Tain, Brora & Nairn Dunbar

Play a host of natural ocean links and hidden gems

  • Tain, Brora & Nairn Dunbar 4 nights

    Our suggested 4 night vacation package includes:

    • 4 nights B&B at Thistle Inverness Hotel
    • 3 rounds of golf at Tain, Brora & Nairn Dunbar Golf Course
    • Car rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices includes all taxes and surcharges

    from $735 USD pp

  • Tain, Brora & Nairn Dunbar 7 nights

    Our suggested 7 night vacation package includes:

    • 4 nights B&B at The Thistle Inverness Hotel
    • 3 nights B&B at The Thistle Caledonian Hotel (Aberdeen)
    • 5 rounds of golf at Tain Golf Course, Brora Golf Course, Nairn Dunbar, Newburgh on Ythan & Murcar Links
    • Car rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices includes all taxes and surcharges

    from $1235 USD pp

  • Tain, Brora & Nairn Dunbar 7 Night Combo

    Our suggested 7 night combo vacation package includes:

    • 4 nights B&B at the Thistle Inverness Hotel 3*
    • 3 nights B&B at the Ardgowan Hotel 3*
    • 5 rounds of golf at Brora Golf Club, Tain Golf Club, Nairn Dunbar, Leven Links and Lundin Links
    • Car rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices include all taxes and surcharges

    from $1375 USD pp

  • Golf in the Highlands is an experience not to be missed, and with unspoilt gems north of Inverness such as Tain and Brora you will struggle to get better value for money. Old Tom Morris and James Braid have had a big influence up here, with Brora once rated by five times Open Champion Peter Thompson as ‘the best traditional links course in the world’! East of Inverness on the Moray Firth you will find Nairn Dunbar, a highly rated classic links course. Closer to Aberdeen there is Murcar Links which is about as pure a links golf experience as you can get. Spoilt for choice!

    Average weather graph for Highlands & Aberdeen

  • A 4 night suggested budget itinerary from $735pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive at Inverness Airport and travel straight to The Thistle  (Inverness Airport to The Thistle Inverness Hotel = 10 mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Tain Golf Course (43 mins drive from The Thistle Inverness Hotel)
    • Day 3 – Play golf at Brora Golf Club (1hr 9 mins drive from The Thistle Inverness Hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Nairn Dunbar (21 mins drive from The Thistle Inverness Hotel)
    • Day 5 – Return to the USA

    Includes car rental (self-drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

    • 7hrs

      New York John F Kennedy (JFK)

      Airlines: American Airlines/US Airways

    • 7hrs

      Newark Liberty International (EWR)

      Airlines: United

  • Attire in Golf Clubhouses
    Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues.

    Caddies and Carts
    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis.

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    The Weather
    The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay!

    Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!

    Practice Facilities
    These are not quite as abundant as they are at US golf courses, and you may struggle to find a practice range (or a conveniently located one) at the great, classic links courses in the UK and Ireland. Even if you do manage to find one, don’t be surprised if you have to purchase range ball tokens from the Pro Shop and self-serve!

    Halfway Houses and Beverage Carts
    Most of these great links golf courses were designed to play nine holes out (away from the clubhouse) followed by nine holes back, with no halfway house. Be prepared to carry refreshments in your golf bag to keep you going for the whole round. Similarly, there are very few (if any) beverage/refreshment carts at these courses as it is not customary to drink alcohol whilst playing golf in the UK and Ireland.

    Handicap Restrictions
    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

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Chris Bowles

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist

“Old Tom Morris and James Braid have left their indelible mark in this wonderfully rugged and natural area. Whether up near Dornoch, along the Moray Firth near Nairn or down by Aberdeen, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to quality links golf courses at exceptional value”

Chris Bowles

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist