Shooting, hunting and stalking in Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park

Royal Deeside is know for its vast and varied wildlife, beautiful scenery and great sporting opportunities. From the thriving local populations of black grouse and red squirrels, to the majestic golden eagles, capercaillies and amazing wild cats.

The area is renowned for the hunting of red, roe and fallow deer, with well-managed stocks maintained between all three species. Hunters often enjoy stalking deer in the woodlands or heather-clad moorlands in Ballater, with roe deer available in both the hills and high seats in the woodlands on the estate’s lower ground. Large red stags are considered to present an excellent hunters challenge. The now infamous Macnab Challenge tasks hunters with stalking a red deer, shooting a brace of grouse and catching a salmon, all within one day and is considered the greatest sporting challenge in the area, with few hunters who can claim the honour of completing it.

There are a few estates in Royal Deeside that offer organised grouse shooting by car or foot, as well as red and roe deer stalking trips.

Deeside Inn Ballater Pheasant

Scotsport Travel Co. 

Scotsport Travel Co. is a Scottish based company with offices in Scandinavia and Scotland. For many years the company has been providing quality hunting, shooting and stalking packages in Scotland and worldwide.

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Huntingsporting Scotland

Huntingsporting Scotland’s Scottish shooting breaks are tailor-made to ensure that you get everything you want from your shooting break or hunting holiday. Their packages take into account what animal you wish to hunt and they take you to superb hunting spots so that you get the most from your break in Royal Deeside.

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Eat & Drink

Eat and drink before or after your outdoor adventures at our hearty restaurant, which specialises in traditional Scottish hospitality and local, high quality produce. The décor of the inn’s restaurant and lounge is warm and welcoming with many original features retained. The open fire places and polished antiques create a setting that makes our guests “feel at home”, so they tell us!

Book a Room

We offer a selection of hotel guestrooms from single, double and family size rooms. Insidour welcoming inn you will find a traditional and cosy Scottish atmosphere, with delightful Victorian era inspired decorations.View our latest offers & breaks.

Contact Us

Deeside Inn
13-15 Victoria Road
Ballater
Aberdeenshire
Scotland, UK
AB35 5RA