Logiealmond Estate has been shortlisted in two Scottish Country Sports Tourism Awards recognising and celebrating excellence, highlighting outstanding achievements, innovation, and dedication within the sector.
In the spirit of innovation and progress, the 2023 Sporting Innovator Award commends trailblazers and game-changers in Scottish country sports tourism. The accolade recognises visionary individuals or businesses who are breaking new ground and spearheading change within the sector, changing the way things are done to create high quality experiences and engaging new audiences to grow participation and showcase Scotland as the “go-to” place for country sports tourism.
The prestigious Best Sporting Estate 2023 seeks to recognise an estate that embodies the essence of premium sporting experiences. The winning estate will exemplify land management, collaboration, and guest service excellence. An estate that goes the extra mile in offering exceptional sporting opportunities, investing in top-tier accommodation, promoting biodiversity, placing customer service at the heart of everything, and going the extra mile to deliver truly memorable and unique experiences will take this coveted award home.
Recognition in two categories reflects the investment in the 5500 acre Logiealmond Estate which is fast becoming world renowned for its high quality shooting experiences, warm, relaxed hospitality and luxurious shooting lodges.
The Perthshire Estate has a unique natural setting on the southern fringes of the Highlands encompassing the best of what the Scottish countryside has to offer. With a focus on protecting and enhancing the rich local biodiversity and landscape, there is ongoing large-scale replanting of over 300,000 mixed native Scottish broadleaf trees. The Estate is home to a vast number of red-listed birds it has the highest number of registered birds in Scotland including a golden eagle, ospreys, red kites, buzzards, lapwings and woodcocks and 54 breeding pairs of curlews.
A significant investment of over £16M has seen restoration of existing land and derelict buildings to create a unique year-round destination including luxury holiday accommodation for 96 guests, spa, wedding venue, butchery, farm shop and brewery. The Estate is also committed to becoming a net carbon, off-grid environment.
Shoot Captain and Estate Manager Philip Blount leads a team of seven full time staff including four gamekeepers who are involved in conservation efforts to protect habitats and improve the Estate’s grouse moors.
Philip said, “I'm delighted that the Estate has been recognised in the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Awards. It reflects the commitment and progress our team has made over the past three years to establish our high quality shoot days. With 14 drives here at Logiealmond and a full mix of sporting birds, we have guests travelling from all over the world to shoot and stay in our luxury shooting lodges.”
Estate drives are sporting and challenging with birds being driven over deep gullies, through Scots Pine woodlands and off low ground moorland hillsides by a team of 23 local beaters. 38 shoot days each year bring over £500,000 into the local economy.
Additionally, a collaboration with Tayside Moorland Group has provided an opportunity for 40 local school pupils to take part in the Estates that Educate programme giving them deeper insight into the management of a country sporting estate.
Complementing game shooting experiences, the Estate also arranges simulated game shooting, and rafting or fishing with local partners to create an exclusive itinerary for guests.
The prestigious awards, sponsored by Officers’ Association Scotland, will be presented at a special reception held in the Scottish Land & Estates Tent at the Scottish Game Fair, to be held at Scone Palace on Saturday 1st July.