The combination of driven grouse, high partridges and pheasants with the backdrop of Drumlanrig Castle is difficult to beat anywhere in the world.
Spanning 90,000 stunning acres in its entirety, the natural beauty of the Drumlanrig Estate in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland's hidden gem, offers a unique setting for every type of field sport and is proving to be one of the most sought after shoots in the country.
The focal point of your day is Drumlanrig Castle where you meet in the morning for coffee and return back for lunch and tea unless you’re up on the moor, where the estate uses a recently renovated bothy for lunch. The estate offers driven grouse shooting from the 12th August and has steadily been increasing its annual bags by careful management and increased investment. The moor can easily offer four consecutive days without going over the same ground and, unlike many moors, the estate boasts some steep-sided terrain which makes for some testing, varied and exciting sport. Days are normally for 100 brace to a line of 8/9 guns.
Driven partridges start from the 1st September and the partridge shoot has developed into one of the top shoots in the country with birds flying from a great range of challenging heights and angles. There are now three excellent beats with 24 drives ranging from difficult to the extreme. All beats are situated between the moorland and wooded areas on the estate with breathtaking scenery and easy access from hill tracks. The high driven partridge shoot at Drumlanrig is renowned amongst the best shots in the land.
There are also three principal pheasant beats at Drumlanrig, covering 15,000 acres. Across these beats are 25 exhilarating drives varying from extremely high gliding pheasants on bracken-clad hills, to perfectly positioned game covers and mixed mature woodlands, all situated within spectacular scenery. Here, they can offer some of the best, diverse, top quality pheasant shooting in Scotland and up to a week's sport can be arranged without covering the same ground twice.
A variety of shoot days are offered ranging from full, double gun, driven days with loaders to single guns with bags ranging from 150 to 500 birds per day.
There are also plenty of options for accommodation ranging from some magnificent private homes that can be taken on an exclusive basis to local hotels. For that special occasion, the Castle is also available.
Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are an hour and half away and the nearest train stations are Dumfries and Carlisle. Carlisle is just under four hours from London Euston and we can arrange for guns to be met and taken on to their accommodation.
Below are a couple of recent articles on Drumlanrig from the Sporting Press.
"John, Rab and their team couldn't have looked after us any better."
"I've never seen such variety and quality in one drive - the Whirlpool is the ultimate partridge drive."
"I always knew Drumlanrig was famous for its partridges but I hadn't realised the pheasants were just as good"