Policy & Lobbying
Country Sports
It is estimated that the annual value of country sports tourism to Scotland is about £240m. In the UK there are over 4 million country sports participants, with many more overseas, including 38 million in the USA. 

Scottish Land & Estates believes that the Scottish Government and its agencies need to take a number of steps to promote and support well managed field sports enterprises:
  • Increase public awareness of the wide range of conservation benefits gained from active management directly related to shooting, stalking and angling;
  • Acknowledge the economic and environmental importance of field sports in Scotland.
  • Promote game as naturally healthy, organic food products.
  • Provide public funding to complement existing private investment to underpin the demonstrable public benefits from well managed field sports eg improved landscape and biodiversity.
  • Commit to the future of the country sports tourism sector, in all its guises, through public support for product development.

Wildlife Estates Scotland

The Scottish Land & Estates launched Wildlife Estates Scotland in late 2010.

Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group

To help develop the full potential of this market, 2004 saw the major Scottish country sporting organisations and associations set up the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) and a major research project was commissioned with the following objectives:

  • To gather information on country sports tourists - origin, demographics, information and bookings, trip characteristics, product satisfaction
  • To investigate the perceptions and attitudes of intermediaries
  • To identify participation trends at UK and international levels
  • To identify leading destinations and examples of best practice
  • To assess Scotland's strengths and weaknesses as a destination for country sports tourism.

The Executive Summary of the Report, "The Benefits and Volume and Value of Country Sports Tourism in Scotland" can be found here.

    Country Sports News

    • 05/05/2016 - Article on Land Tenure and Benefit of Larger Estates
      In Issue 53 of Reforesting Scotland, Scott McG. Wilson argues that large rural estates in Britain retain some clear advantages for sustainable land management and ecological restoration.  Click on the article to read more:

    • 11/02/2016 - Scottish Country Sports Tourism Strategy - Consultation
      Based on the findings of the 2015 PACEC Report, 'Benefits and Volume and Value of Country Sports Tourism in Scotland', the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group has prepared a draft strategy for the sector.  To ensure the strategy is inclusive, your views and opinions as country sports businesses are being soug

    • 11/08/2015 - Fife Sporting Rates
      Members in Fife may have received a Return of Rental Information form regarding sporting rights from the Assessors at Fife Council. We understand this has been sent to all landlords, tenants and occupiers based on historical data. Members are advised that this form should not have been sent and should be ignored.

    • 05/02/2015 - Salmon Fishing Row
      Last week Usan Fisheries pleaded guilty in Forfar Sheriff Court to illegal netting of Salmon under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003. Sentencing of Usan will take place following a proof of mitigation hearing scheduled for 31 March. Salmon and

    • 08/08/2014 - Moy Game Fair 1-2 August 2014
      The SLE mobile stand, ably organised by Tony Stevenson, proved once more to be a magnet for members during two days at the Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy on 1st and 2nd August. Once more, James Murray and his team provided top class organisation for both standholders and visitors. Despite the rain on Friday morning and

    • 13/03/2014 - Help us to protect shooting sports in Scotland
      The PACEC 2014 survey of shooting sports has gone live this week.  Those who shoot, stalk or provide sport to others are asked to submit information to the biggest ever study.

    • 10/01/2014 - Opening of the 2014 Salmon Fising Season, Dunkeld
      THE OPENING OF THE 2014 SALMON FISHING SEASON THE RIVER TAY AT DUNKELD THE DUNKELD OPENING DAY GATHERING COMMITTEE have pleasure in inviting you to attend the opening of the river at Dunkeld by Scotland’s First Minister,

    • 17/05/2013 - Scotland: a unique country sports destination – gets a new web portal
        The Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG), the organisation responsible for promoting Scotland’s country sports, this week re-launched its new web portal, which has been designed as the worldwide gateway to all country sports in Scotland.  The redesigned site incorporate

    • 12/04/2013 - Response to misguided attack on sporting management
      We recently received a letter from a member of the public, following the sad death of the golden eagle found shot in Dumfriesshire last year, who copied his letter to the Paul Wheelhouse MSP Minister for Environment.  The letter included some alarming misconceptions about sporting and grouse moor

    • 20/04/2012 - Salmon fishing in the Highlands
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