Shooting party at the Scarinish Hotel around 1912
Photograph of a shooting party at the Scarinish Hotel around 1912.
Courtesy of Mr Angus MacLean
During the Victorian era and up to World War I, game shooting was a popular field sport. This photograph taken outside the Scarinish Hotel around 1912 shows a shooting party, probably attracted to Tiree by the huge numbers of common snipe.
Sir Hugh Gladstone wrote in his ‘Record Bags & Shooting Records’ of 1922 that Lord Elphinstone and a Mr J. Cobbold, who visited Tiree in the autumn of 1908 and 1909, on both occasions bagged over 1,000 snipe in ten days’ shooting.
Although shooting parties still come to Tiree in October through to January to shoot mainly geese and some snipe, their numbers are exceeded by bird-watchers keen to sight corncrakes, of which one third of the UK population can be found on the island.
Black and white photograph of a shooting party at the Scarinish Hotel.
Shooting party at the Scarinish Hotel around 1912. (Original in Filing Cabinet 2 drawer 1: 1997.178)