Golfers are spoilt for choice in the Scottish Highlands and Dolphin View 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 gorgeous Castle Stuart links venue only opened its doors a couple of years ago and has already been hailed as a masterpiece by the golfing experts and is within 3 miles of Dolphin View Cottage! http://castlestuartgolf.com
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. http://nairngolfclub.co.uk http://nairndunbar.com
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 range.
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.
‘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.
Golf courses that allow dogs on leads whilst owners play.
Hopeman Golf Club, Moray IV30 5YA www.hopemangc.co.uk phone 01343 830578 18 hole links course
Alness Golf Club, Alness. http://www.alnessgolfclub.co.uk phone 01349 883877 18 hole inland course
Tain Golf Club, www.tain-golfclub.co.uk phone 01862 892314 18 hole links course
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Course www.fortrosegolfclub.co.uk phone 01381 620733 18 hole links
Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course www.royaldornoch.com phone 01862 810219 18 hole links
Brahan Golf Club by Conon Bridge. 18 hole course played over a nine-hole routing. http://www.brahangolfclub.ch/
Moray Golf Club tel 01343 812018 www.moraygolf.co.uk 18 hole links
Spey Bay Golf Course te 01343 82424 http://www.speybay.co 18 hole links, very dog-friendly, dog bowls, treats and dogs allowed in the clubhouse.