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For 34 years, The Scottish Sporting Gazette has celebrated the long and happy love affair that has existed between sportsmen and women from all corners of the UK, and Scotland's wild and unparalleled landscapes.?
Indeed, this year, in particular, Scotland has had much to celebrate, from the resounding success (in more ways than one) of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles to the return of the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow. And, although sportsmen and women from both sides of the border will have breathed a collective sigh of relief at the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, 2014 has also brought with it a new wind of change and an air of uncertainty for country sports.?
To assess the future of our countryside, we have enlisted the help of Jamie Stewart, director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance; Colin Sheddon, director of BASC Scotland; Hughie Campbell Adamson, chairman and trustee of the Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland); and Michael Wigan, a regular contributor and Sutherland sporting estate owner.?
Away from politics, this issue of The Scottish Sporting Gazette showcases the depth and diversity of Scotland's sporting heritage with content from every corner, from the Borders to the Outer Hebrides - all of it illustrated with exceptional photography.?
We reflect on the 2014 season, where grouse and salmon have experienced mixed fortunes, to say the least, Simon Barr heads to the most westerly point of the British Isles to stalk billies, David S. D. Jones looks back on the enviable life of the Reverend George Hely-Hutchinson - the sportsman who discovered the Outer Hebrides - and two contributors go head-to-head to debate whether woodcock or salmon have the toughest migration. ??
Marcus Janssen ventures to Ballindalloch Distillery to meet the team aiming to produce Scotland's first single estate, single malt whisky, and Patrick Tillard follows the 5,000-mile journey of one man's fly, from a vice high up in the Kericho District of the Kenyan Highlands to the hallowed Spey.?
Jo Woolf shares her secrets of Kintyre, we go behind the scenes of an epic new fishing film, John Beatty sails to Sula Sgeir with the guga hunters, and we meet four men who between them have amassed over 180 years of service to country sports - their stories are fascinating. ?
And there's so much more? the ultimate 20,000-acre sporting estate, a luxury weekend break for two is up for grabs at the stunning Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, the resurgence of sea trout, artist Martin Ridley, capercaillie lekking, and the life of a gunmaking great.?
It is a jam-packed issue showcasing the culture and sport bursting from this amazing country. For issue highlights,?click here.
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