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Without question, our red stag hunt in Scotland is at the top of the list of the most exciting and exceptional hunting values that we at International Adventures have put together in the thirty plus years we have been taking people big game hunting. Our continual search for outstanding opportunities has enabled us to acquire the hunting rights on some of the best estates in all of Scotland, where head game keepers highly manage the harvest of their animals, offering our clients guaranteed shooting opportunities at mature stags
Our package includes your roundtrip airfare from your nearest major international airport to Edinburgh, and all airport transfers. Our hunters are housed at the luxurious Lands of Loyal, an 18th Century duke’s estate, that serves some of the best meals you will find anywhere in the world.
Your hunt includes the harvesting of one hill stag. These are stags that have been born and raised in the high Scottish heather and are allowed to reach maturity that enables them to sport a nice set of antlers. Living in the high heather does not provide quality forage, as well as enduring the winters in that terrain does not allow the hill stag to grow antlers anything near the proportions of animals that are found in lower ground that have been part of a breeding and feeding program. (Stags Safari Club International calls estate stags.)
We have been able to lease the Inshewan Estate on an exclusive basis where Scotland’s oldest and largest breeding herd has been located for nearly forty years. It is from Colin Gibb’s estate the top Scottish Estate Stags have been taken. Here there are stags that are commonly referred to as “surplus breeding stags” that are made available to our clients who are interested in upgrading their hunt from the hill stag to one of these exceptional trophies.
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I make these incredible stags available to my clients for an additional fee that amounts to virtually a cost basis. From this herd, we have harvested stags from twelve points to thirty two points. The cost of these stags is based on our client’s wishes as well as their budget.
What that means to you, is that you will be allowed to take home a true trophy animal at a cost of one half to one fourth of what you would expect to pay for a comparable trophy in other parts of the world. As you can see from the pictures with this information, which are some of the trophies our clients collected in the last couple years, without question, the quality of trophies our hunters harvest, combined with the experience Danielle and I provide by personally accompanying all of our groups, make this the best opportunity to add this incredible specimen to your trophy room you will find anywhere in the world!
Once your red stag is harvested, additional time may be spent hunting roe deer, fallow deer, sika deer, pheasant, partridge, ducks, geese, hares, and rabbits well as possibly doing some touring, seeing some of the historical sites and castles so famous in Scotland. Many of our clients also add on other exciting hunting opportunities such as hunts in England for muntjac, Chinese water deer, pere David deer, hog deer, sika deer, and other animals offered in that region of the UK, or the hunt in Azerbaijan for the East Caucasian tur. We highly encourage our clients to bring their spouse, family, or a companion with them on this adventure. The non-hunter’s package includes all of their touring besides roundtrip airfare, airport transfers and their stay at the luxurious Lands of Loyal. My wife, Danielle, organizes and accompanies our guests to very famous historical sites and castles as well as enables them to enjoy some fabulous shopping.
In that we personally conduct our own hunts, they are custom designed for each individual or group. We build in as much flexibility as possible on this trip in order to create an unforgettable, experience. Since our package includes your roundtrip airfare to Europe, many of our guests extend their stay doing some additional touring in the United Kingdom, as well as side trips to Ireland, Paris, etc. Those additional trips can be very affordable since we have already bought you the over the water portion of this airfare.
Because of the complications of traveling with a firearm, as well as the additional costs of excess baggage, virtually all of our hunters elect to rent an estate rifle at a very nominal fee (including ammunition) instead of securing a permit and bringing their own weapon. The guns you will be using are of a high quality, and we have never in the fifteen years I have offered this hunt, ever had an issue with a rented firearm. If you are planning on doing any additional touring, that will also nearly prohibit you from taking a gun with you, as the permit I would secure for you is only a Scottish permit. Each night that firearm must be put in a police approved, locked safe, which most hotels or bed and breakfasts that you may be staying at would not have available for you.
At the conclusion of your hunt, I will deliver your trophies to a taxidermist in Scotland, who will finish all of the trophy preparation and secure all of the necessary permits to allow you to bring your trophies into the U.S. Because of costs and frustrations that my clients have dealt with using taxidermists and brokers to clear shipments for them, I have acquired my U.S. Fish and Wildlife import/export license, and as part of this hunt, I will bring these trophies back to the US on just a cost basis, saving our clients hundreds of dollars, as opposed to having their taxidermist and/or a broker clear those shipments for them. Your trophies should also be delivered to you by Christmas.
Planning this hunt a year or more in advance is not uncommon, and by doing so, our hunters lock in current rates for this package. I hope you can be a part of this incredible adventure in the not too distant future.
I am so glad that you are considering joining us on our red stag hunt in Scotland! My daily challenge is to make sure that we have as much fun during the day touring castles, visiting historical sites, shopping, and going out for lunch as the folks who are in the field hunting.
This information will give you an insight into what to expect on your adventure. First, your package includes the roundtrip airfare into Edinburgh from your nearest international airport, as well as all airport transfers, meals, and lodging at the luxurious Lands of Loyal, and 18th Century Duke’s estate, and all touring costs.
Typically, your flight over leaves in the afternoon, or early evening on day one. You fly through the night, arriving in Edinburgh the next morning day two. We strongly suggest, however, that you fly in a day early and stay at the Edinburgh Airport Hilton hotel (which we will be happy to arrange for you) in order to have some time to rest up. More importantly, with the instability of the airlines, this insures you will be in Edinburgh on your pick up day with your luggage in hand, ready for your transfer to the Lands of Loyal Hotel.
On the day that we pick you up, the drive from Edinburgh to the Lands of Loyal in Alyth takes a little over an hour. You will have time to get into your room, unpack, and relax that afternoon. When you check in, the front desk will let you know what time we will meet for dinner. After we finish dinner, Michael will conduct an orientation meeting so everyone will know what to expect during the upcoming days.
We like to get a fairly early start in the morning for the touring, so we will plan on meeting for breakfast at 8:00, and depart the hotel around 8:30 for a full day of touring historical sights and castles, as well as shopping. We have our own vehicle and driver, giving me the flexibility necessary to make sure that each group sees the sights that they are most interested in. I am personally traveling with our groups every day, making sure that everything is running smoothly. Admissions to all activities and lunch are provided as part of the non-hunting package. We like to be back around 5:00 to 5:30 PM. We typically meet in the lobby by the Italian marble fire place around 7 to place our order so the we can eat around 8:00 pm.
Over the years, we have perfected numerous daily itineraries which highlight the most interesting and enjoyable places to visit in this area of Scotland during your three days of touring. The following are some possible days you may enjoy with us.
First we travel to Scone Palace, where 42 kings of Scotland were crowned. Here you will see the Stone of Destiny and Moot Hill. Then we’re off to Stirling Castle, where we eat lunch, and visit the William B. Wallace Memorial, (watch Braveheart with Mel Gibson before your trip!) We will also visit the Dunblane Cathedral on that day.
First, we travel to Fakland Palace, the hunting lodge of Mary Queen of Scots and the Stuarts, eat lunch in St. Andrews at the Dunvegan Pub, and then take an hour in St. Andrews for pictures and shopping. We then drive to Glamis Castle and tour the childhood home of the Queen Mother.
First, we will visit Blair Castle, Bruar Falls, and the House of Bruar. We then drive a short distance to Pitlochary, where we will have lunch and visit the famous “Heather Gems Factory” where local craftsmen make jewelry out of heather. Then we will shop at some of the best stores for Scottish gifts, and visit Bell’s Distillery
First we travel to Edinburgh, which is the capital city of Scotland. Weather permitting, we take a double decker bus tour of the city. After lunch, those who are interested, tour the Edinburgh Castle or others may shop if they prefer. If the majority of the group is interested, we can shorten our time in Edinburgh a little bit, and visit the Rosslyn Chapel, which was made famous by the DaVinci Code.
On day six our guests depart. At that point, you may choose to do some additional touring on your own. You can rent a car if you choose to further explore Scotland or if you would like to use Scotland as a stepping off point, you can continue on to Italy, Ireland, London or anywhere in Europe you would like. These things are very easy to arrange, and we would be glad to assist you with further travel plans.
I hope this gives you a good idea of what to expect, and you are really looking forward to your days in Scotland with us! As much fun as my husband has with our hunters, I try to make sure our non-hunters have more fun!