The race to be first

Scottish Field - - IN THE KONW -

When Gle­nea­gles was built in 1924, its ge­n­e­sis en­sured that grouse shot by its guests were rou­tinely among the first – if not ac­tu­ally the first – to reach Lon­don’s res­tau­rants.

Built by the Cale­do­nian Rail­way Com­pany to help drum up cus­tom thanks to its golf cour­ses (Turn­berry had been built by South­East­ern Rail­ways in 1906 and en­joyed great suc­cess), Gle­nea­gles even had its own ded­i­cated branch line.

The Grouse Race was al­ready an es­tab­lished culi­nary tra­di­tion by the time Gle­nea­gles was built, but with its own ded­i­cated sta­tion just a short car­riage ride from the ho­tel, it was well placed for its grouse to be whisked south­wards, ar­riv­ing there around the same time as the grouse shot on the Lam­mer­muir moors al­most 100 miles to the south.

Later, the rise of air travel gave Gle­nea­gles an ad­van­tage given that Ed­in­burgh air­port is only 50 min­utes away.

The last time Gle­nea­gles took part in the Great Grouse Race was thirty years ago – but now they’re back...

Top: Grouse be­ing de­liv­ered by Cale­do­nian Air­ways in the 1960s. Left: Shoot­ing chefs in the ‘70s. Above: This sign is ac­tu­ally wrong: the he­li­copter took off at 1pm, the first grouse was eaten at 7.30pm.

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