Welcome to The Gift of Grouse 

The red grouse – Lagopus lagopus - is the truly unique native bird of Scotland. 

It is at the heart of the magnificent landscape that forms such a large part of Scotland’s stunningly beautiful scenery.

The splendour of Scotland’s renowned purple heather is the home of the red grouse – and this is where it gives in so many different ways.

Tourism, employment, conservation and the creation of a gateway to the countryside all directly benefit from the grouse.

Scotland is a world class destination for country sports such as grouse shooting which are now more accessible to people from all walks of life and are being enjoyed by young and old.

They appreciate and are passionate about the The Gift of Grouse.

Community Moorland Groups

People are at the heart of Gift of Grouse.

The campaign aims to tell the story of the grouse shooting and grouse keeping industry, through the people who are involved with it every day of their lives – gamekeepers, their families and local businesses such as garages, butchers, restaurants and hotels who work closely with estates across rural Scotland.

Local moorland groups are well on their way to being established in key grouse shooting areas in Scotland – organised, managed and driven by local people and are wholeheartedly promoting the positive benefits of moorland management and conservation.

Outstanding examples of this commitment is the work done to date by the Angus Glens Moorland Group, Grampian Moorland Group, Lammermuirs Moorland Group and the Tayside & Central Moorland Group. Please click on the links below to read more about each group:

Angus Glens Moorland Group Grampian Moorland Group
Lammermuirs Moorland Group Tayside and Central Moorland Group
Lammermuirs Moorland Group
Angus Glens Moorland Group
Tayside and Central Moorland Group


The Gift of Grouse

The Gift of Grouse

Grouse Counting

Grouse Counting

A guide to shooting

A Guide to Shooting

A guide to shooting

Nick Nairn launches the Glorious Twelfth 2016


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Thursday December 01, 2016

By Lianne MacLennan, Grampian Moorland Group Coordinator A Grampian gamekeeper who hasn’t been without his signature moustache since he was 18 years old has had it waxed off to raise vital cash for men’s health charities. For 32 years, Leslie George (50), a gamekeeper in Strathdon, has had a full moustache, with even his wife …



Wednesday September 07, 2016

By Nick Nairn, Grouse remains for myself and many others, the king of game birds. I like grouse roasted on the bone for an all-round better taste and texture. Roast grouse is where traditional cooking and accompaniments can’t be beaten – bread sauce, game gravy, roast tatties. The grouse itself only needs a bit of …



Thursday August 11, 2016

By Lianne MacLennan, Co-ordinator for the Angus Glens Moorland Group On Sunday the 7th of August 2016 the small and quaint village of Edzell, in Angus, saw over 350 people gather at its iconic Dalhousie Arch.  There was a mixture of Gamekeepers and their families from across the country who are members of the seven different Regional Moorland Groups that …