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Cardney Sporting Estate

Cardney Estate is a family run estate nestled in the hills above the Hamlet of Butterstone some four miles east of Dunkeld and the A9 making ideally located as a central point from the Scottish cities Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Dundee.

We offer driven partridge and pheasant days. You will enjoy a range of drives including high challenging birds over a variety of terrain. Cardney is Scotland's biggest small estate.

The estate has some of the most picturesque landscape in Perthshire rising from Butterstone Loch set in the Lunan Valley to the amphitheatre of rocks perched high on the hills above.

The estate's shooting and stalking extends to over two thousand spectacular acres. Two thirds of the shooting and stalking are set in heather clad moorland and hill with the remaining ground being of ancient oak woodland, larch and spruce plantations and some two hundred and thirty acres of permanent pasture.


Twenty years ago the grouse population in the area had fallen and the late owner of Cardney Estate, David B. Hendry had the foresight to introduce partridge and pheasants to the hill. Katriona his daughter and husband Lewie are continuing that vision by evolving with the times and introducing several new drives showing high birds that will challenge the most accomplished shot.

The partridge and pheasant are driven from varied mature ancient oak woodlands, mixed Larch and Spruce plantations and heathery moorland and hill, not forgetting our high rocky outcrops the most famous of which are North Spooky and Spooky Valley providing plenty of high birds, making Cardney Estate a very hard shoot to replicate. We ensure very challenging sport over diverse terrain with drives consisting of partridge, pheasant and duck, both reared and wild. September the partridge season opens while October offers partridge, pheasant and duck. November focus is on partridge and pheasant with a small amount of duck, December and January are mainly pheasant with some partridge.


The estate has some superb duck flighting with six flight ponds to choose from. The predominant duck species are Mallard, Teal and Widgeon. Canada, Greyleg and Pink-footed geese often visit the flight ponds.

Duck flighting and goose shooting are normally only let in conjunction with driven days.


Cardney Estate carries a healthy population of Fallow does over its stalking area with only a small number of mature Fallow bucks in residence. However, we have an influx of bucks starting in early September in preparation for the rut in October. Stalking is mainly carried out on the open hill and in the ancient oak woodlands.

There is Roe buck stalking available on the estate which is predominately carried out on the hill ground with a few bucks being shot on the low ground. In the main part the bucks tend to be pretty and uniformed Scottish hill bucks, however there have been a small number of medal heads shot on the low ground over the years.

The best periods for Roe buck stalking on Cardney are May, June and August.

Accommodation and friends

Cardney Estate Accommodation. A truly idyllic location achieving the perfect balance of accessibility and remoteness. Recently refurbished this spacious farmhouse offers stylish, flexible and extremely comfortable holiday accommodation for family holidays, special celebrations or groups of friends.

So.. where are we?

Cardney Sporting Estate is located in the county of Perth & Kinross just 4 miles from Dunkeld and the A9.

Cardney Sporting Estate