Some amplifying information on our hunt with Niall Rowentree of Western Highland Hunting, Scotland.
First off, need to understand Ardnamurchan Estate is on a peninsula on the most western point of the Scottish coast, so it is not really easy to get to unless it is your destination. The minerals and restricted access along with the strict deer management ensure these are some, if not the biggest, free range red deer in Scotland. This also means it costs more to hunt here than several other offerings.
It is worth it. The number and quality of animals is as advertised, and Niall is extremely passionate about hunting and the future of it in Scotland. His knowledge of politics and the external pressures is almost as extensive as his grasp of Scottish history, which is super impressive. He has grown up there and has held his current position of "Sporting Manager" for over a decade. With some urging he will share some of that knowledge with you, and his examples of actual events coincides accurately with the information you published in a recent Hunt Report.
One thing to be aware of, because of his responsibilities and time afield, it takes a few days sometimes for a response to emails. Never tried calling him so not sure how that would work but after experiencing his skill, knowledge, and personality firsthand, deal with it.
Several options for lodging and food, which are additional expenses. My wife accompanied me on this hunt, so we stayed in Mingary Castle. It is a true ancient castle on the shoreline that has been restored and now caters to guests. Two in house chefs prepare white tablecloth breakfast and dinner 7 course servings, but a local hotel/tavern and an estate bunkhouse are also options.
No hassle weapon free traveling was my plan so using the offered Blaser R8 Success with good optics was a no-brainer, rental fee 10 pounds a day. Highly recommend.
Niall is partners with Mike in Premier Hunting, another outfit offering hunts in England. We elected to fly Heathrow(LHR) to Glasgow(GLA}, rent a car and drive. The last 45 miles or so is a single track road with little wideouts for passing, and takes some getting used to. My wife was screaming for 2 hours. We also hit a pothole 7 miles from the castle and sustained two flat tires, the only hiccup on the entire trip.
Something we learned worth passing on, due to a recent policy change British Airways will not transfer your bags in LHR if you are changing flights unless they are on the same booking. Even from one British Airways flight to another British Airways flight, they must be on the same booking. We missed our 2 hour connection due to having to claim our bags and recheck them, and re-clearing security. That was on Business tickets into and out of London Heathrow on two British Airways flights, which is their home base. Amazing.
Take the ferry over to Isle of Mull, it is a 45 min ride and very reminiscent of the San Fran/Sausalito excursion, long main street on the water with shops. Definitely eat at Cafe Fish, it is a small casual cafe right off the ferry with a deserved international reputation. Also the lighthouse, advertised as the most western point of mainland Scotland just outside Kilchoan, the small town where the ferry leaves from. Since it is a three day hunt package at least the third day should be available for sightseeing.
We loved this trip. My wife as much or more than even me, so take the hint.