The Mystical Highlands

The mystical Highlands have been a place of longing ever since the fantasy TV series OUTLANDER, based on the novel series “Highland Saga” by Diana Gabaldon. They are known above all for their towering mountains, mysterious lochs (e.g. Loch Less with the monster “Nessie”), miles of sandy beaches, picturesque fishing villages, lonely castles, cliffs with breathtaking views and, of course, attract golfers with a variety of excellent golf courses.

The Highlands of Scotland offer something very special for amateur golfers. Each of the tourist attractions, such as the “North Coast 500”, the road to and from Inverness along the north coast, has excellent golf courses in its vicinity. World-famous courses such as Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart of Cabot Highlands, Nairn and Brora attract links golf enthusiasts. There are many “hidden gems” in this impressive landscape in the north of the “Home of Golf”. This is why these much-visited classics have joined forces with other courses in the regions of Caithness, Inverness, Lochaber, Nairn, Ross-shire, Sky, Speyside and Sutherland to form the brand Golf Highland ( in order to make the entire region even more attractive to golfers from all over the world.

What makes a trip to Highland so appealing is that there are many classic courses in this region that were designed by golf legends. In addition to Royal Dornoch and Nairn, Old Tom Morris (1821 – 1908) from St Andrews designed other traditional courses such as Kingussie Golf in Speyside, Strathpeffer Spa and Tain Golf Club in Ross-shire. James Braid (1870 – 1950), the five-time champion of The Open (1901 – 1910), was responsible for the excellent layout of eight courses in the region: Brora, Boat of Garten, Fortrose & Rosemarkie, Golspie, Granton of Spey, Muir of Ord, Newtonmore and Reay Golf Course.

But American stars of modern golf architecture also took advantage of the magnificent coastal landscape not far from Inverness to design two top courses on the Cabot Highlands site. Castle Stuart was built by American Gil Hanse together with Mark Parsinen. The second course on the Moray Firth by Tom Doak will open in 2025.

Something else characterises the Highlands. The region also boasts spectacular 9-hole courses that are always worth a detour, such as Durness Golf Club. Designed by local golf enthusiasts as recently as 1988, this links course offers an 18-hole experience in one of the most breathtaking landscapes thanks to a second set of tee boxes. Or Ullapool Golf Club, a scenic but challenging nine-hole course, offers an unforgettable golfing experience thanks to its spectacular sea and mountain views – for a round of 9 holes for £25, with a day ticket costing just £50.

The Highlands also offer plenty of culinary delights. Traditional Highland cuisine is almost as tempting as playing golf on the 31 Highland courses. Fresh seafood, savoury cheese, rich black pudding, buttery shortbread and Scottish malt whisky are all part of the experience.

About Golf Highland

Golf Highland (founded in 1999) is an association of 31 exceptional 18 and 9-hole golf courses in the north of Scotland, spread across the regions of Caithness, Inverness, Lochaber, Nairn, Ross-shire, Sky, Speyside and Sutherland. A mixture of well-known names and lesser-known gems, typical links courses as well as parkland courses, many designed by well-known golf course architects and legends of the game. Old Tom Morris alone is responsible for five courses (Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Kingussie Golf in Speyside, Strathpeffer Spa and Tain), while a further eight were designed by James Braid (Brora, Boat of Garten, Fortrose & Rosemarkie, Golspie, Granton of Spey, Muir of Ord, Newtonmore, Reay Golf Course). All 31 courses are presented on the brand’s website with an overview of the course, the location and even a weather forecast with direct links to the official websites of the individual golf clubs, where golfers can find out more details about the courses, green fees and nearby hotels or book a round right away.

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