THE HEAVENLY HIGHLANDS
Romantic, Remote & Rugged
The Right to Roam
Scotland enjoys a legal “right to roam”, meaning you can explore the countryside far and wide for recreational purposes (responsibly and using non-motorised transport that is). It is certainly worth invoking that right in the Highlands where the call of the wild is so loud it is hard to ignore.
The soaring mountains, mysterious lochs, dense woodlands, miles of sandy beach, lonely castles and stunning vistas will take your breath away.
The traditional Highland food is almost as tempting as the golf at our 31 special Highland courses. Enjoy fresh seafood, super strong cheese, rich black pudding, buttery shortbread – and there’s that smooth malt Scotch whisky to sample too.
Discover quaint fishing harbours, have a go at kayaking, catch the Northern Lights or enjoy stargazing in the Dark Skies, watch dolphins play, take the plunge for some wild swimming – there’s never a dull moment when you hit the Highlands.
While you’re enjoying your golfing pilgrimage across The Highlands you can make the most of the unique, diverse attractions of each region:
- Caithness & Sutherland in the far north constitutes the extreme edge of Europe, with unspoilt dramatic scenery and sparse population, outside the main towns of Thurso and Wick.
- Nairn is ideal for those who like to be beside the seaside. Central to the Highland council area is the relaxing resort town of Nairn with three beautiful beaches, reputedly the sunniest place in Scotland.
- Inverness is the biggest city in the Highlands with an enticing indoor Victorian market and plenty to see and do in the surrounding area, including monster-spotting on Loch Ness.
- Ross-shire stretches from coast to coast, including the Isle of Lewis. With its capital, Dingwall, the region is bristling with history, myths and legends, not to mention lovely beaches and interesting arts and crafts.
- Lochaber harbours Scotland’s iconic Ben Nevis Mountain range and the popular town of Fort William – a busy centre for outdoor activities and water sports.
- The Isle of Skye – the largest of the Inner Hebrides archipelago – is reached from the northwest coast by a bridge. It has an abundance of wildlife and spectacular geological features, along with picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles.
- Speyside is a large and varied area, central to the Cairngorms National Park. As well as being famous for its golf courses and world-renowned Malt Whisky Trail, it is the ideal landscape for snowsports, walking, climbing and cycling as well as watersports in its many lochs.
All these Highland regions sport exhilarating golf courses – so come for the golf and enjoy the rest as a bonus.
North Coast 500
Make golf part of the ultimate Highland adventure. Starting and ending in the Highland capital city of Inverness the North Coast 500 route takes you in a loop covering 500 miles around the north coast of Scotland.
Cycle or drive (you can even walk if you wish) and don’t be afraid to stray off the beaten path to find the hidden gems of The Highlands like the mysterious Pictish Sculptures of the Black Isle, and the flourishing Victorian Attadale Gardens.
The Highlands may seem remote, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of comfortable and affordable accommodation for visitors. You’ll find B&Bs, guest houses, cottages, caravan and camping parks aplenty, and many fairly new businesses offering unusual luxury accommodation like pods, lodges and Highland Bothies.
The Highlands is indeed full of surprises, not least of which is a collection of intriguing golf courses – and Golf Highland is happy to help you uncover them all.