Scottish Borders Simulated Game is located in the most beautiful part of the Scottish Borders, on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills, an hour and 30 minutes north of Newcastle and 30 minutes south of Edinburgh. It takes place on our game shooting estate which covers 1,500 acres. We run our highly acclaimed game shoot there in the season and the stunning natural topography allows for the presentation of some fantastic simulated game drives. We have over 11 drives where we can present; high pheasant, partridge coveys and grouse. We work with the topography which ranges from bracken covered banking’s and gullies, high woodlands, ponds, valley’s, so no two drives are the same. Many years of running Simulated Game days in the South East had made the team very proficient in how to present targets in order to emulate bird flight. Anyone can set an automatic trap to throw fast targets. The difference is we give our drives a lot of thought and practice into presenting birds. When we send ‘coveys’ of partridge over the Guns, be assured, you’ll see over 30 targets in the air at any one time!
Land & topography
The farm known as Hillhouse is pretty accurate! The terrain, although steep, is easily accessed by hard standing tracks. Huge banking’s, steep gullies and woodland are just a couple of the features. We also have over 12 ponds, burns, a ruin of a fort with views to the purple heather covered grouse moors.
Just as a real driven game day, we meet at the beautiful Hotel on the edge of our shooting estate for breakfast, meet and greet/shoot brief and peg selection. We then transfer to the shooting estate for Guns on Pegs. Each Gun gets to shoot each drive twice on different pegs. We break for refreshments and on to the next drive. Elevenses are served on the Hill, and we go onto team flushes and the final drive a big finisher! Prize presentation to the winning team and home. Choose from 3 packages: Macallan – Full day, 5 drives, breakfast, elevenses and 3 course Hotel lunch Dalmore – Full day, 4 drives, breakfast, elevenses Balvenie – Half Day, 3 drives, breakfast We have availability during April – August, if the are are no dates advertised, please contact us with a date of your own.
Breakfast rolls, tea’s and coffee’s are served in the morning, drinks throughout the day and elevenses served on the Hill with drinks as required. Some clients choose our Macallan Package which includes a sit down 3 course lunch in the Hotel after the shoot day. We also have a first rate sporting price in the Hotel on a dinner bad & breakfast basis.
About the hosts
Tracy & Stuart Ferguson are professional shooting coaches. Both are Gamekeepers, guides and run the Roxburghe Shooting School of Excellence in Kelso, Scottish Borders. Stuart is ex Army, highly organised and leads the trap line team (beaters). Tracy is a pro shooting coach, has run simulated game days on a large scale at 5 locations in the South East of England and is Shoot Captain and Host to her Guns. Together, they make a formidable and highly efficient team that makes your whole day run smoothly.
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