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This region is home to some of golf’s largest and most stunning sand dunes anywhere in Scotland. In fact this region of Scotland lays claim to 3 World Top 100 golf courses in the space of 15 miles of beach. With so much great golf its little wonder so many golfers make the trip to Scotland’s northeast corner.


Cruden Bay, Aberdeen

Cruden Bay – With its quirky design that includes a blind par 3 and views that match any other golf course in Scotland Cruden Bay often comes out on top as the golfer’s favourite course on the trip. This is golf as it was, over natural links climbing some of the largest sand dunes anywhere in golf. The variety of holes is complemented by the panoramic scenery of Scottish countryside and ‘that’ beach. Scotland’s most picturesque and fun golf course?

Trump Scotland

Trump Scotland

Trump International Scotland (Aberdeen) – The modern designed links has helped put Aberdeen on the map as one of the premier golf destinations in Scotland. Built in similar stunning dunes as Cruden Bay, the Hawtree design has you hitting elevated tee shots onto flat landing areas with shots from the fairway requiring a range of approaches which you would expect on any good links golf course. With it being a visitor orientated course tee time availability is great and a superb option for the weekend.

#9 Royal Aberdeen

#9 Royal Aberdeen

Royal Aberdeen – Host of the 2014 Scottish Open the famous links of Balgownie located on the edge of the city offers some of the finest links holes anywhere in the world. Large dunes are also evident here predominately for the first 9 holes going out, creating a natural tunnel of dunes carved naturally through the dunes. Admittedly a members club visitor tee times are available regularly throughout the week however weekend play is restricted.

Fraserburgh £45

Fraserburgh £45

Fraserburgh – An authentic links golf experiences set amongst imposing sand dunes, this fabulous inks falls into the hidden gem category. This James Braid redesigned course is the 7th oldest in the world and has some of the best par 3s anywhere in Scotland. Traditionally a course only visited by the golf connoisseur this links should be on every golfer’s itinerary on a golf trip to Scotland. On the far north of the region a visit can be made to or from the Highlands.

#4 Murcar Links

#4 Murcar Links

Other Courses – The golf offering continues with other fine links courses in the region such as Murcar which lies next door to Royal Aberdeen on the same dune system. Murcar is all setup for visitor rounds with its close vicinity to the city and the airport. Other notable mentions are Newburgh north of Trump Scotland and Peterhead which is wedged between Cruden Bay and Fraserburgh.

Classic links near Royal Aberdeen

Classic links near Aberdeen

Accessibility – Aberdeen airport has good routes to Europe including flights to Frankfurt, Scandinavia and multiple flights daily to London along with a Dublin connection which terminates at Newark International. By road the connection to St Andrews is around 2 hours with a further hour to Glasgow or Edinburgh. The city of Aberdeen can be very congested to base yourself north of the city next to the golf courses.


Aberdeen Castles for golfers

Non Golfing Activates – Like the highlands the Aberdeen region is home to several leading whisky distilleries and Scotland’s fastest growing craft beer Brew Dog. In the city you have a bustling and affluent town centre with designer shops, casinos, restaurants and bars. But perhaps the most intriguing activity off the course is the castle trail which includes tails of Dracula, Disney and the Queen.  All of which is within easy reach of much of the golf courses mentioned above.


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