The Best period for woodcock is from 15th November to the 31st January plentiful birds we cater for walked up and evening flighting the estate covers 23,000 acres None of the ground is much over 1000 feet.
There are plentiful woodlands of natural indigenous hardwoods covering a 1000 acres and softwood plantations of 700 acres Several of the woodlands are classed as an SSSI by Scottish Natural Heritage. There is a good proportion of heather Moorland as well supporting grouse. The woodcock shooting is in beautiful surroundings regardless of weather, and the policy is that no wood is shot more than 3 times each season.
Although most of the guests prefer walked up we can cater for driven woodcock if given notice cost is slightly higher.
We let 16 principal woodcock days for 8-10 people (Most of which are let to regular annual clients). Other days are available for smaller parties of 3-4 persons in lesser copses and woodland corners. Our statistics suggest an average bag of 10-20 woodcock and 60 sightings. Maximum bag since 1985 is 32 shot in one day and 312 sightings. Best Time of the season November-January- No dog charge.
A substantial number of pheasant and partridge are released in one or two prime areas as an insurance policy against poor woodcock and so these days are available from on there own at start of season. They will include woodcock,snipe,pheasant,partridge,mallard,teal,widgeon and rabbit in a days bag.
There is some walked up grouse available. The grouse moors are in the process of improvement and so big bags are not yet expected.
About twenty red deer stags are shot on the estate each year, with around 35 hinds taken during the winter months.
Fishing for sea trout and wild brown trout is available. There are two small spate rivers and numerous lochs, some of which have boats, advanced booking is recommended. Sea fishing can also be arranged.
All shooting visitors stay at Hotel Eilean Iarmain, a small, cosy, traditional inn with an excellent award winning reputation for cuisine as well as a first class wine list and good whiskies. The hotel is open all year and comprises of six double rooms in the main building and six more rooms in Tigh a Gharaidh (The garden house) opposite. All rooms are en-suite.
The Old Stable has been recently restored to a high standard, to create four suites, each with a bedroom upstairs and private sitting room (with sofa bed ideal for children) and bathroom downstairs
It is possible to book the whole hotel by negotiation for a special party (or one of the three buildings), in which case meals and menus can be specially arranged to suit the visitors' preferences. www.eileaniarmain.co.uk
The estate also has two self-catering holiday houses
Barabhaig cottage, a traditional stone cottage, with glorious views is situated on the shores of Camus Croise bay (Sleeps 6 people). Hotel Eilean Iarmain, with its bar and restaurant is only 1 mile away.
Cnoc farmhouse is a recently restored 18th century farmhouse, unique in its location and finish. The house is located in a peaceful area very close to the rocky shoreline and a wide sandy bay on the Sound of Sleat while enjoying uninterrupted views to the hills of Morar on the mainland (Sleeps 6 people). Hotel Eilean Iarmain is only 3 miles away
4 days accommodation and 3 days shooting including vat per gun £850.00 (minimum of 6 gun rate for parties of less than 6).
4 days accommodation and 3 shoot days including vat per gun £780.00 (minimum of 6 gun rate for parties of less than 6) Bag is retained by the estate and sufficient is made available to the hotel for the enjoyment of the guns and guests on one night at dinner during your visit if requested foxes and hooded crows to be shot as vermin.
Red Deer (Stag's):
£350 includes vat per trophy and the outing fee of £165, missed or un-recovered stags will also incur the fee.
£190 includes vat per rifle per day.
Booking well in advance is desirable, as the amount of shooting is restricted. 50% of the shooting fee is payable on booking and is non-refundable. Remainder is payable 4 weeks prior arrival at Eilean Iarmain. The hotel may ask for a deposit also. ( I normally give them a credit card initially and send the deposit to them direct.
All visitors will be expected to provide evidence of valid shotgun and firearms licences as appropriate, and are recommended to bring their certificates with them for verification by police if required. Foreign visitors are advised to be especially careful about validating their firearm permits under Scottish law. I can arrange for visitor permit at £40 each.
A gunroom is located on the premises for security of weapons.
The hotel is situated in South Skye on the Sleat peninsula, approximately 4 hours by road from Glasgow or Edinburgh and 2 hours from Inverness. We can be reached by road or ferry.
From Kyle of Lochalsh cross the Skye bridge(toll free) and follow the road signposted Broadford for 7 miles and the turn left onto the A851 signposted Armadale. Follow this road for 8 miles and turn left to Isle Ornsay and the hotel is a 1/4 mile on your left.
There is a small airport at Broadford on the Isle of sky but you would need to arrange a charter flight from Glasgow airport or we can do this for you cost is per person.