The Highlands is home to some of Scotland's finest golf courses with the trek north to play Royal Dornoch a must for any golf enthusiasts. However the Highlands offers much more, with such courses as Nairn, Brora, Fortrose and Castle Stuart being among the very best.
Castle Stuart has been the host to the Scottish Open which traditionally has been used as a lead up to the Open Championship the following week with the 2013 Scottish Open champion Phil Mickelson going on to win the 'Open Championship' at Muirfield the very next week.
There are several good places to base yourself when you're in the Highlands with the majority staying in the city of Inverness but the villages of Dornoch and Nairn also offer splendid lodging and are well situated to many courses. In fact the town of Dornoch offers an experience that only St Andrews can equal in terms of the quality of the links and for charm and pure golfing atmosphere.
Don't forget the other attractions when your in the area, such as whiskey tastings, hunting, fishing, Loch Ness and in general the stunning scenery!
Accommodation Scottish Highlands
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Castle Stuart Golf links
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club 6085 yards Par 71
Nairn Golf Club
Moray Golf Club
Brora Golf Club
Tain Golf Club
Golspie Golf Club
Reay Golf Club
Muir of Ord Golf Club
Inverness Golf Club
Boat of Garten Golf Club
Royal Dornoch Golf ClubRoyal Dornoch Golf Club 6722 yards Par 70, A visit to Dornoch is one of the great pilgrimages in all of golf, starting with the scenic drive through the Highlands over Dornoch Firth Bridge ending at the historic town of Dornoch. Golf has been played over the links since 1616 which makes it the 4th oldest course in the world. The links follows the Dornoch firth in a classic out and back routing that forms a S shape giving it a wonderfully natural feeling. The links is at its most beautiful in May when the gorse is in full bloom and the long days offer almost 18 hours of daylight a day. Several famous people have had there hand in the development of the course including Old Tom Morris, John Sutherland, Donald Ross and George Duncan. Dornoch is the birth place of Donald Ross who would go on to be one of the greatest golf course architects of all time. This is one course not to be missed.
Castle Stuart Golf linksCastle Stuart Golf links 7009 yards Par 72, The stunning Castle Stuart Golf links is modern masterpiece which has rocketed into the top 100 courses in the world. Designed by Gil Hanse & Mark Parsinen the course opened in the Summer of 2009 to rave reviews. Although still young Gil's team did an amazing job of shaping the course and combined with its expansive fescue fairways gives a feeling of a links that has been there for decades. From 2011 till 2013 was Castle Stuart the host to the Scottish Open, the highlight being Phil Michelson thrilling victory in 2013 the week before he went on to win the Claret Jug at Muirfield in The Open Championship.
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club 6085 yards Par 71Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club 6085 yards Par 71, The course is situated on the Canonry Peninsula which is on the southern shore of the black isle. The course offers wonderful views over the Moray Firth, due to its exposed position it is susceptible to wind but this is more then made up for by the fine links golf and the wonderful setting. The point of the peninsular is also well known for dolphins watching.
Nairn Golf ClubNairn Golf Club 6774 yards Par 72, Nairn Golf Club is one of the great links courses of northern Scotland, tracing its beginning back to 1887. There have been many great championships played over the links including the Walker Cup in 1999 won by Great Britain & Ireland team. The course has been influenced by several architects over the years, the original design was by Archie Simpson but his work was followed up by Old Tom Morris and James Braid who did further work on the course. The course provides spectacular views over the Moray Firth, and the first 7 holes run along side it. The course is relatively flat but contains many humps and hollows with tricky greens which makes it challenge to play in all conditions.
Moray Golf ClubMoray Golf Club 6572 yards Par 71, The classic links which is situated next to the village of Lossiemouth was designed by Old Tom Morris with a traditional out & back routing. In a lot of ways similar to St Andrews the course plays back into the town.
Brora Golf ClubBrora Golf Club 6211 yards Par 70, Probably the most northerly great links in the world, Brora golf club dates back to 1891 and was designed by the legendary James Braid. Being one of the most natural links you can imagine, you share the course with cattle and sheep that help to keep the grass down. Combine Brora with a round at Royal Dornoch or one of the other fabulous links courses in the region.
Tain Golf ClubTain Golf Club 6404 yards Par 70, Tain Golf Club is a traditional Scottish Highland links course designed by Old Tom Morris situated 9 miles south of Dornoch and 34 miles north of Inverness. The Championship links overlooks the Dornoch Firth and arguably offers one of the best settings imaginable in the highlands for a round of golf. With sea on one side and the backdrop of the mountains behind, every day brings a different aspect to this challenging and beautiful course and the layout of the holes guarantees an interesting round for all levels of players. The sheltered location of the course ensures favourable weather for most of the year.
Golspie Golf ClubGolspie Golf Club 6021 yards Par 70, Founded in 1889 and about half way between Brora and Dornoch the course is a mix of links & moorland with especially the holes along the coast being particularly good. A must visit when you're in the region.
Reay Golf ClubReay Golf Club 5854 yards Par 69, Reay Golf Club is a traditional links course that was established in 1893 with the legendary James Braid having had a hand in the design. The course is actually the most northerly 18 hole links course on the British Mainland. The course is located close to the North Coast 500 route around the Scottish North Highlands and boasts a beautiful views overlooking the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Isles. Reay Golf Club is approximately 75 minutes drive from Brora Golf Club and 90 minutes from Royal Dornoch.
Muir of Ord Golf ClubMuir of Ord is a heathland/moorland 18 hole course situated fifteen miles north of Inverness and is only twenty miles from Inverness Airport. It is set in some stunning Scottish scenery with clear views of Ben Wyvis to the north and to the south may been seen the Beauly Firth and hills above Loch Ness. The course has shown significant change and improvement since its inception in 1875. In the 1920’s the renowned golf course designer James Braid was engaged and much of what he altered and recommended remains intact to this day. The Club is also part of the James Braid Highland Golf Trail which has seven member Clubs located in the North of Scotland.
Inverness Golf ClubInverness Golf Club has a splendid parkland course with tree lined fairways and generous well manicured greens. Established in 1883 and designed by George Smith and J J Fraser, with alterations made by the renowned course designer and 5 times open champion James Braid, the course provides an enjoyable and challenging test for any golfer. The Club is also part of the James Braid Highland Golf Trail which has seven member clubs located in the North of Scotland.
Boat of Garten Golf ClubWhen it comes to golf in the Scottish Highlands, Boat of Garten should be first on every visitor's itinerary. Designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture, James Braid (1870-1950), “The Boat” is set alongside the River Spey in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, only 10 minutes drive from the bustling village of Aviemore. The course is not only renowned as a demanding test of sporting skill but also as a magnificent setting for the game. Braid’s design features 18 completely individual holes, cleverly and sensitively shaped fairways lined by birch trees, heather and broom, maximising the natural landscape and producing a beautiful and challenging course. The Club is also part of the James Braid Highland Golf Trail which has seven member clubs located in the North of Scotland.
Royal Golf Hotel
The Royal Tain Hotel
Club House Hotel
Royal Golf HotelLocated on Royal Dornoch's First Tee, The Royal Golf Hotel is a Scottish golfers' paradise providing a traditional Highland welcome. Many of the 22 en-suite four star and individually styled bedrooms overlook both the golf course and Dornoch Firth beyond. The Royal Golf Hotel was awarded 'Scottish Golf Hotel of the year 2011' awarded at The Scottish Hotel Awards Ceremony and it helps reinforce our belief that we have one of the best golfing destinations in Scotland. Interestingly the distance from the hotel reception to the first tee is probably the shortest walk in the world from a hotel to a nearby golf club. The Royal Golf Hotel is your ideal base in the Highlands and with 20 golf courses within an hours drive, as well as extensive hill walking, fishing and the many award-winning beaches all nearby, you are sure of a memorable breakaway. We welcome guests dogs into the hotel at £10 per dog per stay, however they are permitted only in bedrooms, not be left unattended, and regrettably not in food and beverage areas of the hotel. Superfast WiFi broadband connection is available free of charge throughout the hotel including guest bedrooms. We all look forward to welcoming you to The Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch.
Dornoch CastleDornoch Castle Hotel has a total of 22 en suite bedrooms situated within the oldest part of the castle and the modern extension. There are several room types including Garden Standard, Deluxe, Superior, and our award-winning Old Courtroom. Due to the layout of this historic castle, every room has its own special theme and ambience, each bringing out a piece of history. Situated on the quaint Market Square in Dornoch, this traditional Castle and Tower offers the very best in Scottish hospitality. Family owned and run, Dornoch Castle Hotel has been carefully refurbished to maintain the character of the Castle, at the same time, making it a historic and comfortable residence.
Kingsmills HotelThe Kingsmills Hotel is a four-star luxury hotel in Inverness in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Offering extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining and old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests, The Kingsmills is Inverness’ leading hotel.
Priory HotelThe Priory is an ideal location for enjoying the unspoilt beauty of the North and West Highlands of Scotland. Run by the same owners since 1972 the hotel has gained and retains an excellent reputation for quality and value for money.
The Royal Tain HotelCome and delight in the finery of one of the Royal Borough of Tain's most famous landmarks: The Royal Hotel. Commanding the most prominent position at the head of the High Street, the Royal Hotel has established a well deserved reputation over many years for great accommodation, fine dining and most importantly, the best of service. The hotel has benefited from recent refurbishment to a very high standard, including WiFi for people with laptops, so we are also able to offer access to the Internet. Its position in the heart of Tain places it in close proximity (minutes' walk) to attractions such as:
Club House HotelA charming Victorian villa, located in a quiet residential area close to the beach and between two championship golf courses. The Clubhouse public areas and bedrooms are offer a fresh, stylish and comfortable space for both our residents and non residents. The hotel is perfect for functions and a popular venue for weddings, parties and conferences. We serve meals in both our lounge bar and restaurant. The Clubhouse is the ideal location for a restful holiday and the perfect base for visitors coming to Scotland whether it be for golf, fishing, shooting or just relaxing.