54 King's Gate
Aberdeen,, United Kingdom
Set in the leafy West End overlooking Aberdeen's spectacular city skyline, the Atholl Hotel is a landmark. Its distinctive architecture in the sparkling granite for which the city is famous makes it instantly recognizable as the place to come for consistent service. All of its 35 bedrooms are ensuite and have the facilities one would expect from a four star hotel: color television, radio, direct dial telephone, trouser press, hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities. The extensive menu is available at lunchtime and in the evening in the relaxed atmosphere of the popular restaurant, bar or lounge with its open fire and large bay window with views across the city.
Ballifeary Guest House
10 Ballifeary Road
Inverness, Inverness-Shire, United Kingdom
Situated in a quiet, desirable, residential area, just 10 minutes picturesque walk to Inverness City Centre, Ballifeary House has always been awarded "4 star Guest House" from the Scottish Tourist Board. This lovely Victorian villa is tastely decorated and finished with a warm friendly relaxed atmosphere.
Culloden House Hotel
Inverness, Inverness-Shire, United Kingdom
At the time of the Jacobite rising in 1745-46, Culloden House was requisitioned by Bonnie Prince Charlie and used as his lodging and battle headquarters prior to that fateful and final battle on Culloden Moor on the 16th April 1746. Today, this handsome Palladian country house stands in nearly 40 acres where guests are free to wander about the elegant lawns and parkland to enjoy the exceptional peace, tranquility and majesty of the grounds. The interior features a wonderfully comfortable drawing-room with magnificent Adamesque plasterwork, many fine antiques and a large open fire. Culloden House is rated STB and AA four stars and two Rosettes for food.
Dornoch Castle Hotel
Dornoch, Sutherland, United Kingdom
Steeped in Scottish history and fascinating legends, the 15th century Dornoch Castle Hotel firmly stands its ground opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral. Set in beautifully manicured gardens, this Scottish Castle still bears an air of magnificence and grace. All 24 Dornoch Castle ensuite bedrooms are tastefully decorated with a strong emphasis on comfort and tranquility but still having that Baronial home atmosphere. There are deluxe Castle Rooms, superior Castle Rooms and Garden Rooms, the latter were built in the late 70's and form the easterly wing of the castle. The hotel has undergone some major refurbishment recently and there are many rooms of individual character.
Golf View Hotel & Spa
63 Seabank Road
Nairn, Invernesshire, United Kingdom
The Golf View Hotel is situated overlooking the Moray Firth with gardens leading down to the seashore. Many of its 42 bedrooms are sea-facing with traditional interiors that provide you an exceptionally comfortable place in which to stay. All rooms have private bathrooms, refreshment tray, direct dial telephone, satellite TV and radio, trouser press, hairdryer etc. Hotel amenities include a 14-metre swimming pool, spa, leisure club, restaurant and much more.
Ivybank Guest House
28 Old Edinburgh Road
Inverness, Inverness-Shire, United Kingdom
This is a charming and restful place in which to stay in the Highland Capital, the City of Inverness, and is an ideal base from which to tour the Highlands, the North and West Coasts, the Isle of Skye, Royal Deeside, Highland ski and golf resorts, and to explore the wonders of the Spey Valley. The rooms are tastefully decorated which include TV, clock radio, telephone, hospitality tray and ironing board etc. One is guaranteed a delightful and memorable stay in this happy home which is fully deserving of its 4-star quality award.
Marcliffe Hotel and Spa
North Deeside Road, Pitfodels, Aberdeen AB15 9YA Scotland
, United Kingdom
Situated in the picturesque North-East of Scotland on the outskirts of the historic city of Aberdeen, this luxurious 5-star hotel offers world class salmon fishing, championship golf and itineraries full of historic castles and splendid landscapes. Its public areas are decorated with Oriental rugs, stone floors, staid tartan sofas and a regal ambience. The restaurant is informal but serves a tremendous selection of local lamb, salmon and duck. The room includes mini bar, fruit in baskets, ironing boards, filtered drinking water, green marble baths and many Chippendale and reproduction antique furnishings.
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 centre of Inverness, it is perfect for both leisure hotel breaks and for business travel .The mansion house hotel which is privately owned has 134 relaxing bedrooms, many with private balconies and patios or views over the neighbouring golf course.
Macleod House at Trump International
Aberdeenshire, AB23 8YE, GB
MacLeod House is the original Scottish baronial mansion situated at the heart of the Trump estate. Dating back to the 14th century, the House is Donald J. Trump's Scottish residence and abounds with period features and magnificent views of the grounds. Providing a range of Superior and Grand Deluxe rooms and the Donald Trump suite featuring luxurious four and five piece Italian-marble en-suites, and exclusive dining and leisure facilities, MacLeod House offers the ultimate in luxury, comfort and sophistication.
Par 70, yardage 6,682. Originally laid out in 1891 by Old Tom Morris, the course received a slight makeover from John Sutherland, the club's secretary. It is one of the finest links courses in the world and regularly features in the top ten of best course listings. It is not too long compared to modern layouts but still presents a mighty challenge regardless. It is bordered by the Dornoch Firth and exhibits rolling fairways and small saucer-like greens. Royal Dornoch is a favorite of former Open Champion Tom Watson who said: "It was the most fun I've had playing golf in my whole life".
Aberdeenshire, AB23 8YE, GB
The central focus of the development is the golf course designed by Dr. MartinHawtree, the acknowledged master of links golf course architecture. Thechampionship golf course is a classical Scottish links. The course has a Parof 72 and a maximum length of just over 7400 yards. The golf course follows aclassical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All 18 holesthread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising to find views of the seaand coastline, plunging into secluded valleys, offering a sequence ofsuperlative topography, landscape, alternating spaciousness and enclosure,panoramic views, a rich texture of vegetation and wildlife habitatssurrounding the golf holes.
Each hole have 6 separate tees catering for all classes of golfer. Thebunkers are placed to challenge the stronger player and not unduly punish theweaker golfer. All bunkers are turf-revetted in traditional style to combatwind and erosion and sand-blow. Greens have been sited in naturalpromontories and valleys and are featured in relation to their setting.The course is constructed to a high specification and has a design andinfrastructure capable of hosting a major competition.
Par 70, yardage 6,395. It's no surprise whatsoever that Cruden Bay makes such a big impression on almost everyone who plays it, the course being a classic Scottish links test in every way. It is by no means long, but don't be fooled into thinking it's a pushover. You'd be in for a nasty shock if you took this course lightly. It's a place where you have to show some imagination; it's not just about blasting big drives and throwing approaches high up into the air here. Every hole provides its own test and it's one of those courses where it really is difficult not to completely enjoy your round of golf.
Aberdeen City, AB23 8AT, GB
Par 70, yardage 6,800. The Royal Aberdeen Balgownie Links is one of the oldest courses in the world and, as such, has attracted many top players over the years. Even some of them have found it to be a tough test and, for many, it is a perfect example of the exacting nature of links golf. The 18th is a par-4 measuring 434 yards and is reckoned to be one of the best finishing holes anywhere in the country. There's plenty of trouble awaiting a wayward tee shot and, even if you find the fairway, the approach is far from easy. The sixth oldest golf club in the world, there are a number of memorabilia in the clubhouse of an historical nature.
As Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands - a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world. The centerpiece for this destination golf resort is Castle Stuart Golf Links, open July 2009, a championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle - Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse perhaps the most notable. Castle Stuart's goal is to add to the rich fabric of golf in the Scottish Highlands - a fabric made rich by Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Brora and many other fine golf clubs. Handicap Certificates Required.
Par 72, yardage 6,721. One of the finest, best-respected championship links in Scotland, Nairn is capable of testing the most gifted of players. It has hosted a number of high-profile national tournaments including the Scottish Amateur Championships and the Walker Cup in 1999. Nairn boasts fast, hard-to-read greens and thick links gorse which conspire to provide you with one of the toughest challenges you're ever likely to face. Founded in 1887, the course has been extended and modified by Old Tom Morris, James Braid and Archie Simpson. Incidentally, the town of Nairn is a wonderful base for golfers with great hotels, bars and restaurants.
Rates (excluding Twilight times) include 10 Eruo Catering Voucher to be used in the Clubhouse before or after your golf round.
Par 72, yardage 6,765. Nairn Dunbar has played host to a number of esteemed tournaments and is generally regarded as one of the Highlands' best links courses. Although it is slightly sheltered from the elements in parts, it poses a distinct challenge throughout. The club undertook a few developments recently where the 10th and 11th holes saw some fantastic changes. The course has a number of tricky par-4s, while its eight hole is one of the finest par-3s in the north. It has long been a favorite for members and visitors alike and is one of the most photographed holes in Scottish golf.
Par 70, yardage 6,404. Tain is a well-respected links course with fast greens and aptly-positioned bunkers. It overlooks the Dornoch Firth while the River Tain winds its way through the course on three occasions. Whatever the weather, this course's challenge is not to be underestimated. Designed by Old Tom Morris, Tain guarantees a great round for all visitors and, because of its sheltered nature, winter greens are a rarity. The clubhouse was built a few years ago and is ideal for some post-round relaxation. However, if you fancy a tipple or two, then you'll be pleased to learn the Glenmorangie distillery also resides in the town.
Highld, KW10 6ST, GB
Par 68, yardage 5,990. This is a surprising yet enjoyable mix of heathland, links and parkland where you really get to experience the best in Scottish golf. Great views are to be had of the Dornoch Firth on one side and the wonderful Ben Bhraggie on the other. Golspie is an easy-walking course although your shot-making will be put to the test if the wind blows, and it invariably does. The tenth is often a favorite of many, as is the 16th where the well guarded green resides in a deep hollow with trouble everywhere. Great fun the whole way round!
Par 71, yardage 6,314. Sitting five miles north of Aberdeen centre off the A90, this popular links frequently features in the top-100 ranked courses in the British Isles and over the years has hosted many national amateur championships and professional tournaments. Established in 1909 to the design of Archie Simpson, with later refinements made by the celebrated course designer James Braid, Murcar is indeed a championship links of some notoriety and in the finest of Scottish traditions. The 162-yard fifth hole is the first of three short holes and bears similar characteristics to that of the famous Postage Stamp at Royal Troon.
Boat of Garten
Highld, PH24 3BQ, GB
Par 70, yardage 5,876. Rightly billed as the golf course that every single Scottish golfer should play, 'The Boat', as it is known, is very much worthy of its lofty status. Make no mistake, this course can show its teeth to even the most talented player. Sitting amongst the woods below the Cairngorms, with the River Spey visible from a number of holes and the Strathspey Steam Railway running through the trees alongside the first seven, this course enjoys a truly majestic setting. Subtle alterations have been made to James Braid's original design, but the tough, yet incredibly inviting challenge of this Highland gem still remains.
Par 69, yardage 6,110. The golf club in Brora was established in 1891. In 1923, James Braid, five time Open Champion and prolific designer of golf courses, the most famous of which is Gleneagles, visited the course and redesigned the 18-hole layout which has stood the passage of time and remains a fair and challenging test of a true traditional links course. Brora represents all the attributes of a traditional Scottish links, with a classic layout, an easy opening hole, and a short hole facing each cardinal point of the compass. You will have to adapt and manufacture according to whether the course is running fast or slow.
Fortrose and Rosemarkie
Ness Rd E
Highld, IV10 8SE, GB
Par 71, yardage 5,881. This is a classic northern seaside links course set on the Chanonry Point peninsula with sea views on three sides. Designed by James Braid, it has stunning views from every tee, fairway and green - a truly outstanding setting. Founded in 1888, it is a moderately short course that is dissected by a public road. It contains enough hazards such as well positioned bunkers and tight, fast greens to keep you occupied. There are countless interesting holes. However, the first eight are the most memorable as they run alongside the shore where, if you're lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the dolphin colony.