Red Stag hunting in Scotland

Hunt huge Red Stag in the famous Highlands of Scotland

Thrilling Red Stag Stalking in Scotland - United Kingdom

Hunting red stags in the Scottish highlands is one of the absolute classic European hunts. The diverse and dramatic natural environment of Scotland provides spectacular opportunities for the famous Red Stag hunting. The classic highland hunts of Scotland are both breathlessly exciting and physically challenging hunting in magnificent surroundings. But Scotland is much more than this! There is a richness of culture and a sense of tradition which you simply cannot find anywhere else in the world. In Scotland we offer four great and very different hunting estates for the Red Stag stalking.

Ardnamurchan Estate - Enjoys an enviable reputation for its red deer which have been managed and improved through selective breeding for many generations. The Estates make up 2 “Deer Forests” based on the old Ardnamurchan and Glenborrodale Estates with a managed population of some 1000 red deer across both areas. You may also see Roe Deer across the Peninsula and a few Fallow Deer in the forest blocks around Loch Mudle. The principal sport on the estate is red deer stalking and Ardnamurchan boasts one of the finest deer herds in Scotland and is a premier sporting estate frequently producing stags in excess of 25 stones, heads of 14-16 points are fairly common.

The estate’s stunning topography is centered on Ben Hiant which has stunning view over the Island of Mull. The varied terrain from sea shore to Ben Hiant provides challenging and exciting stalking but not a strenuous as some parts in the Scottish Highlands. It is possible to stalk in the ancient oak forests along the coastline, along the forest edge or out on the open range. There is also access to shooting blinds and high seats if members of the group are looking for a slightly easier approach.

Ardnish Estate - The remote Ardnish peninsula is largely uninhabited and lies between Lochailort and Loch Nan Uamh on the West Coast immediately adjacent to the Sound of Arisaig. Not for the faint hearted, the peninsula is accessible by foot or by boat and is a mixture of habitat types, including heath, woodland, upland marsh grassland and reed beds.  This is a predominately rocky and mountainous peninsula with stunning views around the central hill loch, Loch Doir a Gherrrain and the Mulloch Bhuidhe.

This predominant hind forest bursts into thunderous activity during the Red Deer Rut offering challenging stalking on steep and uneven terrain and truly spectacular scenery. Stags usually arrive in numbers from around the 20th September for the Rut and remain throughout the winter before making their way back into the summer high ground immediately overlooking the peninsula. The majority of the stalking is done from a boat with extraction of the animals always involving a degree of dragging which can make the whole experience a challenge from the outset for both stags and hinds.

Isle of Skye (Sleat) - Clan Donald Skye is a 20,000-acre highland estate on the Sleat peninsula in south Skye. The Estate offers some stunning hunting for all levels of fitness, with views eastwards across the Sound of Sleat to Knoydart, or on the west of the peninsula across to the Cuillin mountain range. The principal sport on the estate is red deer stalking. Stalking on the Estate offer unforgettable experiences in a stunning landscape

Auch & Invermeran Estate - The estate is a large, mixed residential, agricultural and sporting estate extending to about 28,313 acres in total. The principal sport on the estate is red deer stalking. The estate’s stunning topography includes eight magnificent Munros, several Corbett’s and a wealth of grazing. An array of glens and deep corries provide shelter and amenity for deer. Auch and Invermeran lies at the heart of some of Scotland’s most famous stalking grounds and is bounded by well-known deer forests including Black Mount, Lochs and Cashlie. This Estate offers also an outstanding walked up shooting on Grouse. Please contact us for further information.

Winged Game - Scotland is famous for the quality of its bird shooting and the professional way in which sporting days are managed and conservation practices are undertaken. In the Estates we offer different kinds of rough shooting and walked up shooting. At the Isle of Skye we offer walked up Woodcock. At the Auch & Invermeran Estate we have a fantastic walked up Grouse & Ptarmigan shooting. At the Ardnamurchan Estate we offer Pheasant, Partridge and Woodcock but also Graylag Geese, Mallard, Teal and Widgeon. Please contact us for an individual proposal.

Accommodation - There is a range of accommodation to suit everyone’s needs from staying in a Castle, self-catered and catered properties up to nice Pubs and Hotels in the different areas. We will provide you with the necessary information.

Hard Facts

Hunting Area
Different areas in North Scotland

Hunting season
01. Juli - 20. October

Best for
Red Stag - Walked up shooting

Best time to go
September - October

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Red Stag hunting Scotland

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