Looking for a country hotel for the shooting season?

Meikleour Arms is perfectly located for a day on the grouse at Invercauld or for pheasant shooting in Perthshire, Fife or the Angus Glens.

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Meikleour Arms hotel in January

The hotel, built in 1820, has a selection of well-appointed rooms and five comfortable, modern cottages and a menu selection making the most of the bountiful local estate produce and seasonal wild game.

Stay at Meikleour and enjoy driven or walked up shooting

Meikleour is a great location for shooting grouse on estates like Invercauld

The hotel and estate are also perfect if you are having a day off, and wish to stretch your legs – you can visit the famous Meikleour beech hedge, it recently hit the headlines when owners were faced with a £90,000 bill to trim the highest hedge in the world. 

Perhaps you’d love to visit the V&A in Dundee, an easy trip to make as it is only a 35 minute drive from Meikleour.

A warm welcome, real fires, cosy surroundings, a well-stocked bar and an extensive menu of locally sourced produce are all standard at the Meikleour Arms.

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Meikleour Arms Hotel inside a well appointed bedroom.

You can also fish for salmon on the iconic Tay beats on the Meikleour estate.

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Meikleour Arms Hotel, Meikleour, Perthshire

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Autumnal changes, new hunting wardrobe?

Over the last two weeks, I have noticed a change in the weather, I have felt the difference in the temperature especially first thing in the morning when it’s been 4 or 5 degrees lower. The air has a fresh quality to it and the light is shortening and sunrise is now creeping in at 06:00.

One of my favourite pieces of clothing for outdoors, shooting and for deer stalking is the Hillman sweater troyer, it is warm and comfortable to wear.  It’s included in what I call, my reliable gear, because it is exactly that, reliable!

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Visit Venator Pro shop, and take advantage of the bargains currently on sale.

 

‘Country sports – evolve to survive’ my regular column for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association.

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Visit website to join and enjoy the many benefits of membership.

New skills, new challenges?

 

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Last year I put down my camera and picked up a rifle. It was all thanks to my collaboration with VenatorPro Ltd based in Perth, Scotland. Learning a new skill was an exciting new process, and one I embraced because I highly value personal growth.

When acquiring additional skills the benefits are numerous. Learning something new brings variety into our life, counteracts boredom and makes us more adaptable. Life rarely stays the same so being adaptable makes accepting change much easier.

Learning can help prevent dementia. When we learn new skills there is an increase in the density of the white matter in the brain and this helps improve performance. Learning stimulates neurons which form neural pathways and allow electrical impulses to travel faster across them.

There is a sense of euphoria when learning and seeing the result of your skills base expanding. I certainly felt that when shooting at targets with .243 Tikka T3 Rifle. It felt as though I was in a state of flow, where all my senses were charged and my focus was fully aligned to the task of target shooting. Previously, I had never shot a rifle, only a shotgun so my learning started from the basics.

If you wish to learn the skill of deer stalking in beautiful Perthshire, contact Kenneth Larsen of Venator Pro.

Selection of photos from the Deer Stalking Fair, March 2018

It’s hard to believe the Deer Stalking Fair is five years old. The dedicated deer event was well supported by specialist retailers, industry experts giving talks and demonstrations.
Venator Pro joined the Fair for the first time, MD Kenneth Larsen said, “Great place to meet deer stalkers and we enjoyed the atmosphere at the Deer Stalking Fair and organisers were very helpful. Our first year but we will be back next year.”

Click here for Venator Pro’s shop full of deer stalking clothing and footwear.

Senior Coach and Shooting School Manager,Tracy Meston said, “I had a successful couple of days making custom ear plugs and taking bookings for the Roxburghe Shooting School. There was a great cross section of visitors ranging from those that ‘do’ who are in the business to those that don’t but want to! It is also a great meeting place for friends to catch up and have a blather!”

Tracy can be found at the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.

Personal safety for country sports enthusiasts

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.