This most traditional Highland sporting activity has been enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds at Kingairloch for over 150 years. Today we manage the wild red deer population through selective culling to conserve and promote a healthy stable population and protect the natural habitat at Kingairloch. We do not shoot “trophy” stags, we select mature stags with often fairly poor-average heads. For our hind cull, we also have a strict management program.
Our highly experienced stalkers will accompany you on your private outing, and will offer expert advice and tuition. Our stalkers are able to guide people of any ability – from those never having handled a firearm before, to seasoned stalkers.
The stag season runs from 1 July to the 20 October. Stalking is available in September and October.
The hind season runs from the 21 October to the 15 February. Hind stalking available from October until mid December.
Guests must wear stout lace-up boots offering good ankle support, warm tweed or camouflage clothing, hat, gloves; all of which is recommended to be waterproof. A pair of binoculars are also worth having to enhance the experience during the outing. Guests should bring a packed lunch suitable for a full day of walking in the hills. Walking sticks are provided.
On the first morning guests will be taken to the target to familiarise with the rifle and demonstrate marksmanship abilities to the Stalker.
Stalking at Kingairloch requires a very high level of fitness and the ability to walk on tough terrain, all day. Our deer are truly wild and live on open hillsides; a stalk will often involve walking up to 10 miles a day, starting at sea level and walking up our mountains which range between 600-800m. Guests are commonly required to crawl in order to reach a shooting position, thus prevent detection by the deer.
Secure storage is available for those bringing their own firearms to the estate, however this must be agreed prior to your arrival. Firearm’s must be fully serviceable, zeroed and accurate. Calibres of rifles must meet the minimum legal criteria for the taking of Red Deer in Scotland.
Kingairloch operates a strict non-toxic ammunition policy in order to enhance the quality of our produced meat products.
Magical Escape: There are not enough superlatives to describe this magical location - Kingairloch is very special and we keep returning year after year.
Wonderful scenery and vistas, wildlife galore and a place that is truly good for the soul.
The Steadings is perfect for a large family group with plenty of space and facilities that ensure whatever the weather comfort is top of the list.
We love it!
– Guest of The Steadings, September 2022
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