Few Scottish customs are steeped in as much history and tradition as deer stalking. For centuries, proud hunters have roamed the vast, sprawling wilderness of the Highlands, putting their skills and intuition to the test against one of the country’s most magnificent creatures.
Now, you have a chance to join them, with stalking season returning to two traditional sporting estates that are situated within close proximity of the Dunalastair Hotel Suites in Kinloch Rannoch.
Whether you’re a seasoned stalker or you’re planning to experience a hunt for the first time, here’s our complete guide to deer hunting in Scotland.
When is Stalking Season?
Hind stalking season returned to the Scottish Highlands late this October and runs right through until February 2018.
So, if you’re planning to try out the ancient art of hunting on your next stay at our Kinloch Rannoch hotel, that means now is the perfect time to think about a booking.
After the close of the season in February, there’s six months before stag season starts again in August 2018.
How Much Does Deer Hunting in Scotland Cost?
Most sporting lodges in Highland Scotland set their own prices, with much variation in the cost of stalking from region to region.
Based in the heart of Perthshire, our hotel is located within close proximity to not one, but two prestigious estates, each one setting their own prices.
At the illustrious Rannoch Estate, based just on the opposite side of Loch Rannoch from the Dunalastair Hotel Suites, you can expect to pay £350 per party, per day during this season.
Even closer to home -just three miles away- you’ll find the renowned Craiganour Estate, where hind stalking starts at £235 per party, per day.
What Happens When You Go Stalking in the Scottish Highlands?
Before you go out to roam the hills and valleys of the beautiful Scottish Highlands, your experienced and qualified guide will spend time with you to ensure that you can shoot safely and on target.
From there, you’ll head out on a fascinating adventure, exploring the surroundings of our Kinloch Rannoch hotel like never before.
Moving quietly, you’ll experience the stillness and serenity of the Highlands, taking in captivating views that stretch as far as the Ben Nevis range in the north and the breathtaking Rannoch Moor to the south.
All the while, you’ll be accompanied by an experienced stalker who will guide you step-by-step through the intricacies of deer hunting in Scotland.
What About Game Hunting?
Both sporting estates close to the Dunalastair Hotel Suites do offer Scotland’s famous game hunting.
However, due to the unique nature of this sport, it only takes place during select times of the year, typically for a period of 10 – 15 days in mid-August.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated when we know the exact dates for the 2018 season.
What Else is There to Do on a Stalking Holiday in Scotland?
If you simply can’t get enough of the romantic Scottish Highlands, you’ll find a number of popular walking trails within close proximity of our Kinloch Rannoch hotel, each one offering its own spectacular views and surroundings to explore.
Alternatively, you might enjoy a spot of fishing from the banks of Loch Rannoch, teeing off at one of several top Scottish golf courses, or simply indulging yourself in a heavenly afternoon tea at our own Edina’s Kitchen.
Deer Hunting Holidays in Scotland with The Dunalastair Hotel Suites
However, you decide to spend your stalking holiday in Scotland, be sure that you spend it with us here at the Dunalastair Hotel Suites in Kinloch Rannoch.
Based just minutes away from some of Perthshire’s leading sporting lodges, fishing spots, and attractions, we offer luxury, boutique accommodation that combines the pinnacle of luxury with the very best in five-star service.