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History

 

The view from Auchmull Lodge

The Gannochy Estate in Glen Esk goes back to the 12th century when it was owned by the Stirling family. By the 18th century it was part of the huge Dalhousie estates and legend says that the Laird could ride from the Forfarshire border to Dundee without leaving his own land.

The Gannochy grouse moors reached a peak in the 30′s when annual bags were in excess of 10,000 brace. Royalty were regular visitors to Glen Esk including the future Queen Elizabeth with her father King George VI.  The moors also gave their name to a patented cartridge dispenser, The Gannochy Loader, designed for very fast reloading between shots.

In the 1960′s Gannochy was sold by Dalhousie to William Foster who sold the Estate in the 1980′s to an American, Derald Ruttenberg.

By the turn of this century the heather was seriously damaged by an excess of deer, tick had badly affected the grouse stocks and the estate properties were in a poor state of repair. In 2003 the Estate was sold to a developer and when re-offered for sale in lots there was public outcry at the break-up of this once-famous estate. However, this sale was in fact a turning point for the whole Glen.

New owners and their gamekeepers took on the challenge of reviving grouse stocks with enormous energy, a modern approach and focussed investment in the moors.  The result is a re-birth of Glen Esk with thriving wildlife and a stronger local economy.

Today Gannochy is once more one of the finest private estates in Scotland.