Gallery1-Play links golf at the spectacular Dornoch Golf club .Rated the 4th best course outside the USA this is a once in a lifetime opportunity - View of the clubhouse and the 1st hole
Gallery2- The Nairn Golf club runs along the Moray Firth & is a spectacular links style course - Ranked in the TOP 100 courses in the world this is a 18 hole , 6744 yard ,Par 72 layout
Gallery3- Swing by the Dunrobin Castle ,Sutherland - Originally built in the 1300 's it has 189 rooms & is the largest castle in the North & is still inhabited .Open to tourists - Pic courtesy - Wikipedia commons
Gallery4- A visit to the Glenfiddich distillery is on the cards -Pic courtesy Klaus-Martin Hansche from Wikimedia.org
Gallery5-The Royal Dornoch 2nd hole .The course is a 18 hole , 6697 yard ,Par 72 layout that is rated 74:139 & was designed by Old Tom Morris
Gallery6- Built in 1887 by Old Tom Morris, James Braid, Archie Simpson this is a championship course that has been host to many tournaments including a Walker cup .This here it hosts the Curtis golf cup - the US vs a GB+Ireland team
Gallery7- Learn the art of how single malts are made . Pic shows the Glenfiddich pot stills - Pic courtesy Wikipedia Commons
Gallery8- Mainly fescue greens with a little bent grass await the golfer - with spectacular views of the sea (the Moray Firth ) this is a very pretty course to play
Gallery9- Early morning at the links style Royal Dornoch golf course
About this Package
You fly into Inverness – the capital of the Scottish Highlands & located along the beautiful river “Ness” & close to Loch Ness (of Loch ness monster fame). Inverness will be the hub for your stay as you travel along & around the Scottish highlands enjoying the weather, golf, whisky & the bonhomie of the Scots. If rooms in Inverness are unavailable we will stay either at Nairn or closeby.
WE might also stay in DUFFTOWN for 1 night – known as the Malt whisky capital of the world -currently there are six operating distilleries in the town – Glenfiddich (Valley of the Deer), Balvenie, Kininvie, Dufftown, Mortlach and Glendullan.
The 3 courses that you will be playing are a mix of world famous, quaint & spectacular. ROYAL DORNOCH & NAIRN golf club are the 2 premier courses that we will play – they are both links Golf courses & are ranked in the TOP 100 courses in the world – Royal Dornoch was ranked as the 4th best course outside the US by Golf Digest in 2012. All the links courses are walking courses – with the mild temperatures this will not be an issue.Golfers with a Medical condition can avail of a buggy (you would need to carry a medical certirficate). The other course we play will be from the following three – Brora, the BOAT OF GARTEN & the DUFFTOWN golf course – the last two are inland courses.
There are 2 distilleries we plan to visit– they include 1) Glenfiddich Distillery 2) Glenlivet Distillery & 3) The Strathisla distillery -this is the oldest distillery in the highlands & home to Royal Salute & Chivas.
If you travel to Scotland you need to get acquainted with a few Scottish /Gaelic words & phrases.
AULD REEKIE – old name for Edinburg, AULD LANG SYNE – A poem by Robert Burns sung during New year (means ” Old Long Since”), BEN – Mountain, BRREKS – trousers,CLUDGIE – Toilet, DRAM – small quantity of whisky, EECHIE OOCHIE -Neither here nor there, FIRTH – Large sea bay /strait HAGGIS -Pudding made of minced meat & oatmeal, LOCH – lake or a sea inlet.
Cost of package :
Self drive – 4 pax = 999 GBP
Self drive (2 vans) – 8 pax = 999 GBP
Coach (ie with driver) option – 8 pax = 1099 GBP
Coach (ie with driver) option – 12 pax = 999 GBP
** Please note there is no Coach option for 4 pax – self drive is the only cost effective option
No of days – 5 nights / 6 days
Type of trip – Golf & whisky trail
How to travel around (internal) – Self drive and Coach – Both options are available.
Currency – 1 Pound =1.54 USD
1) ROYAL DORNOCH- Ranked 32nd in the world. (Ranked 4th best course OUTSIDE the US by Golf Digest,2012) Dornoch Golf Club was formed in 1877, became Royal in 1906 courtesy of King Edward VII, and has always been operated as a private members club. Royal Dornoch is known as the gem of the north and one of the world’s great courses. But for its remote location in the Highlands, this outstanding links, originally the work of Old Tom Morris, would have hosted many big championships.
2) Nairn Golf Club – RANKED 66 in the WORLD, Estb in 1887 this is a championship links course on the shores of the Moray Firth.Venue for the Walker cup it is also hosting the CURTIS CUP (Ladies event – USA versus GB+Ireland teams) 2012.
3) BRORA Golf course – A spectacular seaside links course & the favorite course of 5 time British open winner Peter Thomson. This course has plenty of holes playing very close to the sea & at 6110 yards it is still a challenge to play to your handicap.
4) The Boat of Garten golf club has been dubbed “the Gleneagles of the North”. It has been voted Scotland’s No.1 Hidden Gem by readers of Bunkered magazine; in 2010 it was ranked in Scotland’s top 35 courses. The attractive surroundings of the Cairngorm mountains, with such distinctive features as the Lairig Ghru and the northern corries of Braeriach, provide a wonderful backdrop to this unique course.