The site has details of deerstalking on Scottish hills. Photo: Bill Ebbesen CC-BY-3.0

The site has details of deerstalking on Scottish hills. Photo: Bill Ebbesen [CC-3.0]

An online service that allows outdoor enthusiasts to check where deerstalking will take place has extended the number of hills covered.

The Heading for the Scottish Hills site is run by the Government advisory body Scottish Natural Heritage, with the involvement of Mountaineering Scotland.

The service allows walkers and other hillgoers to check ahead for possible deerstalking taking place on estates, to help reduce the chance of disturbing stag-stalking during the peak season from late summer to 20 October.

An SNH spokesperson said: “SNH has worked with partners, including the Mountaineering Council of Scotland [now renamed Mountaineering Scotland] and the Association of Deer Management Groups, to create a more user-friendly service.

“This year’s service covers more hills, particularly in the northern Highlands, and is accessible from mobiles and tablets.

“The site provides information on specific munros, corbetts and other popular hills. It also includes routes that are ‘always okay’ and general information such as when the estate will start stag-stalking and the days of the week when stalking doesn’t take place.”

Andrea Partridge, Mountaineering Scotland access officer, said: “The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has been closely involved with the Heading for the Scottish Hills website and is delighted to see that the service has expanded again this year.

“We encourage all hill-goers to check the website during the stalking season and contact the relevant estate if necessary.”

Fiona Cuninghame, SNH recreation and access officer, said: “The web service is a quick way to check that you won’t disturb deerstalking when heading to participating hills between July and October.

“We expect the service to continue to grow, so if you’re planning a trip and the hills you want to climb aren’t included on the site, it’s worth taking another look nearer the time.”

The website includes general information about stalking on all participating estates and contact details for further information. There is also information about responsible behaviour for both land managers and walkers.

SNH said it welcomes feedback on the service via email.

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