Hunting Seasons in Scotland
There are various active seasons for hunting in Scotland, largely depending on the type of animal in question. Because of the range of quarries that we offer, you can be fairly certain that we will be able to provide you with some form of hunting or shooting in Scotland throughout each month of the year. The seasonal climates and individual techniques required for hunting each different animal species can vary by significant degrees, so please do not hesitate to make any of your questions known to us, or view our PDF guide to find out more.
|Red Deer Stags||1 July – 20 October|
|Red Deer Hinds||21 October – 15 February|
|Roe Deer Bucks||1 April – 20 October|
|Roe Deer Does||21 October – 31 March|
|Grouse||12 August – 10 December|
|Pheasant||1 October – 31 January|
|Partridge||1 September – 31 January|
|Snipe||12 August – 10 December|
|Woodcock||1 September – 31 January|
|Pigeon||February – September|
|Geese||1 September – 31 January|
|Ducks||1 September – 31 January|
|Mountain/White Hare||November – March|
|Rabbit||October – March|
Although many Scottish menus feature a broad range of international elements, partaking in some of the native dishes often makes your rough shooting in Scotland experience far more memorable. A Scottish breakfast is one of the best ways to begin any day, and dishes such as porridge, followed by kippers or smoked haddock, before moving on to famous Ayrshire Roll bacon, eggs, sausage and black pudding will make certain that you are well prepared for the day ahead. It was reputedly the chef of Mary Queen of Scots that invented toast with marmalade, and our freshly baked goods, including morning rolls, are ideal to get day shooting in Scotland started.
When you’re hunting in Scotland, a mid morning break is often well earned, and many people choose to have a filled roll with their mug of coffee or bullshot before moving on to lunch later in the day. Scotch Broth is a typical example of a lunch time meal and, crowned with wild parsley, it can provide just enough sustenance to keep your strength up for the afternoon’s hunting. For those with large appetites, other options are always available, including platters of smoked Scottish fish, choice pieces of heather-grazed mutton and boards of Highland cheeses or oatcakes. Lunch doesn’t have to be your last stop before the evening meal though, as the huge range of baking available for a traditional afternoon Highland Tea is certain to tempt you with something.
Scottish food makes the most of the Highland climate and produce, and the evening meals can consist of a broad variety of Scottish regional specialties, including Cullen Skink, Partan Bree, Cock-a-Leekie, Tweed Kettle, Haggis, Stovies, Cranachan and Clootie Dumpling to name but a few. Scotland is also famous for its wines. Edinburgh’s seaport, Leith, was once the largest port used for wine imports in the world, and because of this a range of wines sit alongside the draught ales and imported drinks that are available in most eating establishments. The national drink of the Highlands, Malt Whiskey, is also present in the same manner that it has been for centuries. A “single malt” is the product of an individual distillery, and visitors are often surprised at the sheer number of flavours and choices that are available to them.
Sport in Scotland
It is very easy to fit some sporting pursuits in to a holiday spent rough shooting in Scotland. In particular, the summer months allow a comprehensive assortment of Highland games to be held, including “heavy” athletic competitions featuring hammer throwing and stone throwing. Many of these occasions attract an array of semi-professional competitors from across the globe, so you can be certain that the competition will be fierce.
Scotland’s national game is known as ‘Shinty’, and this is also available to watch in many locations. Despite its initially alarming nature, it represents a great spectacle of skill, courage, stamina and tactical manoeuvring that is guaranteed to entertain. The original season for Shinty encompassed the winter months, but now you can enjoy it from March all the way through to October. Furthermore, Scotland is the ancestral home of golf, and there are a myriad of uniquely challenging courses across the Highlands, as well as several acclaimed championship standard facilities.