North Coast of Scotland Links Golf
Self Drive Tour or Luxury Chauffeured Tour
Discover the hidden Golf gems of the Highlands. Get to play the best golf links on the north coast of Scotland amid its stunning scenery.
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One of Scotland’s best-kept secrets, the north coast links courses are pure golfing gems. The jewel in the Highland golfing crown is Royal Dornoch Golf Club, universally rated as being one of the world’s top 20 golf courses and long considered to be Donald Ross’s masterpiece. The relatively new Castle Stuart Golf Links, just outside Inverness, has arrived in true style, hosting the Scottish Open in 2013 which was won by Phil Mickelson, his maiden win on Scottish soil. Nairn is one of Scotland’s most picturesque links courses while golf at Cruden Bay is full of surprises, very much a traditional links with humps, hollows and greens tucked into unimaginable spots, a pure joy to play. Royal Aberdeen is a highly rated traditional links course, the seventh oldest in the world. And new arrival, Trump is a spectacular triumph in the high dunes just outside Aberdeen, surely destined to be one of the greatest. These six links courses together are a match for the best in the world.
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- Day 1: Arrive in Scotland. Play Nairn
- Day 2: Play Royal Dornoch
- Day 3: Play Castle Stuart
- Day 4: Play Cruden Bay
- Day 5: Play Trump International
- Day 6: Play Royal Aberdeen
- Day 7: Depart Scotland
Included in This Tour
- Meet & Greet on arrival by Destination Golf Representative.
- 6-Rounds on Championship Links Courses.
- Private Car Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- Guaranteed tee-times & greens fees.
- 6-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations with full breakfast daily.
- Self-Drive rental vehicle with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance. Or upgrade to a Professional Driver Guide.
- Deluxe portfolio of Travel Documents & Personalized Itinerary.
- Discount admissions booklet for area attractions.
Day 1: Arrive in Scotland. Play Nairn.
Stay 3 nights in Inverness. Play Nairn today. Founded in 1887, it is now one of the best links courses in Scotland. From every hole you can see the Moray Firth and the Black Isle, and only too easily you can strike the ball into the ocean on every one of the first seven holes! This evening, why not enjoy a delicious dinner at ‘The Mustard Seed’ restaurant in Inverness.
Day 2: Play Royal Dornoch
This Donald Ross masterpiece is a spell binding links. Many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives. The course is consistently rated in the top 20 of the world’s golf courses.
Day 3: Play Castle Stuart
Castle Stuart certainly has a distinctive character in the world of links golf; with sea views, fairway contours, traditional bunker styles and green complexes. This is a spectacular links course with first class Scottish hospitality. Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open here in July 2013.
Day 4: Play Cruden Bay
Cruden Bay is traditional Scottish links golf course, originally designed by Tom Morris and Archie Simpson. This course creates unique challenges for the golfer demanding skills of power, placement and fine judgement while set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views. After golf, transfer to Aberdeen, where you’ll stay for 2 nights.
Day 5: Play Trump International
Trump International was designed by Dr. Martin Hawtree, the acknowledged master of links golf course architecture. The course has a Par of 72 and a maximum length of just over 7400 yards. Offering a sequence of superlative topography, landscape, and alternating spaciousness and enclosure, this links course is sure to impress.
Day 6: Play Royal Aberdeen
Known as the 7th oldest golf course in the world, the Royal Aberdeen course runs essentially out and back along the North Sea shore. The outward nine (which is considered one of the finest in links golf anywhere in the world) cuts its way through some wonderful dune formation. The inland nine returns over the flatter plateau. Stay 1-night in Edinburgh.
Day 7: Depart Scotland
Transfer to Edinburgh Airport for your return flight home.
Malmaison Hotel, Aberdeen
Get caught up in Mal Aberdeen's exciting atmosphere. right in the heart of Scotland's Granite City. Just a short hop from the city center, this Aberdeen hotel is designed to be different, with huge beds, power showers and chic decor - guaranteed to impress. whether you're visiting Aberdeen for work, a city break or round of golf.
Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, UK
The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury four-star resort with spa and leisure facilities , located 15 minutes from Inverness Airport. Set within 4 acres of manicured grounds and only 1 mile from the center of Inverness. Guests have full use of the leisure club which includes a gym, sauna , steam room, Jacuzzi and swimming pool. There are 2 restaurants available for dining - The Inglis Restaurant offers a fixed price menu and the Conservatory offers à la carte dining in a beautiful garden setting.
The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the jewel in Scotland’s crown and at its heart lies The Balmoral hotel. Located at 1 Princes Street with views of Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument and Arthur’s Seat, the skirl of the bagpipes is always within earshot. This hotel merges contemporary styling with elegant tradition, like the colors of a fine tartan weave. It’s a place where you can enjoy Michelin-starred dining at our ‘Number One’ restaurant and discover over 400 whiskies in our Scotch bar. The hotel’s kilted doormen will guide you across the threshold of the finest 5-star hotel in Edinburgh. Their Concierge will guide you towards Edinburgh’s modern boutiques and bars, theatres and museums.
Travel Tips & FAQs
Passports & Visas
To enter Scotland (Great Britain), you need a valid passport. Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Scotland.
If only one parent is traveling with a child under 17 year of age and that child’s last name differs from the parent, a signed notarised letter from the parent with the same last name as the child’s authorizing permission to allow that child to travel.
For more passport information contact the U.S. Department of State (877/487–2778).
What to Pack
Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes. And if you are planing to do a lot of walking, comfortable walking shoes. Travel light and save yourself the burden of handling large and heavy luggage. In Scotland wearing casual clothes is acceptable with less emphasis on formal dress codes.
The climate in Scotland is moderate with rarely extremes in temperature.
January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of 42.8°F.
July and August are the warmest months with an average temperature of 66.2°F.
There are variations from region to region. for example the Western Highlands experience some of the wettest weather in Europe due to the prevailing wind coming in from the Atlantic. In contrast, the Eastern part of Scotland has far less rainfall.
In Scotland the official currency is the pound sterling(£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.
Gratuities and tips are lower in Scotland than in the United States and some restaurants include these as a service charge on the bill. When tipping in restaurants you should pay 10 to 15 % and similarly with taxis, hairdressers and barbers.
Police, Fire, Ambulance: Telephone: 999
24 hour medical treatment is available in UK hospitals under the National Health service and you should expect to be billed but it is nowhere as expensive as it is in the United States.
The electrical current in Great Britain is 220–240 volts and the plugs are three-pronged. Adapters are widely available and it is a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.
Traveline provides information on all public transportation in Scotland including timetables.
Most stations and bus terminals in Scotland will accept credit and debit cards for payment of tickets and other services.
The train service in Scotland is efficient, clean and comfortable with long distance journeys including buffet and refreshment cars. First Class, as well as standard class coaches are available on most scheduled services, with wider seats. Fares are much higher in First Class but on weekends you can upgrade for as little as £10 in some cases. Reserving tickets in advance is recommended.
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Travelling by Taxi
You can hail the typical black hackney taxis, like those in London on the street or book by phone with an additional 80p charge. Private taxi hire is with regular cars but all taxis must display the taxi license and a driver ID and are metered. Metering starts at £2 with increased intervals charged at 25p.
Scotland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1. For example, New York is Greenwich Mean Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Greenwich Mean Time -8 hours.
English is commonly used throughout Scotland but in parts of the Outer Hebrides and Scottish Highlands Scots Gaelic may be spoken. Expect to see signposting in both English and Gaelic.
You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit (IDP). You can acquire an IDP from the American Automobile Association or from Automobile Association or Royal Automobile Club in the UK. IDPs are only valid with your regular driver’s licence. They are not mandatory but having one can prevent issues when dealing with local authorities.
Cars in Scotland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts will be presented with place names in English and Scots Gaelic.
You will pay a lot more for gasoline (petrol) in the UK, about £4 per gallon. The imperial gallon is 20% more in volume than the US Gallon and is dispensed at the pump by the litre (4.5 litres to the gallon).
On street parking is available in most urban areas in Scotland. It costs around £1 per hour where fees apply. Pay and display machines, which dispense tickets, are marked with a large P. Tickets should be placed on your dashboard for viewing by traffic wardens who inspect paid-for-parking zones regularly. Parking regulations are enforced with fines of £25 for cars parked illegally.
You will also find privately run parking lots.
There are no vaccinations required to visit Scotland.
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