Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Scottish Highlands
Founded 2009, Links Course
It’s rare that a golf course makes such an impression in a short period of time but that’s exactly what Castle Stuart has done. Only opened for play in 2009, Castle Stuart has hosted the Scottish Open on three successive occasions from 2011 through 2013 and already features as a must-play venue in the Scottish Highlands, along with Royal Dornoch and Nairn. Links golf does not have to be brutally tough and Castle Stuart offers a scenically breathtaking experience from start to finish. With meaningful rough and bunkering quite limited in supply, Castle Stuart’s main defence lies in it’s raised greens, which demand accurate approach shots to the green.
Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully, the other essential component parts are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a day off from golf or filling an afternoon after your morning round, there are many options regardless of which region you are visiting. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in Scotland.
Apart from its array of great links courses, the Scottish Highlands is renowned for its spectacular scenery, castles and impressive range of distilleries, a sampling visit being almost obligatory during any golf trip in this region. Some places to visit in the Dornoch area include Dunrobin Castle near Golspie, Tain through Time Museum and of course the impressive Glenmorangie Distillery just outside Tain. South of Inverness, you should include the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition in Drumnadrochit and the dramatic ruins of 13th century Urquhart Castle. Interesting stops to the east of Inverness include Cawdor Castle and the Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre.
The journey from Nairn southwards could be a long one given the many distilleries on what is known as the Malt Whisky Trail and you can choose from the likes of the Cardhu Distillery & Visitor Centre in Aberlour, Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes and Glenlivet Distillery in Ballindalloch. It’s not all about whisky however and other attractions include Ballindalloch Castle and Brodie Castle near Forres. Aberdeenshire also has plenty to see and you should take in the likes of Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home to the Royal family since 1852, Castle Fraser, Drum Castle & Gardens near Banchory and Slains Castle near Cruden Bay, which is said to have provided the inspiration for Bram Stokers, Dracula.