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If you're a golfer and happen to be in the Scottish Highlands, you'll want to take advantage of the region's beautiful courses. In fact, the Scottish Highlands is home to some of the best golf courses in the world. Here, you can find courses both along the water and inland as well as in remote areas and well-connected locales. The highest concentration of golf courses can be found in Caithness, Ross-Shire, Speyside, Sutherland and Inverness, though there are noteworthy courses spread out elsewhere as well. 

There is truly a course for all types of golfers in the Scottish Highlands. If you prefer your golf with a side of Scotch whiskey, travel south to Speyside (a known distillery hub in Scotland) to enjoy the Speyside Golf Experience. If you're looking for something more remote, head up to the Brora Golf Club in Sutherland, where instead of yardage markers you'll likely run into sheep on the course. If you want to golf where King Edward VII once did, head up the Royal Dornoch Golf Course (after he visited, the course altered its name to include "Royal" in the title).

If your trip isn't centered around golfing, the best way to figure out where to go is to look for courses near where you're staying. If you know you'll be spending a night in Inverness, hit up the famous Castle Stuart Golf Links, a championship course that has hosted the Scottish Open. Ross-Shire is a stone's throw away from Inverness to the north and is home to the Tain Golf Club. Tain is considered to be one of the most scenic courses in Scotland thanks to its placement between the mountains and the Dornoch Firth (a body of water).

An estimated 150,000 travelers come to the Highlands every year to golf, so you'll want to book your tee times a few weeks or months in advance. Keep in mind that although there are 46 courses in this region, there may not be availability during your travel dates. Prices for a round of golf vary greatly by course and season. To learn more about the Scottish Highlands golf courses, visit the Golf Highland website.

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#1 Isle of Skye If you only had time to visit one part of the Scottish Highlands, let it be the Isle of Skye. Located on the west coast of the Highlands, Skye is ... Read more » sara_winter / Getty Images

#2 Glencoe You may hear the word "glen" a lot during your trip to the Scottish Highlands. A glen is another word for a narrow valley and the Highlands is filled with ... Read more » Shaiith / Getty Images

#3 Cairngorms National Park Cairngorms National Park is its own world. You could easily spend days exploring the many mountains, lochs, rivers, forests and villages that comprise the United Kingdom's largest national park ... Read more » Louise Heusinkveld / Getty Images

#4 Eilean Donan Castle Of all the castles to visit in the Scottish Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle is the one worth taking the detour for. Located near the small town of Dornie in the ... Read more » Petr Meissner / Flickr

#5 Glenfinnan & the West Highland Line The "Harry Potter" movies were filmed throughout the Scottish Highlands (the location of Hagrid's hut can be found in Glencoe), but the most recognizable location is in Glenfinnan. Remember ... Read more » miroslav_1 / Getty Images

#6 Loch Ness You can't leave the Scottish Highlands without visiting the infamous Loch Ness, Scotland's largest loch (by volume). Loch Ness is known worldwide for housing the mythical, dinosaur-like monster ... Read more » LordRunar / Getty Images

#7 Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Scotland's first national park houses Loch Lomond, Britain's largest loch. The park is much smaller than its northern neighbor (Cairngorms National Park is 1,748 square miles while ... Read more » coleong / Getty Images

#8 Beaches If you really want to take in the full spectrum of the Highlands' geographical grandeur, make time for its beaches. Some of the beaches feature waters so clear and sands ... Read more » VWB photos / Getty Images

#9 Golf If you're a golfer and happen to be in the Scottish Highlands, you'll want to take advantage of the region's beautiful courses. In fact, the Scottish Highlands ... Read more » ImagineGolf / Getty Images

#10 Duncansby Head England has the White Cliffs of Dover, Ireland has the Cliffs of Moher and the Scottish Highlands has Duncansby Head. Located on the northernmost tip of Scotland's east coast ... Read more » marcoisler / Getty Images

#11 Ben Nevis The most popular trail in the Scottish Highlands is also one of its most challenging. Ben Nevis, the U.K.'s tallest mountain, sits just 7 miles southeast of Fort ... Read more » StevanZZ / Getty Images

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