Deer stalking on Scottish estates

    Deer stalking on Scottish estates has bucked the economic trend, with both demand and prices increasing this year.

    According to Savills rural research, prices increased by an average of 5% this year, with estates in more accessible locations, where demand is greater, rising by 21% since the general economic downturn began. 

    Savills’ latest study, undertaken as the Scottish stag season closes and the hind season gets underway, looked at prices and demand for stalking on the 500,000 acres managed by Savills in Scotland.

    Dalnacardoch Estate in Perthshire is now charging £400 a stag - but despite the rise in prices, the shooting lodge remained at full occupancy throughout this year’s stag season, with bookings already made for 2013.

    And while the sport still retains its exclusive edge, many owners have become more enterprising in a bid to attract a wider market and mitigate the rising costs of running a traditional estate in the current climate. Although the vast majority of stalkers are men, a growing number of women are becoming interested in the sport, with women accounting for 10% of bookings last year.

    Of course, Scotland is renowned for its stag stalking, but the more affordable hind stalking is increasing in popularity. Typical charges are around £200 a day, half that of shooting a single stag. Hind stalking can also be let on a daily rather than weekly basis, with less need for clients to book accommodation.

    Estates have been particularly successful at attracting stalkers from overseas, with around two thirds coming from outside Scotland. The Scottish landscape is very different to the woodlands of Europe, and many people enjoy the experience of stalking in the open hills. It’s hardly surprising that Scottish stag stalking is seen as the holy grail of country sports in Europe.


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    Alastair Gemmell

    Alastair Gemmell


    Savills Perth

    +44 (0) 1738 477 520

    +44 (0) 1738 477 520