Scotland is revered internationally as a mature sporting destination that offers visitors outstanding sporting experiences amongst stunning and dramatic landscapes.
Welcome to the national web portal for shooting, stalking / hunting and fishing in Scotland, offering news, events, sporting seasons, information for beginners and much more. Use this portal to search through over 100 sporting providers offering all country sports in Scotland from game shooting – including pheasant, grouse, partridge, hare, pigeon and ptarmigan – to wildfowling, deer stalking (red, fallow, roe and and sika deer) and world class fishing including game angling, coarse and sea angling (including salmon, trout and grayling).
Opportunities abound to suit all budgets, ranging from as little as £2 per day to £10,000 per week and more. The country is also steeped in colourful history, tradition and culture which provide the sporting visitor with what many across the world regard as an unrivalled overall experience.
SCSTG has collaborated with number of country sports and land management organisations in Scotland to publish guidance for employers, employees and practitioners to allow these activities to move forward safely. Read the full document here.
UPDATE ON RESTRICTIONS FROM 20TH NOVEMBER:
The First Minister has announced that current Scottish government guidance advising against non-essential travel will become law from Friday 20 November.
This means that from Friday 20 November people living in Tier 3 or Tier 4 areas must not travel out of their local authority area, except for certain essential purposes. Also, people living elsewhere in Scotland must not travel into Tier 3 or Tier 4 areas, except for essential purposes. And there must be no non-essential travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK.
Recreational shooting activities including target shooting, game shooting, deer stalking and wildfowling would not be an essential purpose to travel.
BASC advises that shooting-related work would be an essential purpose to travel. This could include beating and picking up on shoot days; essential bird and mammal pest control to protect crops or livestock such as the shooting and trapping of pest bird species under general licence; the management of rodents and rabbits; deer management as part of a plan agreed with and requested by the landowner; and game management or gamekeeping activities such as looking after game birds, pest/predator control and habitat management.
From Friday 20 November shooting will no longer be exempt from socialising restrictions in Tier 4 areas. This means that shooting activities may only take place with up to a maximum of 6 people from no more than 2 households.
Published in December 2016 ‘Game for Growth’ Country Sports Tourism in Scotland: Delivering Sustainable Growth 2016 – 2020 sets out ambitious growth targets for the sector. The full document is available here
Research (2015) has shown the value of Country Sports Tourism in Scotland to be around £155m. Read the report Benefits, Volume and Value of Country Sports Tourism in Scotland here.