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A Sporting Experience at Forter Castle


Step into the world of a Scottish Laird on this dreamy, golden-age sporting itinerary. If you are looking for the quintessential Scottish experience then this itinerary is perfect for you. Experience a week of Highland bliss.

Luxury, private accommodation in the breathtaking and ancient Forter Castle. You and your friends will be staying in one of Scotland's most imposing, exclusive-use castles. Forter Castle is surrounded by the beautiful Angus Glens and with easy access to many of Scotland's great sporting estates, indeed Balmoral the Queen's own slice of heaven is only a few miles further north by Braemar. 

During your stalking you will be accompanied by one of Scotland's best ghillies (deer stalkers) in the area. Using Forter Castle as a base, you will be travelling short distances for first-class deer-stalking on neighbouring Highland estates. Forter Castle itself stands guard in an impressive situation at the head of Glenisla.

For more information on extending your trip or to add additional nights, please speak to your Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions travel consultant. Please note this trip is costed up at a price based on 6 people sharing. 

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  • Cross the Forth Road Bridge & see the new Queensferry Crossing & old Forth Railway Bridge
  • 'House of Bruar' VIP shopping experience with champagne and nibbles on arrival
  • Exclusive-use of ancient Forter Castle
  • Quality Red deer stalking on various Highland estates
  • Private Highland Wildlife Safari
  • Land Rover off-road driving experience
  • Opportunity to visit numerous historic Scottish Castles
  • Visit to Royal Lochnagar Distillery & Braemar

Forter Castle

THE SCOTTISH DREAM EXCLUSIVELY YOURS Forter Castle is an exclusive-use castle in a superb location close to Glenshee. On the doorstep...

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Hire a Land Rover of your choice:

With Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions your NC500 route can be tailored to fit your own requirements.

In a Land Rover the act of journeying itself is as much a part of your adventure as the places you visit. 

We are able to provide you with the choice of your very own Land Rover. Choose from a luxury Range Rover, Discovery, Discovery Sport or even a rugged Defender. Speak to your travel consultant today and discuss which of these luxurious vehicles would suit you most on your adventure around Scotland. Read our article from the Sandgrouse Traveller here: Luxury Scotland with a Land Rover.

Land Rover Holiday Scotland

Land Rover Experience Scotland with Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions:

We can also include within your trip a Land Rover Experience Scotland adventure. We have a great relationship with the team at the centre and can arrange either a half day off-road course or full day experience on a near-by Highland estate.

Set in the heart of Perthshire, with stunning Highland scenery the Land Rover Experience Scotland centre on the shore of Butterstone Loch offers visitors the chance to fully understand the capability of these incredibly machines. Enjoy expert guiding and tuition from trained Land Rover instructors in one of the centres vehicles. 

If you are planning on doing the North Coast 500 in your own sports car, let us know and we will make sure to keep you on the right roads. 

Land Rover Experience Centre Scotland

Range Rover at Land Rover Experience Scotland

Red stag stalking in Scotland

The Red stag season opens in Scotland 1st July and closes 20th October. Increasingly we are finding that many estates work within their own specified dates between the official open and closing date, with this in mind please speak to your Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions travel planner if you have set dates to work to. 

Scotland offers some of the most unique stalking opportunities for red deer in the world.

Whilst staying at Forter Castle, we can offer clients easy access to three Highland Perthshire estates, Straloch, Lick and Balvarran.

The chance to observe several herds of deer at once across heather clad hills is a real treat. It gives you and your stalker the chance to spend time looking for the appropriate animal to try for and assess the terrain with a view to planning the approach. This approach is all important as the red deer has some of the most acute eyesight and hearing of all deer species. It is most unusual to get closer than 100 metres, with most shots taken at 175 – 200 metres on the open hill.

The harsh climate and lack of shelter impact on the hill Red deer by producing trophies a lot smaller than those in Europe or from any forest areas. However, the drama and adrenaline rush of stalking in amongst deer on your hands and knees with stags roaring all around you cannot be matched.

(Trophies adorn the walls of your very own Scottish castle).

Trophies of 6 to 10 points are the norm with an outstanding ‘royal’ occasionally seen but normally spared for breeding purposes. If you are Scotland with the sole aim of going for a 'royal' (12-pointer) then please specify this as soon as possible during the planning phase of your itinerary to your Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions travel planner. 

Stalking on the hill is an all day affair normally starting at 9 to 9.30 am, finishing when either there has been a successful shot or when sufficient daylight remains to walk back to your transport. If you are to enjoy this form of stalking to its optimum, then a high degree of fitness is required.

Preparation, clothing and footwear are the criteria most important prior to embarking on this type of stalking holiday. Speak to your Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions travel planner if you have any further questions to raise regarding 'clothing'. 

Chasse Ecosse, Red Stag Stalking Scotland, Luxury Scotland Holidays(An 8-pointer stands proudly in the winter snows). 

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