As you may have seen on my Instagram in September, I recently relocated from North Yorkshire, 400 miles up the road to the Scottish Highlands and one of the first things to do was to find my local shooting ground. As luck would have it there was one only 10 minutes down the road near Evanton, half an hour north from Inverness.
Highland Deephaven is located on the shoreline of the Cromarty Firth with fantastic views out across the open water and the scattering of oil rigs located in the area. It is nestled in an industrial estate with a small car park and clubhouse and a small ground where you are in effect shooting out to sea! It is for this reason that the club only allows the use of Steel cartridges onsite as the DTL stands literally throw clays out towards the shoreline. The ground offers a variety of disciplines from DTL, ABT, Skeet and at times Compak Sporting.
When going to a new ground for the first time I wonder how the people will be, the facilities and of course the shooting. Highland Deephaven certainly didn't disappoint. One of the warmest and friendly welcomes my wife and I have ever received at a shooting ground BY. FAR. The clubhouse had tea and coffee (and even doughnuts) available and on competition days offer a selection of hot sandwiches. There is ample seating with great views over the shooting ground and was full of very welcoming and chatty regulars who were all quick to introduce themselves and offer any help if needed. We felt right at home straight away!
Having always shot sporting I was a bit dissappointed to see that the two main options at HDCPC were DTL and Skeet, however maybe it is time for me to try something new. I opted for Skeet this time, armed with my Breda 930i and trying out the new Aimcam Pro 2i glasses. I joined a group of 5 or 6 locals who were quick to invite me to shoot with them and update me on all the rules of a discipline I haven't shot before. (I will do an article on Skeet and the Aimcam at a later date!)
I was shooting with the Eley VIP lightning steel cartridges and the Breda performed faultlessly as always. For two rounds of Skeet and 2 boxes of cartridges the total was only £20 so it is a very reasonably priced club compared to others I have visited in the past. As far as I am aware opening times for practise are usually Thursdays and Sundays with full fixtures being available on the HDCPC website (link below) and they are very good at getting back to you on their facebook page also if you are looking for any more info!
If you are in the area or passing by it is well worth checking if it is open to see if you can call in for a go at their DTL or Skeet layouts! Overall, I really enjoyed shooting at Highland Deephaven and am pleased to have such a welcoming, well priced club just down the road from me. I look forward to heading back soon. CONTACT DETAILS FOR THE CLUB CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Highland Deephaven CPC
Phone 07920 068 826
Visit www.hdcpc.co.uk for more info OR