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Highlands & North East
 
The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people - and you've got the Scottish Highlands. There's a natural playground which begs to be explored, while Aberdeenshire's turbulent history has left behind some of the most beautiful and romantic castles in the world. The stretch of coastline running from Aberdeen up into the Highlands will take you past some of the most breathtaking golf courses in the British Isles. Expect an icy cool breeze on the links but a very warm welcome from the locals in these areas of Scotland.
Featured Courses
Royal Dornoch
Probably the best course in Scotland to have never hosted an Open Championship. The charming Championship links of Royal Dornoch should certainly be on your bucket list.


 
 
Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking - 7th
 
Castle Stuart
This new course only opened in 2009 and it has taken Scotland by storm. The attention to detail in the design of this course is quite remarkable,  maintaining a natural and rugged feel so that it could have been there for 150 years.  The opening holes on each 9 run away from the clubhouse along the edge of a raised beach offering spectacular views,  a driver must be smoked from the tee cut into the cliffside in order to reach the fairway below, a heart pumping start to the outward and inward nine!
Course Style- Links
2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 19th
Nairn
This traditional Scottish links course was created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather, and tests the talents of professional and amateur alike. Founded in 1887, it is now one of the best courses in Scotland, and has hosted a large number of important championships.



Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 38th
Skibo Castle (Carnegie club)


Skibo Castle is home to one of the most exclusive private members clubs in the world, this place takes millionaire golf to another level. The Carnegie Links underwent a full makeover in 2007 including the revetting of every single bunker, removal of a lot of gorse and introduction of some newly designed holes. The course has some wonderful risk / reward holes down the closing stretch making for exciting matches, its no wonder they refer to the course as "the jewel in Skibo's crown".

Course Style- Links
 
Moray (Old)

Moray is a Scottish gem and a fitting tribute to the artistry of the great Old Tom Morris. This classic links with deep revetted bunkers, undulating gorse lined fairways and smooth fast greens is a superb test of golf. In its early years a lot of its members were whisky distillers and the effects of their vision and foresight continue to be enjoyed by members to the present day; today's "club malt" is a 12 year old or a 15 year old single malt Glen Moray. 
 
 
Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 
Trump International
Trump International Golf Links is the latest high profile, American owned course to open in Scotland and wow is it jaw dropping. Mother Nature supplied architect Martin Hawtree with the perfect landscape to build a dramatic links course, and as expected from a Trump golf complex no stone was left unturned in making this the ultimate golfing experience. 
Course style- Links
2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 10th
Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)
This classic links features one of the best front 9’s in golf, weaving through towering sand dunes along the coast of the North Sea. The back 9 is played on higher ground, providing stunning sea views but at the expense of the perilous wind
 
 
 
 
 
Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 16th
Cruden Bay

Some call it quirky, others call it a masterpiece; either way Cruden Bay is a thrilling place to play golf. Designers Old Tom Morris & Archie Simpson utilised this rugged linksland to fantastic effort, using the towering sand dunes and dramatic undulations to create a magical golfing adventure. 


 
Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 71st
Murcar Links
The course, originally designed by Archie Simpson and revised by James Braid, is located on a classic stretch of links land with massive sand dunes, undulating fairways, and is covered in whins and heather with some magnificent views across the North Sea. Measuring just 6500 yards this is by no means a monster, however the fairways are known to play brutally tight with balls bouncing off ripples into rough off drives that aren't perfectly placed- certainly not for the faint hearted!
 
 
 
Course Style- Links
2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 96th
Course rankings according to Golf Monthly's "Top 100 golf courses in UK & Ireland 2019/20"
Off the course...
 
The Jacobite, aka The Hogwarts Express

 

Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive & beautiful scenery. West Coast Railways, operators of 'The Jacobite', provided the steam engine and carriages for the 'Hogwarts Express' as seen in the Harry Potter films. Some of the carriages of 'The Jacobite' are those used in the 'Harry Potter' films. So, come and travel to Mallaig along the same line used in the films and see the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, an unmistakeable landmark for all Harry Potter fans.

Loch Ness
 
Throughout the world, people know the legend of Loch Ness and its monster. The loch is the largest in volume in the British Isles due to its enormous depth. At 230 metres, Loch Ness is the perfect place for a mighty monster to hide. In and around the loch, there are countless opportunities to enjoy the spectacle, the nature, the myths and the legends.
Glenmorangie Distillery
 
 
By the tranquil shores of the Dornoch Firth, amidst the golden barley fields of Ross-shire, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is made in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been through its long and distinguished history.
Castles
With over 260 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape, Aberdeenshire is unsurprisingly known as 'Scotland's Castle Country.'  There are more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK, it might be tough deciding which ones you will visit!
 
To name a few... Dunnottar, Crathes, Drum, Fraser, Tolquhon, Haddo House, Fyvie, Delgatie, Kinnaird Head, Duff House, Huntly, Spynie Palace, Balvenie, Leith Hall, Kildrummy, Corgarff, Braemar, Balmoral & Craigievar are all worth a visit. 
 
Featured accommodation 
Ness Walk
 
Redefining luxury in the stunning Highland capital of Inverness, Ness Walk sits in a tranquil location on the banks of the iconic River Ness. Step into the beautiful property as design seamlessly presents a flawless balance between past and present. 
 
Royal Golf Hotel
 
Located on Royal Dornoch's First Tee, The Royal Golf Hotel is a Scottish golfers' paradise providing a traditional Highland welcome. Many of the 22 en-suite four star and individually styled bedrooms overlook both the golf course and Dornoch Firth beyond.
Norwood Hall
Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel was built in 1881 on the site of the 15th Century Pitfodels Castle, offering guests the best in breathtaking Scottish scenery and fine facilities. Conveniently located within easy reach of the historic city centre and local golf courses, Norwood hall Hotel in Aberdeen is a popular choice for golf groups.
Trump MacLeod House & Lodge Hotel
 
This historic Scottish mansion and lodge is set amidst mature woodland in the heart of the magnificent Trump International Estate. This opulent five-star property provides exquisite superior and grand deluxe guestrooms, intimate bar and dining facilities, and is the ultimate setting for dinner, bed and breakfast, private parties or exclusive use. 

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