Being well into the main letting period for 2010, partner Robert Rattray, head of the firm's sporting department, was pleased to report at our 2010 Spring Briefing that the sporting market is generally buoyant and looks to be following a similar pattern to last year.
Robert said: "Prices generally are very much in line with last year. If there is any change, there may be a degree more price sensitivity in the market, with sporting tenants much more conscious of getting value for their money, and keeping their options open until they find it. Overall, the sporting market remains strong with the mainstay of demand from within the UK."
Salmon fishing remains consistently popular, with strong demand for the year ahead. Rivers were well let last year, and despite the unstartling performance of many rivers in 2009, over the previous two seasons Scotland has firmly regained its status as a world class salmon fishing destination.
Demand from those taking Sporting lodges has also been high, underpinned by a core of regular tenants. Robert has also experienced a good demand from less regular takers this year who have decided that a Scottish lodge is more affordable than a continental holiday.
Stalking has become increasingly popular, with short breaks and single days outstripping the more traditional full week and lodge type package. Given the strength of the Euro, Robert expected an influx of continental Sportsmen to Scotland, and although there has been an increase in overseas bookings, the mainstay is still from the UK.
Scottish grouse shooting continues to be in high demand, in particular walked up grouse shooting. In addition, the market for driven grouse has remained generally buoyant despite the high cost.
To keep up-to-date, our dedicated sporting website provides a regular round up throughout the season.