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The Macnab Challenge: catch a salmon on the fly, bag a brace of grouse, and shoot a red stag between sunrise and sunset on the same day.
“The Macnab Challenge has its roots in the 1925 novel John Macnab by John Buchan. The story follows three protagonists: Sir Edward Leithen, John Palliser-Yeates and Lord Lamancha, all desperate to relieve the ennui that has engulfed them. The solution can only be something devilish, with a dash of daring. Under the mantle of John Macnab, they issue a warning to three Highland estates: within 48 hours they will remove a salmon or stag, undetected, and present it at the door of the house. On this, they stake their reputations and the danger proves innervating.
The modern Macnab Challenge: bagging a salmon, stag, and brace of grouse within one day between dawn and dusk, is derived from Buchan’s tale. It is a thrilling test of sporting skill (with a dash of luck thrown in). The Field’s Macnab Challenge is open to all those who have successfully completed a Macnab within the current sporting season. For those who have done so beforehand, we invite them to join our Macnab Club.”
A great video from The Field Magazine capturing a Macnab day at Amhuinnsuidhe
The 2023 Macnab Challenge will be based out of Amhuinnsuidhe Castle (pronounced 'aven-suey').
“Pass through the white gates to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle and find an imposing coastal retreat with over 50,000 glorious acres of craggy wilderness and stunning views across the sea to South Harris.
Set in the dramatic Hebridean landscape, the castle offers elegant accommodation, unsurpassed opportunities for fishing and field sports, great food and warm hospitality from our friendly and professional team.”
Our Macnab team will have exclusive use of Amhuinnsuidhe Castle and grounds. All sport takes place on the 55,000 acres of the estate which offers logistical and tactical advantages.
Rick Watson, Owner of Catskill Casts & Coverts
Amhuinnsuidhe is a short distance from the Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis. We will arrange transportation to and from the castle. The Storoway Airport is an easy connection from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Rick and our team will greet you at the airport.
Absolutely! Your companion is welcome to observe the sport. There is plenty to do on the castle grounds and estate including hiking and bird watching. The Isle of Harris is home to countless scenic seaside villages with tweed shops, art galleries, cafes, & distilleries. The beaches of Harris are listed as some of the most stunning beaches in the world.
A 50% deposit is due when booking. The balance is due on May 1st, 2024. We recommend purchasing travel insurance after sending your deposit. We pay a non-refundable deposit to the estate, so if you need to cancel for any reason, we can refund your money only if we are able to sell your spot to someone else.