Game Shooting

You can enjoy an exhilarating day’s sport on the magnificent Queensberry Estate thanks to generations of careful planning and hard work, led by successive Dukes of Buccleuch and overseen by expert head gamekeepers and estate managers. Conservation and sustainability have always been a priority, and now there’s a bigger range of field sports for you to take part in than ever before, with a new and varied programme of activities to suit all interests and abilities.

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Over the last seven years Drumlanrig has become renowned as one of the premier partridge shoots in the world. The partridges are released on the edge of the moorland and are then driven over the guns below, providing challenging shooting amidst stunning landscape. You can benefit from 20 drives, ranging from high to exceptionally high birds, meaning it is possible to do three consecutive days without doing the same drive twice.


Pheasant shooting at Drumlanrig continues to be a very traditional experience, providing you with sport of the highest quality set among high hills, mixed woodlands and some fantastic gullies, offering some truly memorable shooting.

The 25 varied and diverse pheasant drives have recently been added to, with the creation of five more drives that show some testing sport. There are a fantastic variety of opportunities, ranging from full double gun driven days with loaders to smaller single gun days. With such a variety of drives on offer, up to a week’s sport can be arranged without covering the same ground.


Drumlanrig offers you 25,000 acres of heather moorland with four main beats: Durisdeer, Wanlockhead, Daerhead and Locherben.

Conservation and responsible land management are of utmost importance on the Estate. All the moors are well-maintained by burning, resulting in a mosaic of colour on the hills. This ensures a variety of different ages of heather for the grouse to live on. The moors also provide an excellent example of habitat for wader birds, for example Golden Plover, Curlews and Lapwings. Smaller birds such as Skylarks, Ring Ousels and Meadow Pipits are also abundant with all of these species doing very well in the area. This is a direct result of stringent vermin control measures.

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