The Scottish country sports tourism industry defied the odds this year with its enduring international appeal by boosting foreign visitors and overnight stays.
An increasing number of birds of prey are thriving on Scottish grouse moors due to gamekeepers’ conservation efforts.
Restaurants throughout the country are being urged to follow suit as some of the top chefs in the UK have been serving up grouse as a firm favourite this season.
Scottish chef Nick Nairn got the Glorious Twelfth off to a bang today as he joined a party on a Perthshire estate for the start of the grouse season.
The renowned cook was amongst tourists from France, estate staff and gamekeepers at Crieff’s Abercairny Estate - which is part of the Tayside & Central Moorland Group - to bag the first grouse of the season despite the damp conditions on the hill.
Grouse counting is underway on Scotland’s sporting estates ahead of the Glorious Twelfth – and leading agents and gamekeepers are forecasting a positive season for the sector.
The curlew is getting back on song on Scottish grouse moors.
Interest in gamekeeping as a vocation is flying high according to Scotland’s leading rural colleges.
Sporting estates and gamekeepers across Scotland today launched a new initiative – Heather on FireOK! – to raise public awareness of why Scotland’s heather-clad hills are burning.
Grouse shooting continued to support rural hotels and accommodation providers last year despite a more volatile shooting season on Scotland’s moors.