Highlands Hidden Gems Package

Despite being relatively unknown, The Highlands are home to some of the finest links in Scotland...

  • Golf in the Highlands is an experience not to be missed, with big names and unspoilt gems, and where you will struggle to get better value for money. The scenery is pretty special too! 

    For this vacation we are focusing on a collection of the best hidden gems. Nairn tops the bill having been a previous Walker Cup host, with the neighboring Nairn Dunbar home to many national championships over the years. Heading north from Inverness there is Tain, a classic Old Tom Morris links, and then two great James Braid designs in Golspie (more heathland than links) and Brora, which is truly authentic and magical. 

    The Glen Mhor Hotel overlooking River Ness in the heart of Inverness provides the perfect base from which to explore these Highland gems. You won't get better value for money than this trip anywhere else in Scotland!

    Why the Highlands is Scotland's best all-round golf destination

    Average weather graph for Highlands & Aberdeen

  • A 4 night suggested budget itinerary from $749pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive at Inverness Airport and drive to The Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness (20 mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Tain Golf Club (50 mins drive from the hotel)
    • Day 3 – Play golf at Nairn Golf Club (30 mins drive from the hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Brora Golf Club (1 hour and 15 mins drive from the hotel)
    • Day 5 – Return to 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

“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