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Award winning luxury accommodation & fine dining with the charm, grace and elegance of the world's finest small hotels, adjacent to the 1st tee at Royal Dornoch Golf Club

#1 Golf Hotel in the Highlands - The Scottish Hotel Awards 2015, 2016 & 2017

#1 Luxury Hotel in the Highlands - The Scottish Hotel Awards 2015, 2016 & 2017

Golf Digest 18 Coolest Places to Stay - 2017

TripAdvisor 2015 #7 Luxury Hotel in United Kingdom

Scottish Deer Stalking and Hunting in the Highlands

Scotland has a long history of hunting and shooting, widely available to sportsmen and sportswomen from all over the world. It brings benefits to many habitats, other wildlife and supports rural Highland communities.


DEER STALKING – The Red Deer Stag is perhaps the most recognized animal in Scotland and is an exciting quarry to hunt. ‘Stalking’ can be arranged between 1 July and 20 Oct. From 21 Oct to the New Year, Red Deer Hinds can be stalked. Roe Deer can be hunted from 1 April right through to the New Year. A day’s stalking will start with rifle training and some ‘sighting shots’, followed by tactical movement into the hills to stalk the deer. Links House can also arrange ‘Photo Stalking’, for guests who wish to track deer for photography purposes.

PHEASANTS AND PARTRIDGES – Links House has exceptional relationships with many estates in the North Highlands and between early October and January, can offer ‘driven’ pheasant and partridge shooting. An average day’s shoot may produce anything up to 300 birds (150 brace), between 6-8 guns.

GROUSE, WOODCOCK AND SNIPE – Links House can offer various forms of grouse shooting – from ‘driven’ birds, to walking-up. In addition there are estates that specialize in woodcock shoots and snipe can also provide a challenge to even the most experienced shots.

DUCK AND GEESE – The duck and goose shooting season is from 1 Sept until 31 Jan. Links House offer a wide variety of locations for this type of shooting.

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING – This is a highly enjoyable activity with a maximum capacity for 10 guns. Unlike live quarry, clay pigeon shooting can be arranged throughout the year and is a perfect additional activity for golf groups. Clay Pigeon shooting can also be conducted for a group of shooters, prior to shooting live game birds, as an opportunity to hone shooting skills.

THE MACNAB CHALLENGE – To stalk a Deer, bag a brace of Grouse and catch a Salmon – all in the same day.

The History of the MacNab Challenge– The inspiration for this challenge is taken from John Buchan’s famous novel – John MacNab, written in 1925. It depicts three bored English gentlemen – lawyer Sir Edward Leithen, Tory MP John Palliser-Yeates and the Earl of Lamancha. They turn up in Scotland and issue a warning to three estates that they intend to poach a deer or a salmon without being detected. This sporting challenge has now inspired the modern-day MacNab, that requires military-style planning and precision, to enable sportsmen and sportswomen to achieve the feat of bagging all three species in a single day.

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Scotland, IV25 3LW

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