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Top 10 courses in the Scottish Highlands and Aberdeenshire

We’ve listed 10 of the very best in this stunning pocket of golf! Listen to our fantastic overview of this incredible region and more…

Chris Bowles
Chris Bowles 10 mins read

Royal Dornoch 5th hole

Balgownie Links

Nairn golf course

Cruden Bay golf course

Castle Stuart golf links

Brora golf course

Murcar golf links

Trump International

The Trump Links occupies the most stunning stretch of dunes-land that you will ever see. Having enlisted Martin Hawtree of the R&A to design the layout, the International does make the most of the impressive landscape that it was built on, though it has yet to fully embed into a traditional links course. It looks great, but the quality of the course has yet to match the stunning visuals.

However, despite the serene surroundings, do not visit here expecting a walk in the park – this is a brutal and challenging golf course suited to lower handicaps. Long gorse, strong cross-winds, strategically placed bunkers and fast greens all combine to ensure there is no easy shot on the course and we thoroughly recommend you choose your tee boxes carefully, putting vanity aside.

It needs time to mature. Until it does, simply put, it is not quite on the level of Kingsbarns or Castle Stuart, which are superior, but it is certainly still worth playing if the opportunity arose.

Trump International, Scotland

Boat of Garten

If ever a course represented true value for money, it is Boat of Garten. A thoroughly enjoyable James Braid design situated in the spectacular Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands. Not simply a “resort” or “vacation” layout, it is testing and intriguing enough to stir the senses of any player who visits.

The fairways at Boat of Garten are woven through an attractive mix of trees and heather, which ensures a tangible sense of tranquillity; the perfect course for an evening’s round in summer.

Though short on the scorecard, it is a course that needs to be strategically navigated around, with the beautiful shrubbery that frames the holes potentially becoming a ghastly threat to a wayward tee shot.

If you are seeking a reprieve from the seaside, Boat of Garten is a joyous experience.

Moray Golf Club

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When it comes to golf, the Scottish Highlands and Aberdeenshire are two of the most popular destinations in Europe. Not only is the region filled with enchanting scenery and historical sites, but some of the world's most iconic courses are here...


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