Castle Stuart – A modern course has played host to multiple Scottish Opens and will again in 2016. Designed by Gil Hanse expect to enjoy fabulous scenery over the Moray firth on the edge of Inverness with forgiving fairways and rustic style bunkers. As a visitor only golf course availability is good throughout the week and a good option for weekend rounds.
Royal Dornoch – Ranked in the world’s top 10 the Championship course at Dornoch is steeped in history. This Old Tom Morris design is often a favourite of many visiting golfers as it offers a pure links experience and variety of holes. The second and sixth holes are two of the best par 3s in the country. The town of Dornoch lives and breathes golf with bars often bustling with other visiting golfers. Visitor play is encouraged with multiple booking slot throughout the day.
Nairn – A popular visitor course, Nairn like the two above is a Championship golf course having hosted recently the Curtis Cup 2012. Part of this links course moves away from the shore and into some partly tree lined holes. The course offers some clever pot bunkering and is a classic seaside links design with famous architects James braid, Tom Morris and Archie Simpson all involved in its design throughout the years. Availability here is again good however the large membership can make weekend play restricted.
Other Courses – Said by many to be one of Scotland’s best authentic experiences in golf, visit Brora and feel like you paid golf’s time machine a visit. Electric fencing prevents roaming livestock from wondering onto the greens. As you stroll the fairways you will feel an eery scene of its remote location in Scotland’s far north. Other great courses include Tain, Golspie, and Boat of Garten.
Accessibility – Inverness has an airport with flights to and from London with links to North America via Dublin added in 2015. The popular route into Inverness however is by car due to the large geographic dispersion. Driving from St Andrews to Inverness will take over 3 hours with a similar commuting time to Aberdeen. These two neighbouring golf destinations are often included in a Scottish Highland golf trip.
Non Golfing Activities – Off the course the capital of the Highlands has a host of fantastic restaurants and bars. Loch Ness is a short drive from here with boat tours and walks around the Loch both popular holiday pursuits. Scottish history can be studied at Culloden home to many a fierce battle or for those whisky lovers visit a number of distilleries including famous names such as Glenmorangie.