Trip Length: 5 nights, 5 days
Price: $6,800 per person/gun, single occupancy only.
Travel to Scotland and join Orvis for traditional wingshooting at Craigsanquhar Country Estate. For several centuries, driven shooting has been the hallmark pastime of the British gentry. Over the last several decades, the Scottish shooting experience has matured to amalgamate quality shooting with exceptional hospitality in the midst of stunning landscapes. At Craigsanquhar Estate you will experience the very essence of Scotland and its heritage.
Located in the rolling hills of the Fife countryside, our primary sporting estates are within a 10-minute drive of Craigsanquhar. Our Estate is specifically designed to cater to shooters, with designated locker rooms, gun safes, dog kennels, and a private lounge designed to allow shooters to unwind and boast of their achievements over our fine collection of single malt whiskies.
With over 30 years of experience in the shooting and hospitality industry, our award-winning team was named Scottish Hotel of the Year 2019. Our Sporting Club host, born and raised in Fife, Scotland, was introduced to wingshooting at a young age as a beater on some of Scotland's most prestigious shooting estates. At the age of 15, he became the youngest field trial champion in the United Kingdom with his beloved Springer Spaniel, Hillbilly Jimmy. Twenty-five years later, he is still enjoying the sport of shooting and sharing his passion by introducing the traditional Scottish driven shoot to North Americans. The Scottish landscape provides habitat for the birds and conditions for shoots that truly define the sport of shooting.
Craigsanquhar Sporting Club is especially geared to North American guests and provides all resources from the minute you arrive in Scotland until you return to the airport for the trip back home.
Day 1: Arrival Day
After arriving at the Edinburgh Airport, you will gather your belongings, rendezvous with other trip participants, and meet your transfer driver for the shuttle to Craigsanquhar Estate. The scenic drive to the estate lasts a bit 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.
Day 2: Rest and Explore the Region
The first full day is yours to use as you wish. 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.
Days 3-4: Walk Up/Mini-Driven Days
Start the morning with a hearty Scottish breakfast in the Craigsanquhar restaurant and then assemble in the gun room to suit up and review the day’s schedule. Guns, ammunition, and accessories will be assembled for the day afield and loaded into the shoot vehicles. The Gamekeeper will escort the shooting team to the field in a fleet of Land Rovers, likely traveling just a few kilometers from Craigsanquhar. Following a safety talk and a breakdown of what to expect, shooters will be positioned at pegs or lined up with the beaters. The mini-driven and walk-ups represent a short flurry of shooting lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, resulting in shots at pheasants, partridge, European woodcock, wood pigeon, and possibly mallard ducks. The day consists of several such shooting sessions, complemented by a glorious hot lunch in the stone stables at nearby Birkhill Estate. Warm up by the fireside and return to the field to finish the day with more shooting before returning to Craigsanquhar in the late afternoon. Dinner available to purchase at the estate or on your own in nearby St. Andrews.
Day 5: Full Day of Driven Birds
Same start as the mini-driven and walk-up days, but the group will assemble at the Birkhill stables for on overview with the gamekeeper and a formal introduction to the Shoot Captain. Pegs will be drawn, and the shooting party will head out to take their positions on the line. Traditional Elevenses and a hot lunch will break up the day, and the shoot will conclude with a return to the stables for cigars and Champagne at day’s end. The group will return to Craigsanquhar where a piper will kick off a formal, multicourse game dinner comprised of game taken over the previous shooting days.
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, drivers will transfer guests back to Edinburgh Airport.
The Mansion House hosts 13 unique bedrooms, each bursting with the character, luxury, and charm of the country house. We offer 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, indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Villas are available based on availability and willingness to share with other guests.
We can arrange for you to play golf in 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.
What is Included?
Five nights accommodation.
Airport transfers from EDI.
Gun rental, ammunition, and licensing.
Three days of shooting: Two walk-up/mini-driven at 75 birds each and one full-driven at 300 birds.
Breakfast each day, lunch on the shooting days, and game meal on the final night (Saturday).
How Many People are on this Trip?
What am I Responsible For?
Dinner and alcohol not included (except for the final game dinner night).
How Strenuous are the Activities?
Moderate, some walking and hiking required on the walk-up/mini-driven days.
Meals and Dining
After a long day of shooting, 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.
Craigsanquhar can arrange for you to play golf in 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.
Driven and mini-driven shoots focus on pheasant, but mallard duck, partridge, snipe, woodcock, and pigeon are often shot on our mixed-wing walked-up shoots.
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.
September to November is likely to experience temperatures ranging from around 41° to 60°F. It is possible that you will experience some snowfall.
What Else to Bring?
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 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. We do have a selection of guns at Craigsanquhar that you may use as part of your package.
The weather is unpredictable this time of year so be prepared to layer. It is good practice to wear a shirt and tie on all days. For walked-up days, we strongly suggest a knee-height wellie-style boot. For the driven day, traditional tweeds, moleskin, or corduroy-style trousers, and an ankle-height boot is suggested. Waterproof coat and trousers are priority for all days.
Q. Which airport should we fly into?
A. Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) is the closest airport with about an hour's drive to Craigsanquhar. You may also fly into Glasgow International (GLA) which is about an hour-and-half drive.
Q. Is there Wi-fi in the rooms?
A. Yes, Wi-fi is provided free of charge throughout the Mansion House, bedrooms and villas.
Q. Do I need to bring an adapter?
A. We do have converters and adapters available for use upon request.
Q. Should I rent a car?
A. We provide transportation to and from the airport as well as to and from the shoots. Taxis are easily booked to the nearby town of St. Andrews and to the train station. However, if you plan to explore on your own or further afield, then we do recommend you rent a car.
Q. Can we bring a dog?
A. Unfortunately, due to the strict quarantine laws in the UK, this is not possible for those traveling from North America.
Q. Can we bring home game?
A. If you wish to bring home game, we will need to use a taxidermy in the UK and ship to you in the US. We can arrange for this service at an additional price.
Q. Can we extend our stay?
A. Absolutely. We provide add-ons to any package such as an additional accommodation or additional night's stay, additional shooting days, sightseeing, and any other activities you may be interested in.
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|Days Prior to Trip||Fee|
|+ 90 days||$300 per person|
|89 days or less||100% of cost|
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Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.
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Arrival and Departure
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