Shooting has always been an integral part of the estate and the family has taken a very active part in creating a good environment for wildlife. The shooting coverts were laid out early last century by two very fine shots – the 10th and 11th Earls. The 10th Earl was one of the finest shots of his generation, achieving some remarkable records including 228 pheasants with 238 cartridges in 17 minutes.
The in-hand shoot covers 2500 acres though most of the shooting will take place within the walled park. There is minimal travelling between drives and transport for all 8 guns will be provided.
Approximately 9000 pheasants are released each year and we expect to shoot a total of 25 days ranging from 150 to 350 birds per day. A few of the drives are challenging but the vast majority are easily manageable for every standard of shot. For those who are not experienced we can provide a loader.
The estate has five miles of double-bank fishing with something to suit everyone’s ability and every pocket, starting from 1 mile below Brechin and stretching to the Montrose basin. Traditionally the best weeks for catching fish were during the spring runs but in recent years there has been a more even distribution of catches.
For a relaxing holiday it is worth combining the fishing with staying on the estate, particularly if there are some in the fishing group who are part time fisherman or even unwilling to try. It is a short walk (10 minutes) from the castle to the top two beats. For those fishing from the castle there is a rod-box conveniently placed at the entrance of the Macduff Tower and a large storage area in the Barony Apartment.
All beats (except Powmouth) are let for 4 rods although summer water may not allow this number on all beats.
The estate employs its own Riverman, Donald Webster, to over see the beats and help new fishers to get started. We can also arrange tuition from qualified instructors.
Andy Richardson and Greig Thomson visited the Kinnaird beat for Spring fishing in 2013 for Hooked UK and produced this programme. It shows the delights of the scenery and the river.