The deer stalking season started on the 1st July and although few estates begin to stalk that early many will be commencing at the beginning of August. I picked up a handy pocket guide this morning produced by Scottish Natural Heritage that outlines the main stalking areas covered by the excellent hillphones service.

During the season you can phone up and listen to a recorded telephone message that will indicate when and where stalking will be taking place in a particular area, as well as giving a forecast of activity over the next few days. Generally the advice normally given is to stick to the main hillpaths, prominent ridges and main routes through the glens. I have never had any problems during the stalking season, much of the advise is common sense, but I would recommend using the hillphone service if you are in any doubt.

You will find the information booklet in tourist information centres and outdoor shops throughout the Highlands or you can look at their website –

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