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Branch information and events

Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) Highlands branch including events, contacts, and news.


Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic. 

1st March AGM, Achnacarry (see below for details)
26th April Practice/training at Cawdor Range 
2nd May Spring competition 
31st May Practice/training at Cawdor Range 
6th June Summer competition 
19th July SIBS qualifier/Hindsight/BBQ  
23rd August SIBS qualifier (practice/training)
13th September Practice/training at Cawdor Range 
1st November Practice/training at Cawdor Range 
7th November Winter competition

Range Day contact

Ian Davidson 07769 345109

Branch contacts

Chairman Alistair Monkman
Secretary Cathy Mayne  

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
HS Western Isles
IV Inverness
KW Kirkwall
PA Paisley
PH19 - PH50 Perth
ZE Lerwick



The AGM for the Highland Branch of BDS will take place at Achnacarry, hosted by Achnacarry Sporting, on 1 March 2020.  All are welcome.

The AGM will start at 11:00 with tea and coffee served from 10:30.  Following the AGM we will be able to hear more about Achnacarry Sporting and Country from Alex MacDonald whose father was the stalker here before him.  We will have a chance to see something of the venue after lunch.

Please bring any item related to deer management that you wish to sell and we will have a table dedicated to this.  Also, any contributions to our normal raffle will be gratefully received.


From the Commando Memorial on the A82 above Spean Bridge, take the B8004 to Gairlochy.  Cross the Caledonian Canal and turn right towards Clunes and Loch Arkaig.  Before you get to Clunes, follow the private road towards Achnacarry Castle and the Clan Cameron Museum.  Continue past the museum and leave the castle on your right to approach a converted steading block.  Pass to the left of the block and the venue is in front of you.  Grid reference NN176877.

Training & Stalker Development

We are keen to encourage new member stalkers & to nurture their progress to encourage best practice. The branch has some generous members who will mentor beginners.

Please contact our Chairman Alistair Monkman who can facilitate this.

Additionally, there are opportunities for Stalking at Altyre for BDS members. 

BDS and Altyre Estate are pleased to announce the launch of preferential rates for BDS members who wish to stalk Scottish woodland roe deer at Altyre Estate in Moray. Primarily aimed at those wishing to undertake DSC2 training and/or assessment, the estate can offer accompanied stalks for cull roebucks and does with the estate stalker (Approved Witness) at a flat rate of £85 inc VAT per outing.

For more details, please contact the Altyre Estate office directly on 01309 672265 or by email at

Email addresses

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