Country sports in the Highlands

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  • An angler prepares to release a large salmon back into a river
    Scotland boasts some of the world's best salmon fishing
  • Two men crouching in long grass, one taking aim with a rifle, the other looking through binoculars
    Stalking deer

With its mix of terrain and long coastline, the Highlands are a major attraction for country sports enthusiasts.

Field sports

The Highland's grouse shooting and red deer stalking in particular are renowned throughout the world and there are a large number of estates across the region that cater for every type of country sport including wildfowling, game- and rough shooting.

Accommodation providers on the estates are also happy to organise shooting and stalking activities for guests and VisitScotland’s Fieldsports Welcome award helps visitors choose those providers with additional facilities for the country sports enthusiast. Establishments displaying this award will provide secure, legal storage boxes for guns, daily weather forecasts, a hanging or storage facility for game, kennelling facilities for gundogs, and local information on shooting opportunities.

Due to the various season lengths for game, wildfowl and deer shooting and stalking can be an all-year round activity.

Competitive shooting opportunities are also available including clay pigeon, full-bore and small-bore rifle and pistol shooting, and air guns. There are opportunities to try your skill with shooting clay pigeons. Tuition is available and competitions can be arranged.


The Highlands offers an excellent variety of game and sea fishing opportunities including well-stocked lochs, salmon rivers and a rugged coastline inhabited by an enormous variety of marine life.

Whether in remote lochs, crystal-clear streams or any of several big rivers, game anglers can pit their skills against rainbow, brown and sea trout, grayling or the ‘King of Fish’, the powerful Atlantic salmon. An excellent day’s fishing is also to be had at any of the increasing number of well-stocked trout fisheries around the region.

For sea anglers, boats can be hired from a number of locations with shore fishing being available to everybody at no cost. Available catches can include large skate, shark species, wrasse, pollock and conger eels.