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Red Grouse

When you hear the words Red Grouse, you might immediately envision Scotland’s picturesque, wild, and rugged heather moorlands. It should come as no surprise, given that this magnificent bird represents and is identified as Scottish.

The red grouse embodies the outdoors in all its glory. This bird favours the ground over other species that could choose to nest in trees. The red grouse has carved out a special place among the heather. They are true rulers of their realm thanks to their extraordinary natural camouflage and ground-nesting behaviours.

 Let’s now discuss their flight. It’s a spectacle, to put it mildly. Imagine yourself in the Scottish moorlands when a red grouse suddenly takes off. Some of them can move at incredible rates of up to 70 mph. Their quick movements and agility show their versatility while adding to their allure. It’s a sight that will undoubtedly stay with you.

‘Driven shooting’ and ‘walking up’ are the two main techniques enthusiasts frequently employ when participating in shooting red grouse. In the former, sometimes called a “driven day,” beaters push the birds towards the shooters; normally, parties with 8–10 guns participate. On the other hand, “walking up” includes hunters going over the heather to send the grouse flying. Smaller parties, usually between 4 and 8 guns, typically utilise this strategy.

The red grouse symbolises the Scottish moorlands and is more than a bird. They stand out because of their distinctive behaviour, quick flight, and preference for ground nesting. However, they have come to be associated with the heather moorlands of Scotland.

Season Dates

The open season for grouse shooting in Scotland is 12 August – 10 December.

Providers and agents offering this sport

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Edinglassie

Edinglassie is a mixed sporting estate offering walked up grouse and pheasant shooting as well as excellent roe stalking and ...

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JAHAMA Highland Estates

JAHAMA Highland Estates invites hunting guests who seek a deep connection with the natural world.  We offer an extraordinary, immersive ...

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Buccleuch Arms

The ideal base for your sporting holiday in the Scottish Borders. Award-winning 4 star coaching Inn near Melrose in the ...

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Atholl Estates

Experience Highland Perthshire Set in the spectacular landscape of Highland Perthshire, Atholl offers flexible sporting packages to suit your party. ...

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MacIntyre & Thomson

We specialise in the sales and management of in-perpetuity fishing, and the provision of the finest country sports with exquisite ...

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International Hunting Scotland

  Welcome to International Hunting Scotland. “A long-established and reliable agency that provides a wide range of unique hunting, shooting, ...

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Gledfield Highland Estate

The Gledfield Estate is based just outside the village of Ardgay. At the heart of the estate is Gledfield House, ...

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Remony Estate

A small highland estate on the South shore of Loch Tay, offering a limited amount of driven pheasant shooting, stag ...

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Dalhousie Estates

Owned for generations by the Earls of Dalhousie, Invermark offers grouse shooting, deer stalking, and river and loch fishing. Visiting ...

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Craiganour Estate

Craiganour is a traditional sporting and agricultural estate located north of Loch Rannoch in Highland Perthshire. Extending to approximately 21,000 ...

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