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British School of Falconry, Gleneagles Estate, Perthshire

Posted by Luci Ackers on 21 May 2015
Related property: Witch'S Pool
Falconry at the Gleneagles Estate, Perthshire Hawk Gleneagles

Originally opened in 1982 as the first school dedicated to falconry in the world, The British School of Falconry is now based on the Gleneagles Estate in Perthshire and teaches more than 4,000 people per year. The school houses about 24 birds at any one time.

Falconry was once considered an aristocratic sport, a sign of status, and these magnificent birds were traditionally exchanged as gifts between royalty. The birds would be trained to catch prey and return it to their falconer. The sport reached its peak in Britain around the 17th century, but was soon replaced by the use of firearms for hunting. In modern falconry red-tailed hawks and Harris' hawks are two of the preferred species, though peregrine falcons and goshawks are also used. Nowadays the aim of falconry is more hobby-related than sport-related and those interested will often take part in an experience day in order to see these birds up close.

On the Gleneagles Estate the British School of Falconry provides the wonderful opportunity for anyone to have a go, get involved and learn the art behind this interesting sport. Professional falconers provide instruction and teach basic handling techniques and skills. You will be given a Barbour jacket, boots and falconer's glove in order to protect you from accidental jabs from sharp talons.

There are a number of different experiences on offer including introductory lessons, full days and group demonstrations. The trainers allow you hands on experience and the chance to fly Harris' hawks. During longer sessions guests learn about hunting techniques and get to watch the eagles, hawks and falcons in action on the sporting ground adjoining the Gleneagles estate.

Find out prices and additional information on the British School of Falconry website

Witch's Pool is an ideal place to stay for those who are interested in the birdlife of Scotland, not only is this peaceful site on the River Ericht great for wildlife, but it is under an hour from Gleneagles too. Find out how to stay here by following the link.

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Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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