If you’ve recently received a wedding invitation and are now dreading the call-up to the inevitably deranged stag do, fear not

The traditional weekend of groom-bashing is on the wane, with hotels and high-end travel companies accommodating an increasing demand for more sophisticated, but by no means genteel, male-only adventures.

According to luxury adventure-travel company Epic Tomato, male group bookings have risen sharply since 2015, with tailor-made three-day ski-trekking weekends across Norway’s Lofoten Archipelago or western Mongolia by horseback popular with modern stag-do groups who are seeking a life-affirming expedition – with good food and drink as standard, obviously – rather than a weekend in Skegness. The trend also extends to country pursuits. Game days for beginners are rare, which is why Aswanley Estate scores highly. An hour’s drive from Aberdeen, on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, it actively welcomes beginners. A day there could include trout fishing in the morning, a pigeon flight in the afternoon and deer stalking at night.

So next time you get a wedding invitation, be sure to get on the stag list. It could be a life-changing experience.

Laura Lovett