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Walkers Urged to Check for Deer Stalking Before Heading onto the Hills

Hillwalking at Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

Scotland’s Nature Agency, NatureScot is urging hillwalkers to check information online for deer stalking before making their way out for the busiest part of the season.

With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and many more people getting out and about the NatureScot website allows walkers to follow the Scottish Outside Access Code and access details on deer management across Scottish estates up to late October, to help walkers avoid disturbing stalking.

Advice includes where and when stalking is taking place on each estate, provides details on who to contact for more information and includes routes that are ‘always okay’ for walkers.

Fiona Cunninghame, NatureScot Recreation, Access, and Paths Officer said: “Many people are enjoying Scotland’s amazing hills more than ever following the restrictions of the last two years.

“Some people may be discovering the joys of exploring our hills and mountains for the first time which is fantastic – but it’s also important to bear in mind that this can be a very busy time for land.

“Our Heading for the Scottish Hills website is a great resource to help walkers have a great day out without disturbing deer stalking in their chosen area, as well learning about your rights and responsibilities more generally under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.”

Scotland offers fantastic hillwalking with so many walks for hillwalkers to enjoy including Pitlochry and Blair Atholl, Loch Tay and Glen Lyon, Dunkeld & Blairgowrie.

Activity is not expected to begin until late August and with Summer and Autumn season being an important time for dear stalking on the open hill.

Davie Black, Mountaineering Scotland Access Officer, said: “We have been involved with Heading for Scottish Hills since it started and encourage all walkers to check the website during the stalking season and contact the relevant estate if they have further questions.”

Information can also be accessed via the WalkHighlands website, with relevant stalking details provided on the page for each website, with relevant stalking details provided on the page for each walk.

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