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The Scottish Highlands

Ever tried for a Macnab?

Trying for a MacNab in the Highlands is a phenomenal experience, from start to finish. Its akin to a rural relay race or triathlon were every element has to come together to win the ultimate prize!

As with all our shooting adventures we start the night before with the big briefing -where, when, who and what we need! Which are the best flies to catch the salmon, where are the stags held up and who has spotted the coveys of grouse. How are we getting from A to B and who is taking us… the planning is incredibly exciting, and all debated over a wee dram!

Our MacNabs start at first light and we generally head for the river with our Salmon Ghillies (and their favourite flies) to land a salmon. Hoping the water is right and the salmon are running we will land a salmon in good time, setting us up for the rest of the day. From the river we usually head up onto the hill with the Stalker to Glass for stags. The Stalkers will have good idea where they have been, but guests will have to use their skills to stalk the right Beast and take their trophy. Once the stag is gralloched and the Hill Ghillie is on hand to retrieve the Beast, we set off for the final challenge…. Red Grouse at Rhiedorrach are in good numbers. But, don’t let this lull you into a false sense of security. Grouse are whiley and the later in the season you visit, the more whiley they become. The grouse will rise up in front of you, but this could be 40 yards in front! So you have to use your very best shooting skills to bag the brace you need to complete the challenge.


Located in the heart of the UK’s largest National Park in the Cairngorms, and the location for Balmoral Castle there is much to discover in this quintessential Scottish village. The Fife Arms hotel provides a delicious lunch spot and boasts three restaurants and two luxury bars that we enjoy taking our guests to as well as the accommodation for this trip.

The village is surrounded by the beautiful highland scenery, rich history and offers year round activities. Fine hunting first brought royal patronage, and King Kenneth Macalpin enjoyed sport here in the 10th Century. The rocky hill which forms the backdrop to the village bears his name, Kenneth’s Crag, Creag Choinnnich. In the 11th Century, King Malcolm Canmore built a fine hunting lodge on the banks of the Clunie and is credited with being the first to use a competitive hill race to find his best soldiers, a tradition which lives on in the annual Braemar Gathering



Contact us to learn more about this trip and how we can tailor it to you.

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