Orvis Combination Week at Craigsanquhar Estate
Enjoy salmon fishing and driven partridge shoot at a quality Scottish estate.
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September 24 – 30, 2023
Length of Trip:
6 nights, 5 days
$10,975 per shooter/angler - single occupancy/shared guide
- Enjoy one week that combines salmon fishing and driven partridge shoots
- Quality guides, exceptional hospitality, and genteel accommodations
- Shot game dinner on the last night at Craigsanquhar
- Plenty of opportunities to enjoy non-sporting activities
- Round-trip transfers to and from Edinburgh Airport
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Craigsanquhar has been owned by the McClendon family since 1999 when it was changed from a private home to a luxury hotel, restaurant, and wedding venue. In 2011, the family welcomed Jason Herkes to the family and to the business. With him came a wealth of knowledge in the Scottish shooting world thanks to his days as a young lad beating on some of Scotland’s most prestigious sporting estates. The Mansion House hosts 13 unique bedrooms, each bursting with the character, luxury, and charm of the country house. The house offers a combination of rooms with a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. Adjacent to the Mansion House are four villas. Each is a three-bedroom luxury villa with a private bath in each bedroom and an additional powder bathroom, full kitchen, dining area, living room, laundry room, Wi-Fi, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Villas are booked based on availability and willingness to share with other guests.
After a long day of shooting or fishing, there is nothing better than unwinding fireside with a cold pint of beer brewed in Scotland, a single malt whisky distilled just miles up the road, or a specialty cocktail before enjoying the culinary delights of Nathaniel's Restaurant. We encourage our shooters to bring back some of the daily bag for our chefs to prepare for dinner. Our seasonal menus celebrate the legacy of Scottish agriculture. It honors the people who, for generations, have been growing our food; the Scottish farm families who work year-round tending to their land, seeds, and crops that become the food we serve to our families. We know our food is handled with care, harvested at its peak, and made available for us to enjoy together.
Alcoholic beverages will be at guests' expense.
Day 1 - Arrival Day:
After arriving at Edinburgh Airport, you will gather your belongings and meet Craigsanquhar representatives who will be waiting to drive you to Craigsanquhar Estate. It is assumed that not everyone will arrive on the same flight, but transport will be waiting for all guests at the airport arrival. The scenic drive to the estate lasts more than an hour and carries guests out of the city and into the Scottish countryside. Upon arrival at Craigsanquhar House, you will be assisted to your room and given time to settle in. Depending on when your flight gets in, you may take some time to rest, tour the estate grounds, or have coffee, lunch, or a drink at the restaurant at the estate. There are no activities planned for arrival day, but we suggest visiting St. Andrews (six miles away) and having dinner at Craigsanquhar or in town after you have settled in.
Days 2–5: Salmon Fishing and Driven Partridge Shoot:
Day 2 – Full day of guided fishing on the River Tay. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 AM. There will be a 45-minute drive to the fishing hut. One guide for every two anglers. A hot lunch will break up the day, and fishing will conclude with a return to Craigsanquhar Estate at the day’s end. Transport provided.
Day 3 – Full day of driven partridge shooting with a 200-bird bag limit. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 AM. There will be a drive to the shooting estate. Drive times will vary based on the shooting estate. A hot lunch will break up the day, and fishing will conclude with a return to Craigsanquhar Estate at the day’s end. Transport provided.
Day 4 – Full day of guided fishing on the River Tay. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 AM. There will be a 45-minute drive to the fishing hut. One guide for every two anglers. A hot lunch will break up the day, and fishing will conclude with a return to Craigsanquhar Estate at the day’s end. Transport provided.
Day 5 – Full day of driven partridge shooting with a 200-bird bag limit. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 AM. There will be a drive to the shooting estate. Drive times will vary based on the shooting estate. A hot lunch will break up the day. The group will return to Craigsanquhar, where they will enjoy a formal, multicourse game dinner comprised of game taken over the previous shooting days. Transport provided.
Day 6 - Rest and Explore the Region:
This day is for guests to use as they wish; no sporting activities are planned. Explore nearby St. Andrews, go on a distillery tour, purchase some tweeds and shooting accessories, or have a pint at the local pub. The small towns around Craigsanquhar are charming and easily accessible, and private car service can be arranged through Craigsanquhar to facilitate your exploration.
Day 7 - Departure:
Guests can enjoy breakfast or lunch on their final day depending on departure time. Drivers will transfer guests back to Edinburgh Airport.
*Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.
Fishing on the River Tay:
Region/Terrain: Scotland is home to some of the best salmon fishing rivers in all of Europe and to several lesser-known rivers that offer excellent fly fishing for Atlantic salmon. The most well-known rivers are the River Tay, River Spey, River Tweed, and the River Dee. Guests will be connected Scotland’s best fishing guides; no matter your fishing experience, they have a guide to suit you.
Known as one of the most prized fighting fish due to their ability to use their power, speed, and weight, Atlantic salmon live in freshwater as juveniles but migrate to the sea as adults and prefer the temperate and arctic regions of the northern hemisphere. They return to their native freshwater rivers to spawn with incredible accuracy. Scotland provides idyllic angling opportunities to spin or fly fish for Atlantic salmon.
Target Species: Atlantic salmon
Driven Partridge Shooting:
Region/Terrain: The shooting estates are located in the northeast region of Scotland. A countryside filled with rolling hills, rivers, craggy ravines, pristine woodland, game crops, and ground cover. The shooting estates pride themselves on maintaining their woodland, preserving the natural terrain of the land with untouched landscapes, and conservation of the wildlife that inhabits it.
Shooting Estates: This trip will have separate driven shoots on different estates; availability will be secured six months in advance of the shoot and a detailed list will be sent to guests at that time.
Target Species: Mallard duck and partridge.
What is Included?
- Six nights’ accommodation at Craigsanquhar and a full Scottish breakfast each morning
- Two days of guided fishing on the river Tay (0ne guide per two anglers)
- Two days of driven partridge shooting (200 bird bag per day)
- Transportation to and from fishing and shooting
- Lunch during shooting/fishing days for anglers/shooters
- Airport Transfers to and from Edinburgh Airport
- Farewell dinner Saturday night at Craigsanquhar
What is Not Included?
- International and domestic flights
- Gratuities (house staff and guides)
- Alcohol & food not mentioned above
- Transportation not listed above
- Trip insurance
How many people are on this trip?
Eight anglers/shooters plus travel companions.
What skill level is suggested?
Anglers – All skill levels are welcome.
Shooters – We ask that participants have some previous experience in hunting or clay target shooting.
How strenuous are the activities?
Fishing from the banks, guests will sometimes be in waist-high water with a strong current, making for moderately strenuous conditions. Shooting will be from pegs so a very mild walk from the vehicle to the peg.
Is this a child-friendly trip?
Shooting permits in the UK are granted only to persons over the age of 18. Participants must be 18 years and over. Gun/hunter safety education is strongly encouraged as a pre-requisite for participation.
What other activities are available?
Craigsanquhar can arrange for you to play golf at St. Andrews and the surrounding golf courses. Fishing, spa treatments, historical sightseeing of castles and fishing villages, or day trips to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands are also available.
What is the typical weather?
September to November is likely to experience temperatures ranging from around 41° to 60°F. Guests should expect rain and wind. It is possible that you will experience some snowfall. Your trip will be much more enjoyable if you're ready for all types of weather. It's best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.
What gear do you recommend?
We recommend that you bring a small medicine pack with over-the-counter painkillers, relief for heartburn, allergy medicines, and anything that you are accustomed to using as they are significantly different in Scotland.
You may bring your own gun; however, a UK gun license holder must collect it from the airport. You may not bring it with you. We can arrange this service for an additional fee if you wish to do so. All ammunition must be purchased in the UK.
Guests should bring waterproof clothing and good footwear. All fishing gear will be supplied including waders. Guns and ammo will be supplied for shooting. There is no pro shop on site but a short trip into town will give you the opportunity to purchase many different things.
A detailed packing list will be sent to guests upon booking.
Reservations, Deposits & Payments
The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.
A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.
All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.
Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.
When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:
|Days Prior to Trip||Fee|
|+ 90 days||$300 per person|
|89 days or less||100% of cost|
For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.
We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.
Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.
Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.
Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.
Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.
Passports and documents
International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.
Arrival and Departure
Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.
Equipment & Clothing
You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
Limitation of liability
This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.
Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.
All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.
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Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.
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