Having had the pleasure of shooting at Glenrinnes on a number of occasions, I think I can safely say it has to be one of the most exciting and often most challenging shoots in the country. Whatever the weather, the keeper and his team have always presented great birds, in quantity - whether partridge, pheasant or duck - making each visit truly memorable!" Jeremy Carey, London
Driven pheasant shoots are central to the sporting activities which take place on the Glenrinnes Estate. Since 1994, the estate has been developed to create a challenging yet enjoyable shoot that has come to be recognised as one of the best in the region.
What is driven shooting?
Driven shoots are made up of a number of "drives" which are situated across the estate. A driven pheasant day at Glenrinnes Estate is normally made up of around five drives. At the start of each drive, each person (or "gun") is placed safely apart from each other in a line, standing at a particular point normally known as a "peg". Once everyone is in place, beaters will begin to flush the birds out of the undergrowth causing them to fly overhead for participants to shoot at safely.
What will I shoot?
Driven shoots at Glenrinnes are primarily focused on pheasant and partridge, which are reared and managed on the estate each season. However, duck may also make up some of the drives.
How many birds will I shoot?
Naturally the number of birds you shoot will depend upon the capabilities and experience of your group. However, at the beginning of the season we would expect 250-350 birds per day and towards the end of the season about 150-200 birds per day, based on eight guns taking part.
When can I do it?
The Glenrinnes Estate can offer driven shooting days from the 25th October until 31st January.
How long does the day last?
Driven shooting days are made up of five or six drives, normally starting at 9am and finishing at around 4pm, with an hour's break for lunch in between.
Is lunch provided?
A two course lunch is provided. We strive to ensure that the menu will include organic meat sourced from our own farm. Tea and coffee is served at the end of the day. Please let us know about any dietary requirements 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.