A SCOTTISH estate is for sale where the owner is challenged to catch salmon, stalk red deer and shoot grouse between dawn and dusk on the same day.
The £2.5m Scaliscro Estate provides the ultimate fieldsports challenge, known as the Macnab.
The 5,570 acres on the west coast of Lewis provide a rare combination of the three sports in relatively close proximity.
The feat, referred to as The Macnab Challenge, was inspired by the 1925 book “John Macnab” written by John Buchan.
The story follows three protagonists, Sir Edward Leithen, John Palliser-Yeates and Lord Lamancha, all desperate for adventure.
The trio decide to come up with a challenge, and under the pseudonym of John Macnab, they warn three Highland estates that within 48 hours they will remove a salmon or stag, undetected.
However the modern challenge now includes bagging a salmon, a red deer stag and brace of grouse within one day between dawn and dusk.
According to the estate agent Galbraith: “Scaliscro is a wonderful Hebridean sporting estate and offers the privilege of obtaining a legendary ‘Macnab’.
“In addition to red deer stalking, there is grouse, woodcock and snipe shooting, as well as salmon, sea-trout and brown trout fishing.”
John Bound, a partner with Galbraith, said: “It is very rare to come across a coastal estate anywhere in Scotland which combines this variety of sport with a privately positioned lodge overlooking the sea.
“The challenging terrain amidst dramatic scenery provides the perfect backdrop for truly wild walked up sport for grouse, snipe and woodcock. The deep peat hags also provide exciting stalking ground.
“With around three miles of coastline, the estate offers access to good sea fishing, lobster potting and of course wonderful sailing. There are also excellent opportunities for salmon, sea-trout and brown trout fishing on a number of beautiful lochs making Scaliscro a really great all-round estate.”
Accessed by a two-mile long private road, the 11 bedroom Scaliscro Lodge overlooks the scenic Little Loch Roag and offers breathtaking views of the hills of Uig and Harris.
Along with the spacious lodge, there is a row of three inter-connected cottages which are currently used as a single house.
Galbraith added: “There are also useful outbuildings, including a large portal framed shed providing essential indoor storage, stock housing or workspace. There is also potential for a small hydro scheme.
“Below the lodge is a jetty/slipway, and there is another slipway at the head of Little Loch Roag. It is possible to waterski and sail in the loch, or to venture further out to sea by RIB or yacht from moorings directly below the lodge.”
Every year, The Field magazine holds a competition for the bravest sportsmen and women willing to take on fieldsports’ ultimate test.
Beginning on the Glorious Twelfth, the Macnab challenge lasts until mid November.