Scottish Highlands Golf Courses#9 in Best Things To Do in Scottish Highlands
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 the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. The island is filled to the brim with otherworldly landscapes. There's a lot to see on this island, but travel experts and visitors say you can't leave without peeping these gems: the Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr, Neist Point and the Fairy Pools.
The Quiraing is the perfect introduction to Skye's spellbinding geography. As you descend down the Quiraing, you'll be greeted with sweeping views of stunning geography: Cracked plateaus with craggy cliffsides lead the way to an expansive valley of verdant rolling hills, stately rock formations and alpine lakes. Situated 13 miles south is the Old Man of Storr, a single, pinnacle-shaped rock which stands out for its looks; it's so tall and distinct, it can easily be spotted from sea level miles away.
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