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The sort of ho­tels I usu­ally stay in are char­ac­terised by stale corn­flakes and slightly bro­ken beds. On the eve of the Glo­ri­ous Twelfth, how­ever, I found my­self some­where rather loftier.

Dur­ing the 1950s, Gle­nea­gles was the Mecca of Scot­land’s grouse shoot­ing scene — af­ter splen­did romps with side-by-sides un­der their arms, blokes in breeks would have crowded round the bar and Gor­don set­ters would have snoozed by the fire. As the years went by things changed; the ho­tel turned to golf, and mous­ta­chioed men in moth-eaten garb were slowly re­placed by hordes of Amer­i­cans in syn­thetic sports­wear.

That was un­til this year, when the ho­tel de­cided to re­dis­cover its past by invit­ing a bunch of field­sports ed­i­tors up for a cou­ple of nights and a day on a lo­cal moor.

We can be un­der no il­lu­sion that very large, pub­licly vis­i­ble busi­nesses like Gle­nea­gles think hard about the com­mu­ni­ties they align them­selves with. Af­ter all, it is part of their brand iden­tity. So, if we were re­ally per­ceived by non-shoot­ers to be an out­dated, unloved, anachro­nis­tic tribe, would such an in­sti­tu­tion have de­cided to get back on board? Of course not — it would have sim­ply stuck to the spa treat­ments.

The fact it has taken this strate­gic step is an en­dorse­ment of us as we know we are — a fun bunch who ap­pre­ci­ate good food, good com­pany and love ru­ral land­scapes like the hills sur­round­ing the great ho­tel and all the crea­tures that make those ar­eas the ex­tra­or­di­nary places they are.

Pa­trick Gal­braith, Ed­i­tor

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