FIELDSPORTS

OVERVIEW

The migration of sportsmen and women immortalised by Victorian artist George Earl in 1875/6 in his paintings ‘Going North, Kings Cross Station’ and ‘Perth Station, going South’ heading to Scotland for a couple of months sport by train. Trains have been used by hunters in the UK since their inception to gain access to far flung promised lands. From packs of hounds who had their own kennel carriages and horse boxes on local rail networks to the sea trout from Loch Marie being spirited down to Edinburgh and London until the Beeching cuts took a lot of local lines out of service.

Game Train Scotland offers you the opportunity to explore Scotland and experience, traditional Fieldsport’s from the comfort of this modern train with solid hints of a bygone age. Scotland and the UK are the traditional home of organised fieldsport’s, we look forward to guiding you through this amazing experience from the Royal Scotsman. Whether you are fishing for salmon in one of the many famous Scottish rivers, climbing up our hills to stalk one of our iconic red deer, standing in a grouse butt or on peg waiting for grouse, partridge or pheasants, there is no experience like it in the world.

SHOOTING

Scotland offers some of the finest shooting in the United Kingdom, where history and character abound. There is a long tradition of grouse, pheasant and partridge shooting, both walked up and driven. At Game Train Scotland we tend to take our guests on driven days of between 100 and 250 birds. We can, however, also organise walked-up (rough shooting) and shooting over pointers for smaller parties in September and October.  

Steeped in tradition, shooting in Scotland offers guests a magical look into the past and the present. At the end of the 19th Century, Victorian high society would move en masse from their London and country homes in England and head north for a month or two to shoot grouse, stalk red deer and fish for salmon as guests of their Scottish friends and relations.

Tradition runs through our shooting days and includes etiquette and clothing, and we encourage our guests to wear traditional shooting clothing, although this is not essential. As long as our guests are comfortable and safe, the days are happy and memorable. 

FISHING

The salmon, sea trout and trout fishing has made Scotland an iconic destination for anglers from around the world, with famous rivers like the Tweed, Tay, Dee and the Spey. These large rivers famous as they are, often eclipse their smaller cousins or the even smaller spate rivers, every one of them with their own character.

We love to take smaller groups of between one and six guests on the train from April through to the end of September fishing as we go. We can set up big four trip where guests fish the Tweed, Tay, Dee and the Spey. We can also organise salmon, seatrout and trout fishing adventures.

STALKING

Red deer are synonymous with the Scottish Highlands, paintings like Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen has driven many a stalker from the UK and beyond to the hills of Scotland. Probably one of the oldest quarry’s in Scotland. Initially hunted for food and survival Red Deer became a sporting challenge for our Victorian ancestors.

Today the deer are still stalked on open hill in the traditional way, very often still using the garron ponies to bring the carcass off the hill and bar a few minor kit changes a stalking party today is not that dissimilar to those of 100 years ago. There is however one large difference, today deer are shot as part of a larger conservation plan. Culling deer is an essential part of keeping Scotland deer healthy. 

We can take our guests talking between the end of August and the middle of October for Red Stags. Parties can be from one to four with two rifles per day. This would be a truly memorable experience.