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SPORTING LETS Fishing, stalking & shooting

2018 | 19 SCOTLAND’S PREMIER SPORTING LETS AGENCY


SPORTING LETS Fishing, stalking & shooting

“For those looking for something even more special, our sister company Ossian is able to immerse you in the most luxurious that Scotland can offer, whether it be Sporting or non Sporting.”

WELCOME to our 2018/2019 Galbraith Sporting Lets brochure, our 41st consecutive edition. Scotland continues to be one of the world’s finest sporting destinations, whether you are keen to catch an Atlantic Salmon from one of our fabled rivers, shoot grouse on one of our iconic grouse moors, or stalk a stag in one of our historic deer forests, or merely enjoy the luxury of a Sporting Lodge with family and friends.

With over 50 years of experience, we pride ourselves on our wealth of experience, and being able to provide the best and most up to date advice to guide newcomers or experienced sporting hands to the best sporting opportunities that Scotland has to offer. Our speciality is arranging bespoke trips, and we are very happy to advise and tailor a truly unique experience for you. For those looking for something even more special, our sister company Ossian is able to immerse you in the most luxurious that Scotland can offer, whether it be Sporting or non Sporting, and unlock doors that cannot otherwise be accessed. This brochure gives a flavour of what we can offer, with more detail available on our Sporting Lets website ,and if you haven’t already, sign up for up to date news and views, hints and tips, and offers on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

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-catered basis or as stated, and include our commission charge and VAT at 20% unless otherwise stated. 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. 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 From the hill, high ground, covert and river

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t Sporting Lets we live and breathe wild Scotland on almost every day of the year. We know that for others bricks and mortar block out the sky and that their time in the field is a cherished tonic against the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Perhaps a week every year is all that is possible but if you pine for the wild places then why not use the five minutes before a presentation starts or the ten that slip by in a taxi to follow our Instagram and Facebook pages? We share, in a discreet way, tales, news and adventures from across Scotland to keep you informed, and occasionally amused, with all things wild and Scottish.

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CONTENTS 04 Sporting Review 06 Scottish Estates Review

The Hebrides (Inner & Outer Isles) 09 Aline 10 Amhuinnsuidhe 11 Morsgail 12 Soval 13 Knock House 14 Uig & Hamanavay 15 Eishken 17 Uig Lodge 18 Islay Estate 19 Ardtalla Estate & Laggan Estate

Wester & Easter Ross

MAP KEY THE HEBRIDES (INNER & OUTER ISLES) WESTER & EASTER ROSS SUTHERLAND & CAITHNESS INVERNESS-SHIRE SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND ABERDEENSHIRE, MORAY & BANFF PERTHSHIRE & ANGUS

KEY TO ICONS MAX. NUMBER OF GUESTS CATERED/SELF CATERED FISHING SHOOTING STALKING PRICE MACNAB CHALLENGE

TO BOOK Contact us at Galbraith, Lynedoch House, Barossa Place, Perth PH1 5EP Tel: 01738 451600 Fax: 01738 451900 Email: enquiries@sportinglets.co.uk Web: www.sportinglets.co.uk

21 Rhidorroch 22 Kinlochewe 23 Incheril 24 Inverbroom 25 Strathvaich 26 Kildermorie 28 Gairloch 29 Langwell

Sutherland & Caithness 32 River Inver 33 River Kirkaig 34 Scottish Shooting 36 Reay Forest 37 Lairg 38 Dounie 39 Gledfield & Cornhill 40 Glencalvie 42 Lower River Brora 45 Thurso River 46 Bighouse

Inverness-shire

52 The Rise of Tweed 54 Kyllachy 55 Tomatin 56 Dunachton 57 Ralia 58 Kingie 59 Dell 60 Aberarder 61 Kincardine Lodge

South West Scotland 63 Stair Estate 65 Overlaggan

Aberdeenshire, Moray & Banff 68 Woodend & Knappach 69 Glenmuick 70 Lower Dess & Ballindalloch 71 Gordon Castle 72 Dipple House 73 House of Glennie 74 Orton 75 Eden & Lower Inverichnie

Perthshire & Angus 76 River Tay 77 Summerhill 78 Glenquaich & Snaigow 79 Glamis 80 Drumtochty Castle 82 Atholl Estates 83 House of Bruar 84 Cortachy & Glenturret – Glenlethnot 85 Urrard Estate 86 Kau Tapen 88 Game to Eat 90 Achieve the Adventure 92 Friends & Clients 94 The Scottish Fishing Year

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SPORTING REVIEW OF THE SEASON

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he sporting tapestry of Scotland is a rich and varied one and it fills the calendar year from the short dark days of winter to the endless summer nights. In each and every month there are moments of delight and wonder to amaze, inspire and fill the memory. This very variety ensures that there are always highs and lows and 2017 was no different. From a Sporting Lets perspective we witnessed friends catch their first salmon, in one case an April springer, moors driven for the first time in 20 years, strong growth in international interest, pillars of the business world reduced to small children bubbling with delight as grouse or pheasants caught the wind and shared a Guinness or two along the way with the men and women who work in our wild places. More generally the grouse season will be remembered chiefly for some notable highs. In respect of the weather

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April was something of a menace and it actually snowed on the same day as in 2016 which did effect the early hatching in some areas. Conversely May and June were more benign and as July moved into August optimism was strengthening to expectation across Perthshire and in the Lammermuirs. The late snow, however, with additional complications in the form of a surge in beetle and tick burdens meant that not all were well placed and sadly July counts resulted in a number of moors pulling back on their programs. Those that were fortunate had tremendous shooting and some are still driving at the time of writing and will continue to do so until late November. Great sport. As predicted, however, the star performers were Perthshire and Border moors. They have enjoyed a stupendous season and it is wonderful to see the hard work and persistence of all involved pay off. Much like the grouse, a snapshot of our

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salmon season rather depends on who you are talking to and when they were fishing. To use a different style of sporting analogy it was a game of two halves. The early months showed great promise, some great fish and some great catches. Even when fish were not being caught they were much in evidence and had there been a little more rain in May and June many rivers would have moved from average to great seasons. Sadly what was again apparent was the complete lack of any meaningful backend run and fishers were reduced to covering the resident stock across late September, October and into November. A positive for catches was the absence of the always unwelcome Indian summer with the result that the majority of northern rivers notched up some good catches before the season’s end. The stalking has gone well and we see more and more international visitors heading to the hill. Scotland offers a very

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different experience to much of Europe. The skill is in the clinical stalk, the pleasure in the wilderness. Where, on the continent, there may be horns and pageantry, dogs and beating lines there is instead the quiet open hill, a tweed clad stalker and a pony following quietly a mile behind. Anecdotally the number of deer on the open hill is decreasing and demand for single days heads ever upwards. Scotland’s low ground pheasant and partridge shooting delivers time and again and continues to be a powerful draw for both domestic and international teams. It is the combination of consistent and quality sport combined with seamless organisation and legendary hospitality that draws enthusiasts year after year. Our best shoots have few equals and we have already enjoyed some wonderful days with friends and clients this year and we look forward to many more before the seasons end.

“The early months showed great promise, some great fish and some great catches. Even when fish were not being caught they were much in evidence and had there been a little more rain in May and June many rivers would have moved from average to great seasons.”

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SCOTTISH ESTATES STILL IN HIGH DEMAND DROP IN VALUE OF POUND GENERATES INTEREST IN SCOTTISH ESTATES FROM FOREIGN BUYERS

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he estate sales market was more active in 2016 than at any time in the previous decade, with 24 estates sold. More buyers, particularly foreigners, entered the market on the back of improved exchange rates. To date in 2017, the number of sales has halved, with only 11 estates sold or under offer. One reason for the slowdown is undoubtedly all the uncertainty over Brexit and the general political and economic situation. Despite this, Scotland remains one of the few areas in Europe where large areas of wild land can be acquired for either sport or conservation. These opportunities are undoubtedly highly valued by buyers from continental 06

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Europe in particular and while the market may have ‘thinned’ to an extent, for every buyer lost it seems there are others who appear not to be troubled by political or economic factors. The low value of the pound has certainly been a boost to foreign buyers, with Europeans in particular dominating enquiries. If anything, the 2017 market has lacked sellers rather than buyers. Although the market was quieter this year, estates continue to be traded on both the open market and privately and 2017 has seen a Russian buy a large Scottish sporting estate for the first time in more than a decade. Most years between 15-20 estates are sold, some of which may be purely

residential in nature. There tends to only ever be one or two estates with driven grouse available in any given year, and only perhaps two or three with quality red deer stalking. The average sale price in 2016 was around £3.4 million; to date in 2017, with the exception of one estate sold for over £20 million, of the few that have sold, the average sale price remains very similar at around £3 million. The payment of high premiums, which was a feature of the market before 2008, is now less common but still possible for exceptional properties or in cases where there is a special purchaser. It is also the case that coastal/waterside properties tend to 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.” command a premium. Recent coastal estate sales have achieved premiums over asking price by as much as 35%. In 2016, premiums over asking price averaged 5%, with a high of 40%, whereas in 2017 this has fallen to 3% with a high of 26% in the year to date. Galbraith was involved with more than 65% of all Scottish estate sales in 2016, and 63% in 2017, demonstrating their subtle market dominance in the estate market sector. Their involvement has ranged from assisting clients with either selling, buying or valuing both on and off-market opportunities. Over a third of all the estates sold in both 2016 and 2017 were off-market, and an increasing number of buyers are seeking help from the Galbraith Premium Property buying team, who specialise in finding and securing estates for clients. It is too early to form an accurate GALBRAITH

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judgement as to just what effect ‘Brexit ’may have on the estate market, however, as long as there isn’t another financial crash, or an unexpected change of government, then we anticipate that current market conditions are likely to persist for the foreseeable future. While the weak pound is likely to continue driving demand from overseas, the buying power of home-grown entrepreneurs continues alongside this, which should ensure, all being well, that a mixture of owners continue to move into the estate market each year. Nationality

aside, what all these buyers share is an enthusiasm for the countryside and a wish to invest in the Scottish wilderness and its people. Currently on the market with Galbraith are the following estates: • Scaliscro Estate, a spectacular island estate with 3 miles of coastline, red deer stalking, walked up grouse, woodcock and snipe. Salmon, sea trout and coastal fishing and an in hand farm with great potential and tax advantages. 175-year sporting lease on adjacent 5,000 acres of land. About 5,570 acres. Guide price £2.5m. • Glenlochay, a sporting estate situated in a spectacular setting amidst some of Highland Perthshire’s finest scenery. The sale includes 5.5 miles of double bank salmon fishing rights on the River Lochay, exciting deer stalking, 1,306 acres of newly planted woodland, brown trout fishing, a livestock farming business and the potential for walkedup grouse shooting. About 12,816 acres. Offers over £4.2m.

CONTACT INFORMATION John Bound in Inverness Tel: 01463 224343. Email: john.bound@galbraithgroup.com Anna Henderson in Edinburgh Tel: 0131 240 6988. Email: anna.henderson@galbraithgroup.com

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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 hills, moors and lochs, including several miles of shoreline on Loch Langavat, one of the most prolific salmon fisheries in Scotland. The lodge sits within a Scottish National Scenic Area at the head of Loch Seaforth and has spectacular views of the Sea Loch, Seaforth Island and Clisham, the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides. Aline is not just an all round sporting estate; it is also a true wilderness experience 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, gun room, sunroom, study, snooker room, and dining room. With no road between the lodge and the sea, most rooms enjoy magnificent views down Loch Seafortrareh 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 3 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 is prolific in spate conditions. The Tiorsdam system consists of a river and loch above that enjoys runs of salmon and sea trout from early July. In addition the picturesque Scaladale gets runs GALBRAITH

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of salmon, again from early July. 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. Duck flighting and the occasional goose are also available. Stalking There is beautiful red deer stalking throughout the wild and remote moorland and hills of the estate. The stags begin in July with hinds commencing from the opening of the season at the end of October. Tenants will be looked after by the gamekeeper who lives on the estate. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday. www.aline-estate.co.uk LODGE FOR 11 (COTTAGES NEARBY CAN TAKE 8 MORE) SELF CATERED SALMON & TROUT SNIPE, WOODCOCK, GROUSE IN SEASON, DUCK FLIGHTING STALKING 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 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 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 11lbs. Amhuinnsuidhe is remarkably consistent with the five year average for Salmon and 10

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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 OR MIXED GROUPS 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, TV lounge with DVD Player, 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 both river and loch. The principal system is the Morsgail, which has two boats on the loch and two rods fishing the upper and GALBRAITH

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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, which is the head water of the Grimesta. Stalking Morsgail offers exciting red deer stalking for 1 rifle on 2 beats, with an expectation of up to 5 stags per week. Hind Stalking Morsgail can offer 2 rifles for Hind Stalking. 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 SELF CATERED SALMON, SEA TROUT & BROWN TROUT WALKED UP GROUSE, SNIPE & WOODCOCK STALKING FOR 1 RIFLE AND HIND STALKING FOR 2 RIFLES POA MACNAB CHALLENGE

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Soval | ISLE OF LEWIS

Salmon fishing The fishing consists of some lovely fly only salmon fishing on the whole of the Laxay River and Loch Valtos. There are three boats on Loch Valtos itself and 8 pools on the upper river and a further 3 on the lower river.  In addition there is a boat on Loch Langavat which feeds the famous Grimersta system. Wonderful brown trout fishing, from boat and bank, can be enjoyed on over 100 hill lochs. Stalking A good day’s wild stalking on the West of the Island is included in the weekly lets. Often accessed by boat it is an experience to remember. Alternatively the estate have some excellent woodland stalking in 1,550 acres of woods and large rides. All stalking is with the estate stalker. Sea fishing and boat trips The estate organise some wonderful boat trips on their speedboat out to sea where it is normal to spot, amongst other things, dolphins, porpoises and whales as well as fishing for the large number of sea fish available. 12

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Grouse shooting Soval’s 75,000 acres are all shot once and recent seasons have been excellent. All grouse are shot over pointers. Driven and walked up woodcock shooting Available in late November/December/ January, for 6 guns, 2 days driven woodcock shooting or a week’s shooting consisting of 4 days walked up/hind stalking, followed on the last day by a day’s driven woodcock.  Wild sport at its best. Guests are looked after in the field by Head Keeper Michael Mackenzie and superb team. Staff and Lodge: Guests stay in Soval Lodge which has stunning views across Loch Erisort and

the Harris hills beyond. The Lodge consists of 7 double bedrooms- 3 with king size beds, a large sitting room, conservatory and dining room all of which enjoy panoramic views over the sea loch.  Housekeeper Mairi and her team of girls provide a cooked breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and three course dinner. The weekly lobster night a particular highlight. Bags Average bags for the last five years are 89 salmon, 101 sea trout, 1165 brown trout, 12 stags, 150 brace grouse, 10 brace snipe and 212 woodcock. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday www.sovalestate.co.uk

LODGE – 7 DOUBLE BEDROOMS CATERED SALMON & TROUT FISHING GROUSE, DRIVEN & WALKED UP WOODCOCK STALKING POA

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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 principal 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.

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 estate 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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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 14

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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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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. GALBRAITH

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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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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 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 £4,290 INC VAT PW. WITH RESIDENT COOK FROM £5,151 INC VAT PW

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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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Red deer stalking Red deer stalking forms an important part of the management of the 2,000 strong herd located on the hills to the north of Islay. Both stag and hind stalking available either on their own or as part of a more extensive visit to Islay. Game shooting Game shooting on Islay is not about large bags. There is a chance 18

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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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Ardtalla Estate | ISLE OF ISLAY RE-KINDLE THE ancient craft stalking Ardtalla’s great stags in a magnificent landscape, accompanied by our experienced stalkers. Enjoy views over sea, mountains and the wild Atlantic oakwoods fringing the shore. Let Ardtalla Estate organise your party’s stay in our high quality self-catering cottages, each of which is set in beautiful surroundings on this private 15,000 acre estate in the secluded south east of Islay. There is prolific wildlife around you, with golden and sea eagles, wild geese, otters and seals commonly seen. We can offer hind stalking and rough shooting is also available. The estate is conveniently located for visiting the well-known distilleries of Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig, the championship golf course at Machrie, fishing on the river Laggan and fine dining at a great selection of restaurants across the island. www.ardtallacottages.co.uk

SLEEPS 4 TO 6 SELF CATERED TROUT FISHING POA

Laggan Estate | NEAR BOWMORE, ISLE OF ISLAY ENJOY PEACE and beauty fishing Islay’s productive river Laggan; Laggan Estate’s 38 pools are accessible by car and the four beats are rotated daily. More than 10 kilometres from the top of beat 4 to the sea pool as the crow flies, the rivers twists, turns and meanders provide a considerably greater length of river bank and ample scope for fishing in most conditions. Trout fishing is available in hill lochs, and transportation is available for parties wishing to travel out to them. The estate provides comfortable self-catering accommodation in the Red Lodge, which overlooks the top of the river, or the three other self-catering cottages. Headkeeper Neil Park can also organise driven or walked up shooting days for you, as well as red and roe deer stalking. www.lagganproperties.com

SELF-CATERED ACCOMMODATION SALMON & TROUT FISHING DRIVEN & WALKED UP SHOOTING POA

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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 10,000 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 and sika deer stalking. Accommodation Accommodation is in Rhidorroch House, a delightful, traditional Lodge sitting 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 provides superb fly fishing on 2 beats, for GALBRAITH

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up to 4 rods. Unusually for a West Coast river, spring salmon appear in the river from mid-April onwards, supplemented by grilse at the end of June 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. Two boats are included in the lodge tenancy. Located within the estate are numerous hill lochs which provide fishing for wild trophy brown trout. 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 a pool table, 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. 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 Sunday to Sunday www.rhidorroch.com

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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. The Lodge is also ideally located for hill walking, or touring the Highlands and is on the North Coast 500 route. There are several Munro’s in the vicinity and the famous Inverewe gardens are less than an hour’s drive away. There are some lovely secluded beaches and excellent seafood restaurants within 30 to 60 minutes away and both Gairloch and Strathpeffer have golf courses. 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. Downstairs: Large dining room and drawing room, a bar, w.c, small sitting room with TV, 2 kitchens, a laundry area, fishing/gun room, billiard room with a full sized billiard table and cloakroom with shower, 2 wash hand basins and 3 separate wc’s. First floor: 1 master king, 1 super king, 2 doubles, 6 twins and 1 single bedroom. 9 have wash hand basins and there are 4 bathrooms with wc’s plus 2 separate wc’s. Second floor: One double and 3 twin rooms. 22

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A biomass boiler has recently been installed and keeps the house warm with plenty of hot water available after an active day in the outdoors. There is internet access in some areas of the house via Wi-Fi. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the lodge, preferably in the fishing room and there are kennels available. Lodge Cottage, immediately adjacent to the lodge is available as additional accommodation for larger parties. There are three twin bedrooms, bathroom, small 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. 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 five 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. Inverness International Airport is only one hour away which makes this estate easily accessible from all parts of the UK and beyond. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday

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Incheril | WESTER ROSS SITUATED ON the Kinlochewe Estate, Incheril Lodge is ideally located for hill walking or touring the Highlands and is on the North Coast 500 route. There are several Munro’s in the vicinity and the famous Inverewe gardens are less than an hour’s drive away. There are some lovely secluded beaches and excellent seafood restaurants within 30 to 60 minutes’ drive and both hand Strathpeffer have golf courses. Accommodation 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 central heating throughout. separate shower. Linen provided, not towels. Fishing Salmon fishing is available on one rotating Keepers Cottage, Incheril beat of Rivers Kinlochewe, Bruachaig and Close to Incheril Lodge and may be A’Ghairbhe. By arrangement, one boat on available for let either separately or along with Incheril Lodge. There is a small sitting Loch Maree (at additional cost) and plenty of trout fishing on hill lochs. room, small kitchen with electric cooker, 2 twin bedrooms, 2 double bedrooms, Lettings are Saturday to Saturday bathroom, wc, shower room and wc and

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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. It is hopeful the swimming pool will be open for the 2018 season. 24

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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 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 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 is 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 IN a picturesque glen beside the River Glasa above Loch Morie in the 19,000 acre Kildermorie Estate is Meall Mor Lodge, 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, two large lounges with log fires, a large heated drying room and a secure gunroom. 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 selfcatered basis, but excellent cooks can be recommended, if required. The Lodge suits house parties, family or sporting holidays, corporate or conference use. Dogs are welcome, although not allowed in the Lodge; estate kennels (adjacent to the Lodge) are available by prior arrangement. 26

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In addition to Meall Mor Lodge, there are two traditional stone cottages offering centrally heated, comfortable and modern accommodation. April Cottage sleeps 2 adults and 2 children and its neighbour, May Cottage, sleeps 2. Bedrooms can be configured for either double or twin preference and are ideal for a family or small hind stalking groups or as overflow accommodation from nearby Meall Mor Lodge and are “No Smoking” cottages. Fishing In addition to River Glasa fishing, the Kildermorie Beat of the River Alness below Loch Morie offers the opportunity to catch salmon and sea trout. There is loch fishing on the 2 mile long Loch Morie, which contains salmon, brown and ferox trout, 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.

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 topography makes it possible for two rifles

Additional Stalking Experiences Escorted red and roe deer stalking is offered over 3,700 acres of the Flow Country at Baledigle near Forsinard, Sutherland, and escorted sika and red deer stalking is available over 500 acres of woodland at Creagan Breaca, Strath Oykel, Ross-shire.

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Gairloch | WESTER ROSS

THE 53,000 acre Gairloch Estate in Wester Ross lies within some of the most remarkable and breath-taking scenery in Scotland. The estate has been in the ownership of the Mackenzies of Gairloch by Royal Charter since 1494 and is steeped in history and continues to offer a range of excellent sporting opportunities. The Estate is famed for its Red Deer stalking either on the high mountainous or the gentler lowlands and woods. Two separate deer forests are available, with a range of more extreme stalking which can suit the more experience and fit stalker and a gentler and more costal option of flatter ground, with spectacular views across 28

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the Minch towards Rhona and the Isle of Skye. The Estate also offers walked up woodcock shooting over moorland and through birch forest. Salmon fishing on a daily or weekly basis on the delightful rivers Badachro and Kerry. A range of

accommodation is available from the two let hotels - The Loch Maree Hotel and the Shieldaig Lodge Hotel and selfcatering options on the estate. Gairloch Estate remains a much loved owner occupied and managed estate, offering a personal and welcoming touch.

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Langwell Estate | WESTER ROSS

LANGWELL IS a wonderful secluded West Coast sporting estate, on the North Coast 500 route, 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. 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 12 August. Stalking Red deer stalking is available with Langwell Lodge from August for one rifle. Later in the season two rifles can be accommodated. Extraction is generally by traditional Garron. 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 some, used to the hustle and bustle of urban life, find it desolate. We think the opposite. 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 May 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 32

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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 selfcatered.

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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 from Mid May – 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 GALBRAITH

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in medium to high water. It includes the Little Kirkaig, Turn and Hazel Pools which are productive in all heights of water. Lower Beat This is the most accessible beat with 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 £80 PER BEAT/DAY (UP TO 2 RODS PER BEAT) IOLAIRE HOUSE FROM £1,450 PW

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cottish Shooting is a magnet for domestic and international sportsmen. The traditions and rhythms of a day have changed little over the decades and the variety ensures that there is a location, quarry and time that suits every party. Late summer heralds the start of the red grouse season and it is a magical moment in the sporting diary. Red grouse are a

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bird and the 12th August an occasion that captures the hearts and minds of the world’s sporting cognoscenti like no other. The sport is truly unique and the Victorian grandeur of a day in the hills has no equals in world sport. The scale, vistas and the exhilarating birds themselves draw people from all four corners of the globe year after year. We have strong links across the country

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“The sport is truly unique and the Victorian grandeur of a day in the hills has no equals in world sport. The scale, vistas and the exhilarating birds themselves draw people from all four corners of the globe year after year.”

and are able to place teams right through the season with and without accommodation. As summer turns to autumn our grouse get faster and wilder and the weather on the high ground ever more unpredictable. At this moment first partridge and duck and then pheasants join grouse on the quarry list, and these wonderful sporting birds provide the mainstay of driven shooting through

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to season end. Driven shooting is quintessentially British and the social convivial atmosphere that prevails is one of the biggest draws. Friends, laughter, frosty mornings and respect for a wonderful sporting quarry. For those that love a less structured day there is growing interest in walking the wild places for small bags of grouse, snipe, woodcock and duck.

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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, which is on the North Coast 500 route, stretches from the rugged northwest 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 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 efficient drying rooms, Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. The Old Laundry in Achfary, sleeps 9. 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 WC. The Old Laundry annexe is available as overflow accommodation for the Old Laundry at 36

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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. 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 Sea trout 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 brown trout hill lochs, 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. For those just wanting exercise there are several Munro’s 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 argocats on others dependent upon the location. Five rifles are available to let with the sporting lodges. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday

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Lairg | SUTHERLAND

THE LAIRG Estate offers 3 miles of double-bank fishing on the Upper Shin.

international airport (20 minutes from the city centre).

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. 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

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.

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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.

Phil’s House This property is a brand new, single storey house. It sleeps 6 in extreme comfort and offers 2 twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms and 1 large double with adjacent shower room with 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.

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.

Reid’s – Saturday to Saturday Lettings Two twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sitting room with panoramic views and

Lettings are Sunday to Sunday for the Lodge and Phil’s house and Saturday to Saturday for Reid’s cottage

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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River Carron, 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 38

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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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River Carron, 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

River Carron, Cornhill | SUTHERLAND CORNHILL, ON the Carron, is less than 2 miles from Bonar Bridge. The Beat is a renowned spring cast, as the Gledfield Falls slow running fish until the water temperature rises. 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 and it does fish best after a rise in water levels. 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 wellmaintained paths. 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. This beat does not have a full-time ghillie but one can be available if required (extra cost).

SALMON: 2 RODS FROM £220 PW

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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. 40

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Diebidale Lodge A secluded lodge in Glen Diebidale which accommodates up to 10 guests. An open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room provides an informal and comfortable atmosphere. The Kennels Bothy at Gruinards Glencalvie offers to all guests the use of the comfortable bothy at Gruinards throughout the day. Facilities include an open plan sitting room/dining area with small kitchen and cloakroom. Fishing The River Carron is a renowned Highland salmon river and provides exceptional fishing in the most beautiful countryside. Glencalvie water is a 2 rod beat and has some of the best fishing on the river including the famous Falls Pool. WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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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 GALBRAITH

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Opposite page (clockwise from top): Glencalvie Lodge, Bedroom, Fishing on Glencalvie Estate. This page (clockwise from Top): Stalking at Glencalvie, Diebidale from afar, Glencalvie sitting room.

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Lower River Brora North and South Banks | 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. The loch is a sizeable body of water, a blessing in times of low water, and is some 4 miles long and a mile wide. The Lower Brora flows from the loch for about 3 miles through delightful 42

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countryside before meeting the sea at the village of Brora. The river has some wonderful fly water with a mixture of rocky intimate runs and wider glides that come into their own in periods of higher water. There is an ongoing programme of river improvements to enhance the fishing in all conditions and there are now a total of 29 named pools including the Ford, Rallan, Bengie and Madman some of which fish best from the north bank and others from

the south. The north and the south bank are operated on a rotational arrangement whereby tenants, although fishing their own bank, never fish opposite each other. The Brora enjoys a genuine spring run although conditions will dictate whether it is the upper or lower river that enjoys the best sport. As temperatures rise the number of salmon running the river steadily increases through May, June and July. With a rise in water levels heavy WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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catches can be made through September and into October although the bulk of the fish will have run earlier in the year. A particular feature of the lower river is that it often fishes best in lowish water in the early part of the year. 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. The south bank requires a little more walking to access the GALBRAITH

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extremities of the beat. Whilst a relatively intimate river the Lower Brora also has a reputation for big

fish yielding weighed fish of 34 lbs and 25 lbs in September 2017 and July 30 pounder a year or two ago.

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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 10 year average for beats 2-13 now exceeds 1,760 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 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 17th 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 up-graded and anglers who stay here will enjoy priority treatment and generous discounts when they book a hotel and fishing package. www.riverthurso.com www.ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk

SALMON FISHING ON ROTATING BEATS, 2 RODS PER BEAT EARLY SPRING FISHING BY ARRANGEMENT THEREAFTER FROM £350 PER ROD PER WEEK.

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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 46

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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 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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Inverness shire is the sporting centre of Scotland. There are wild, high grouse moors offering exhilarating and ever more consistent shooting and it is a rather different proposition to make a bag than on many southern moors. Bright rivers with a full season and accessible elegant lodges make for the perfect all round sporting destination.

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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 48

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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. 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 owner’s 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. Drum Cottage Drum Cottage sits next to Drum Lodge and is available on a self-catering basis. It provides exceptionally comfortable accommodation for 4 in 2 bedrooms.

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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. 50

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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 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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THE RISE OF TWEED John Sugden of Campbell’s of Beauly charts the history behind the fabric of rural Scotland

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he history of Campbell’s of Beauly and of tweed is a long and proud one. They are inextricably linked with each other and to the history of the great Highland Sporting estates. It is a little known fact that the development of the estates, as we know them today, owed much to Queen Victoria, who not only greatly admired the scenery but, by her purchase of Balmoral, set the fashion for ownership and subsequently dress across the Highlands. At this time (Balmoral was built in 1853 and Campbell’s was founded in 1858) there were large numbers of men and women in the employment of all the great sporting estates. A significant proportion of their wage was “in kind” and, as such, it was only natural that the new estate owners should seek to clothe their retainers. Just what in was a slight conundrum as many of this new wave of Estate owners had no rights to any tartan and furthermore tartan had ceased to be appropriate day to day wear.

Owners, including the Prince Consort, took a keen interest in the problems of protective clothing for the ghillies, keepers and foresters and in having a smart, standardized and fit for purpose uniform for their workforce. Into this void stepped tweed and soon individual estates (including the Prince Consort’s own Albert Tweed) had their own patterns. As the fashion gathered pace the book of Scottish Estate checks, which documented the different estate tweed, came into being and has been the bedrock of the Campbell’s business ever since.

“Tweed itself is a thing of both practicality and understated beauty and there is a richness and depth of colour that can be deceiving.”

Tweed itself is a thing of both practicality and understated beauty and there is a richness and depth of colour that can be deceiving. It is a true product of the landscape. There is, however, a great deal more to tweed than simple practicality. Owners, ghillies, stalkers and keepers are fiercely proud to wear it and allegiances to estates and tweeds draw on the old clan loyalties to their tartans. What was once a uniform has become a badge of honour and it is, literally, part of the fabric of rural Scotland. Campbell’s have always maintained a close connection with Scotland’s great sporting estates and they are tremendously proud to work together to safeguard this most special of fabrics. Tweed is a difficult medium to work with and there are ever changing challenges which they face with enthusiasm as the recognized experts in their field. Campbell’s have built a friendly, family team which can draw on decades of experience and they currently hold the Royal Warrant for tailoring, employing two tailors and six seamstresses in their Beauly workshop to hand craft bespoke garments out of the most carefully selected tweeds. John will happily travel to discuss tweed requirements or to take measurements. Alternatively, visit John and Nicola at the Campbell’s shop in Beauly to view their unique sporting wears retail store or the tailoring workshop, and see their quality of work first hand.

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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 in the right conditions 54

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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 40 - 100 brace per day depending on conditions. 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 www.kyllachyestate.co.uk

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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 a sitting room each with open fires, a dining room seating 12 and well appointed kitchen with Aga, a playroom and a cloakroom (with two w.c’s and a bath). Satellite tv and WiFi are provided. 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 GALBRAITH

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tenants at the side of the house. Barbeque facilities are available. 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 fishings 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. For the non-fishers, Tomatin is equidistant between Aviemore and Inverness, both being approx. 15 miles away offering various activities including several golf courses. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.tomatinhouse.co.uk

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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 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.

Red Deer Stalking Ralia has both stag and hind stalking for up to 2 rifles per day on the dramatic North Drumochter hills as well as the more accessible low lying Ralia hills. Stag stalking takes place in the first three weeks of October.

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Kingie | INVERNESS-SHIRE to 14 in style and comfort. 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

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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, Correlair, 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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Dell | INVERNESS-SHIRE

DELL IS a superb 7,000 acre mixed sporting estate in Stratherrick on the quiet south side of Loch Ness, offering almost every type of field sport. It has featured in The Field magazine as one of the best shoots in the country. Accommodation The Lodge is a uniquely beautiful 18th century Georgian House, elegantly and traditionally furnished, consisting of a drawing room with a log fire, dining room seating 14 (16 max), and TV/ breakfast room. There is a large kitchen with seating for 6, utility room, drying room and boot room. There are 2 double en-suite bedrooms, a twin en-suite bedroom, 2 further double and a further twin bedroom, 2 single bedrooms and 3 further bathrooms. There is also a cook’s (twin bed) suite all of which make it ideally suited for both family and sporting holidays. The house has full oil fired central heating and logs are provided for the open fire. Bed linen and towels are also provided. Free Wi-Fi. The house is served by a private water supply. The attached GALBRAITH

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Garden Cottage (1 double, 1 twin) can be rented with the lodge or separately (from £500 pw). Both properties have been extensively refurbished. Sport There is excellent partridge and pheasant shooting with bags up to 350. Dell’s driven shoot was listed in The Field top 50 in the UK in 2012 and in a feature article in 2016. The shoot bothy can seat 30 and has full catering facilities. Walked-up grouse with bags up to 15 brace and duck flighting are available. Challenging stalking of red and sika deer are also a speciality. There is loch fishing for trout on the beautiful hill lochs,

several of which are stocked annually. The track to Loch Ness has wonderful views and opportunities for salmon fishing when you arrive. The log cabin at Loch Kemp is a particular favourite for BBQs, picnics and shoot lunches. Dell is easily accessible, being less than an hour from Inverness Airport, yet it lies in a completely secluded glen with Loch Ness as its northern boundary. The Lodge is usually let on a self-catered basis, but fully catered letting can usually be arranged. Lettings are Saturday to Saturday www.dellestate.com

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Aberarder | INVERNESS-SHIRE

ABERARDER ESTATE lies in the wonderfully secluded upper Strathnairn, yet is within easy reach of the city of Inverness, about 14 miles, and its airport 21 miles away. The estate extends to around 12,000 acres, rising from fertile farmland on the shores of Loch Ruthven, through woodland and farms to the hill which has a highpoint of 2,600 feet. The grouse moor has recently been thoughtfully and substantially improved with good access and beautiful stone butts on every drive. Days on the moor are at a premium, but are occasionally available for let. Exciting stalking is available for Red, Sika and Roe deer over the low ground, forestry and hill during the traditional seasons for stags and bucks, and winter weeks for hinds and does. 60

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Since being conceived nearly 7 years ago an excellent quality low ground shoot is now well established with drives such as Bracken Bank and The Knoll becoming known far and wide. Days are tailored to suit individual parties with a mixture of Pheasant, Partridge and Duck drives. Interesting mixed bag rough shooting days over a variety of terrain are also available. Self-catered accommodation for sporting parties is available in the

Old Lodge on the estate, and assistance with catering and housekeeping can be arranged. The estate also has two boats available on Loch Ruthven which has an excellent reputation for its wild brown trout fishing. Aberarder is in the enviable position of being able to provide a variety of top quality sporting opportunities throughout the year with excellent accommodation on site.

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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. GALBRAITH

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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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Lochinch Castle Stair Estates | GALLOWAY

STAIR ESTATE is located by the coast in South West Scotland and consists of farmland, woodland and sporting ground, and parts of the River Luce. The estate offers an exciting variety of wild wintering birds which should test all abilities. Situated around the historic Lochinch Castle, family seat of the Earls of Stair, the estate is within 2 hours drive of Glasgow and 1½ hour’s drive from Dumfries and contains an airfield, suitable for light aircraft. Accommodation Lochinch Caste lies in the Galloway hills overlooking fresh water lochs. It offers beautiful accommodation and delicious food within a friendly atmosphere. Sleeping up to 16 guests in eight en-suite bedrooms, the Castle is exclusively available to enjoy, and includes a drawing room, dining room, billiard table, gun room, Wi-Fi, drying room and kennelling. Accommodation can also be provided in three luxury self-catering properties on the estate: the Chauffeur’s Apartment, located in the adjacent Victorian Stables, which sleeps six in three bedrooms, Ice House Cottage which sleeps four GALBRAITH

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in two bedrooms, and a one bedroom gatehouse lodge, Balker Lodge. Fishing The River Luce, Galloway’s most westerly river, is a spate river and a founder member of the Galloway Fisheries Trust. The Home Beats comprise of 2 miles of predominantly double bank fishing, with a fine mixture of 16 pools. A Ghillie can be arranged. Stair Estates offers two double rods per day, rotating over 3 beats. The Luce fishing season is from June until October. Shooting The shoot takes place around Lochinch Castle which holds the record for the greatest mixed bag. It offers an exciting mix of high quality pheasant drives across a range of different beautiful

landscapes. The varied geography of the estate allows a variety of differing birds to be offered, including birds driven high over woodland gullies and off open hills, and wild fowl from ponds and lochs. Wild wintering birds include geese, ducks, woodcock and snipe. Days between 150 and 200+ birds are available for full teams of up to nine guns. The estate also excels at providing challenging and exciting mini driven days. Stalking South West Scotland has the largest red deer in Scotland. Stalking is available for both red and roe deer in the woodland and hill ground. All stalking guests are accompanied by an estates stalker. www.stairestates.com

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Overlaggan | DUMFRIESSHIRE

OVERLAGGAN ESTATE is an exclusive and privately owned sporting estate set amongst the picturesque region of Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. The estate is situated just 8 miles north of Castle Douglas making it easily accessible from the M6. The estate offers over 1000 acres of stunning unspoilt rolling countryside boasting tree lined pastures and fabulous topography. Its close proximity to the Solway Coast and Loch Ken makes it ideal for Wildfowling. The all year round spectacular scenery makes Overlaggan Estate a superb location for shooting. This friendly yet professional estate is family run between father and son, Chris and David Excell who jointly hold GALBRAITH

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decades of experience in running shoots in Scotland and The Cotswolds. Overlaggan has been a shooting estate for several years and a great deal of thought has been put into it. The woodland areas are now at an ideal stage of maturity and are showing their full potential. It is our aim to continually develop the shoot by maintaining the character and charm of its existing drives and to add new and exciting ones.

Overlaggan Estate offers Driven Pheasant and Partridge Days, Duck and Goose Flighting, Roe Deer Stalking and Brown Trout Fishing. The Overlaggan Team provide a friendly yet professional service making arrangements to tailor your day to your requirements, ensuring you have a truly memorable day. www.overlagganestate.com

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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 68

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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.

Stalking Glenmuick offers Red Deer stalking by the day, either on the extensive heather moorland or down in the woodland. Both areas make for challenging stalking where no two days are the same. Roe Deer stalking is available either on the hill on foot or from high seats on the low ground woodland.

Accommodation The 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 well-kept 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. The House of Glenmuick will comfortably accommodate a party of up to 20 with the option to increase numbers up to 26 by prior arrangement and subject to an additional charge.

Shooting Both walked up and driven Grouse Shooting days are available at Glenmuick and provide some of the most challenging shooting in the world.

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Fishing The House of Glenmuick is situated 300 metres from the River Dee, one of the world’s great salmon rivers. Fishing across some of the best beats on the river are located a short distance away. 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 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. From time to time, vacancies occur on the Pitchroy beat on the main River Spey for either single rods or full parties. Please enquire. 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 70

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Gordon Castle | MORAY & BANFF EXPERIENCE THE luxury of a Scottish Castle set amongst ancient woodland on the banks of the River Spey. Situated in the Highlands of Scotland, Gordon Castle’s manicured grounds and magnificent gardens ensure that a stay with us will be peaceful, relaxing and luxurious. As the seat of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon dating back to the 1400s, the Castle’s historical provenance is evident throughout. With eight miles of double bank flyfishing on the world-renowned River Spey, an abundance of salmon and sea trout and idyllic beats surrounded by ancient woodlands, Gordon Castle is the ideal venue for a fishing holiday in the Scottish Highlands. The Castle is situated in secluded grounds but just 50 miles from Aberdeen and Inverness airports. Accommodation Gordon Castle has eight beautiful double or twin bedrooms, together with two 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. With large, luxurious beds, crisp linen and fluffy towels, you will enjoy a relaxing and peaceful stay. Personal touches ensure that all who stay feel that they have experienced a truly memorable and special time. The Castle has numerous public rooms on both floors for guests to relax in style, including the front drawing room, study and billiard room. Satellite television is available in three of the public rooms and a computer is available in the study. The gardens are large and private and include a tennis court. The Castle is fully staffed, providing friendly service and delicious food. Three further self-catering properties on the estate are also available and can sleep an additional 20 guests. 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 eight miles, its eight 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 three and six rods, with most beats being for six 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 available throughout the GALBRAITH

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year, which varies in price depending on the time of year. Family Celebrations and Corporate Events Picturesque Gordon Castle is the perfect setting for weddings, family celebrations and corporate events. The castle itself can cater for up to 40 guests while the newly restored orangery can accommodate up to 80. For larger events, the grounds can play host to a marquee for up to 300 plus guests. Allow our dedicated events manager to work with you to plan your perfect day. The ideal space in which to blend work and play for corporate hospitality parties, group incentive awards, management think tanks, team building and product

launches. The spacious reception rooms offer private space for meetings and break-out sessions, whilst the grounds and nearby facilities provide a spectacular backdrop for that special corporate activity. From mini highland games and archery to clay pigeon shooting and whisky tastings; our inhouse resident events manager can work with you to plan and deliver your luxury event. Stalking Limited Roe deer stalking is available by arrangement. Lettings are normally Sunday to Sunday but shorter periods available. www.gordoncastle.co.uk

CASTLE FOR 16 PLUS SEPARATE SELF-CATERING COTTAGES FULLY CATERED SALMON ROE DEER FROM £2000 PER NIGHT

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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 72

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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 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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THE HOUSE of Glennie lies in the picturesque countryside of the Middle Deveron, one of Scotland’s premier Salmon Rivers. Glennie is 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, GALBRAITH

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in 3 doubles (one en-suite), 2 twins and 3 singles with a 4 bathrooms. The new kitchen has an Aga. There are two 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 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 74

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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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Eden & Lower Inverichnie Fishings | MORAY & BANFF

River Deveron THE RIVER Deveron nestled between the famous Rivers Dee and Spey is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets and is renowned for its Salmon, Seatrout and Brown Trout fishing. The Deveron still holds the record fly caught salmon of 61lbs, caught by Mrs ‘Tiny’ Morrison in 1924. The Eden and Lower Inverichnie beats are only 4 miles from the mouth of the river and so benefit from fish coming off the tide. The Eden beat has nine main pools and fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout right through the season. The beat offers easy access and safe wading from both banks. Situated GALBRAITH

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midway on the beat with easy vehicular access is the new Fishing Lodge. Although it does not provide accommodation, there is an open plan sitting/dining area with wood burning stove, TV and Broadband, fully equipped Kitchen, separate heated Rod Room, WC and Shower. A number of convenient accommodation options are available locally.

The Lower Inverichnie Beat has a mix of single and double banks fishing with three main pools and also has a small traditional fishing hut. The beats lie adjacent to each other and are generally rented together, providing a mix of high and lower water pools. www.deveronsalmonfishing.com

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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.

The River Tay | PERTHSHIRE

ONE OF the great attractions of the Tay is the fact that in all but extreme weather you will be fishing. Beats have either one or two knowledgeable ghillies at your disposal and the river is fished from both boat and bank. In recent years runs appear to be changing and June and July weeks now offer amazing value fishing for silver fish. Stobhall, Taymount, Ballathie, Murthly, Upper Scone and Lower Redgorton are all beats that can fish well, have beautiful huts and pools and productive fishing. We have a selection of full weeks available right through the season on these beats. 76

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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 GALBRAITH

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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. 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

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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. Grouse shooting Perthshire is experiencing a renaissance with its grouse shooting, with some substantial bags recorded over the last few seasons. The grouse shooting at Glenquaich is largely reserved by the family, but occasionally we are able to offer days in September to a line of 8 guns with a bag expectation of 100+ brace per day. 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 100150 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. Pheasant shooting The driven pheasant shoot at Snaigow is well established and under the present family ownership has a deserved reputation for offering spectacular shooting. Snaigow is very much a cherished family shoot, but with a limited number of driven days available each season offering 100-120 birds to a line of 8 guns, the emphasis being on quality 78

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rather than quantity. The renovated Snaigow Hall, in the heart of the estate, provides the ideal venue for the midday or end of day shoot lunch. Rough shooting 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. Stalking Fallow and roe buck stalking are also available on the estate in season, with trophy heads usually shot each year.

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STRATHMORE ESTATES extend to some 14,000 acres in the Vale of Strathmore and provide world class sporting opportunities. Glamis Castle is at the centre of the Estate, the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years. The present Earl is Simon Bowes Lyon, 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. The lands at Strathmore rise from the fertile valley floor to the heather clad Sidlaw hills to the south. 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. Simulated Game New for the 2017 season is Simulated Game; a fast paced, exhilarating clay target shoot. Teams of 8 guns are able to enjoy a day tailored to meet their needs with plenty to shoot at: whether it is practice for the real thing or a fun day out with friends and colleagues. Game Shooting. As well as Simulated Game we have over 30 named drives for GALBRAITH

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partridge, pheasant and duck; anyone who has shot at Glamis will remember Crams Point, Berryhillock and The Lera where challenging birds will test the best of guns. Roe Stalking Glamis has excellent roe stalking with a large number of medal bucks on the Estate. Roe buck stalking has attracted guests from around the world, many of whom return on an annual basis for the sport. Doe stalking is also available in season. Stalkers are accompanied by experienced keepers during their stalk. All shoot days revolve around the Castle—an atmospheric setting for

MacBeth, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the meeting place for your day at Glamis. You will be met at the front door, briefed on the day over a coffee and then taken out onto the Estate. Lunch is served in the 16th Century Chamber—a fitting place for the occasion as Glamis was originally used as a sporting lodge by King Robert II. After your day out in the field, you will return to the Castle for tea and a tour; so it is worth making sure that you have time for this. www.strathmore-estates.co.uk www.glamis-castle.co.uk

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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 82

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bath), you can indulge 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. Lettings are Sunday to Sunday www.atholl-estates.co.uk

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to ensure that customers from farther afield can also enjoy a superior shopping experience their extensive clothing and gift mail order catalogues are available on request, and an everexpanding website at www.houseofbruar. com takes their special brand of quality and style to all corners of the globe. Galbraith has built up a close relationship with The House of Bruar. The development of long-term relationships with both customers and suppliers is an ethos central to both businesses.

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CORTACHY 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

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.

WELLBANK COTTAGE FOR 8 SELF CATERED SALMON FISHING FOR 3 RODS 3 RODS FROM £30 PER ROD PER DAY

Glenturret & Glenlethnot | PERTHSHIRE GLENTURRET in Perthshire and GLENLETHNOT in Angus are two compact moors under the same ownership. The owners are passionate about their moors, the grouse that inhabit them, and their stewardship has given both moors a new lease of life. The two moors offer a small programme of driven days where teams typically shoot 60-90 brace per day. Dates are generally issued in early Spring and, as the owners often join the line, are available to single or small groups of guns. Please do not hesitate to register your interest in joining a mixed team in a friendly atmosphere.

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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 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

HOUSE FOR 18 CATERED/SELF CATERED SALMON AND SEA TROUT DRIVEN PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE RED & ROE DEER POA MACNAB CHALLENGE

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hilst our home turf is Scotland our knowledge does not stop on these shores and last year we returned to Kau Tapen and the Rio Grande. The stars aligned and the results were stunning. The 10 likeminded fishers caught over 200 fish with an average weight of 11.9lbs, with 51 over 15lb and a biggest of 25lb. Stunning fishing and we are going again! Kau Tapen is one of the

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very few lodges that manage to blend a world class lodge with world class fishing. No tents or questionable food just luxury, Malbec, asado and miles of gravelly runs and tails filled with the world’s biggest sea-trout. You will be joining a relaxed, social group that have exclusive use of the Kau Tapen lodge. You will fish in pairs and rotate through the magnificent beats all the while living in the utmost luxury. We know that the week will fly by but the memories will last a lifetime.

“Kau Tapen is one of the very few lodges that manage to blend a world class lodge with world class fishing.”

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ITINERARY Friday 2nd March Arrive in Buenos Aires for overnight in 4 star hotel Saturday 3rd March Transfer from Buenos Aires to Rio Grande/Kau Tapen Sunday 4th – Friday 9th March 6 full days fishing at Kau Tapen for the huge sea run brown trout on the famous Rio Grande River. Saturday 10th March Return transfer to Buenos Aires GALBRAITH

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GAME TO EAT Jack Knott of the Countryside Alliance asseses the shot game market and offers recipies with a twist

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he future of the game meat market has recently been subject to a great deal of debate in the shooting press. Spooked by the closure of some significant game processors across the country and the low prices being offered for game by other dealers, shoot owners and game shots are rightfully worried. Countryside Alliance research has demonstrated that the most reliable way of growing support for game shooting is to boost the consumption of game. The opposite is also true. The most reliable way to damage game shooting is to suggest there is no appetite for the birds that are shot. Hence why the Game to Eat campaign was initiated by the Alliance 13 years ago. In those 13 years the Game to Eat campaign has played a large role in publicising wild game meat and opening up new markets. The economic value of the game market in the UK passed £100 million a year in 2015, and is set to hit the heights of £140 million in 2020, an increase of around 7% annually. The continued popularity and growth of game shooting, however, means that the amount of available game continues to rise making it important to expand the market within the UK, and look for new markets for game abroad. It is also critical that Brexit does not impact on the current successful trade in shot game from the UK into other EU countries. Our work here is not done. 88

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This year the Game to Eat campaign is promoting a two staged initiative. First and foremost, we are pushing shoots to take up the campaign at a local level through supplying the wild game, processed or unprocessed, to village stores, farm shops, butchers, pubs and restaurants. A little extra effort can produce a healthy and worthwhile profit. Second we are publicising wild game with a difference. Too often game recieves bad press as a difficult meat to cook, this is simply untrue. We believe simplicity works in wild game’s favour, and what a flavour it is! The vast majority of traditional chicken recipes can be changed into pheasant or partridge, ditto beef to venison. Pheasant kiev, partridge satay, grouse curry, venison burgers, pigeon fajitas – the potential is both endless and exciting. We are seeing a growth in wild game sausages being given as gifts to guns at the end of the day, this is a fantastic way of challenging tradition, fulfilling wild game’s potential and allowing the guns to experience something new. In the past ten years we have seen wild game enter the larger supermarkets, be further processed to produce ready meals and easy-to-cook meals, and be cooked up on primetime cookery TV shows. There is no reason that over the next ten years wild game can become regarded as an equal to farmed animals in this country. However, in order to do so the shooting community must play their part first!

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PHEASANT CROQUETAS Serves 4 Ingredients 75g cooked pheasant breast shredded 75g diced pancetta 2 tbsp olive oil 60g unsalted butter ½ small leek finely diced 60g plain flour 500ml warm milk Grated nutmeg 2 eggs 150g panko breadcrumbs 25g manchego or other hard cheese, finely grated 1 litre sunflower oil Method Heat the oil and butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. When the butter melts, add the pancetta and and fry gently for a couple of minutes, then add the leek and cook until the leek has softened and the pancetta has cooked – around 8 minutes Turn the heat down and gradually stir in the flour and cook gently, stirring regularly, this should take

about 8–10 minutes. Gradually stir in the warm milk, beating it in well, until you have a smooth consistency. Continue to cook and stir for another 10-15 minutes. Now fold in the pheasant breast and season to taste with a grating of nutmeg and some salt and pepper. Put the béchamel in a bowl and allow to cool, then cover, pressing the clingfilm on to the surface of the sauce to prevent a skin from forming, and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours. Put the beaten eggs into a bowl, and the breadcrumbs and cheese into another. With floured hands, roll spoonfuls of the mixture into golf balls and dip these into the egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs until well coated. Heat the olive oil in a large pan to 180c or until it begins to shimmer. Fry the croquetas in batches for 2-3 minutes until golden all over, then lift out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen roll. Serve at once with a fino sherry and selection of tapas.

ASIAN SPICED PARTRIDGE Serves 4 Ingredients 12 Boneless Partridge Thighs 50g Diced Onion 50g Diced Sweet Potato 50g Diced Butternut Squash 50g Diced Tomatoes 10g Fresh Coriander Garam Masala Cumin Cornish Sea Salt Milled Black Pepper Method Season the thighs and fry in a hot pan for two minutes with the Garam & Cumin. Remove from the pan. Sauté the onion, potato, squash then add the tomatoes and place back in the partridge thighs and simmer for 10 minutes. Add some stock if looking little dry. Add the fresh coriander. Spoon the spiced partridge into the bowl and serve with rice, indian flatbread and spiced aubergine. GALBRAITH

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he dedicated team at Ossian Adventures take their clients on awe-inspiring experiences like no other, with unique access to some of the most private homes and castles in Scotland. These luxury trips are entirely bespoke and encompass experiences only made possible with Ossian’s unsurpassed knowledge and network throughout Scotland – your imagination is the only limiting factor. Ossian can arrange

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the complete spectrum of memorable experiences from heli-fishing, seaplane tours and island hopping with luxury yurts on the west coast, to tank driving, Michelin starred private dining and racing vintage cars round the NC500. Ossian are also able to unlock Scotland’s best kept sporting secrets; guests gain access to the very best salmon fishing, grouse shooting and rounds of golf on some of Scotland’s finest and most exclusive courses. WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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“The dedicated team at Ossian Adventures take their clients on awe-inspiring experiences like no other, with unique access to some of the most private homes and castles in Scotland.” The unexpected luxury of the Ossian trips are what really makes them so special. Every minute detail has been scrutinised, from the temperature of the oolong tea by your bed, to the timings of the pipe band belting out Highland GALBRAITH

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Cathedral from the turrets of your private castle. When working with our clients for months, sometimes years in the run up to their trip, Ossian makes a special effort to get to know their guests and act as an indispensable source of support and advice to manage all the little details required for a successful trip. On arrival, the team who personally handcrafted your adventure and know the itinerary inside out, are on the ground with clients every step of the way to greet and guide you through your unforgettable experience. To inspire the most intrepid traveller, how about the opportunity to discover Scotland’s stunning west coast, amid jaw-dropping scenery on board the Hebridean Princess, a yacht fit for the Queen? Take in beautiful beaches that

are more aligned to the Caribbean than Scotland. Throw in a lavish party with a performance from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, freshly caught seafood by the client themselves prepared by one of Scotland’s leading chefs, a private trip to St Kilda, lunch at a Michelin star restaurant on Skye, private whisky tastings on Jura, and you have a recipe for the ultimate Ossian adventure. Get in touch with Ossian founder Ted Innes Ker for more information or to start planning your own unique adventure.

Contact Ted Innes Ker DD: +44 (0) 131 240 6995 M: 07717788683, ted.innesker@ossian.co

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James Stewart-Richardson with a 32lb fish caught from the Lower Brora (North Bank) Lining out for a day at Nairnside 3 Laura-Bell McMillian and her well trained Gundogs 4 Macrae day out at Logiealmond with friends 5 Baron Von der Goltz , family and friends at Dorback 6 Carson Ward after a cracking stalk at Braeroy 7 Jamie Hammond with an appreciative highland audience 8 Rebecca Sharpe under the watchful eye of David Allison, Head Stalker at Reay Forest 9 Stalking on Mull 10 David McDonnell and a lovely May fish from the River Kirkaig 11 Randal Wilson and team at Kau Tapen, March 2017 12 Emma Kaye with a bright grilse from the Inver 1

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THE SCOTTISH FISHING YEAR Scotland has a long season but how to make the most of it? The Sporting team’s fishing correspondent ponders the days and months ahead

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old water. Cold hands. Finding a bright fish is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. For many the opening ceremonies are the highlight of the month and fishing no more than an afterthought but occasionally, very occasionally our rivers will spring a surprise for the hardy fisher. Rivers to try: Tay and Helmsdale February By the end of the month most rivers are open and most, on the East and North coasts, will have recorded a fish or two. The month offers a great opportunity to fish rivers and beats that are dead men’s shoes later in the year. If you choose your conditions (availability is not much of an issue in Feb!) then there is a fair chance of a fish as we move towards the end of the month. Rivers to try: Dee, Tweed, the Northern rivers

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March A month to watch and a strong performer in recent years. March is often the first of the real spring months and the drab winter colours are beginning to be replaced by springs vibrant palette. With rising water temperatures and a realistic chance of a fish it is one of my favourite times to be on the river. As an added incentive to get on the riverbank the heaviest fish of the year often run in March. Rivers to try: Spey, North Esk, Brora, Dee April Take a thermometer. Just because it is April does not mean you have to throw a garish budgie around. The recent past has seen more weeks fished in shirtsleeves than in winter gear. With rising water temperatures the influence of historic temperature barriers is not what it once was and fish can run hard and fast. Floating lines and a flicker of black tied to a little bottle tube can produce some of the most exciting fishing of the year. April will also see the heaviest hatches of fly so

take a trout rod. An hours dry fly during the peak of the hatch is tremendous sport. Rivers to try: Carron, Thurso, Deveron, (you must take a trout rod for the latter!) May The days of the last of winters snowmelt filling our rivers in May have long gone and the month can often either be glorious or dry. The non-fisher might suggest that the two go hand in hand but our more intimate rivers will need rain to fish at their best. Spring fish, joined by early sea trout, will run on lowish water and a stealthy early and late approach will pay dividends. If you get water savour every moment. Rivers to try: Dee, South Esk, any of the ‘names’ where you can secure a slot! June Traditionally something of a slow month betwixt and between spring and summer runs. No longer. Runs of fish get ever more indistinct and harder to predict WWW.SPORTINGLETS.CO.UK


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and June can be the star of the year with a mix of salmon and early grilse. Know too that many of the Northern, Westerly rivers can fish their socks off in the right conditions and yet still many fishers dogmatically stick to the view that it is too early! Often the best of the sea trout. Rivers to try: Laxford, Thurso, Inver and Upper Spey July The grilse month – or is it?! We will not know until we get there and in particular for our more southerly rivers. What we do know, however is that in recent years April-July has seen the bulk of fish run our rivers. If the grilse are not there larger summer fish may well be. It is month that deserves serious attention. The new September?!

September 2017 was another year where fresh fish were at a premium and sport was largely reliant on the resident population. A month, therefore, where much hinges on the conditions. The dreaded Indian Summer can bring catches to a juddering halt but with a drop in temp and a rise in water levels those big early runners begin to wake up. Rivers to try: Thurso, Brora, Ullapool

August Can give with one hand and take with the other. Rising water temperatures and increasing torpid fish can make it a tough proposition but equally possible are late runs of grilse and rain three times a week. Be creative- hitch, go small, fish quickly, fish stealthily.

October Our rivers have been closing themselves in recent years and as the month draws to an end most fish have more than one eye on their upcoming nuptials. Fish the necks and middle of the pools. Please think twice before casting over fish cutting redds in shallow tails. Do you really need to catch a gravid fish this badly? Conversely the heavy runs of big silver fish are not a distant memory and the one thing that is certain in salmon fishing is that there are no certainties so, as always, we wait with anticipation to see what the month brings in 2018.

Rivers to try: Broom, Tweed, Halladale, Findhorn

Rivers to try: Deveron, South Esk, Tay, Tweed

Rivers to try: middle Tay, Lewis and Harris, Kirkaig, Upper Spey, Farrar

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TOP TIPS The number of rods given on any beat is the maximum permitted. Cost is, of course, a significant factor but on many beats consider fishing fewer rods. You will catch more fish. Try and take both banks wherever possible. Remember that salmon are wild fish and be as stealthy as possible. Snap T’s, double speys, skagit lines etc are all very well but use the cast that will get your fly to its destination with the minimum of disturbance. On smaller rivers this is often a simple overhead. Are you fishing too big and is your fly, leader and line landing in a straight line every cast? If you fish just one week a year consider whether a low water week is an intolerable risk. If it is head to one of the big 4. Modern rods and lines are efficient and powerful. Is it time to retire your Hardy Deluxe 15ft 10 weight and look to a lighter set-up?!

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Sporting lets brochure 2018 19  

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

Sporting lets brochure 2018 19  

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