Scottish countryside business 2020 pandemic

It’s only 23rd June 2020. I never imagined I’d be summarising 2020 as a memorable year so early on. The Covid-19 disease spread. It reached pandemic levels. The UK was locked down on March 23rd. We didn’t see it coming, or fully understand what it would mean to us on a local level. Infection numbers increased, the future looked uncertain and bleak. It was difficult to comprehend the sheer enormity of the virus. Scottish countryside business was hit hard by the 2020 pandemic.

Scottish countryside business

The lockdown days rolled into weeks then stretched to months. Many of Scotland’s countryside businesses are part of the huge Scottish tourism and leisure industry. Scottish countryside business brings in millions to the country’s economy. They are dependent on people visiting and travelling around Scotland. When lockdown was announced sporting estates closed their gates. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering lodges and cottages shut their doors, deer stalking days out and fishing dates were cancelled.  

Freelance writing work disappeared

Writer Linda Mellor out on local walks during lockdown in May 2020

As a freelance writer and photographer, I experienced the force of lockdown in business very early on. Positively, my working environment remained unchanged by the virus as I worked on my own from my office at home. However, my income stream evaporated within days of the lockdown announcement. Editorial staff in established publishing houses were furloughed as offices hoped to survive with leaner departments. Advertising budgets ceased to exist and smaller specialist magazines closed their doors hopeful of a re-emergence in 2021. Regular work disappeared, and invoices went unpaid. Magazine features were cancelled, series of web-based articles put on hold and promotional pieces shelved. Staying safe, and virus free became the priority. Managing the lack of work, stress and worry was, and still is, a juggling act. I found out how other countryside businesses were struck by the pandemic and lockdown.

Fishing and the pandemic

Before the 2020 pandemic, March was a busy time on the water for fishing related Scottish countryside business. Scotland’s salmon fishing rivers enjoyed a positive season as anglers took to the water after winter months. The trout fishing season had not long opened before the country went into lockdown. I asked Fishpal’s CEO, Mark Coburn, if he imagined the UK would go into lockdown? “Never expected it and never saw this incredible situation being as serious and damaging as we now know it has.”  In the early stages of the pandemic, surrounded by so much uncertainty, I asked Mark if Fishpal were able to prepare. “To a point but the whole situation seemed to grow arms and legs every day which made planning extremely difficult.”

Fishing business impact during lockdown

Fishpal’s CEO Mark Coburn salmon fishing

“Our business has seriously struggled to generate income with anglers unable to go fishing,” said Mark. “Not only that, as a gesture of goodwill to the industry we have dealt with literally hundreds and hundreds of rebookings for anglers who had booked fishing but were unable to go as a result of the lockdown – all of this extra work with no income generated.”

Adapting to working life during lockdown

The majority of working lives have been shaped differently by lockdown. How did the Fishpal team adjust? Mark said, “we have all been used to working from home when required so we were easily able to adapt from this perspective. The Facebook live sessions we ran through the lockdown were really well received. At least allowed us to continue to be proactive during these horrendous times.”

Future in fishing

Mark continues to be optimistic about the fishing season, he said, “once out of lockdown there will be a real stampede of anglers wanting to make the most of the remaining season so we need further restrictions lifted, accommodation back open to see our income streams, once again, start to grow.”

Roe deer stalking and photography during lockdown

Deer Stalker & Photographer Peter Keyser with his working gundogs

Deer stalker and photographer, Peter Keyser, told me, “my businesses are small fry in the bigger picture; I am basically retired (age!) but continue with roe stalking and photography. The pandemic has had a major effect on my roe stalking business: unable to take out clients which gave a return; unable to sell carcasses to Game Dealers during most of the lockdown.” Peter continues, “however, with written permissions from estates etc I have been able to continue stalking ON MY OWN under essential deer management. Of course access to here and there for delivery/collection has been difficult. My game dealer (Simpson) is now back on collecting but the roe are not being very co-operative in the high undergrowth!”

2020 pandemic cancelled bookings

“I was certainly not able to prepare. Most of my bookings are made a year ahead. This must be the case for most in the same business,” said Peter. “All bookings were cancelled at the start of the pandemic. My photography has taken a knock with commissions cancelled. Notably the GWCT Scottish Auction where I have input. The lockdown has had a very restricting influence on both the roe stalking and the photography. I continue to stalk at half cock. I hope that the camera will be released from lockdown. So much of what we enjoy and appreciate in Scotland is going to be affected. I am hearing of so many shoots shutting down or not shooting this year at huge financial cost. We hope for the best.”

Lockdown impact on Sporting business on Skye

Scott MacKenzie, Gamekeeper Stalker at Fearann Eilean Iarmain, an estate on the Isle of Skye. “We knew most of our businesses would be affected. I don’t think any of us could foretell to what extent lockdown meant or how long it would last.”

Rural business income

“Predictably most affected are our hotels, restaurants, and bars,” said Scott. What about the estate’s sporting interests? “I would be taking out Roe buck stalking and fishing guests. We would have hotel guests looking to take part in our many outdoor activities. I have also had a few stalking cancellations for further on in the year from international guests. They’re all valued income for any rural business.”

Fearann Eilean Iarmain Gamekeeper and Stalker, Scott MacKenzie

Memories of Foot & Mouth

Scott said, “much of Skye has thrown its hat into the tourism ring over the last few years. The pandemic reminded me of keepering in North Yorkshire when the area was hit with Foot & Mouth. It was not only the death of masses of livestock, but also the death of many rural tourism-based businesses. Visitors could no longer access the landscape they wanted to visit.”

Lockdown Island Benefits

“I have also seen the benefits to having no tourism on this fragile island environment. The wildlife has breathed a sigh of relief and is much more vocal and relaxed. Local people are seeing more wildlife near their homes: a Roe deer spotted near the centre of our main town. The tourist hot spots are healing from heavy footfall and our crofters and farmers are enjoying uninterrupted working days.”

What about the future and the remainder of 2020? Scott said, “we are a robust business. We have a fantastic mix of a local and international workforce. They have continued to ensure there is a strong business for the future.”   I asked Scott, will there be a different approach? “As an island we now need to look at and re-evaluate our tourism industry. We have to ensure its sustainability within this fragile natural and cultural Skye environment.”

Adapt and move on

It’s early days for Scottish countryside business in the recovery from the 2020 pandemic. There is much learning to do as we go cautiously and positively into a different future.  I am sure I’m not alone in wondering how do we safeguard our businesses, our health, and will it happen again?

Scottish Gamekeepers AGM

#SGA2020

The Caledonian Stadium in Inverness was the venue for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association AGM, on Friday 6th March. The car park filled with 4x4s as members turned up and made their way in for registration and refreshments. A full house listened to SGA Chairman Alex Hogg’s opening speech, as he highlighted many of the challenges faced by gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies. He applauded the work they do, and commented on their vast range of experience and skills. Alex encouraged keepers, stalkers and ghillies to share all their good work and showcase the vibrant array of wildlife on their estates.

Dr Sally Mavin, followed the Chairman’s address, with an in-depth exploration of Lyme Disease in Scotland and shared many interesting facts. Did you know there are 21 tick species in the UK? Dr Adam Smith presented an informative look at grouse moor challenges across the UK, then SNH’s (currently rebranding to become NatureScot from 1st May) Alastair MacGugan spoke about the relevance of Deer Best Practice in the changing climate. Mental health and well-being was a subject tackled by Jim Hume of The National Rural Mental Health Forum, and he highlighted the need for us all to increase our awareness of how depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, and anxiety can impact on lives of people in rural Scotland, no matter what their age, gender or location.

Gamekeepers Welfare Trust’s Helen Benson spoke about the fund-raising work and about the high value of support by wives, husbands and partners of rural workers.

The AGM was sponsored by Grahams of Inverness.

Join the SGA, click on this link.

Do country folk know where to find happiness?

Where do you find happiness?

Articles, books and ‘gurus’ have proffered their wisdom on how happiness, mindfulness and gratitude can be achieved, and why it is important. One common theme running through the advice is the recommendation of spending time outdoors, and connecting with nature to de-stress and re-balance.

Outdoors, and surrounded by nature, the human brain is stimulated by the sights, sounds and smells of the flora and fauna, we get a dose of Vitamin D, and experience an enhanced feel-good factor. Do countryside dwelling folk, in particular, gamekeepers, deer stalkers and ghillies, experience a higher degree of life satisfaction because of their rural lifestyle or working life?

A mindful activity such as Deer stalking engages the senses because you have to be ‘in the moment’, listening and looking: spying for deer could be a workout for your long and short vision, and planning a route (depending on what you are stalking and where) requires knowledge and experience of the landscape, and memory recall.  Walking and carrying a rifle and rucksack, is weight bearing exercise. Stalking requires steadiness, relaxed breathing, and the learned skill of shooting, and motivation to accomplish an outcome. It nurtures a sense of gratification in being able to take part in a valuable activity positively influencing the health of deer and habitat for future generations. A successful stalk promotes satisfaction, and a feeling of achievement. If taking a guest stalking, you may experience a sense of fulfilment in helping them reach their desired conclusion. In some cases, you may change their life by making a long held dream come true.

Country sports participants are happy people

There is a huge dis-connect from our surroundings as more people spend their time indoors and around technology. Most of us need some technology to live, work and play but that can be balanced with spending time outdoors.

Countryside living and working does promote good feelings within us, it connects us with nature, and the rhythm of the seasons, the tempo of life and death, dark and light, cold and warmth. Centuries ago, we lived and worked closer to nature, and maybe that recognition is stronger in some than in others, and the reason why some of us feel more in tune and at home with a country life. Perhaps, we recognise the importance it plays in our happiness.

Iain R. Thomson in his book Isolation Shepherd, said, “The hills bespeak a healing power and closeness to unseen help now lost in the security of modern welfare.”

Linda Mellor

If you work as a gamekeeper, deerstalker or ghillie, join the Scottish Gamekeepers Association.

SGA AGM next week!

SGA member wearing Association tie, February 2020

The 2020 Scottish Gamekeepers Association AGM takes place on Friday 6th March at the Caledonian Stadium, Inverness.

It’s a popular AGM, so book your place today to avoid disappointment! Here are some of the topics on the SGA’s agenda:

“In recent weeks, there have been 2 major government-commissioned reviews into grouse shooting and deer, with Scottish Government set to announce shortly what it plans to do. On the rivers, salmon numbers are causing deep concern, with many feeling that action needs to be quicker and more decisive. The Animals and Wildlife Bill currently going through Holyrood will mean even more significant changes for the industry, at the time when members are just beginning to register how the General Licence changes are going to affect their daily management. In train, too, is the Government’s review of fox management and their announcement that fox control using dogs will be limited to 2 dogs only- yet another cut as members try their best to protect birds of economic and conservation concern as well as farm livestock. Never before have our jobs and way of life been in the spotlight so much, with members rightly demanding robust action. New stoat trap regulations will come into being just weeks after the AGM as well so there are many issues to discuss with the membership. As well as our speaker list, announced earlier, we will be joined by principal sponsor, Grahams of Inverness, as well as Gamekeepers Welfare Trust as they champion the Year of the Gamekeeper. Representatives from the Denis Brinicombe Group, which specialises in feeds for livestock and wildlife, will also be demonstrating at the event.”

To ensure your place at the AGM is booked, and your lunch order is placed, please contact the office on 01738 587 515 or info@scottishgamekeepers.co.uk Booking is essential so Team SGA can ensure sufficient seating and catering. 

Members, put the date in your diary, Friday 6th March, 2020, registration at 9am, see you there!

Join the SGA here.

Hunting clothing for ladies in the UK?

Ladies hunting, deer stalking, fishing and shooting clothing in the UK. Copyright Linda Mellor

If you live, work and play in the countryside you will probably have a selection of your favourite clothing and footwear. We hunt through the seasons for different species: a camo outfit needed for lowland Roe Deer stalking differs from the clothing requirement for Stag stalking on the open hill. Retailers offer a range of hunting, shooting, and fishing clothing suitable for all sizes, and all occasions. Unless you are female.
Why is it such a challenge to find a choice of fit-for-purpose, ladies outdoor clothing and footwear for deer stalking, fishing and shooting? Humans are unique in many ways and one aspect is our body frame; we are different sizes and height. Long ago, high street retailers grasped this and catered for all the diverse shapes. If you are petite and 5ft tall, slim and slender, large hips, big breasts, or a curvy 6 footer, you can walk into most high street/retail park stores, and buy an entire outfit – underwear, outerwear, suit, dress, tops, shirts, trousers with leg-lengths options, footwear, hats and gloves. Fabrics have been modernised with Lycra for improved fit and comfort, there are natural fibre, fur and faux choices and recycled cloth, breathable and ‘intelligent’ textiles with digital components embedded in them, a plethora of patterns, shades and textures, all available in a rainbow of colours. There are clothing choices aplenty.

Functional, affordable hunting clothing for women copyright Linda Mellor


Interest in country sports continues to grow, with participation open to all ages, abilities, and sizes. Through the last decade, we saw a rise in lady gamekeepers, ghillies, shooting and casting instructors, ladies shooting clubs, and ladies fishing events. On some shoots, lady gun-dog handlers outnumbered men. There are no barriers to taking part, and there never have been. Womenfolk have probably hunted as long as the menfolk. Go way back in time to 1st century BC when Diana was the Roman Goddess of the Hunt, and over the centuries ladies featured in antique hunting art and historical literature. Ladies always fished, and some, like Georgina Ballantine, made the record books, when, in 1922, she caught 64lb salmon on the River Tay. Annie Oakley (different continent but a name most of us know) was only 15 in 1875, when she won her first shooting match. Wealthy ladies travelled the world to hunt big game, and they often brought up their children to shoot and hunt on their country estates.
We know functional clothing makes a difference to our hunting, shooting and fishing activities, it keeps us dry, protected, warm, supported, comfortable and confident. Visit a tailor, and for a fee, you can have a made-to-measure tweed suit but not everyone needs or can afford that option, or find a tailor. If you are male, you have a wide choice of clothing for hunting, deerstalking, fishing and shooting, in various sizes, made by different brands and priced for all budgets.
Other countries take the female hunting market seriously, so why is the UK different?
A high street retailer could address the demand, and give women a choice of country sports clothing. How about an affordable range of fit-for-purpose hunting, shooting and fishing clothing, in all sizes? Imagine parking up by your local shopping area, and taking a stroll along to the shops and picking out your next hunting outfit, grabbing a coffee, or lunch with friends to plan your next game shoot, deer stalking outing or fishing trip. High street/retail park visibility could make hunting, shooting and fishing more mainstream, and that is a positive thing.

Hunting clothing for girls, copyright Linda Mellor

That’ll do…

Countryside Worker looking over Scottish Loch and Hills, by Linda Mellor.

That’ll do by Linda Mellor

The Scottish countryside has been under scrutiny and attack, and countryside workers have felt threatened, and demonised. The attacks on countryside occupations along with the publication of misinformation and bile spewed out across social media have had a direct impact on our gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies, and left many feeling isolated. If other occupations were targeted in the same way, I am sure it would be called bullying.

Gamekeeping, deer stalking and river ghilling are jobs people love. Men and women followed their hearts into a career often chosen at an early age. Some followed family traditions and became part of the next generation. They progressed through colleges, grew their knowledge and gained valuable work experience.

Countryside jobs are not highly paid nor are they guaranteed for life. There are no lofty climbs up the career path like those in the corporate world, eased along with hefty benefit packages. Hands-on, traditional countryside roles are a way of life, all year round with no half measures, connected to the land, and devoted to the flora and fauna.

Annually, thousands of people trample over the countryside, treating our vast wild landscapes and rural workers with disdain. Paths are worn out, roads and verges damaged, dumped rubbish and camp fires scar beauty spots, gates left open, wildlife is disturbed, harassed, poached and killed. Countryside workers are left to clear up the carnage, right the wrongs, but these subjects rarely make the headlines.

I guess our gamekeepers, deerstalkers and ghillies are easy to attack and blame. As quiet natured folk, they don’t spend their working days taking part in rehearsed TV interviews, or in a cosy offices writing articles, posting and sharing on social media. You’ll find them out working in the hills.

‘That’ll do…’ it is time for the brewing anger of the countryside to be turned into action, to transform, rise anew and champion our countryside workers and all that they do.

Scottish Gamekeepers Association

Gamekeepers Welfare Trust

Safeguarding Scotland’s wild deer with REAL experts by Linda Mellor

Scotland’s Red Stag, photographed by Linda Mellor

On 29th January 2020, The Deer Working Group (DWG) published The Management of Wild Deer in Scotland. With 374 pages, it’s a hefty read and is not something easily digested in a lunch hour. The report has raised concerns, and angered many with its recommendations for reducing deer numbers. Perhaps the report by the DWG (an independent body appointed by Scottish ministers) has given us a glimpse of a tightly controlled future: a prescribed countryside with a calculated allocation of wildlife and a drastically reduced deer population.

Red deer, particularly the majestic stags, are recognised worldwide as one of Scotland’s iconic species, people travel from far flung shores to see them. We have an abundance of wildlife in Scotland, we have moorlands, mountains, glens and coastlines. Deer are a vital part of Scotland’s rural economy, thousands of men and women work in countryside jobs, and without them, we would not have the wildlife and habitats we all enjoy today. Yes, it’s managed, but it is managed by trained, time-served, dedicated deer stalkers who tend to the deer population all over Scotland. The knowledgeable hillmen and women are caretakers of red deer, their welfare, management and habitat. They’re not desk-jockeys, or pen-pushers, and it’s never ‘just a job’ to them. Managing Scotland’s wild deer is achieved through education, practical knowledge and hands-on experience and, with respect for the species. Scotland’s wild deer are not vermin to be executed by hunting with night sights. They should not be reduced to a few or pressurised to the point of extinction. Humans are the biggest threat to wildlife, and are responsible for the extinction of many species, the bigger the animal, the greater the risk. If animals are stressed by open hunting seasons (DWG recommend abolishing the close season on males), breeding habits change, fertility drops and herds collapse and are on their way to extinction.

2020 has to be the year we make our countryside voices heard. The country sports industry organisations need to take a stand and highlight the vast knowledge and expertise contained within their memberships and help educate, the often, ill-informed, media outlets and celebrity mouth-pieces.  Who represents us? Who understands what is going on? Who supports our stalkers, keepers and ghillies? I believe the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) is the only organisation that has its boots on the hill and in touch with the facts, an eye on the future and at the forefront of safeguarding Scotland’s wild deer.

Scottish Gamekeepers Association

SGA Deer Vision

Gift Bonanza at Be Coorie

Come Christmas shopping at Be Coorie!

What to buy?

For most of us, connecting with our friends and family, and exchanging presents, are the biggest themes over the Christmas period. At work, there may be the office Christmas party and a secret Santa present exchange among colleagues. Dilemma, what do you buy?

Traditional Christmas presents

Gift giving is a long-standing tradition, and believe it or not, it can be traced back many thousands of years.

Inspiration for Xmas gifts

It is a busy time of year, seeking inspiration and finding Christmas gifts can be a challenge.  Who do you buy gifts for? Want to make an impact? Perhaps make an ethical statement with an upcycled gift? Competitive? Want to out-do everyone and be the giver of wow-factor presents? Giving gifts brings a sense of purpose and satisfaction, and it’s a unique form of human expression and, probably most important of all, it makes people feel happy!

Creative, upcycled and Scottish gifts

Be Coorie in Comrie has a wide range of unique, classy gifts, and if you enjoy rural pursuits, you are in for a real treat as many of the products have been inspired by Scottish country sports, like the shotgun cartridge key-rings, bound in leather, and crafted in Scotland by deerstalkers. There are gifts galore to choose from: scented Be Coorie candles, hat pins, cartridge cufflinks with colourful Swarovski crystals, one-off vintage pieces, leather cartridge bags, numerous sizes of red deer antlers, reindeer hides, books, and a selection of sumptuously soft sheepskins, perfect for snuggling into on a wild, wintry night.

Classy Jumpers for outdoor ladies

Staying with the warm theme, Be Coorie stocks jumpers from the British brand, Mistamina, by Lady Melissa Percy. The jumpers have a feminine twist, and are available in a range of colours. Be Coorie’s Deborah Anderson said, “I love them, they are practical, warm and affordable jumpers that suit my country lifestyle, and still have chic look to them.” Perfect Christmas gift for the lady in your life, or a deserving treat for yourself!

Buy in person or online

Buying Christmas presents isn’t a chore if you pop along to Be Coorie in Comrie, you’ll find an inspirational selection of gifts, and if you are unable to visit Be Coorie in person, you can order from their website, (note: last date for posting is 18th December).

It’s never too early to think about 2020?

Are you one of life’s organised types? If so, surprise your loved one with a luxurious weekend in a country hideaway, ask Deborah about Coorie Hideaway gift vouchers for Burn’s night, Valentines and other special occasions.

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Commercial Lane, Comrie, Perthshire. PH6 2DP

Phone: 07494 030557

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Countryside Call to Action?

Part of a regular column ‘Scottish Country Life’ by Linda Mellor, written for Shooting & Fishing Scotland Magazine, December 2019.

Busy, busy, busy! It’s that wonderful time of year when the shooting season is in full swing: birds are strong and high-flying, beaters are full of life, dogs are keen and the guns are shooting well.

The country sports industry is continually being bombarded with criticism, much of it ill-informed verbal diarrhoea, light on facts and heavy on spin. What are we to do? Take it, listen out and wait for more? Nope. I don’t think so. We shouldn’t be sitting back and waiting for the next attack. We need a CTA – a call to action. Sing the praises about the work we do, the days out we enjoy and the new people we introduce. Let’s talk about it, be proud of it, share (doesn’t everyone own a smartphone these days?), open it up and invite people in, and encourage them to have a go. The country sports industry is no longer the closed, male populated, class-driven world it used to be (“I am old enough to remember being the only female out on a shoot day,” Linda Mellor, age 54 and a bit!) – there are open doors everywhere and it welcomes everyone. No matter who you are, where you are from, novice or experienced, curious and interested, unsure or confident – you are all welcome. Go on, give it a try! You may find you have a hidden talent for shooting clays, be the luckiest angler on the river or discover a passion for deer stalking and conservation.    

There are many people working within Scotland’s country sports industry, the numbers run into thousands with full-time, part-time, seasonal, contract and self-employed roles. The span of the types of jobs is much wider though, if we look at the hotels, catering, accommodation, transport and vehicles, clothing, artists, writers and photographers(!), videographers, PR and Marketing companies, estate staff (office based as well as outdoors) who make it possible for shoots to take place, land-owners, water bailiffs, sporting agents, factors, boat builders, equipment manufacturers, gun-dog breeders and trainers, vets, fly-tiers, web and graphic designers, magazine editors and publishers, distribution networks, local newsagents (stocking rural magazines), butchers and game dealers – the list goes on. There are many livelihoods and more, at stake if the country sports industry is continually fractured by criticism and takes a downturn.

How about seeking out the new? Highlighting the positives hidden within the negativity is a little old hat? Could there be an opportunity to create additional jobs? More people involved and employed within the industry and able to promote country sports to a wider audience, help educate people and encourage participation. There are so many benefits to an outdoor lifestyle: exercise, social life, skills and wild food. Put the facts out there, and support people in using their intelligence to question everything.

There is much to be done, a lot of ground to cover. I’m game, and I have a dream – if you would like to know more, take part and help please contact me.

Linda Mellor, with some Woodland Festive Spirit, December 2019

Scotland’s Inspiration Outdoors!

BE COORIE LAUNCH NIGHT THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2019, 5 — 8PM.

Scotland’s outdoors offers us so much; a rich variety of nature, wildlife and beautiful scenery with centuries of history and tradition woven throughout the land. Deborah Anderson returned home to Perthshire, and inspired by Scotland’s natural bounty, she opened her shop, ‘Be Coorie’ in Comrie.

Be Coorie, the lifestyle choice

Deborah said, “Be Coorie is a theme inspired by the way of life I have chosen in Scotland, it is interior and lifestyle products influenced by my passion for the country sports and outdoors.”

The Be Coorie shop, on Commercial Lane, Comrie, is a treat for your senses, the subtle aromas from scented candles are carried on the air, and the warmth from a log fire beckons you in as you feast your eyes on the beautiful colours and textures of the interesting gifts. Deborah’s affinity with the countryside and flair for design flows through the shop. As you step over the threshold, the Be Coorie theme gently embraces you with its elegant country cosiness. She said, “it’s amazing and so enjoyable that everyday I come across new people making products that compliment this lifestyle approach and I’m only taking on Made in Scotland products now. There is great potential here in Scotland and I believe we are just at the beginning of tapping into something big.”

Exclusive country hideaways and design service.

Be Coorie takes its inspiration from our wild Scottish landscapes and brings them into our homes, oozing comfort and warmth and enhancing our well-being. Deborah also offers pet friendly country hideaways. “The Coorie Hideaways mirror my interior style influenced by country sports, people can stay and step right into the Be Coorie lifestyle, to enjoy a cosy break and snuggle in by a log fire, and explore the great outdoors. We can arrange country sporting opportunities here in Perthshire. Each unique holiday home evokes the feeling I aim to create: cosy accommodation in an idyllic country setting.

The fast-approaching festive season and the cold wintry nights present us with a great opportunity to snuggle in at home surrounded by beautiful things and cosinesss, Be Coorie will help you with the ultimate lifestyle comforts, and, is the place to buy high-quality Scottish made gifts for you and your loved ones. Spread the love Be Coorie style!

Come along and be inspired at the Be Coorie launch night, from 5 — 8pm, Commercial Lane, Comrie, Perthshire, THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2019.

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