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Nith Valley Sporting

Nith Valley Sporting
Nith Valley Sporting
Nith Valley Sporting
Nith Valley Sporting
Nith Valley Sporting
Nith Valley Sporting

Nith Valley Sporting, Scotland

Situated in south-west Scotland near the town of Dumfries, the Newlands and Dalswinton Estates offer a variety of driven shooting over some 5,000 acres with the focal point being Newlands House.  The shooting is now run by SM Nith Valley Sporting under the expert guidance of Grant Leyman and his team.

The Landale and Duncan families have owned these estates for over 100 years and had, up until 2008, been running the shoots separately.  However, both families decided that by combining forces they could create a superb shoot providing an array of quality drives to suit every kind of shoot.

The estates predominantely release pheasants with a few partridges, so can offer partridge-only days in early October and then mixed days throughout the rest of the season. Days can range from 150 to 400 birds with six to nine guns in the line. Drives are mainly from mature woodland, although strategically planted game cover is used to make full use of the steep topography. Drives like Pedro’s, Fern Hill, the Quarry, Heavy Metal, Middle Hill and Birrell’s Wood normally leave a lasting memory of the one that got away!

You meet in the morning at Newlands and usually return there for lunch in the main dining room.  Weather permitting, lunch can be taken out in the field on one of the estate’s lunch huts.  At the end of the day teams return back to the house for tea before departure, with a brace of oven-ready birds.  Tea and coffee on arrival, elevenses, lunch, drinks and tea are all included in your day.

The majority of parties stay in comfortable accommodation nearby, which has room for up to nine couples, all with their own bathroom, although not necessarily en-suite. Menus and any other requirements are all agreed before your arrival. Parties have complete use of the house, including a full sized snooker table. There is a very relaxed and informal atmosphere and no stone is left unturned in making you feel at home.

The nearest airports are Glasgow or Edinburgh, both approximately 1½ hours away. Private planes can land at Carlisle, just 45 minutes away. There is an excellent 4hr train service between London Euston and Carlisle or Lockerbie, which is closer. Arranging pick-ups and transfers is not a problem and your hosts are more than happy to lend guns and supply cartridges.

“We have shot at estates across the UK and very few have been able to match the overall enjoyment we experienced at Dalswinton. A great success, thank you.” Rupert H, UK

“The worst thing about it is leaving… always with a heavy heart as we have had a fantastic time and this year was no exception. In fact, the best. Thank you both so much for another special memory… I just can’t believe it will be another 365 days!” Neil G, London

“Next season will be my 10th consecutive trip up north and it couldn’t be easier to get to from London as I take the train from Euston around 2ish and then I’m enjoying drinks and canapés by 7 having had a relaxed and pleasant journey” Malcolm G, London

“I’ve stayed and shot on many estates and estancias around the world, but I keep on coming back to south-west Scotland as I enjoy the shooting, the jovial atmosphere and the comfortable accommodation which makes for a winning trip every time” Bill H, Connecticut

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  • New Venue
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  • Private and comfortable accommodation


Monday 20th November 2023 – 250 Bird day – 8 guns

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For non-shooting guests, there is plenty to see and do ranging from garden tours, playing golf on numerous Links Courses, fishing for salmon on the rivers Nith or Annan, museums and Prince Charles’ Dumfries House is only an hour away.

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