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Where to go deer stalking in Scotland

How to choose between the Scottish Highlands, Islands or Lowlands

Where you decide to go deer stalking in Scotland depends on several factors. What kind of deer do you want to hunt - red deer or roe deer? Is the scenery important to you and what kind of scenery do you most appreciate? What are your travel plans, and how much time do you have? Who else will be in your party - will they want to do something different? And finally - what's your budget for the trip?

To help you decide where to go deer stalking in Scotland, this section provides an overview of the main regions of Scotland.

It is illegal to hunt deer in Scotland without permission, and esate workers and professional deer stalkers are always on the look out for poachers. There are strict penalties for people caught poaching. Deer stalking must be arranged in advance by contacting a suitable Highland Estate. Fees apply to stalk deer - these vary from place to place.

The Scottish Lowlands and Borders

The Lowlands of Scotland are located in the south of the country and include the regions of Galloway and the Scottish Borders. This is a peaceful part of the country, with rolling rural scenery, forests, hills and moors. Most of the stalking in this region is for roe deer but some red deer stalking is also available.

Often overlooked by tourists despite being so accessible from England, the Lowlands is a rewarding place to visit. It has excellent golf courses, superb hill-walking and the best mountain biking in the world (officially!). For less active visitors, there are wonderful gardens and beaches, wildlife centres, historic sites and a relaxed pace of life which is hard to match. The main population centres are Dumfries, Newton Stewart and Galashiels.

The climate in the Lowlands is more favourable than in the Highlands, with lower rainfall and higher temperatures. If time is short and you are visiting Scotland from the south (or from Glasgow or Edinburgh), Galloway and the Scottish Borders are an excellent choice of destination.

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The Scottish Islands

Scotland has many islands and the main groups are the Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides (on the west coast), and the Orkney and Shetland Isles on the north coast. While Orkney and Shetland offer great fishing and wondeful walking and wildlife, they are not deer stalkign destinations. The Inner and Outer Hebrides, which include the islands of Skye, Lewis, Harris and Mull (to name but a few), however, offer excellent deer stalking, mostly for red deer. The scenery of these islands is beautiful and diverse, ranging from wild glens and rugged mountains to sandy beaches and stunning seascapes.

Skye - offers great red deer stalking

The islands are all popular with tourists, especially Skye and Mull. The Outer Hebrides are less popular as they are further away but are easily accessible and well worth a visit. Whichever island you visit, there is lots of interest for non-stalkers - hill-walking, wildlife viewing, castles, distilleries, golf and some incredible historic sites, such as Callanish Standing Stones on Lewis. The islands also have a distinct culture and the locals always extend a warm welcome to visitors.

The Outer Hebrides are one of the driest and sunniest regions of Scotland, as their low-lying landscape means that the rain clouds pass over head before bursting on Skye or the West Highlands! Although the Inner Hebrides receive more rain other parts of Scotland, don't let this put you off visiting what are some of the most enchanting areas of Scotland.

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The West Highlands

The West Highlands of Scotland is a beautiful region, with steep sided mountains, wild and rugged glens easy access to some of Scotland's islands. This is a prime area for red deer stalking.

West Highlands - great for deer stalking

This region is popular for tourism due to the spectacular scenery, which also makes it an excellent destination for hill-walking, mountain biking and sea-kayaking. The main town is Fort William, which lies at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. There are also many other attractions for non-stalkers in this region - castles, gardens and boat trips to see whales, dolphins and seals. As with everywhere in Scotland, there are golf courses and distilleries, although this is not the best area for these.

It's worth pointing out that the West Highlands receives more rainfall than many other parts of Scotland - this is due to the landscape of high mountains rising from the sea. However, this dramatic and stunning landscape is what makes the region special, so it is well worth a visit.

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The East Highlands

This region emcompasses Perthshire, the Cairngorms National Park, Speyside and Royal Deeside. It is famed for its royal connections but also for its landscape of rolling hills, clad in purple heather. This is an excellent area for red and roe deer stalking in Scotland.

Cairngorms - great for deer stalking

The East Highlands is popular with tourists, who come for castles, whisky, golf and outdoor pursuits. The Queen's summer residence at Balmoral Castle is on Royal Deeside and there are many other castles in this region which are open to the public. Speyside is Scotland's whisky region, and there are over 50 whisky distilleries here, as well as many others in adjoining regions.

For golfers there are some excellent courses including Ballindalloch Castle and Spey Valley championship courses, as well as many lesser known courses such as Boat of Garten. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Cairngorms National Park provides excellent hiking, climbing, mountain biking and many watersports such as canoeing and rafting. The town of Aviemore is the main tourist centre and has many attractions for visitors such as the funicular railway to the summit of Cairngorm Mountain.

The climate in the East Highlands is more welcoming than in other regions. It receives significently less rainfall than the west, and is often warmer too. All in all, it's a great place to visit for stalkers and non-stalkers alike.

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