The whole spectre of land reform in Scotland has generated an air of unease. And yet if we look through the content of this issue of The Scottish Sporting Gazette, not only is there much taking place which should be a great source of pride for owners who revive, maintain and protect their oases at private expense, but it is clear that stalking, fishing and shooting in truly stunning settings continue to draw visitors from all over the world...
It is no secret that these are challenging times for a rural Scotland which relies so heavily on pragmatic management of hill, moor and river. Indeed the current state of play for deer, salmon, grouse, even birds of prey is discussed within the pages of this very issue – everything from proposed salmon return laws to the influence of falling land values on stalking and deer management. Yet the country retains its enchanting allure amidst choppy political waters. And flicking through the pages of our Summer Issue, you'll be left in no doubt as to why.
From a stalking holiday on an estate which certainly wouldn't benefit from government tinkering, and an exciting new conservation project in Inverness-shire, to a dreamy pike fishing destination, one man's verdict on the Scottish pointer and setter scene, and an insight into the rich heritage of Highland gamekeeping – once again we celebrate all that Scotland has to offer.
But it's not just the sport, it's the people and it's the variety. So you'll be pleased to learn more about Scottish gunmaker David McKay Brown, Fishpal CEO Mark Cockburn's love of the River Spey, and how Peter Keyser combines both of his interests by arming himself with cameras and spaniels on shoot days.
With gardens, golf, shopping, and a guide to buying and selling at sporting auctions to boot, there really is something for everyone.