The gateway to the highlands, Inverness has a wide variety to offer a visiting golfer and indeed non-golfer. The collective charm of highland scenery, historical and cultural attractions, abundance of locally sourced food and drink submerged among some of the countries best golf courses. Indeed, Scotland in miniature.
Thrown into the spot light in recent years is the fantastic Gil Hanse designed Castle Stuart. This modern links offers outstanding distinctive characteristics such as partially revetted natural bunkers more accustom to the early course designs. Another notable characteristic is the infinity greens often with outstanding vistas of the neighbouring Moray Firth. A round here is not to be missed.
What Inverness offers is the ideal base to access some of the most northerly and remote courses in the country ensuring a trip itinerary is manageable and exempt from the dreaded long car/coach journey. Visiting world famous courses such as Royal Dornoch and Brora north of the Highland city without staying onsite realistically has you basing yourself in Inverness.Other notable courses within easy reach include Nairn, Boat of Garten and Spey Valley. For the more intensive golf vacation a stay in Inverness often has golfers commuting down the north east coast to Aberdeen where the lure of other fantastic championship golf courses such as Royal Aberdeen, Trump International and Cruden Bay are within easy reach. This commute south often involves a dram or three at a famous Scotch whisky distillery, many of which are found on the two hour road journey.
The Scotland in miniature analogy is farmed from the diverse offerings the Inverness area offers for all visiting types. Here are just three amazing options off the golf course which will satisfy all the family and even the most intensive golf fanatic.
Providing award winning cruises, tours and charters on Loch Ness Jacobite Cruises’ whole focus is on ensuring visitors enjoy the highest quality in every way. Tours on the loch take place throughout the visitor season and offer the best method of capturing the beauty and size of Scotland’s most talked about loch. For more information check the website: http://www.jacobite.co.uk/tours/
Speyside and the Highlands offers the world’s largest collection of distilleries in one area, home to some of the biggest names in the business. Macallan, Glenmorangie and Glenlivet are just a few offering whisky tours, gift shops and the important taste test while visiting. For all things whisky in the Inverness area contact Mike at Moray Prestige Tours. http://www.morayprestige.co.uk/
Scotland proudly boasts a proud history dating back thousands of years but you will struggle to find a better experience than Culloden Battle Field. Owned and run by the National Trust for Scotland it is wonderfully set up for visiting parties to soak up the vast amounts of Scottish history and folklore.
A fantastic restaurant not to be missed is The Mustard Seed Restaurant on the banks of the River Ness in the heart of Inverness. With a selection of fantastic locally sourced food and drink this celebration of Scottish cuisine, at an affordable price is to be admired.
As suggested base yourself near Inverness. Below are a couple options for every budget.
Sandown Guest House, Nairn is a fantastic option for those after a very good, simple accommodation option. This award winning guest house recently voted best accommodation option under 22 bedrooms at the Golf Tourism Scotland Excellence Awards is perfectly geared to visiting golfers.
Kingsmills Hotel in the heart of Inverness has established itself with Scottish golf tourism as a perfect option for visiting golfers. The luxury four-star hotel with restaurants, leisure and spa facilities is also compatible for families.
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