It was hard not to be distracted by the stunning scenery but with the clear guidance of the gamekeeper, it was certainly a successful day’s stalking at the Glenrinnes Estate and a wonderful opportunity to escape the City and embrace my Scottish heritage." Ross Malpass, London
Deer stalking at Glenrinnes Estate gives visitors a chance to experience one of the most engaging forms of shooting against the stunning backdrop of Ben Rinnes and the Convals. The large numbers of deer on this private estate means that we have now opened up stalking days for limited bookings.
Though the buck season will perhaps appeal most to experienced stalkers, the doe season offers a great value introduction for novice stalkers.
What is deer stalking?
Deer stalking refers to the hunting of deer by foot. On arrival at a suitable part of the estate, you will attempt to secure a good position for a shot by moving with stealth so as not to alert the deer to your presence. Normally there will only be an opportunity for a single shot by rifle for each animal.
What will I shoot?
Glenrinnes Estate has a large number of roe deer, with both bucks and does available to shoot depending upon the time of year. Any bucks shot may be subject to "trophy fees" dependent upon the size of the antlers.
When can I do it?
The season for roe bucks runs from 1st April until 20th October, with keys dates for the estate being between 1st May and 7th June. The season for does runs from 1st November to 31st March.
How long does the day last?
For buck stalking, the day runs from 3.30am-8.30am and from 7pm-12pm. For doe stalking the day runs from 9.00am-3.00pm.
How many people can take part?
Due to the requirement to hunt by stealth, it is normally recommended for only one person to go out with a gamekeeper to get the most out of the experience. As we have multiple game keepers and a large area for stalking, we can accommodate two or three people simultaneously.
How many will I shoot?
Naturally the number of deer you will shoot will depend upon a number of factors, not least your skill with a rifle. However, we normally expect a group of two visitors to shoot five bucks each per week.
Are refreshments provided?
Due to the time of day that buck stalking takes place, guests will be able to enjoy breakfast at their hotel following their morning activities. For doe stalking, there will be a break for lunch. Guests are welcome to bring their own packed lunches which can be enjoyed in a bothy. However, we can also arrange a packed lunch from a local deli on request. Please ask for more information when booking.
How do I get to the estate?
The Glenrinnes Estate is approximately an hour from both Aberdeen and Inverness airports, where you can hire a car or transfer to local public transport. We are also able to arrange private pick-ups and drop-offs for you. Please enquire when booking for more information.
Where can I stay?
If you require accommodation when visiting the Glenrinnes Estate, we have secured favourable rates with a local luxury hotel situated 6 miles away from the estate. Alongside its enviable location and buzzy eatery, it is a must-visit for any whisky lovers due to its extensive whisky bar.