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12 facts about the glorious 12th

12 facts about the glorious 12th

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, August, 2013

It’s that time of year again when shooting parties across Scotland are gearing up for The Glorious 12th – more commonly known as the 12th of August.

The date marks the start of the red grouse shooting season in the UK and here in the Highlands of Scotland, it’s always a busy time of year.

Whether you’ve heard of The Glorious 12th before or not, we’ve put together a dozen interesting facts below to tell you a bit more about it.

  • In 2012 the Glorious 12th actually took place on the 13th August because the 12th was a Sunday. This is because it’s against the law in Wales, Northern Ireland and England to shoot grouse on a Sunday. There are no laws against it in Scotland, but it’s long been adopted as a custom which is strictly adhered to North of the Border.
  • Grouse shooting as it’s known today can be traced back to 1853 – 160 years ago.
  • The Glorious 12th is most commonly associated with the Scottish Highlands, but in actual fact, red grouse shooting also takes place in Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of Northern England.
  • A typical grouse can eat up to 50 grams of heather every day.
  • Red grouse can fly at speeds of up to 80 mph.
  • The grouse shooting season generates around £30 million each year for the Scottish economy.
  • Approximately two thirds of grouse die naturally within a year.
  • Grouse is a highly sought-after meat. Some restaurants in the South of England pay a premium for grouse to be flown down from elsewhere in the UK on The Glorious 12th so they can serve them for dinner that evening.
  • The grouse population in the UK is estimated to be around 500,000 – roughly the same as the population of Edinburgh.
  • The Game Act of 1831 specifies the red grouse shooting season in the UK must run from the 12th of August through to the 10th of December.
  • There are 459 grouse moors in the UK.
  • The record number of grouse shot in a single day in Scotland is held by Maharja Duleep Singh with 220 brace. This took place on The Glorious 12th back in 1871.

Remember the grouse shooting season in Scotland runs until the 10th of December so if you want to book your party in, take a look at our accommodation in beautiful Aviemore and enjoy your sport at one of the many nearby Highland Estates.