Clay pigeon shooting is a popular sport, being accessible, easy to learn but hard to master and a great way to get outdoors when game shooting is in the offseason. We have put together six of the top-rated clay pigeon shooting grounds to visit around the UK, but be sure to check out those local to you as well.
Bisley Shooting Ground, Surrey
Bisley Shooting Group is a leader in its field and has two of the finest clay shooting grounds in Britain, one in Surrey and one in the Scottish Borders. The Surrey shooting ground, 30 miles from London, has a Victorian clubhouse and 3,000 acres of unspoiled heath and woodland, providing the perfect setting for shooting. Bisley Shooting Ground is also the largest sporting clay ground in Europe and also offers expert tuition for professionals and novices alike. There are over 120 traps and several high towers, and the variety of targets and guns means all abilities are catered for.
Bisley at Braidwood, Scottish Borders
Bisley Shooting Group’s second location on a stunning estate in the Scottish Borders offers clay shooting, air rifle and virtual reality shooting disciplines. There is a versatile layout, accommodating to both novices and professionals and expert instruction is available too, for those who want some extra tips and training. The more experienced clay shooters will enjoy having a go at the simulated game experiences, where you are challenged to shooting the highest clay pheasants and bolting rabbits. Both Bisley shooting grounds also cater to young shots and have exclusive ladies’ days.
North Wales Shooting School, Flintshire
Located just under five miles from Chester, North Wales Shooting School offers tuition, and with over 50 years of experience, you can guarantee after even one session you’ll walk away with a better technique. Several sessions are available, from 30 minutes to multiple sessions paid in advance. They welcome total beginners and the more experienced who want to hone their skills. Also at the shooting school is a purpose built gun room and shop, for those who want a reputable business to buy their shotgun.
Ling Shooting School, Somerset
The Ling Shooting School in Somerset offers shooting lessons along with ladies’ days, Olympic shooting taster days and more relaxing hen and stag packages. There is also gun fitting and repairs on site too. The school specialises in clay shooting and game shooting tuition and also have archery and air rifle sessions available too. Whether you are a novice or have some experience in clay shooting, the tuition offered at Ling Shooting School comes from experts and you are likely to pick up a few tricks you hadn’t thought about to perfect your skill. The school also hosts several events throughout the year, where you can meet like-minded people who share your love for clay pigeon shooting.
Hazel Bank Shooting Ground, North Yorkshire
Based just outside Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, the 3.4 acre Hazel Bank is a well-established and popular ground for clay pigeon shooting. There is a range of disciplines including Down the Line, Sporting and Rabbit runs and the modern clay traps can simulate a range of targets. Hazel Bank offers taster lessons for those who want to try out the sport and shooting lessons for beginners who wish to improve their technique and build confidence. Experienced shooters can also come for the day to try out the Sporting course, with cartridges available to buy on site and refreshments available between rounds.
Royal Berkshire Shooting School, Berkshire
The Royal Berkshire Shooting School has long been considered one of the best in the country for lessons and practice and offers clay shooters some of the best grounds for the sport. The Shooting School has full time, professional instructors and has been recognised as being innovative and forward-thinking, providing realism and variety in each lesson. For those who miss game shooting and want a realistic simulation, guests can try the Really Wild Clay Days. These days replicate every aspect of a pheasant or grouse shoot but use clay pigeons as the quarry. These days can be for large groups or as charity events and require you to hone your shooting skills.
Do you have a favourite clay pigeon shooting ground near you? There are loads of fantastic grounds around Britain we haven’t mentioned – let us know over on social media! Though clay shooting clothing differs from game shooting, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to get yourself a ladies or men’s shooting jacket when heading to a shooting ground. Have a read of our previous blog on our suggestions for what to wear when clay pigeon shooting along with our blog on the history of clay shooting and its various disciplines.