achnacarry.jpgAchnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits is based on Achnacarry Estate, in the Highlands of Scotland approximately 7 miles from Spean Bridge. The Estate extends to approximately 75,000 acres and there are a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, stalking, fishing and much more. The area is steeped in history, with connections to the Clan Cameron, Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Commandos and other local interest.  Guided tours are conducted by locals who have connections with the Estate going back many generations. Their experience and knowledge of the area is unsurpassed.

You will be picked up and returned to Inverlochy Castle Hotel for all tours and activities.

Wildlife, Walking and Photography Tours

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Achnacarry Estate is home to an abundance of wildlife including red deer. Wildlife tours will bring you close to wild deer and you may see, Highland cattle, pine martens, wild boar, foxes, otters, rare species of butterflies or many other wild animals. Tours are in small groups of up to 6 people in two 4x4 vehicles which are in radio contact with each other and we provide everyone with a loan of binoculars, enhancing the opportunities to spot more wildlife. If you want to gain a closer look, you can go on a camera stalking tour where you will be taken up the hill in an Argo, walk the ridges to find some deer, then stalk in to close range for that perfect photograph.

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There are lots of birds of prey around Achnacarry including Golden Eagles, White Tailed Sea Eagles, Ospreys, and Buzzards. Several of these birds have known nesting sites. You should also see Pheasants, Black Game, Grouse or Ptarmigan within the woodland and on the open hillside. Waterfowl are also present on Loch Lochy and Loch Arkaig, with Greenshank, Sandpipers and Black Throated divers.

Wildlife and photography tours take place from March to July and can be arranged for groups of up to 6 people for half or full days. We use our Argo 8 wheel drive machine, designed specifically for use on the hill and can take you up to over 2000ft where you can then go for a guided walk, take pictures or have a picnic. If you would like to go right to the top, then it is not a problem, as the vehicle will go just about anywhere! If you would like to see the magnificent views without walking up the mountains, you can get a lift in the Argo.

 

 
  • argo.jpgTours are for up to 6 hours, starting at 10:00 and returning late afternoon.
  • Two Toyota 4x4 vehicles and 8x8 Argo used.
  • Maximum 3 adults per vehicle, although possible for 2 adults and 2 children per vehicle. Child booster seats are available, but if required, please notify us in advance.
  • Binoculars can be borrowed (free of charge) to enhance chances of spotting wildlife. Also a spotting telescope will be set up where appropriate.
  • Afternoon tea and cake at Ardechive House.
  • Wildlife & Scenic Tour

    • You will be taken along the side of Loch Lochy and Loch Arkaig.
    • The Argo will take you up the hillside, where, weather permitting, you will get spectacular views for miles around over the surrounding rugged countryside.
    • Bring a packed lunch for a hill side picnic (weather dependant) or to eat at Ardechive House.
  • Hill Walking Tours

    • A route will be decided by the tour guide to suit your requirements for fitness, steepness and length of the walk.
    • For more remote or higher altitude walks the Argo will be taken to a suitable point, then a suitable walk will be chosen to suit your requirements.
  • Photographic Tour

    • The Argo will be taken up the hillside, where you will walk along the ridges until deer are spotted. The professional deer stalker will then get you closer into the deer (usually requires crawling and/or sliding) so you can take a picture without the deer knowing you are there.
  • What to bring:-

    • Waterproof/windproof clothing, sun cream and sturdy footwear.
    • Packed lunch for an outdoor or indoor picnic depending on the weather.
    • Cameras, camcorders and lenses, preferably in padded bags.

Fishing

  • Fishing is for up to 8 hours, starting at 9:00 and returning late afternoon.
  • Rowing boat with outboard motor, ghillie and fishing permits all provided.
  • Maximum 3 people with 2 rods per boat.
  • Fishing Rods and tackle can be hired at an extra cost.
  • Loch Arkaig

    • Fly fish for wild brown trout or pike. There are also Ferox trout and Char
    • Trout & Char fishing only available during the season from 15th March – 6th October. Pike fishing is all year round, as there is no closed season.
  • Loch Blar

    • Maximum of 4 people, 2 fishing from the shore and 2 from the boat.
    • Includes 8x8 Argo trip up and back from the hill loch.
    • Fly fish for wild brown trout on this exclusive remote loch
    • May-August only due to accessibility
  • What to bring:-

    • Waterproof/windproof clothing, sun cream and suitable footwear.
    • Packed lunch, flask and snacks.
    • Cameras, camcorders and lenses, preferably in padded bags.

Shooting

  • Shooting is for up to 2 hours, but longer can be arranged, if required.
  • Maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Children must be over 12.
  • Guns, rifles, ammunition and targets all supplied.
  • Safety equipment, including ear & eye protection are provided.
  • Competent supervision and tuition is provided by our trained staff, who have up to 30 years experience of handling guns and firearms.
  • Light refreshments will be provided at the range.
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting

    • Exclusive range near Loch Arkaig for Sporting or Down-The-Line
    • Basic charge is for up to 50 targets
  • High Velocity Rifle Shooting

    • Exclusive range near Loch Arkaig, using modern high velocity sporting rifles with sound moderators
    • Basic charge is for up to 20 shots
    • Additional rounds and targets can be purchased, if required.
  • What to bring:-

    • Waterproof/windproof clothing, sun cream and suitable footwear.

Deer Stalking

  • Stalking is for approximately 8-10 hours, starting at 8:30 and returning early evening. Due to the nature of deer stalking, times may vary.
  • Maximum 2 people per trip.
  • Rifle with sound moderator and binoculars provided, if required.
  • Guests are taken to the target range, where they will take a few practice shots and familiarise themselves with the rifle and sights.
  • Stalker will take the guests and ghillie in a 4x4 vehicle, followed by 8x8 Argo up the hillside to a location near where deer are likely to be.
  • The stalker will then try to lead the guest towards the specific target and present the guest with a shot.
  • The carcase will be removed from the hill and back to the estate larder.
  • Guests are presented with a box of Achnacarry wild venison.
  • Red Deer Hind Stalking

    • Red Deer Hind season availability currently runs from 4th November 2013 to 15th February 2014
  • What to bring:-

    • Waterproof/windproof clothing, sun cream and sturdy footwear.
    • Packed lunch, flask and snacks.