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Abercairny Estate wins Estates Challenge at The GWCT Scottish Game Fair

Abercairny Estate in Crieff has been crowned winner of the Estates Challenge, which was held on Sunday 2 July at The GWCT Scottish Game Fair

Team Abercairny with GWCT Scotland director Rory Kennedy

The Estates Challenge is run to celebrate Scottish estates and raise awareness of the tireless work carried out by their ghillies and gamekeepers to preserve and care for the countryside.

This year marked the sixth annual inter-estate competition and saw teams of six showcasing their skills in shooting, fishing and gundog handling, with two competitors shooting a clay pigeon shooting layout, two completing a series of blind retrieves using any type of gundog and two taking part in a salmon and trout casting match.

The Abercairny Estate’s team, which scored 274 points, was made up of gamekeeper John Burton, estate worker Stewart Campbell, and from the shoot Colin Scott, Peter Series, Drew Barr as well as estate manager Daniel Parker, who commented: “We all really believe in the work carried out by the GWCT so are always happy to support in any way we can. This competition was a lot of fun – we have only ever entered once before so were thrilled to win. The fishing element seemed to be our strong point.”

The winning team took home the trophy and a bottle of LIMITED scotch whisky each from Whisky Partners.

Those interested in taking part in the Estates Challenge next year should note that it takes place from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July 2024 at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair.