Frequently Asked Questions about Country Sports in Ayrshire

Where is Ayrshire?

Ayrshire is located on the south west coast of Scotland, approx. 1 hour south of Glasgow.

How to I get to Ayrshire in Scotland?

By Car – There are various Route Planners available to search and find each location.

By Train – Use First Scotrail for trains within Scotland. Virgin and East Coast have regular timetables. If you wish to travel overnight to or from London, try the Caledonian Sleeper.

By Sea – Check out the Caledonian MacBrayne timetable for the West Coast of Scotland. If you travelling to or from Ireland, try Stena Line who provide a link between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Belfast to Cairnryan is in a crossing time from only 2 hours 15 minutes.

By Air – Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick International Airport are our closest airports with Edinburgh Airport just over an hour away.

When is the best time to visit Scotland for a shooting holiday?

For bird hunting the most popular months are from October 1st to January 31st.

What are the sporting seasons? 

Bird Hunting: 
Partridges – Sep 1st – Feb 1st
Pheasants – Oct 1st – Feb 1st
Woodcock – Sept 1st – Jan 31st
Duck and Geese – Sep 1st – Jan 31st

Salmon and Trout:
Salmon – Feb 25th – Oct 31st
Trout – Mar 15th – Oct 6th

Deer Stalking:
Red Stag – July 1st – Oct 20th
Red Hind – Oct 21st – Feb 15th
Roe Buck – April 1st – Oct 20th
Roe Doe – Oct 21st – March 31st

Can I book a full sporting package with you? 

All members of the ACSS would be delighted to assist you in creating the ultimate Scottish sporting experience.

What is the size of group required for Bird Hunting? 

Full teams of 8/9 guns are normally required, however individual interest is invited.

What level of previous sporting experience do I need? 

Whilst experience is beneficial we would be delighted to assist the less practised by provided qualified instructors / ghilies.

Are non-shooters welcome?

Non-shooting / participants are most welcome. They can either accompany the shooting group or we can recommend other activities and places to visit in Ayrshire.

Are there other activities and places to visit in Ayrshire?

There are lots of interesting places to visit and other activities available in Ayrshire. Additional activities and tours can be arranged.

Do I need a licence or permit? 

For overseas visitors, all necessary licences and permits can be arranged on your behalf. It is possible to bring your own firearms into the UK with sufficient lead time or alternatively gun hire can be arranged.