Hillphones is a recorded telephone message service which gives information about stag stalking activity in upland areas of Scotland. The service aims to help hillwalkers find out where stag stalking is taking place and to plan their routes to avoid stalking operations. Messages are regularly updated and forecasts are given for a few days ahead wherever possible. Calls are charged at normal rates.
You can view the Hillphone maps, telephone numbers and main stalking dates by visiting the Hillphones Maps page.
The Hillphones service was an idea proposed by the Access Forum, and was set up in 1996. It is organised by Scottish Natural Heritage with support from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Participating estates operate the service on a voluntary basis in order to improve communication with hillwalkers.
Deer stalking also takes place in other parts of Scotland not currently covered by the Hillphone service.
The pilot Heading for the Scottish Hills web service operated in the 2010 and 2011 seasons following requests from land managers and walkers for an easy to use web service. Both Hillphones and the pilot Heading for the Scottish Hills web service are now being reviewed and we will update information here in due course.