Bag a ‘MacNab’ Challenge

Man fishing on River

DURATION :3 nights

PRICE: £2,900pp

BUSINESSES INVOLVED:

Finn Valley Cottages
2 Somerville Rd, Clady, Strabane BT82 9QZ
Phone: 07720 452161
Email: finnvalleycottages@gmail.com

River Mourne Guides
38 Main Street, Strabane, Co.Tyrone, BT82 8AS
Phone: 07709548436
Email: info@rivermourneguides.com

LOCATION: River Mourne or Finn (depending on river conditions)

This is the ultimate experience in shooting, fishing & hunting! The aim of this 3-night experience is on any one of the three days to harvest a stag, shoot a brace of birds & catch a salmon on the fly. The model is derived from the famous novel, John MacNab, by John Buchan. These three species are extremely hard to find close to each other making this unique experience and an extremely rare opportunity to participate in these 3 disciplines within a 20-mile radius.

The model on any one of the three days is to manage to carry out the McNab, which is much about the adventure, the determination to succeed and the good fortune of being luck enough to create the opportunity to carry out this sporting challenge all in one day between the hours of dusk and dawn.

The first challenge is the Salmon fishing. Fly fishing for salmon fishing on one of the Foyle rivers. You will have the luxury of an experienced guide who will also be able to tell you stories of the river along the way. The aim is to capture a Salmon as quickly as possible to allow you time to finish the other tasks.

From the river to the field, the second challenge is the bird shooting. This will take place in either Tyrone or Donegal (depending on estate access) where you will have the services of a dog handler and retrieving dog throughout. The type of bird you can expect to shoot is either duck, pheasant, snipe or woodcock (Grouse is sometimes the preferred quarry, however at this time there is an effort to conserve our local population). After having shot your bird you can take it back to your accommodation where you will have the opportunity to pluck and gut it if desired, assistance with this can be given if needed.

The third and final challenge is deer stalking and attempting to shoot a stag under guidance of one of our stalkers. Again, this will take place in either Tyrone or Donegal (depending on estate access). To be able to shoot a stag you will need to demonstrate competency in the absence of a deer stalking qualification.

By taking part in this package you can expect to learn the basic principles of stalking a deer with the extra security of always being under strict guidance. You will be shown the best fly fishing techniques, depending on the location and conditions as well as being shown how to set up the rod and casting if it is required.

The best time to take part in this experience is in September and up to 20th October when the salmon season ends on the River Mourne.
The package also includes three nights’ accommodation in the luxurious Finn Valley self-catering cottages near Strabane. Their four cottages are in a breath taking rural location and are surrounded by natural beauty with views of the Donegal hills. A truly authentic experience, steeped in tradition, attractions & activities. There is a range of eating establishments nearby.

This tour is sure to make your hunting experience truly memorable from beginning to end!

WHAT TO BRING

Appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Two nights accommodation in an en suite bedroom in shared self-catering cottage
  • One day fly fishing
  • One day bird shooting
  • All specialist equipment & guidance is included - participants can bring their own equipment if they wish at a reduced cost – please enquire when booking
  • Packed lunches

SUITABILITY

This package is only for those experienced in shooting and fishing.

HOW TO BOOK

Please contact Anne from Finn Valley Cottages at finnvalleycottages@gmail.com / +44 (0) 77204 52161 or Brendan Winters at River Mourne Guides on 07709548436 / 02871886218 or brendan@rivermournegunsandtackle.com

RESTRICTIONS

  • Minimum age is 18yrs old
  • Minimum of 2 people must book onto each package
  • If participants want to bring their own firearms, they need to ensure they bring the relevant paperwork with them. We can assist with acquiring this if needed

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Packed lunches can be provided
  • Evening meals can be booked in advance at a local restaurant or by bringing in a gourmet chef