the River Garry which is good fly water and

ideally suited for a pre breakfast or after supper cast. In recent seasons the beat has enjoyed excellent fishing from late May onwards. Stalking The Estate offers stalking amid spectacular rugged scenery to suit varying levels of fitness. Single days can be booked and extraction is by argo. Limited Roe stalking is also available in the lower woodland. In the right conditions Urrard has a history of producing Macnabs and the estate relish the challenge. www.urrardestate.com

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in its own right. In addition to expansion on the ground Bruar also continues to innovate in terms of the service it delivers. Why not pre-order food and beverages when heading north to remove the stress and hassle of the weekly shop? Alternatively Bruar is launching a wedding list service offering tailored, sophisticated choices that simply cannot be found at any outfitter. Many ranges can also be found in the latest mail order catalogue, available on request, or by visiting the website www.houseofbruar.com CKD Galbraith continues to enjoy a close relationship with The House of Bruar. The building of long term relationships with both customers and suppliers is an ethos central to both businesses.

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Summerhill | PERTHSHIRE

SUMMERHILL HAS ONE of the finest locations in the Tay valley and it is the perfect base from which to explore the Tay. The property sits within its own beautiful private grounds on the edge of the village of Stanley and is just 7 miles from Perth and 10 miles from Dunkeld. The house itself sits on a bluff immediately above the river and has superb views upstream towards Stanley Mill and down through Benchil and Pitlochrie. The veranda has magnetic qualities for fishermen who are drawn outside by the sight of fish jumping below and it is the perfect place to relax after a day on the river or to muse on the prospects for the day ahead. Internally the property is furnished to the highest standards and it is let for a maximum of 12 people at any one time, all linen is provided and the property comes with the services of a housekeeper.  CKD GALBRAITH

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Sport The proprietor of Summerhill House has built a portfolio of weekly fishing’s from early Spring right through to the close of the season. The beats of Stobhall, Upper Scone, Murthly, Taymount, Ballathie etc., need no introduction and the weeks take in some of the prime periods of the season. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.summerhill-house.co.uk ACCOMMODATION FOR 12 GUESTS SELF CATERED SALMON FISHING ON THE RIVER TAY LODGE FROM £1,900 PW

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SPANISH PARTRIDGE SHOOTING La Cuesta: the very best high bird partridge shooting in Spain

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hrough our association with International Sporting Agents, Davis & Bowring, and now with over 20 years of experience of hosting shooting parties in Spain, we are delighted to be able to offer access to the exclusive shooting at La Cuesta in the rural heartland La Mancha, which is widely recognised as offering the very best partridge shooting in Spain. Shooting days take place over a massive area of mountainous country in the Province of Castilla La Mancha, with the core of the high bird shooting taking place in the wild ravine country of La Cuesta. This estate is particularly renowned for its high partridges, although there is such a variety of drives that we can tailor the shoot programme to suit any preference. In an average year, over 100 shooting days take place at La Cuesta with daily bags of minimum 600 or more birds over the season which runs from 1st October to the end of February. La Cuesta can cater for a wide range of requirements – from full accompanied shooting teams of 9 guns and partners, to single guns joining a mixed group. The great feature of shooting in Spain is that you have both a loader and a secretario, the latter’s duties include keeping an accurate count of the birds that you individually shoot. You pay only for the birds that you yourself wish to shoot. You do not pay for other gun’s birds. In this way you can relax and enjoy shooting only the birds you choose to shoot. We arrange all the necessary Spanish local hunting permits and all the details from the moment you arrive in Spain, including assisting you in bringing your guns through the Airport. Each gun must provide a copy of their passport and have a valid European Firearms Pass(EFP) at the time of travel. One of our English

“I can’t wait to come back next year. Thank you for looking after us so well.” speaking representatives (and usually one of us) will meet you at the Airport and host you throughout your stay. All transport, accommodation, meals, drinks and cartridges are included in the price, the only addition being tips and personal purchases. Accommodation is available in the newly refurbished shooting lodge FINCA La CUESTA de la BORRACHA Finca La Cuesta de la Borracha The Finca La Cuesta de la Borracha 84

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“Thank you for a fantastic trip. It will live long in the memory as one of my best trips and days shooting.” has been built on a prominent hill and has outstanding views south to the Sierra Alcaraz and south west to the Sierra Morena. Newly constructed in October 1999, and refurbished and further modernised in 2013, the house now boasts 16 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. It provides exceptionally comfortable accommodation for guns and their guests, and is offered on a fully staffed and catered basis, including all drinks. The Finca has full time staff to cater for your every need, and if non-shooters prefer to stay behind and join the party at lunchtime, this can be easily arranged. After shooting, guns and boots are cleaned for you and there is a very efficient laundry service. Each room has a telephone and full WiFi facilities throughout the lodge. Additionally a therapeutic massage is available with a dedicated in-house professional to soothe aching limbs after an energetic day’s shooting.

Communication & Travel Travelling to Spain and onward to La Mancha couldn’t be simpler. Guests can fly to Madrid (Barajas) where you will be met by the estate’s representative who will assist with the process of gun importation (which is very straightforward). Transfer is either by luxury coach or car, and available to collect you from the airport or your hotel in Madrid. The driving time to La Cuesta is approximately two and a half hours and can be interspersed with lunch en route if you wish, and we can recommend a number of excellent restaurants to break the journey, typically Casa Pablo in the Royal city of Aranjuez. Alternatively, guests can fly privately to Albacete which is about 1¼ -1½ hour’s drive from La Cuesta. Many teams who have shot with us return year after year, and believe it to be the best shooting experience they have ever had; one of the best endorsements we can ask for.

TYPICAL ITINERARY Day 1 Arrive Barajas Airport, Madrid Midday. Direct UK flights from a number of Airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Liverpool and Edinburgh. Lunch en route Aranjuez. Arrive Finca 5.30pm. Drinks 8pm. Dinner 9pm. Day 2 600 Bird Driven Shoot (4 or 5 drives with tapas elevenses and lunch in one of the very comfortable lunch Fincas) Return Finca 6pm, Drinks 8pm. Dinner 9pm. Day 3 600 Bird Driven Shoot (as above) Depart from shooting field after late lunch and return Madrid Airport for 7pm. Alternatively, return to Finca for Drinks and Dinner, departure the following day.

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• X5 / X5i 5-25x56 P available with 1/4 and 1/8 MOA impact point adjustment • X5 / X5i 3.5-18x50 P available with 1/4 MOA impact point adjustment. The scope offers exceptional clarity at every magnification across the entire adjustment range Enhanced lens/prism coatings guarantee excellent colour reproduction with crystal clear images. A large field of view facilitates rapid target acquisition over long distances. High contrast reticles show every detail, with 10 illumination levels. The walls of the X5/X5i main tubes are thicker to achieve maximum ruggedness, plus stainless steel components have been incorporated in the inversion system’s seating and in the turrets. • Innovation and Ease of Use • Precision. • An accurate spring retention system to reach a higher adjustment range of up to 116 MOA. Rapid adjustment The top turret incorporates a sight-in distance, rotation indicator and subzero function to go below the sight-in distance for accurate shots at close targets. The side turrets compensate for the wind and for parallax adjustment and an indicator ring easily allows easy reading of the set magnification. 86

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“Crafted from the finest materials for absolute accuracy, shot after shot.” Accuracy – right to the limit Crafted from the finest materials for absolute accuracy, shot after shot, group after group even with powerful calibres and in extreme temperatures. Reliable and Customised For greater long range accuracy a personalised extreme cam (PBX) is available to order with your personal ballistic information engraved on it and a wide choice of reticles are available to suit all individual needs. The X5 / X5i – meets the challenge of Long Range Shooting right to the limit. For more information phone 01737 856812 or visit www.swarovskioptik.com WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


WESTER ROSS

Glastullich Cottage, Rhidorroch | WESTER ROSS

Accommodation GLASTULLICH COTTAGE IS the perfect destination for smaller sporting parties and is located at the heart of one of Scotland’s most beautiful glens. The cottage has been extensively refurbished and provides very comfortable accommodation for 6 guests across a double, twin and 2 single bedrooms. Glastullich has an aga, wood burning stove and up to 2 well behaved dogs are welcome. Sport Glastullich has simply stunning sporting options for a property of this size. The cottage comes with 2 rods on the River Ullapool, a productive and beautiful spate river, which fishes from May 88

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onwards. Guests rotate between the upper and middle beats on a daily basis. There is also superb trout fishing on Loch Achall and on remote hill lochs. Later in the year there is challenging and exciting stalking for both red and sika deer as part of the estate management strategy. COTTAGE FOR 6 SELF CATERED SALMON AND TROUT FISHING COTTAGE AND FISHING FROM ÂŁ1,400 PW

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INVERNESS-SHIRE

Kincardine Lodge | INVERNESS-SHIRE

Accommodation KINCARDINE LODGE, LOCATED on the banks of the Upper Spey, is a private Scandinavian-style timber lodge with a traditional turf roof. The Lodge offers very comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people across 3 twin and 1 double bedrooms. The open plan kitchen and living room, with stunning views of the Spey valley, is the focal point of the property. The Lodge is the perfect base for fisherfolk as the river flows just a stone’s throw from the veranda. Kincardine Fishing The Kincardine beat, on the upper River Spey, comprises approximately 1 ¾ miles of right bank fishing, with 19 named pools fishing a total of 4 rods. There is good access to the beat and a charming fishing hut. The Spey has had excellent runs of salmon over the past two seasons and the fish start to arrive at Kincardine in April. In addition to salmon the beat is also famous for its sea-trout and fishing through the evening into the night can be very productive indeed. CKD GALBRAITH

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LODGE FOR 8 SELF CATERED SALMON FISHING FOR 4 RODS FISHING FROM £800-1200 PW

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“We work closely with our parties, often many months or indeed years, in advance of their trip and we guide them through location, seasons, appropriate clothing, catering, airport transfers, firearm permits, cartridge and wine deliveries and a great deal more.”

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or experienced sportsmen and women the build-up and anticipation of any trip is something to be savoured. For newcomers to the sport or for visitors from abroad the build-up can be very different and it is, understandably, often a very stressful moment in time. Our tailor made service is designed to take away any element of anxiety and allow our parties to look forward to their experience without the stresses that can arise when travelling through airports or when pulling together a group of enthusiastic novices. We work closely with our parties, often many months or indeed years, in advance of their trip and we guide them

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through location, seasons, appropriate clothing, catering, airport transfers, firearm permits, cartridge and wine deliveries and a great deal more. We are also delighted to have teamed up with Ossian and Ted Innes Ker. If you wish to experience Scotland’s hidden secrets, the private cellars of Scotland’s stately homes, Victorian shooting parties,

beach bbq’s with a twist then Ted and Ossian will craft your adventure. Sporting enquiries: sporting@ckdgalbraith.co.uk Experiences: ted.innesker@ossian.co Ted on 07717 788683 WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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THE SPORTING LETS PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION A light-hearted look at the seasons’ sporting snaps

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he Sporting Lets Photographic competition is not a serious discussion in respect of light readings nor will we argue long into the night on the respective merits of the clarity of composition and focus. Instead it is a celebration of the holiday snapper who captures the magic of a particular moment. This could be the wild excitement of a boot-full of spaniels or the moment that the shadows strengthen across the scree slopes on a northern Ben.

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The last edition’s shortlist comprised a lodge party in fancy dress, a wild spaniel going by the name of Minnow and photographs of the stark beauty of our northern climes. Our winner, Cameron Chapman, took an unusual image of a salmon being returned to the waters of the Upper Tweed. Please do drop us an email with your photos attached to be in with a chance of walking away with some very smart prizes including a Mackenzie rod and binoculars! WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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FRIENDS & CLIENTS A brilliant sporting year for friends and clients of CKD Galbraiths Sporting Lets. Strong early runs of fish across the north, some significant grouse hotspots and many memorable firsts

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1 Penny Stewart’s first grouse 2 Rachel Sharpe’s first stag Reay Forest 3 William Parry trying for the first leg of a McNab 4 Matt Brooksbank with a 20lb croc from Kinlochewe 5 Adrian Sharpe’s stag – Sail an Taghain – Loan Beat 6 Nick Nairn Masterclass on the glorious 12th 7 Johnny Kaye with a nice grilse from the Avon at Ballindalloch 8 A triumphant Lochy Stewart with his first Sea Trout 9 Andrew Douglas Miller with a 24lb resident from the Lower Shin 10 Abrahm Smith delighted with his first Grouse from Dorback 11 Miss Robertson casting a line.

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Sporting Lets Brochure 2017 Galbraith  

The latest edition of the Sporting Lets Brochure from the Galbraith Sporting Division.

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