Scotland's country sports sector is on course to contribute more than one million visitor nights to the nation's tourism sector this year, said Robert Rattray, head of CKD Galbraith's Sporting Lets.
Following several exceptional grouse shooting seasons, Mr Rattray said that the country sport sector is well placed to improve on previous visitor statistics, including the 2013 record where 910,000 visitor nights were booked by country sport enthusiasts.
The Highlands are celebrating a special conservation bonus following two very good grouse seasons.
Scottish moorland managers are reporting large numbers of the much loved and easily recognised mountain hare, linked to last year's 'best in a generation' grouse season. The Scottish population of hares is thought to be around 350,000 and in some areas they are now at historically high levels - the hares have the red grouse to thank!