Our

Story

We're husband and wife team Claire and Alick. Between us we have years of experience managing large Scottish estates and 5 star properties, delivering exceptional hospitality. We're the proud new owners of Muir Estate and are passionate about carrying on the proud heritage and giving people a unique experience in this special corner of Scotland. 

Our dream is to be self-sufficient, producing our own venison, lamb, beef and pork and to share this with our guests. Alick is very experienced in managing livestock, coming from a long line of Orkney farmers and previously managed Glenlyon Estate in highland Perthshire. So as soon as we bought this place we set to work putting up deer fences to form parks where we now have a herd of 55 including 8 stags, 7 are just yearlings and Otto is our 5 year old.  We have also fenced off the remainder of the grazing land so that we can have some sheep and we have recently fenced off meadow which is as natural a habitat for deer as we can make.  In time, we hope to add cattle and possibly pigs, but we have to start somewhere.

Walking through the forest at Muir Estate
Walking through the forest at Muir Estate

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Walking through the forest at Muir Estate
Walking through the forest at Muir Estate

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We both share the same principles and values, that our animals will be treated with kindness and be given the best life possible while they are with us on Muir Estate.  When it comes to butchery and cooking, the meat will be treated sensitively and every last morsel utilised to it’s fullest potential. During lockdown I taught myself butchery skills so when our deer have matured, and we are ready to cull the herd, all the meat will be butchered, prepared and cooked by myself creating an on-line butcher shop. In the meantime our venison is sourced from Highland Perthshire. This also means that we will have practically zero food miles and carbon footprint for our meat produce and very little for everything else as we will be using local suppliers where possible, such as Graham’s Dairy for butter, cream and milk, which is just down the road, and an abundance of local veg suppliers. 

Another exciting part of Muir Estate is that we now have a food offering for our guests.  Guests that stay in the Bothy can oder before and during their stay some 'Heat & Eat' meals.