Gannochy is the UK’s premier estate for achieving Macnabs. In recent years our guests have achieved more Macnabs than the total of all other estates in England and Scotland combined.
Gannochy is a well-balanced estate, with equal attention being given to management of the river, moorland, hills and lowland. So catch your salmon before breakfast, quickly shoot your brace of grouse over a first-rate pointer and then you still have time to stalk and shoot a fine stag.
The tradition of Macnab at Gannochy started on the 12th August 2004.
The new owner, Allan Hemmings, had enjoyed his very first day on the moor with friends, walking the remote parts with David Clement and a couple of pointers. At six p.m. he came down to the river to see how his fishing guests had got on. As he arrived at the fishing hut he saw a salmon move in Dalforth Pool. He promptly grabbed a rod and a few minutes later was landing a fiesty 8lb fish.
He thought that was sufficient for the day until his friends pointed out a herd of Stags on the skyline behind him. After a successful stalk and long after dark, he eventually joined the guests at dinner – and the tradition of the Gannochy Macnab was born.
Since then many have repeated his success, often on the first day of the grouse season.