Castle Stuart Golf Course near Inverness

Castle Stuart 13th hole & the Kessock Bridge

Golfers are spoilt for choice in Scotland, and Dolphin View Cottage is especially well placed for players wanting to play courses in the Highlands of Scotland. The cottage is ideally situated between Castle Stuart and two spectacular courses in Nairn.  With direct flights from many regional airports to Inverness and car hire available at the airport, you can soon be on a golf course.  A different golf course each day perhaps?

The nearest golf course to Dolphin View Cottage is Castle Stuart, a links venue hailed as a masterpiece by golfing experts.  You will drive past it on the way to the cottage after you leave the main A96 as it is within 3 miles of Dolphin View Cottage!'

Scotland has some very scenic golf courses

One of the more challenging & scenic golf courses in the area

Not far from Castle Stuart, the seaside town of Nairn boasts two superb links courses, both of them boasting championship status. Nairn Golf Club- established in 1887 is a classic out-and-back links affair, while Nairn Dunbar (1889) is another coastal gem.  

Inverness has a new golf course. The Kings Golf Club designed by Stuart Rennie was opened in 2019 and welcomes visitors. Other golf clubs in Inverness are Inverness Golf Club on Culcabock Road, and Fairways Golf Club which also has a pro-driving

Castle Stuart Golf Course with Kessock Bridge and the Moray Firth

Evening photo of Kessock bridge from 18th hole - Par 5

The Fortrose & Rosemarkie course over on the Black Isle was created by the legendary James Braid (of Gleneagles and Carnoustie fame) and lies within the narrow Chanonry Peninsula, a prime spot for dolphin watching. Dogs on leads are allowed to accompany players

You can do a tour of Braid’s courses in the Highlands. Boat of Garten is a breathtaking course in the heart of Cairngorms National Park and has been dubbed ‘the Gleneagles of the north’.

Golspie enjoys stunning views over the Dornoch Firth, while Brora is Braid’s most northerly creation and is indeed the headquarters of the James Braid Golfing Society

Aigas Golf Course near Beauly

Aigus Golf Course near Beauly.  9 holes in a very scenic location

‘Old’ Tom Morris was another illustrious course designer who left his mark on the Highlands. Strathpeffer Spa was laid out by Morris and was described as ‘a jewel in the Highlands’ by the BBC’s Peter Alliss.

Royal Dornoch is as spellbinding a links layout as you’ll find in Scotland. Five-time Open champion Tom Watson is a huge fan of a course that was ranked fourth by Golf Digest UK & Ireland 2011. Dogs allowed on leads.

Brora Golf Course

Brora golf course, designed by James Baird, a 18 hole championship links course

Golf courses that allow dogs on leads whilst owners play.

Hopeman Golf Club, Moray IV30 5YA phone 01343 830578 18 hole links course

Alness Golf Club, Alness.  phone 01349 883877 18 hole inland course

Tain Golf Club, phone 01862 892314 18 hole links course

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Course phone 01381 620733 18 hole links

Bught Park crazy golf course in Inverness is dog friendly

Inverness crazy golf

Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course phone 01862 810219 18 hole links

Brahan Golf Club by Conon Bridge. 18 hole course played over a nine-hole routing.

Moray Golf Club tel 01343 812018 18 hole links

Spey Bay Golf Course te 01343 82424 18 hole links, very dog-friendly, dog bowls, treats and dogs allowed in the clubhouse.

Inverness Crazy Golf, Bught Park, Inverness.  15 holes, table tennis, dog-friendly, good coffee kiosk and ice cream -  special ice cream for dogs too