Posts by Linda Mellor

I am a Pro-photographer and writer, I specialise in the Outdoors and Country Sports sectors. I am based in Fife, Scotland and travel around the UK.

Cold weather – warmer clothes, visit Venator!

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It’s April, but the temperatures are still dropping, there’s snow in the forecast, and we need our warm clothing. I’m wearing Hillman’s hunting sweater from Venator (Perth based).

Visit Venator for warm layers, ideal for deer stalking, shooting and fishing. Click HERE for product details.

Work from one of Kirkcaldy’s oldest buildings

Work from one of Kirkcaldy’s oldest buildings

Unique space is available for rent!

One of oldest buildings in Kirkcaldy has space available for rent. The 16th Century Merchant’s House at Law’s Close on Kirkcaldy high street offers a versatile and unique working environment. There are a number of offices and workspaces available. Ideal for small businesses! Perhaps you are an artist looking for exhibition space, or you head up a group in need of somewhere to rent for weekly meetings? Merchant’s House has much to offer for local business people. 

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Mackay – Property Manager | Scottish Historic Buildings Trust
Strathleven House, Vale of Leven Industrial Estate, Dumbarton. G82 3PD
Direct Line: 01389 750005 Email: Property@shbt.org.uk

Visit Scottish Historic Buildings Trust Website, click here

Simba rods, handmade in Scotland

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Attention to detail and an innate understanding and passion for angling are three factors that make Simba rods stand out in the somewhat overcrowded marketplace. You won’t find any Simba rods for sale in the angling outlets as they are all custom-made to order. The rods are handmade in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland by Fisher Simon Barnes, and are personalised to suit the angler’s requirements. Continue reading →

Your Scottish Country Sports Adventure

driven_grouse_shooting_scotlandScotland has a rich hunting heritage and is one of the most sought after sporting destinations, attracting hunters, shooters and anglers from around the world looking for a Scottish sporting adventure. The dramatic glens, ancient forests, flowing rivers and lochs are the habitats for a vast range of species, and the setting for some of the most spectacular sport to challenge the boldest of hunters. The country is relatively small; it is only 274 miles from North to South and makes shooting and stalking very accessible. With more than 30,000 freshwater lochs and 6,600 river systems, anglers have a vast choice.

Each county is richly woven with centuries-old history, and many of the landscapes are strewn with castles and ancient ruins. The sporting traditions such as blessing the river with a whisky filled quaich, dragging red deer down from the hill with a garron or acknowledging the ‘Glorious Twelfth’, are all unmistakably Scottish and recognised the world over.

Hunting lodges have been part of the Scottish landscape for centuries, one of the oldest dates back to 1107 when royal hunting parties hunted wild cat, wolves, deer, wild boar and bears. Wealthy Edwardians and Victorians made Scotland their sporting playground. Many of those who flocked to SSALMON_FISHING_FLYFISHINGcotland were influenced by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who bought Balmoral Castle and embraced the shooting, deer stalking and fishing.

Today, country sports tourism boosts the Scottish economy by £155m and is expected to reach £185 million by 2020. There is an estimated 4,400 working full time in the industry; 2,600 employed in shooting and stalking and 1,800 engaged in fishing. Continue reading →

Scottish Deer Stalking with Nordic Flair

venator-_pro_images_smallerVenator Pro is based in Perth, Scotland and offers deer stalking experiences for novice and experienced hunters, and is the supplier for stalking clothing and accessories. The business consists of accomplished, professional stalkers and is headed up by MD, Kenneth Larsen, who settled in Perth 15 years ago and established the company in 2014.

Venator Pro is the UK distributor for Hillman hunting clothing. The Hillman brand is an established market leader, selling to over 2 million hunters worldwide. The European company is known for its innovation and single focus on hunting clothing and accessories. It leads the way by using memory foam technology and magnetic closures in their hunting clothing. Venator Pro stocks a wide range of deerstalker clothing, footwear and larder equipment, and all can be bought via their website or in person from their unit at the Riverside Business Centre, Perth. The Hillman deer stalking range offers hunters a wide selection of jackets, trousers, camo suits, shirts, pullovers, boots and base layers. Continue reading →