Nairn Golf Club

Course

Nairn Golf Club, Seabank Road, Nairn, Highlands

Founded 1887. Links Course

Founded in 1887 and host to the 1999 Walker Cup, Nairn Golf Club is one of the must-play courses in the Scottish Highlands. Measuring just over 6,400 yards from the medal tees, Nairn is not one of the toughest links you are likely to play but as an enjoyable test of the traditional links game, Nairn is perfect. The fairways roll and the gorse is a common hazard but it is perhaps the trickery of the greens that is the biggest obstacle to returning a good score. One remarkable feature of Nairn is that the Moray Firth is in view from literally every hole, with the sea very much in play for the first seven holes. This is a terrific golf course in a wonderful setting.

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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.