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Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Nairn, Nairn Dunbar, Tain, Brora & Boat of Garten

At Faraway Fairways we blend club and country. No where is this glorious fusion better presented than the Royal Dornoch Scottish Highlands Golf vacation which includes Scotland’s top ranked golf course, Royal Dornoch. We’ve also introduced a second world ranked top-100 course, the Scottish Open venue of Castle Stuart. Nairn is a recent Walker Cup venue and reputedly home of the best greens in Scotland. Brora and Tain are wild, exposed, and beautifully untrammeled links. Finally, in the shadows of the Cairngorm mountains we add the picturesque Boat of Garten to your collection.

The Highlands are simply beguiling. This particular Scottish package golf tour seamlessly slides into the archetypal Scottish landscape, culture, and history, making it ideal for non-golfers too. Deep lochs, dark glens, tartans, animal furs, castles, whisky, mysterious monsters and clan feuds, are all wrapped up the spirit of the Faraway Fairways Royal Dornoch Scottish Highlands Golf vacation. Loch Ness, the battlefield of Culloden, distilleries, Urquhart and Dunrobin castles, are all included. This is the Scotland where eagles soar, where the rivers run clean and fresh, and where wild animals freely roam the heather uplands.

Capturing the spirit of the Scottish golf links, and just what it means is never easy. At Faraway Fairways we’re grateful to US golf writer George Peper, who delivered an ode that we can’t improve on.

“Someday I hope to bring my grandchildren here to Scotland – not to show them what golf is but what golf isn’t – that it isn’t $200 million resorts and $200,000 membership fees, that it isn’t six hour rounds and three day member-guests, that it isn’t motorized buggies, Cuban cigars, and cashmere headcovers. It’s a game you play simply and honorably, without delay or complaint – where you respect your companions, respect the rules, and respect the ground you walk on. Where on the 18th green you remove your cap and shake hands, maybe just a little humbler and a little wiser than when you began.” –

The Royal Dornoch Scottish Highlands Golf vacation vacation is one a nod in this direction, and is probably Scotland’s most down-to-Earth golf playing region on the mainland. Top-quality golf fuses seamlessly with colourful history and landscape


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Sunday BOAT OF GARTEN traveling Dornoch
Monday TAIN Glenmorangie Distillery Dornoch
Tuesday BRORA Dunrobin Castle Dornoch
Wednesday ROYAL DORNOCH Loch Ness Nairn or Inverness
Thursday NAIRN Culloden Nairn or Inverness
Friday NAIRN DUNBAR Glenlivet Distillery & Speyside Nairn or Inverness
Saturday CASTLE STUART Perthshire Round Dalmahoy (luxury) or Edinburgh (affordable)


Royal Dornoch Scottish Highlands Golf vacation

7 Nights Duration
  • Luxury
  • Premier
  • Affordable

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THE LUXURY OPTION (HIGHLAND ACCOMMODATION) The Scottish Highlands supports a tourist industry as well as golf. Accommodation in peak season is often stretched. This is particularly acute for luxury options where high demand bottlenecks swamp the low level of supply. The Kingsmills hotel at Inverness will often book up 12 months in advance. Dornoch tends to be less busy than Inverness, but both the Royal Golf hotel, and the Dornoch Castle hotel will sell out. Early booking is definitely encouraged, otherwise we might find ourselves struggling, or trying to implement a solution that involves hopping between available hotels in 2 or 3 nights blocs (ironically this might actually work out to be more convenient in some cases). If you leave it too late, the danger of being unable to secure anywhere is a genuine prospect. For indicative pricing purposes, luxury tours have been modelled on securing six nights at Culloden House

CHAUFFEUR GUIDE - The tour described is self-drive. Should you prefer to engage a chauffeur driver instead, this option is available. Please notify us accordingly.

NON GOLF ACTIVITY - Non-golfers get more time for non-golf activity than golfers. An asterisk (*) is used on the ‘Non-Golf’ button in the itineraries to indicate where a golfer could reasonably expect to be able to undertake an activity. Anything left unmarked is only practical for non-golfers to undertake. Check the button called ‘What’s Included’ that appears on the final named day ‘tab’ to see if it’s included in a price.

DISCLAIMER - The content of all tours are sold subject to availability and final confirmation of price. We do not speculatively book hotels in advance. Late bookings might be subject to a market led price increment. The prices displayed are strong indicators of what you would expect to pay but can also fluctuate in line with choices people wish to add or omit. Please check what's included. Prices are per person based on two sharing

Boat of Garten

This hidden gem, is less hidden these days. The Boat of Garten is flanked by the river Spey on one side, a steam railway on the other, and the snow-capped Cairngorm mountains in the distance. Designed by James Braid, the course is widely regarded as Scotland’s most scenic, cleverly shaped by fairways lined with birch trees, heather and broom, and Highland gorse. The design maximises the natural landscape and vistas to full dramatic effcet. It’s a short course, but above all else, it’s fun


Traditional Scottish Highland links course designed by Old Tom Morris situated 9 miles south of Dornoch. The Championship links over the Dornoch Firth arguably offers one of the best settings imaginable in the highlands for a round of golf. With sea on one side and the backdrop of the mountains behind, every day brings a different aspect to this challenging and beautiful course and the layout of the holes guarantees an interesting round. Accuracy is more a key than length. Tain has the obligatory burn to contend with, but more characteristic are the forced carries over knotty heather to rumpled fairways patrolled on the riparian by notorious score wrecking gorse bushes.

Image believed to be by Kieran Dodds
reproduced with permission from Tain GC


Raw, bleak, yet tranquil with an intoxicating solitude. Brora is as far north as we go. In the summer Arctic terns swoop acrobatically over the beach holes. They’re adopted on the club crest. This is a traditional out and back nine hugging the north sea. The waves are seemingly an omni present companion. You will enjoy the mixture of bent grass and beach sand, burn water and gorse in glorious yellow bloom. Brora is a scenic course but the absence of dunes means that it’s perhaps the relationship with the sea and the wind that you’ll enjoy most! (or ‘remember’ shall we say?). We’ve scratched around for a single word to describe Brora and we think it’s ‘spiritual’. Few courses get quite so close as Brora.

Photo – thanks to Craig Lester

Royal Dornoch

Golf Digest rated Royal Dornoch the highest of Scotland’s many worthy candidates. The Championship course represented a paradigm in design that endures today. The ‘bump-and-run‘ was the traditional shot to mitigate a links wind. Elevated plinth greens were introduced and ringed with fiendish pot-bunkers to guard them from any such commando approach. Without completely taking the traditional ‘stock shot’ out of the equation, a degree of risk was added. Dornoch therefore challenges you to go the aerial route, and ride the wind. Iron play is the key to the course. The greens are accommodating if you can find them though. The rationale is simple: hit a good approach shot and you should be rewarded. Hit a bad one, and you pay the penalty. Tom Watson said of Dornoch “the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course”.


Created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather Nairn is a perennial Scottish top-10 hoverer. Nairn is a bit like a great symphony which takes you on a journey with each movement getting progressively challenging before developing into a climatic crescendo. Nairn requires you to use every club in you bag, and play a myriad of different shots. Wise heads frequently nominate Nairn as possessing the best putting surface that Scotland has to offer too. One of the slightly more remarkable features is that you can very easily hit the ball into the sea on every one of the first seven! If you’re a ‘leftie’ with a tendency to hook, you might like to consider packing an extra sleeve of balls!

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Qualification requirements for play

Nairn operates a handicap threshold of 28 for gentlemnen, and 36 for ladies respectively. Nairn will reserve the right as to whether or not to invoke this since it tends not to be as rigidly applied as some clubs. An appreciation of pace of play, and etiquette, is equally important. If the player does fall below the standard however, they are invited to tackle the alternatives we’ve nominated instead.

Nairn Dunbar

Nairn Dunbar is a mixture of links and heathland and will invariably leave you wanting another go at it after completing. The course pitches you into a journey as it goes through the gears, gently cranking up the difficulty without you necessarily realising until it’s too late. The opening holes can easily seduce you into taking a liberty here and there. It’s something of a smiling viper! and only as you look back you start to recognise where you went wrong. It’s a thinking course that’s gaining in reputation as new challenges are added

Castle Stuart

Another modern addition to the golfing landscape having opened in July 2009. The course is set on two-tiered balaconies overlooking the dark and forboding waters of the Moray Firth. Players enjoy stunning panoramas from the highest elevations. The course is rich in the textured signature landscape of Scottish ‘whins’, gorse and broom, heather, and marram from beginning to end. These change colour with the seasons as Nature commanded, and weave a tapestry of highland hues into this landscape mosaic of rugged beauty. The course has recently been hosting the prestigious Scottish Open, and was used successfully by Phil Mickelson in 2013 as a springboard to Open success a month later at Muirfield.

Time to say Goodbye

Time, as they say, waits for no man, and sadly we’re no exception. Today it’s time to bid you farewell, hope you enjoyed your stay, and will consider returning soon. Better still, the return match awaits. We’ll ensure you get to your airport for a safe, and comfortable return across the Atlantic, where the benefits of flying east to west will now become apparent, as you land a mere two hours after you took off! Don’t forget to stay in touch through our blog, email, or the social networks, as we update information. Once again, thank you

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