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To walk the Scottish links courses of old is to trace the footsteps of legends. The famed seaside links golf courses with moulded pot bunkers, undulating terrain and fierce winds remind you of what golf is supposed to be: an honest game played against yourself, with your hands directing each stroke. We will drive north from The Home of Golf in St Andrews, to Aberdeen, Inverness and further north into the Highlands. Not often do we have the opportunity to trace the footsteps of golf greats like Old Tom Morris, Dr Martin Hawtree, James Braid & J.H Taylor. Golf was pioneered in Scotland from the 1600s: Join Voyages.golf for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Scotland’s most unique links golf courses.
* Travel extensions available on request. Club Hire is available with prior arrangement. All golf is walking with pull-trolleys.
Day 1 – Monday 18 July
Depart St Andrews to play Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Overnight at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa with our welcome dinner to connect with the group. By the end, you will have made new friends to tee it up with in the future.
Day – Tuesday 19 July
After breakfast we play Cruden Bay Golf Club, followed by a scenic drive to Inverness for 3-nights, staying at the brand-new Ness Walk hotel on the River Ness, a short walk from the beautiful city centre.
Day 3 – Wednesday 20 July
Today is a rest day, but you will have the option to play Nairn golf club (an optional extra via pre-booking). You can explore Inverness city, Loch Ness or the surrounding Moray Firth at your leisure.
Day 4 – Thursday 21 July
Today we play the historic and renowned links course Fortrose & Rosemarkie golf course before returning to Inverness for the evening.
Day 5 – Friday 22 July
After check-out, we play Brora Golf Club, a unique golfing experience with sheep on the fairways and a stunning Firth backdrop. Tonight, we stay at the Royal Golf Hotel which overlooks Royal Dornoch golf course, rated #5 in the world by Golf Digest.
Day 6 – Saturday 23 July
Today is our first round on the famous Royal Dornoch designed by Old Tom Morris and hundreds of years old. Spend the afternoon exploring the quaint seaside town of Dornoch before our Farewell Dinner in the evening.
Day 7 – Sunday 24 July
After check-out, we play our final round back on Royal Dornoch Golf Course before freshening up in the facilities. After this, it is time to say goodbye to the tour, new friends and fond memories. You will be transported to Inverness airport for departures but may wish to extend your trip; please let us know when booking if this is the case.
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is credited with being the eighth oldest golf club in the world. A true links golf course, it is renowned as having the best opening stretch of golf holes in the world. An ideal start to a Highlands Tour, Royal Aberdeen offers a grand taste of links golf with old-world charm and a fun test of your golf ability. Royal Aberdeen has been touched by the greats, including design aspects from Archie & Robert Simpson, James Braid, Donald Steel and Martin Hawtree.
Cruden Bay Golf Club
Cruden Bay Golf Club is a traditional Scottish links golf course that was originally designed by Tom Morris of St Andrews and Archie Simpson in 1899 and redesigned in the 1920s by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler. The club is situated north of Aberdeen and is widely considered one of the best links golf courses in Scotland. Golf Digest has rated it as 70th best in the world, whilst Golf Magazine rated it 52nd in the world.
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club
ocated on the Chanonry Peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’ within the Moray Firth, the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club enjoys being the 15th oldest recorded club in the world, having been operating since 1793. The club was awarded in 2017 and 2018 as being Scotland’s Best Golfing Experience (value for money). It has also been ranked amongst the World Top 50 by Golf World and had many other honourable mentions.
Brora Golf Club
The course is uniquely Scottish in that there are fences around the greens to stop the local sheep and fauna from impeding on golfers’ rounds, though they are allowed free-roam everywhere else. Since its inception in 1891, Brora Golf Club has maintained a high reputation for Scottish links golf and remains one of the country’s best golf courses.
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Royal Dornoch’s timeless setting makes it such a pleasing place to play golf and is the very reason why it’s often quoted as one of the must-play courses around the world. It’s wild, isolated and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful; there’s the blaze of colour in early summer when the gorse is in flower. The pure white sandy beach divides the links from the Dornoch Firth and it all feels very humbling. The golf course was rated by Golf Digest as #5 in the World, so the opportunity to play it twice should not be passed up.
The Marcliffe Hotel
A quaint hotel residing in rural Aberdeen, the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa is a haven of tranquillity providing a luxury escape on picturesque. Family run and very intimate, the hotel prides itself on delivering a personal feel with warmth, ease and charm. Set on 8 acres north of the River Dee, The Marcliffe Hotel has been welcoming golfers for a generation, providing a home away from home to golfers on Scotland’s east coast.
Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness
Overlooking the River Ness in Inverness, the 5-star Ness Walk Hotel opened in 2019 featuring luxury in every room. Just 10-minutes from Loch Ness, the Hotel is set on a secluded block within the city and allows you to walk wherever you’d like. Exceptional service is guaranteed at the Ness Walk Hotel; you will not feel like leaving. The Ness Walk Hotel is the new bedrock of Highlands Luxury indulgence.
Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch
Overlooking the Royal Dornoch Golf Course, the Royal Golf hotel is a golfer’s paradise with customary Highland hospitality. Awarded ‘Scottish Golf Hotel of the year in 2011,’ the hotel is designed for golfers with golf club storage and easy access to the practice facilities. Rooms are supremely comfortable with contemporary designs. Many rooms have views of the golf course and Dornoch Firth beyond.
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