Archery in Scotland

Discover the art of traditional archery in Scotland on your next tour of Britain.

Archery in Scotland

Scotland is one of those destinations that offers a range of recreational activities to suit everyone’s interests. Archery is no exception, basked in history and feeling a rush of adrenaline when you hit the target. Feel like a medieval warrior on your Private driver-guided Tour of Scotland.

Archery is known as a powerful defence to protect the royals of Scotland in the olden days. The British developed the longbow into a weapon of war after the Norman invasion in 1066 by William the Conqueror.

Kings banned games like football and golf to ensure their men focused on practising archery rather than playing those sports in their spare time. We can provide a tailored experience where you won’t wear a bow but shoot one on your Private Tour of Scotland.

Experience authentic archery

TOP FIVE archery locations in Scotland;

1. County Clays is tucked away in Dunkeld and offers an authentic archery experience using recurve bows.

Where to Stay
The archery site is 17 minutes from Fonab Castle Hotel and Spa, in the lovely town of Pitlochry. Fonab Castle has the intriguing character of an old castle but without discomfort. Enjoy a view from the Loch-side bars and choose between two restaurants. 

2. Explore the style, technique and coordination needed to master the ancient sport known as archery using a traditional recurve bow at Gleneagles.

Where to Stay
Make Archery just one of the many activities available at the fabulous Gleneagles Hotel Resort. Golf is the main draw at Gleneagles, but there is so much more such as Fishing, Clay Pigeon shooting, mountain biking and 4x4 off-road driving.

3. At Dalhousie Castle, transport yourself back to medieval times and take a shot at archery with a historically crafted recurve bow in the setting of the castle falconry.

Where to Stay
The obvious place to stay is Dalhousie Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh. If you prefer to be in town, take a look at our Edinburgh page.

4. At Balnagown Castle, archery has been practised ever since the castle was built on the property. Whether you’re a first-time archer or more experienced, the activity will challenge all ability levels.

Where to Stay
The Balnagown Estate is a 50-minute drive northeast of Inverness and offers authentic Highlands accommodation and experience. Choose from a range of simple and comfortable cottages and lodges. Other activities on-site include; fishing, biking and bird watching.

5. Woodlands Glencoe provides a rewarding opportunity to practise archery in a beautiful setting where you can explore and learn about this ancient sport. Other activities include; E-Bike hire, Segway tours and laser clay pigeon shooting.

Where to Stay
Stay in the magnificent Victorian property of Inverlochy Castle Hotel. A short hop from the activities of Glen Coe and a lovely place to return after a day in the Highlands hiking, shooting and practising archery. 
Choose between 17 lavish rooms and dine at The Michel Roux Jr Restaurant. Modern British cuisine has French touches with local produce.

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