Fasque & Glendye Estates support pheasant, grouse, partridge, duck, ptarmigan, snipe and woodcock, and offer high quality driven or walked-up shooting that is tailored to the requirements of the party. In addition, roe deer stalking is offered in season.
A feast of fresh air and spectacular views, the Fasque side of the hill is one of the largest-scale shoots in Scotland, regularly entertaining guests from all over the UK and overseas. Fasque is situated on the south-east edge of the Grampian mountain range, and many of the drives are on high slopes with spectacular arcing views over the east coast of Scotland, from Aberdeen to Dundee and, on a clear day, over the Mearns of Angus and down to St Andrews in Fife.
The 2015-16 season at Fasque saw over 90 days’ sport, accommodating many different sizes of day and sizes of party. Pheasant, partridge and duck are the main quarry. There are three types of day on offer: full-driven, semi-driven and rough. Led by head keeper Mark Ancliff, a full-driven day includes the use of Balbegno Castle, and starts there with a bacon roll and coffee. Soup is served mid-morning, generally on the hill. A two-course lunch is served in the Great Hall at Balbegno, as are tea and drinks at the end of the day. A semi-driven day, on which some of the guns will be walking, typically yields a smaller number of birds. For those looking to have a lower-key day and the chance to work their own dog, a rough day involves walking out with a junior keeper and offers the possibility of a small but varied bag which may include woodcock, snipe, duck and goose. The estate has put in place a programme of investment and management over recent years to rejuvenate the Fasque Grouse Moor, which has been a wonderful success.
Glendye is a wonderful, secluded and picturesque spot for a shoot: smaller than Fasque and with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Participants stand by the River Dye awaiting a flush of pheasants and driven days typically yield up to 200 birds including pheasant, partridge and duck. There are also opportunities for rough shooting at Glendye, producing a varied bag and giving guests the chance to work their own dogs. Run by head keeper Murdo McLeod, this shoot is based at Glen Dye Lodge, where parties gather for the start of the day and again for lunch. Large or small groups can be accommodated.
The wild and lovely grouse moor – 20,000 acres of heather-covered hill between Strachan and the Cairn o’Mount – is operated by the Glen Dye Grouse Moor Syndicate and offers challenging, high-level grouse shooting.
Spending a day shooting at Fasque or Glendye is to become part of a long sporting tradition that is both challenging and rewarding. The diversity of game birds on offer, coupled with the differing terrains, means that it is possible to take a run of five days’ shooting where no two days are the same.