Country sports in Perthshire

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  • Enjoy a day out clay pigeon shooting
    Enjoy a day out clay pigeon shooting
  • An angler prepares to release a large salmon back into a river
    Scotland boasts some of the world's best salmon fishing
  • Three men with guns and a dog walk over heather moors
    Scotland is famous for the quality of its sporting bird shooting, particularly red grouse
  • Two men crouching in long grass, one taking aim with a rifle, the other looking through binoculars
    Stalking deer

Scotland is internationally renowned as a mature country sports destination, offering visitors outstanding experiences amongst stunning and dramatic landscapes. Nowhere is this more true than in Perthshire.

The region is blessed with a fantastic variety of different terrains, thanks to its position straddling the Highland Boundary Fault, the natural phenomenon which fused the Highlands and Lowlands together many thousands of years ago.

This mix of mountain, moorland and river makes it a mecca for all country sports aficionados, particularly when matched to the top-quality facilities available supporting both rod and gun.


Perthshire has more than 40 estates and country sport venues that vary greatly in size from the likes of Atholl Estates that extends over 145,000 acres to the more compact 280 acres of Dunkeld House whose guests have access to the River Tay which runs through the grounds of the hotel.

Collectively, they offer a full range of pursuits including exceptional salmon and other game angling, deer stalking and hunting, walked up and rough game shooting and wildfowling.

A comprehensive list of estates and other venues across Perthshire can be found on the Country Sports Tourism Group website.

The Country Sports Experience

If you have an interest in country sports and would like to try your hand at one or more activities, why not sign up for the Country Sport Experience taster sessions?

Choose from either shooting, fishing or deer stalking and learn direct from some of the top professionals in the field. Each 'Experience' is suitable for complete beginners and for those with some basic knowledge and offers practical instruction and the opportunity to learn new skills with shotgun, rod and rifle. (The Deer Stalking and Shooting Experiences shoot at targets and no live animals are used.). You'll also discover the best ways to take your interest in the sport further.

Each Country Sports Experience lasts approximately 3 hours and takes place at various venues throughout Perthshire and Angus. They are available at a cost of £50 per person and bookings are made directly with the venue.