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Campbeltown, Islay & Jura, Speyside, Highland, & Central Area

At Faraway Fairways we’ve been struck again by just how many golfer’s variously identify themselves as “whisky buffs”, or at the very least, someone who is rather partial to the golden elixir. Scotland has of course contributed these two totems of civilisation to the advancement of humanity, so it seemed natural to try and combine the two and offer you the ultimate combination of the very best of Scotch whisky with Golf as a package tour. It’s amazing how recollection of the golf shots you’ve just played hours earlier alters for having a wee dram or two (or three). Even the most modest of shots can turn into unlucky near misses, whilst holed out putts mysteriously grow in length

Scotland has five whisky producing regions. Campbeltown, Islay, Speyside, Highland, and Lowland . Each has its own unique flavours and character. Some are sweet and fruity, some are light and grassy, some have salty notes from the sea, some are steeped in peat smoke and there are countless more in between. Many of them combine naturally with golf without us having to force the issue. There is a galaxy to choose from if you wish to combine Scotch whisky with golf

Although it would be possible to play golf and visit a different distillery every day, we felt this might get a bit ‘samey’ after a bit. Better instead we thought to break the highlights into manageable chunks capable of being added into an itinerary and treating them as a dedicated day or perhaps two days if you really wanted to push the boat out. For this reason you are probably best advised to treat to the Scotch whisky with golf tour as a series of options. These are therefore capable of being added to an existing itinerary to reinforce it, rather being a dedicated tour in its own right. Experience has taught Faraway Fairways that the best way of doing this is in the spirit of a day off from the golf, and ‘doing’ whisky instead.

It’s perhaps also worth noting that whereas Edinburgh needn’t be a renowned whisky producing region, it does possess a plethora of whisky tasting experiences. All bottles head to the capital!



Campbeltown (day trip)
Campbeltown (1 night) MACHRIHANISH & MACHRIHANISH DUNES Springbank & Glengyle
Islay & Jura (2 nights) MACHRIE Laphroaig, Ardbeg, & Lagavulin
Islay & Jura (3 nights) MACHRIE (x2) Laphroaig, Ardbeg, & Lagavulin
Isle of Jura, & Caol Ila
Speyside (1 night) MORAY OLD COURSE Glen Grant, Strathsila, & Glenfiddich
Glenlivet & The Speyside Cooperage
Speyside (2 nights) MORAY OLD COURSE & HOPEMAN Glen Grant, Strathsila, & Glenfiddich
Glenlivet, Glenfarclas, & Cardhu
The Macallan & Speyside Cooperage
Highland (day trip) ROYAL DORNICH & TAIN Glenmorangie
Lowland (day trip) MUSSELBURGH OLD or STIRLING Glengoyne & Glenkinchie
Central (day trip)
GLENEAGLES QUEENS or CARNOUSTIE BURNSIDE Blair Athol, Glenturret & Tullibardine


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The first recorded reference to whisky production at Campbeltown traces to 1591. It’s remote coastal location made it an ideal smuggling centre. By Napoleonic times the small town of Campbeltown had 22, now legal distilleries in full production, Springbank joining the roster in 1828. By 1891 with a population of just 1,969 people, Campbeltown was reputedly the richest town per head of capita in the UK such was the thirst for it’s malt whisky. It truly was the mouse that roared

Campbeltown’s fortunes waned in the 1920’s however, and again in the 80’s. Today only three distilleries remain from this most historic epicentre. Springbank is the most prominent of the survivors. It’s probably fair to say that today visiting Springbank is more about history, and laced with a little bit of melancholy. It offers a great insight into the history of whisky however, perhaps unrivalled

Springbank and Campbeltown combines well with Glasgow.
For more information on Springbank CLICK HERE


Perched on the western most tip of the Kintyre Peninsula, Machrihanish is wild, remote, windswept and very, beautiful. As you might expect being just 12 miles from North Ireland, the coast shares some Irish traits, notably dramatic high dune systems, whereas the subtle undulations in the fairways are more Scottish. This is pure links theatre. Golf Digest rate Machrihanish the 57th best course in the world. It’s top drawer. It also possesses what many regard as the finest opening tee shot on the planet played over the beach onto the fairway beyond, and daring you to carve off more and more until you perish. It sets the tone for an exhilarating round

Machrihanish Dunes

Scotland is the home of golf (you’ll hear this a few times) but in terms of finding a course that most faithfully observes this heritage we have to turn to something surprisingly modern. If you want to experience a links challenge similar to that which the games pioneers faced, then ‘Mach Dunes’ is it. This is the perfect symbosis of natural landscape and hazard in harmony. The pioneers who took to the links land didn’t have mechanical earth moving machinary. They looked into the landscape, worked with it, and went about conceiving their own challenges, which in time gave way to courses as consensus emerged. Of its 270 acres only 7 have been subject to earth working. The rough is managed by two flocks of roaming sheep with grazing rights, and bunkers are developments of burrowing animals! This is authentic links, and actually genuine.


Whisky has been made on Islay for centuries. It started in crofts in the hills and caves on the shoreline, but at the end of the 1800′s the government ruled that all illicit distilling should cease, and so the present day distilleries were born.

The distilling process, whilst modernised, still reflects the past traditions and recipes. Water flows down from the hills, the peat is cut from the land and the whisky is made with great care, then matured for decades before it finally can be drunk.

By blending golf at Machrie and a stay at the Islay Hotel we find ourselves on the doorstep of three world famous Islay Whisky Distilleries, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg.

Isle of Jura

The Campbell’s from Jura built the distillery around 1810. The whisky they produced was peaty in character, and differs considerably from today’s offering. The distillery was rebuilt in 1884 and produced 64,000 gallons per year back then. In the early 1900’s the distillery began to fall apart the buildings went into ruin.

Around 1950 a few locals got together and decided to restart the distillery, creating jobs for the island. The new distillery was built on the same location regenerating some of the old buildings. The distillery finally reopened in 1963. The whisky however changed as much as the appearance of the distillery and the taste became less peaty and more of a Highland character.

Jura is a very isolated outpost on the whisky map. Few people visit it because of this. Enjoy this unique experience and soak up the bragging rights


‘The’ Machrie is one of the few examples anywhere in the world of a great traditional links course which has been preserved for 120 years in its purest form. The links turf on which Machrie was built is among the finest in Scotland, and the setting has few equals. Machrie enjoys a reputation for throwing out a different challenge and most notably in the green complexes, which makes it something of a high quality plotters paradise for the strategic golfer. The course is a mix “of raw dunes and romance”, a work of nature and a legacy of golf’s golden age that invites you to step back and sample it for a fleeting afternoon of nostalgia


The Spey is the epitomy of Scotland’s fast flowing, clean water, rivers. Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Age often brings a bit more body and superb power.

Speyside has, by some distance, the vast majority of Scotch whisky distilleries. Indeed there are eighty-four working distilleries, including many of its most famous names: The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant and The Macallan, are just four, but in truth, we’re spoilt for choice. The only limiting factors are the amount of time we have, and your own appetite

Combines well with our Highlands and Aberdeen tours
To discover more about how golf links with a Speyside whisky tour CLICK HERE

Moray Old Course

Moray is a rugged links course, which threads all the essential weaves into it’s tapestry. Heaving sand dunes, heinous gorse, and wicked undulations abound. In addition it’s aesthetic too. You have sea views to marvel at, and a lighthouse on the horizon. Moray is an innovators course requiring an instinctive read of the landscape. Straight driving and accuracy are paramount. It requires fortitude rather than force. A good touch with the putter is likely to serve you better than a blast with the driver, but the real joy is to be had chipping and executing deft links rescues such as the bump and run. The 18th is often cited, as Scotland’s best closing hole with a sense of procession leading into a natural ampitheatre. Here you get the impression that you are at the Open surrounded by the closing hole spectator stands, and buildings. Indeed Moray Old, interacts with the town of Lossiemouth in a way that perhaps only St Andrews otherwise achieves.


Glenmorangie Distillery has been producing its Single Highland malt Scotch whisky since 1843. Crafting the delicate spirit is entrusted to the legendary ‘Sixteen Men of Tain’. A tour of the distillery will introduce you to these skilled mashmen, stillmen and warehousemen as they go about their daily work. You’ll see the shining elegance of Glenmorangie’s copper stills, the tallest in Scotland, standing 16 feet 10 inches (5.14 metres) high. This ensures that only the purest, most delicate vapours are condensed into spirit.

Combines as an extension from Aberdeen & Cruden Bay
The substantive elements are already inlcuded in the Highlands tour


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

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”.


The home of ‘The Edinburgh Malt’ is located in the rolling farmland of East Lothian. In 1825, farmers John and George Rate built and operated the distillery under the name Milton Distillery until it was licenced and renamed in 1837. It was transformed into a sawmill in 1853, but a syndicate of Edinburgh-based drinks professionals purchased the distillery it 1881 and nine years later they founded the Glenkinchie Distillery Company embarking on a series of improvements including the redbrick Victorian masterpiece we know today.

Combines well with our Muirfield tour and anything Edinburgh


The Glengoyne distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. In the past, woodlands and undulations covered the surrounding area giving superb shelter for the illegitimate distillations and routes to Glasgow.

The malt and water used is unpeated. Glengoyne is one of several such whiskies, but has made the biggest virtue of it. Glengoyne enjoys the slowest rate of distillation in Scotland, which encourages the formation of ‘esters’ giving Glengoyne its characteristically sweet, smooth taste. The spirit is then matured in oak casks from Spain, which have previously contained Sherry.

Combines well with Gleneagles and anything Glasgow
Can also be introduced onto Edinburgh based tours

Old Musselburgh

Between 1874 and 1899 Musselburgh was one of three courses to host the Open Championship in rotation. Musselburgh is, and always will be, an ‘Open’ venue. Even more remarkably, the course is recognised as the oldest in the world, with a verifiable playing history that dates to 1672, and a very strong likelihood that it was played earlier by Mary Queen of Scots in 1567. We won’t big the course up. It’s pretty well featureless and unchallenging, but it is authentic. We advise you consider spicing your round up. For $60 you can hire a set of hickory clubs and attempt to better the scores put up by the ancients using their equipment.

Image credit with thanks to Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course


Water tumbles down the 841 metre peak, Ben Vrackie and into the 2.5m litres the ivy clad distillery produces annually. The distillery was founded in 1778, by Robert Robertson. In 1825, he expanded and renamed the facilities Blair Athol. The distillery has had a long association with Bell’s Blended Scotch – their roots were entwined as far back as the mid nineteenth century.

Blair Athol changed hands several times during the 1800’s and eventually closed in 1932. A year later the distillery was acquired by Arthur Bell and Sons and today as much as 95% of the out-turn is bourbon-matured and used in Bell’s blended products. The whisky boasts a swift maturation and the remaining five or so percent of spirit is aged in sherry casks and sold as single malt, mostly by independent bottlers.

Combines well with Gleneagles & Carnoustie
Can also be taken in on trips to and from the Highlands


Glenturret claims to be the oldest working distillery in Scotland (along with others). It is certainly the most visited. The distillery is renowned for the Famous Grouse, one of the world’s best-loved Scotch blends and Glenturret is said to be a component. You can experience the taste and smell plus a state of the art interactive tour. The distillery also has a wonderful restaurant where we can choose from a wide range on the menu including dishes that feature the finest scotch whisky in its ingredients.

Named for Tullibardine Moor, the distillery draws its water from the Danny Burn, renowned its purity. Indeed Highland Spring is bottled locally. The modern Tullibardine whisky distillery was reopened in 1947, and the spirit ran from the stills two years later. The site was once home to a 12th century brewery which allegedly brewed ale for King James IV’s coronation in 1488.

Combines particularly well with Gleneagles
also combines well with Carnoustie

Gleneagles, Queens Course

Threading through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate, the Queen’s course is the most aesthetic of the Gleneagles trinity and presents you with lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, as well as many moorland characteristics.At 3,192 yards long, the challenge of the first nine can be deceptive, with even some of the best players finding it a test to make par into a fresh south westerly breeze.

Carnoustie Burnside

It lacks the length of its monsterous neighbour, but otherwise the course is similar in style to the Championship course, playing inside of it as it does. Mercilessly though, it is shorter. Sensible driving will let you test your mid to short game as the key is working out where you think you can most effectively play your second shot from given the heather whins and rough that come into play. The closing two holes are normally cited as the round wreckers and better suited to the neighbouring championship course. The fifth is worth noting. A natural meander in the Barry Burn has created an island green similar to the 17th at Sawgrass. The Burnside proved to be a decent overture for Ben Hogan in 1953. He qualified on the Burnside before going onto lift the claret jug.


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