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.
Accommodation for shooting
Arriving at an impressive house in anticipation of a shooting day is always enjoyable. An even greater pleasure is to be able to relax in comfortable surroundings on the eve of the shoot, enjoying a whisky in the knowledge of not having to travel the following morning and then relaxing in a hot bath after the sport to enjoy another three course dinner.
So many Scottish castles have become commercial in their outlook, offering facilities to sizeable parties throughout the year. Kinnaird remains very much an individual private house lived in all year round. We want to maintain that comfort factor and enthusiasm and have decided to offer the run of the whole castle just twice a year for the ultimate in shooting luxury.
Guests can enjoy the full use of the house using the best eight bedrooms and bathrooms in the house and enjoy dinner in the magnificent dining room looked on by 13 generations of Carnegies. Pre dinner drinks can be taken in the main drawing room and every care will be taken by our household staff to make your stay truly memorable.
Guests will be spoilt for choice for after dinner entertainment. Just relax by a vast log fire, try your hand at bridge or carpet croquet or, for those with the energy, try hockey, badminton or the full size cricket wicket in the old library. Otherwise walk down the main stairs for a game of snooker in the billiard room. The choice is yours. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements with you and suggest that you call our estate office if you are interested.
Alternatively you can take a combination of the Macduff and Barony apartments , we can offer eight bedrooms all with their own bathrooms (three are en-suite) enjoying stunning views. The total cost would include dinner, breakfast, all drinks and would be a more economical option. Again please contact the estate office with your requirements.