the Macnab Challenge
The UK’s premier
estate for achieving a Macnab.
A Brace of Grouse, a Stag and a Salmon on the
Fly – all in one day
" Gannochy is the UK’s premier estate for achieving Macnabs. In recent years our guests have achieved more Macnabs than the total of all other estates in England and Scotland combined. "
Gannochy is a well-balanced estate, with equal attention being given to management of the river, moorland, hills and lowland. So catch your salmon before breakfast, quickly shoot your brace of grouse over a first-rate pointer and then you still have time to stalk and shoot a fine stag.
The tradition of Macnab at Gannochy started on the 12th August 2004.
The new owner, Allan Hemmings, had enjoyed a very successful first day on the grouse moors with David Clement and a couple of pointers. At 6 p.m. he came down to the river to see how his fishing guests had fared. As he arrived at the fishing hut he saw a salmon move in Dalforth Pool. He promptly grabbed a rod and a few minutes later was landing a fiesty 8lb fish.
He thought that was sufficient for the day until his friends pointed out a herd of Stags on the skyline behind him. After a successful stalk and long after dark, he eventually joined the guests at dinner – and the tradition of the Gannochy Macnab was born.
Since then many have repeated his success, often on the first day of the grouse season.