We had such a fabulous shoot at Ballywalter
Park last Fall, that we have secured two shoot dates for this
year. Each Shoot will accommodate a Team of 8 Guns and up to 8
Non-Shooting Partners. The Shooting Party will stay with Lord
and Lady Dunleath at their Stately Home on the County Down coast,
about 20 miles from the City of Belfast.
You will all enjoy the wonderful
shooting, the excellent cuisine, and the warm hospitality of Brian
and Vibse, The Lord and Lady of Ballywalter Park.
Trips one and Two
NOVEMBER 26, DECEMBER 3
meet at Belfast International Airport, take care of the guns,
licenses and baggage, then drive to Ballywalter Park. On arrival,
guests will be shown to their rooms and after a light lunch, are
free to tour the house, stroll in the gardens or walk on the beach.
Pre-dinner drinks will be available
from 7:00 pm with dinner at 8:00 pm.
DAY TWO •
NOVEMBER 27, DECEMBER 4
Breakfast will be at 8.00 am with departure
at 8.45 am for the 9.15 am Strangford Lough Ferry.We will shoot
Driven Snipe at Downpatrick Marshes, some 400 beautiful acres
adjacent to the Ballydugan Estate. The usual cartridge-to-kill
ratio is around 10:1, but the bag is dependent on the conditions
being "snipe friendly" and the prowess of the guns!
Soup and rolls are served in the field at midday, with a late
lunch in Ballydugan House at the end of the shoot.
If the Downpatrick Marshes are
flooded, the snipe will not appear, so this option is not always
available. In that case, we would have a morning of Walked-up
Pheasant shooting, with some Duck Flighting in the evening.
ITINERARY FOR NON-SHOOTERS
Non-Shooters can breakfast at a more
leisurely hour, departing at 9:45am for a private tour of The
Northern Ireland Parliament Buildings at Stormont, on the outskirts
of Belfast. www.harrisonphotography.co.uk,
then on into Lisburn, where lunch will be at Bar Burgundy www.jollygoodwine.ie,
followed by a private tour of the fascinating Lisburn Linen Museum.
Guests will reconvene at Ballywalter
Park for drinks will at 7:30 pm with dinner at 8:15 pm.
DAY THREE •
NOVEMBER 28, DECEMBER 5
Breakfast for everyone (Non-shooters may wish
to accompany the guns today.) at 8:30 am, then off to The Albany
We will shoot a mix of Driven Duck and Driven
Pheasant on the farm and parklands at The Estate, with four drives
in the morning and two after lunch. Distances within the Estate
are relatively small, with easy walking between the drives. A vehicle
will accompany the guns throughout the day carrying guns, cartridges,
and other bits and pieces.
Lunch is a hot main course served
with wines, followed by Stilton and Port, served in the Albany Shoot
Rooms. Soup will be served after the second farm drive at the front
of the house. The anticipated bag for the day is 350 Pheasant and
ITINERARY FOR NON-SHOOTERS
After breakfast there will be an
opportunity for some "retail therapy" in the Lisburn
Road in Belfast, an eclectic mix of internationally renowned designer
boutiques, antiques shops, etc. followed by a tour of The Belfast
Lunch will be at Dean's Deli. Guests
will return in time for pre-dinner drinks at 7:00 pm, then dinner
at 8:00 pm.