Going out hunting or deer stalking in remote parts of the countryside or fishing a distant hill loch?
Scotland is a sporting destination enjoyed by men and women from all over the world. Hunting and fishing in far flung, and often isolated, beautiful locations is part of the unique charm of the Scottish experience.
Scottish Country Sports participation requires preparation; picking your dates, finding your chosen location, and selecting a service provider to suit your needs.
Read more of my article on the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group Website, click here.
I went walking in the snow this morning and have discovered the perfect snow boot. The boots are lightweight, and keep your feet very warm. I was out in deep snow (Scotland has lots of it today!) and only wore a standard pair of socks under the boots. If I’d been wearing wellies I would’ve pulled on two pairs of socks.
I slipped my feet into the boots and headed out. I had plenty grip in the snow, and did not slip once. My feet were kept very warm and dry. It’s a comfortable boot, and easy to wear because it is so lightweight. I love having warm feet, especially when out in the current blizzard conditions!
Visit VENATOR website to buy this boot
If you are out picking-up on your local shoot with your gun dogs, you’ll need comfortable footwear to keep you dry and warm. Hillman have introduced a new range of boots; the Feather boot is ultra-lightweight, and designed to keep your feet warm and dry in the coldest temperatures. Lawrie Robertson tested a pair of the feather boots out on his local shoot, he is a lifelong shooting and gundog man, based in Fife, Scotland, and has worn many different boots over the years.
Lawrie wearing Hillman Feather Boots, picking up on a local shoot.
Lawrie said, “it’s hard to believe a boot could be so light and comfortable. A lightweight boot is great news, especially if you are getting on a bit in years (Lawrie is 78), as you are standing and walking all day when you are picking-up on the shoot. The Feather Boots are wide, and that adds to the comfort plus they’re easy to get on and off. They felt great to wear and I’ll be wearing them each time I’m out at the shoot, and when I’m gundog training. I give them 9 out of 10!”
Buy the boots online at www.venatorpro.com
Oran Mor at sunset
If you are looking for a peaceful break in Scotland, I highly recommend a week at Oran Mor. The modern architect designed property overlooking Loch Fleet will not disappoint, located in the small settlement of Skelbo, it is a feast for the senses. Oran Mor’s vast open views are often inhabited by the local wildlife; red kites soaring on the thermals, seals basking on the sandbanks, rabbits in the hedgerows and the fox wandering through the garden at dusk.
Oran Mor’s location, a few miles from Dornoch, is ideal for fishing the Helmsdale and many other rivers and lochs.
It’s also a perfect place for a relaxing break, the air is clean, and the light is incredible day and night. The sunsets are spectacularly colourful, and during the summer months, the light rarely fades. Don’t close the bedroom curtains. Lie in bed, and let the sunrise welcome you to a new day as the early morning pink and orange hues stretch across the skies and flood the house.
Oran Mor is a spacious, comfortable property, well equipped with all mod-cons and with ample parking. The light in the house and surrounding landscape is fantastic, it has an uplifting, healing quality, and should be on prescription! Perfect for artists, photographers and those in need of a re-charge.
For information and booking availability visit: Oran Mor Booking Page.
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Linda Mellor out deer stalking with Kenneth Larsen, Venator’s MD
Everyone should have a good hat or cap they can use for shooting, fishing and deer stalking. A hat serves many purposes; good camouflage, can be used for warmth, keep the sun and rain off your face and out of your eyes and, in my case, it helps keeps my hair out of the way.
For years, I have worn a couple of different hats; each one has its function; I love my Akubra hat for everyday wear and shooting, it’s also good for fishing and walking but not on a windy day. Recently, I tried and loved the Hillman Reversible Hat. It comes in a range of sizes and patterns; my favourite is the Autumn hat because of the green (I love green) running through the camo pattern. The hat has a folding bill; this feature was invented and produced by Hillman. Thanks to the hat’s lack of bulk you can stuff it in your pocket when not in use, and pull it out when you need it without the need for rigorous reshaping. It also had reversible fluorescent orange. I wore mine when I was out on my first dawn roe buck stalk with Venator’s MD Kenneth Larsen (pictured).
The Hillman Reversible Hat suits men and women and my one is now a permanent fixture in my hat collection.
You can buy one here online at Venator.
The Scottish Ladies Fly Fishing Team are hosting a free open day with casting instruction and fly tying.
The event starts at 9 am with an introduction from team Chairman, Jane Wright, followed by a presentation on the theory of casting; overhead, single and double haul, and casting techniques for boat fishing. Casting tuition will take place outdoors and, indoors, Team Manager, Alan Hill will give advice on knots and fly tying techniques.
VENUE: King Robert Hotel, Stirling FK7 0LJ
DATE: SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2017
TIME: 9 – 5.30 PM
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