Where to Play Golf in the Highlands


The Scottish Highlands offer a unique golfing experience, marked by fantastic golf courses that offer spectacular views of the absolutely breathtaking landscape.

If you will be staying in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, you will not have to go far to enjoy playing golf. Just one mile from the city centre, you can find the Inverness Golf Club that used to be the host of the Northern Open and offers an unforgettable golfing experience for players of all skills.

Less than an hour drive from Inverness, you can also enjoy the game at some of the finest courses in the country including the famous Championship links at the Nairn Golf Club that is located on the shores of the Moray Firth. About 2 miles east from the Nairn Golf Club is situated the Nairn Dunbar Golf Club that is also worth visiting. Other world-class golf courses nearby Inverness include the spectacular Castle Stuart Golf Links and the Moray Golf Club with two 18-hole courses that will truly put your golfing skills to the test. The Old Course that was designed by Tom Morris is a classic links, while the New Course which is not any less exiting was designed by the legendary Henry Cotton.


North from Inverness is located one of the best courses in all Scotland – the Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Located on the Dornoch Firth, the Golf Clubs’ two 18-hole courses are an absolute pleasure both for professionals and amateurs. From Inverness, you will need less than one hour to reach this jewel. Even closer is the Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club that is situated on the hills in the Cromartie Estate and offers spectacular views of the Peffery valley and the Fannich hills in the background.

The Skibo Castle – Carnegie Club is another jewel north from Inverness. It is located near the Royal Dornoch that is typically preferred by golfers during their first visit to this region of Scotland. However, you will not regret booking a round at the Skibo Castle – Carnegie Club either. On the contrary, it wound be a “sin” to leave Dornoch without a stop at this fantastic golf club. A little bit further north is the Brora Golf Club, a spectacular seaside links that is a little bit less known but any less exiting.

The Askernish Golf Club is a little bit more difficult to reach unless you are on the Isle of South Uist but it is definitely worth visiting. Fully restored in 2008, the course will take you back to the time of Old Tom Morris and enable you to enjoy the game at “the world’s most natural links course” as it is commonly referred to.