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Borders, Scotland

The Thirlestane Castle shoot is on the South West edge of the Lammermuir hills around 30 minutes drive South of Edinburgh.

Situated next to the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Lauder, the shoot starts at around 700 feet above sea level and rises quickly to around 1100 feet. With mature woodland and bracken banks Thirlestane lends itself to showing tremendous sporting birds and all of the drives provide a range of shooting for all abilities to enjoy the sport.

Drives such as The Face,Michaels,and the Spur are famous for both the quality and the quantity of birds they provide.

Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland and has held a key strategic role in the military and political history of Scotland.

The simplest way is to fly into Edinburgh and arrange collection from there. UK based teams there are very good road links to the estate from the south.

Pheasant, partridge and woodcock

Late September until late January

This is all about being in a truly magical Scottish setting. Staying teams will be treated to a traditional Scottish breakfast with piper before setting out for the day ahead. Normally we would shoot 2 drives, followed by elevenses in the field. After the third drive we would enjoy lunch on the hill in one of the many bothys, before the last drive and returning to the castle.

Most teams stay on site at Thirlestane Castle itself. However there are locally some other great lodges and hotels at Roxburghe, Manderston House, Dryburgh Abbey and Burts Hotel in Melrose.

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