Scotlands History

Highland deer estates

Every ancestral pile in the Highlands is bedecked in some part with an abundance of deer antlers, with or without their heads. In the 1800s deer stalking became a serious sport and Highland lairds offered shooting, with the creation of new deer forests by the 1830s.

Many glens had already been cleared of people for sheep, and later deer too were able to flourish here. The deer estates became a Highland playground for the rich, and grand hunting lodges were built. Paths into the hills were constructed for ponies to bring back the fallen stags and hinds in the autumn shooting season.

Deer stalking continues as a pursuit for the affluent, with professional gamekeepers on hand to assist.

  • photograph of interior of the Drawing Room, Mar Lodge

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