The moor

The moor lies about 20 miles south east of Aberdeen just south of Banchory, either side of the B974 between Strachan and Cairn O’ Mount.

The moors cover nearly 20,000 acres of predominantly heather covered hill. Traditionally it was split into 8 beats with over 40 lines of butts and today it is configured for 6 different driven days without covering the same ground twice.


The recent records bear no relation to the scope of the moor and previous records demonstrate the huge potential. Some examples of years of note:

  • 1921 – 6,959  brace
  • 1927 – 5,615  brace
  • 1931 – 8,911  brace
  • 1934 – 5,532 brace

Since the 1930’s the moor has struggled with the combined effects of louping ill and tick borne fever which has led to long periods of almost negligible grouse bags and inevitable disenchantment by both keepers and managers. However in late 2007 a new syndicate took a 20 year lease of the moor with the intention of recovering it to its former glory.   The ambition to succeed where there has been years of failure is based on the hope that the latest research into tick borne diseases will allow new management techniques to prevail.

A steady build up in numbers has resulted in a bag of just under 1500 brace for 2014 and the moor now placed for breakthrough with a strong breeding stock on each beat. We look froward to the 2015 season with optimism.

The high Grampian moors with their contours and gulley’s make for a quite different driven grouse experience to the majority of English and Scottish lowland moors. The Glendye grouse present a sporting challenge that benchmarks the sport of grouse shooting at the highest level.

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