Photograph taken by Iain Simpson
At Weiroch, we can arrange for professional guides to accompany stalkers on a one-to-one basis and a suitable package will be tailored to fit your needs.
Photograph taken by Iain Lissaman
Quarry varies according to season but may include pheasant, partridge, hare, (both grey and white) rabbit, grouse, ducks or woodcock.
The River Spey from the air
Fildsport enthusiasts are welcome at Weiroch Lodge!
The River Spey is one of Scotland’s most prolific salmon and sea trout fisheries, attracting fishermen from all over the world.
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Sporting activities

The location of Weiroch offers the field sportsman a wonderful choice of deer forests, grouse moors and lowland ground shoots within easy driving distance. The Lodge provides ideal accommodation for small parties of stalkers, shooters and fishers. If required, we can liaise with local guides, keepers and ghillies to help arrange these sports on your behalf. Although the Lodge is usually let on a self-catering basis, part or fully catered lets can be arranged which may be advantageous in order to devote more time to your chosen sport. Daily housekeeping and laundry is also available – see details of these services on the Availability page. For stalkers and shooters, the Lodge is equipped with police-approved gun cabinets and drying facilities for outdoor clothes. Additionally, for fishermen, a secure 6-rod holder and access to a deep freeze is provided. Kennels are provided for dogs that are accustomed to this type of outdoor housing.

Deer Stalking:
Morayshire is renowned for the number and quality of deer. Depending on the season, stalking would be for roe-buck and red stag up to medal class, or doe and hind. Costs involved vary considerably with top quality heads commanding high premiums, although during the winter months cull stalking can be just as challenging at a fraction of the outlay.

At Weiroch, we can arrange for professional guides to accompany stalkers on a one-to-one basis and a suitable package will be tailored to fit your needs. For stalkers undertaking Deer Stalking Certificate Level 2 most of the guides are qualified accredited witnesses. We can also arrange for the use of “estate rifles” for beginners or those without deer legal weapons. Stalking can be for just one day, several in succession, or spread over a weeks stay

Deer Stalking seasons in Scotland

Red stag July 1 - Oct 20
Red hind Oct 21 - Feb 15
Roe buck April 1 - Oct 20
Roe doe Oct 21 - Mar 31

Shooting:
At Weiroch, we can arrange shooting packages to suit small parties. Opportunities for formal driven shooting will be limited but, for groups of 4 to 6 guns, walked-up game days or shooting over pointers can provide challenging sport with bags of 10 to 50 head. Quarry varies according to season but may include pheasant, partridge, hare, (both grey and white) rabbit, grouse, ducks or woodcock.

For wildfowlers, the Moray coast gives access to some of the finest duck and goose shooting in the UK and we can help organise guides or arrange packages to suit your requirements. Shooting can be for just one day, several in succession, or spread over a weeks stay.

Game Shooting seasons in Scotland

Pheasant Oct 1 - Feb 1
Partridge Sept 1 - Feb 1
Grouse Aug 12 - Dec 10
Woodcock Sept 1 - Jan 31
Duck & Goose (inland) Sept 1 - Jan 31
Duck & Goose (below high water mark) Sept 1 - Feb 20
Rabbit and Hare No closed season

Fishing:
Anglers are welcomeThe River Spey is one of Scotland’s most prolific salmon and sea trout fisheries, attracting fishermen from all over the world. Weiroch itself is situated adjacent to the middle section of the Spey giving easy access to this part of the river. The Lodge offers perfect accommodation for small groups of fishermen. Rod holders and deep freeze facilities are available and, if required, we can provide picnic hampers so you can spend more time enjoying your sport – see catering details on the Availability page.

Although local estates control most beats, day and weekly permits to fish on parts of the Spey, its tributaries and other nearby rivers are available from local angling clubs and some estates. Alternatively, wild and released trout fishing is available on many local lochs and lakes. The nearby Glen of Rothes Fishery provides excellent stillwater bank fishing, and on the Glenlivet Estate, a short distance away, wild brown trout fishing can be enjoyed. On most trout lakes, equipment is available for hire if you don't have your own.

Sea fishing, either beach casting or from boats hired by the day is available along the Moray Firth. Fully equipped boats offer chartered trips from a variety of locations with fishing for most salt water species including Cod, Pollock, Ling, Mackerel, Skate, Halibut, Conger eel and Shark.

Fishing Seasons:

Salmon (River Spey) * 12 Feb – 30 Sept
Trout * 15 Mar – 30 Sept
Released Trout No closed season

* River fishing not generally allowed on Sundays by tradition.

 

Sporting Mixtures

Where seasons coincide it is possible to undertake a mixture of sports, such as during the winter months when both game shooting and stalking deer are available, or in the summer when fishing can be combined with buck or stag stalking. Alternatively, why not attempt the “MacNab” now widely regarded as the ultimate sporting challenge, where a deer has to be stalked (fur), a salmon caught (fin) and brace of grouse bagged (feather). It may sound simple enough, but there is a catch - it all has to be done in a single day. September is the best time to try and achieve this feat.

Whatever you choose, we can help arrange packages or just days out, if required. For more activities, please take a look at The Area page.
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