Cruden Bay

Course

Cruden Bay Golf Club, Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire

Founded 1899. Links Course

Situated 20 miles north of Aberdeen, Cruden Bay is one of the most picturesque locations you are likely to encounter for playing golf and somewhat like Western Gailes in Ayrshire, Cruden Bay is beginning to enjoy the international recognition it deserves. Although it is claimed that golf was played in Cruden Bay as far back as 1791, the original course here was designed by Old Tom Morris and opened for play in 1899. With contoured greens and panoramic views throughout, Cruden Bay creates unique challenges demanding skills of power, placement and judgement in equal measure. Along with Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay is a must-play in this area.

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Sightseeing

Sightseeing & Tourist Attractions in Scotland

Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully the other essential components are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a full free day 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 the Scottish Highlands.

Glenfiddich_Distillery

Apart from its array of great links golf courses, the Scottish Highlands is renowned for its spectacular scenery, ancient castle ruins and impressive range of whisky distilleries, where a tasting is almost obligatory during any golf trip in this region. Some places to visit in the general Dornoch area include Dunrobin Castle & Gardens near Golspie, Tain Pottery and Tain through Time in Tain and of course the impressive Glenmorangie Distillery just outside Tain.

Urquhart_Castle_on_Loch_Ness

South of Inverness, you could consider a day-trip to the beautiful Isle of Skye or visit the likes of the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition in Drumnadrochit and the dramatic ruins of 13th century Urquhart Castle (pictured above). Interesting stops to the east of Inverness include Fort George overlooking the Moray Firth, Brodie Castle near Forres, Cawdor Castle & Gardens, just 15 minutes south of Nairn and the historic 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 Macallan Distillery and Cardhu Distillery & Visitor Centre near 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.

Slains_Castle_in_Cruden Bay

Aberdeenshire also has plenty to see and you should take in the likes of Glen Garioch Distillery in Inverurie, Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home to the Royal family since 1852, Castle Fraser, Drum Castle & Gardens near Banchory and the ghostly ruins of Slains Castle (pictured above) near Cruden Bay, which is said to have provided the inspiration for Bram Stokers, Dracula.