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Guest Blog – Macnab Challenge with Links House Dornoch

10/11/2020
Jon Tainton booked his Macnab Challenge through Links House hotel in Dornoch. He was accompanied by his wife Rebecca throughout the 3-night stay. The package included a full day of training the day before the actual Macnab – fly fishing on the Upper Brora river system in the morning and an afternoon of rifle and […]

Survey Link and Covering Letter From SCSTG Chair

13/10/2020
Dear Provider, As incoming Chair, I write to you knowing this is a time of unprecedented challenge to your business. As a sector we have worked extremely hard, and across all organisations, to devise clear industry-wide operating protocols to manage the Covid risk and allow country sports to continue. In this regard, I thank all […]

Framework of Appropriate Covid-19 Precautions for Country Sports – Updated October 2020

12/10/2020
A number of country sports and land management organisations in Scotland have now published updated guidance for employers, employees and practitioners to allow these activities to move forward following revised guidance from the Scottish Government.  Read the full document here. The guidance covers game shooting, deer stalking, wildfowling, gamekeeping and fishing.  The framework will also be […]

‘Consistent approach’ to coronavirus restrictions needed for Scottish accommodation businesses

24/09/2020
Two of Scotland’s leading country sports organisations are calling on the Scottish Government to adopt a more consistent approach to coronavirus restrictions for accommodation businesses. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) have suggested that the Scottish Government’s u-turn on the ‘one household rule’ for self-catering […]

Press Release – SCSTG STATEMENT ON SCOTTISH COUNTRY SPORTS

14/09/2020
PRESS RELEASE 14 September 2020   SCSTG STATEMENT ON SCOTTISH COUNTRY SPORTS The Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group has moved to clarify the regulations governing social distancing measures and the operation of country sports. A framework for the operation of country sports – backed by the Scottish Government – was published in July. This allows […]

COUNTRY SPORTS IN SCOTLAND: A PROPOSED FRAMEWORK FOR APPROPRIATE COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

03/07/2020
A number of country sports and land management organisations in Scotland have now published their guidance for employers, employees and practitioners to allow these activities to move forward following lockdown.  This important publication coincides with the relaxation on some tourism activities and the relaxation of the five mile travel restriction for leisure activities.  As more […]

Covid-19 Update – Latest on the easing of restrictions

24/06/2020
The First Minister has today announced, at her latest briefing with regard to the easing of lockdown restrictions, that self-contained holiday accommodation such as holiday cottages, with no shared services, will be permitted to open on 3rd July, at which point the 5 mile travel restriction will also be eased.   The tourism sector as a […]

Cabinet Secretary provides reassurance over lack of support for sporting businesses

22/04/2020
A senior Scottish Government minister has today assured sporting businesses that Covid-19 financial support will be made available in the near future following a concerted lobbying campaign by fieldsports organisations. During a teleconference with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG), the Cabinet Secretary for the […]

SCSTG Requesting Support for Country Sports Businesses during Covid-19 Pandemic

02/04/2020
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement last week of financial support for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, Chair of the SCSTG Sarah Troughton has written to Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes querying the exclusion of country sports businesses such as ‘deer forests’, ‘game larders’ and ‘shootings’ from the list of businesses qualifying for both the […]

Fishing & Covid-19 – Update from Fisheries Management Scotland

26/03/2020
See latest blog from Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic  March 25, 2020 by alan / We have received a number of enquiries as to whether fishing is included in the Government’s list of exercises permitted during the lockdown, or indeed whether all fishing should cease. The approach adopted by the UK and Scottish Governments is designed […]