The magnificence of Scotland – the sporting opportunities it affords, the landscape and its heritage gives it a special place in the heart of the country sports enthusiast.

Here is a round-up of our shoot reports and hotel reviews from north of the border.

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General licences restricted on Leadhills Estate following wildlife crime

In the past week Scottish Natural Heritage has announced that it is restricting the use of general licences on the Leadhills Estate in South Lanarkshire after evidence of wildlife crime against birds was provided by Police Scotland. Nick Halfhide, SNH’s Director of Sustainable Growth, explained: “There is clear evidence that…

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Review of firearms licensing in Scotland drives call for improvements

HMICS has powers to look into the “state, effectiveness and efficiency” of both the Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). It said that while firearms licensing in Scotland has become more consistent since the formation of Police Scotland in 2013, there are still many areas requiring improvement. A…

Game sales are sky-rocketing

The popularity of game meat is rocketing, with sales in the UK rising by 8.6 per cent in the last year and some Scottish game dealers reporting a five-fold increase in demand for grouse. A new report by independent market researcher Mintel says that general UK sales now stand at…

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It’s time to ban firearms decides ScotRail

BASC chairman Peter Glenser says: “ScotRail claims its Scotland’s railway but it is 
striking at the heart of rural businesses and communities that rely on the estimated £155million injected each year into the country’s economy by country sports tourism. BASC understands the ban comes as a result of a shotgun…

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Scottish shooters condemn illegal killing of raptors

The shooting community has condemned the illegal killing of birds of  prey after a new report into the disappearance of golden eagles provided strong evidence of raptor persecution over Scottish grouse moors. The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report followed the movements of 131 golden eagles between 2004 and 2016 and…

Scotland puts game-shoot licensing back on the table

Scottish fieldsports groups have expressed their dismay over the Scottish Parliament’s decision to explore the introduction of game-shoot licensing. Last month, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee voted narrowly in favour of examining a possible licensing scheme to tackle wildlife crime in the country. And cabinet secretary Roseanna…

Hero gamekeepers dig through six feet of moorland to rescue lost spaniel

The dog’s owner, Karen da Rosa, was working her spaniel Jazz at a grouse shoot on Invermark Estate when Jazz disappeared without trace. After two prolonged searches of the vast area, head gamekeeper Garry MacLennan heard breathing at an opening and discovered Jazz had entered a pipe hole on the moor.…

Grouse counts

Grouse counts now underway

Moorland estates across Scotland are gearing up for the start of the shooting season and are carrying out counts to gain an accurate measure for the season ahead. Given the long winter and wet summer months breeding conditions have been less favourable on many estates. However, thanks to perseverance and…

English and Welsh roe review 2016

Scottish roe review 2015

There are two aspects of trophy roe from Scotland that remain consistent. The first is the overall numbers that are presented for evaluation; the second the locations whence they come. Last year proved to be no exception, with the eastern side of the country producing the pick of the trophies, and…

Clayshooting grounds in Scotland

Five of the most popular clayshooting grounds in Scotland

Gleneagles Shooting School The name of Gleneagles is celebrated. Based on 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, Gleneagles is a world-renowned five-star estate and hotel. The estate is a dream destination for the countrysports enthusiast,  offering fieldsports including falconry, fishing, gundog training and clayshooting (which is run by the Gleneagles Shooting…

UK's top game restaurants

Nine of the UK’s top game restaurants

London Rules Just around the corner from Covent Garden, London’s oldest restaurant, which opened in 1798, is the place to go if you have a budget to throw out of the window and an appetite for game to satisfy. With links to an estate in the Pennines, where staff go to…

Gameshooting in the UK guide

Gameshooting in the UK – a guide

Find game shooting in the UK! This guide is here to help you find available game shooting around the country. Counties listed alphabetically.

Drumlanrig partridge shoot

Drumlanrig: Partridge shooting in Dumfriesshire

It’s hard to know exactly what the grandees of shooting in the late Victorian and Edwardian era would make of the Whirlpool drive at Drumlanrig, or the Bothy for that matter. At the Whirlwind the guns are warned beforehand by unflappable Drumlanrig shoot host John Duncan and irrepressible headkeeper Rab…

Roxburghe Hotel Kelso

Roxburghe Hotel Kelso review

I can’t resist humming the theme from Mike Hodge’s Get Carter whenever I head north on the East Coast Mainline. When I make the journey, sometimes with a shotgun in the guard’s van (not for use in retribution for my brother’s murder, of course), I travel full of curiosity for…

Bowhill shoot, Scottish Borders

Partridge and pheasant shooting at Bowhill, Scottish Borders

Shortly before the first drive started, a sparrowhawk emerged from the highest cluster of oak trees and twinkled her wings in the bright sunlight. Against a cloudless blue sky, the little hunter passed directly over my head at a fantastic height, pausing once to wheel and turn before vanishing behind…


Partridge & pheasant shooting at Bandirran Estate, Perthshire

From the moment of arrival at the converted mill, which is now the shoot room at Bandirran Estate, a sense of calm confidence pervades the air. This estate, which is owned by the Lowson family, has no need to worry about the quality of the sport it offers because it…

Ralia estate: Grouse shooting in Inverness-shire

Ralia estate: Ralia estate in the Cairngorms National Park succeeded in 2012 when others in Scotland failed. Melissa Volpi visited on shoot day to find out why these hills are thriving.