The Balfour Estate boasts one of the finest shooting estates in the world. Today, Shapinsay is spoken of in hushed tones in elite sporting circles, as the name has become synonymous with the unpredictable but utterly addictive sport of wildfowling.
Due to Orkney's favourable geographic location, situated on the migration routes from the Arctic breeding grounds of our visiting birds, you will have the chance to shoot from dawn till dusk in often challenging conditions.
Recipe for success
The insightful enhancement of the Estate, such as well-stocked feeding ponds designed to attract birds helps improve the odds of success even in extreme weather conditions. For this sport you need skill, patience and on occasion insomnia, the first-light shoot can be lucrative despite the rather early start to the day. You also need to be in the right place at the right time so expect to move suddenly and silently - the ultimate adrenalin rush.
Whilst a successful shoot can never be fully guaranteed, the odds are much improved in part due to local knowledge, patient observation and meticulous recording of bird activity. Additionally, the sharp eye of Balfour's GameKeeper and the experience of our resident Shoot Captain all add to the likelihood of there being something to boast about in the gunroom , with a hard-earned dram in hand and the spoils of the shoot proudly logged in Balfour's sporting chronicles.