Scotland’s Hogmanay 2019
Hogmanay is one of the most famous celebrations in the world and is well known as one of the most memorable ways to bring in the new year. Hogmanay 2019 is set to be one of the best ever in Edinburgh, space in the city is at a premium and unfortunately so are prices! While River & Green can certainly arrange an Edinburgh-based Hogmanay trip if that is what you are looking for, there are plenty of other options across Scotland, especially if you are interested in hunting and shooting! Below are just a few ideas for Hogmanay 2019 country sports break:
Only a short one hour twenty minutes’ drive south of Edinburgh lies the beautiful Scottish Borders which is rich in history and is the perfect playground for international hunters keen on wing bird shooting. Hogmanay 2019 could be spent in a country house hotel in the Scottish Borders on the banks of the River Tweed and could include a program of pheasant and partridge shooting (either walked up or driven) or maybe some roe doe stalking. Indeed, even if you are based in Edinburgh you could squeeze in a few days shooting around your Edinburgh Hogmanay party schedule, with the lack of traffic on the roads this time of year you could leave your central Edinburgh hotel at 08:00 and be shooting in the borders by 09:10!
Drive an hour and a half north of Edinburgh and you could spend Hogmanay in Highland Perthshire where you could send your days stalking red deer hinds in the hills and the evenings sampling local whiskies in front of the fire in the main hall of an ancient Scottish Castle. Perthshire has some stunning scenery and as well as multiple whisky distilleries and castles (for the more relaxed visitor) as well as plenty of Lochs and mountains to keep even the most hardened hiking enthusiast busy.
Argyll & the Isles
A little further afield lies the breath-taking scenery of Argyll, the Isles and the west coast. The main sport in this area in winter would be walked up (or over pointers) woodcock shooting. Arriving with the 1st full moon in November, the small and agile migratory woodcock make for exhilarating and challenging shooting in quiet and secluded woodland areas of Argyll and the Isles. As well as woodcock, if you head up into the hills of the west coast there is excellent red deer hind stalking in some of the most challenging terrain in Scotland, hunting for the very physically fit only.
Wherever you go in Scotland, the sport is only the day-time aspect of you trip, winter’s evenings in Scotland are magical and there is something for everyone; You could spend Hogmanay 2019 dancing the night away at a traditional Ceilidh in the world famous Skipnish Ceilidh House in Oban or tucked away in a small seaside hotel on the Isle of Skye signing Gaelic songs with the locals and drinking the locally produced Gaelic whiskies and gins. Hogmanay could be seen in from the comfort of a leather backed arm chair in the library of a grand country estate or dancing the night away on Edinburgh’s Princes street. Whatever your preference for evening activity be sure to combine it with some of the best hunting and shooting Scotland has to offer!