Discover more about all the Scottish regions you could choose for your golf break. From the Highlands to the Borders, bunkered Golf Breaks have the perfect golfing destination in Scotland for you. Browse our regional guides below to find out more information before deciding the golfing destination.
Aberdeen and its surrounding areas encapsulate much of what Scotland is about. Breathtaking scenery, historical castles, whisky tours and a fantastic array of Scottish golf courses can be found in this magnificent part of the country. For the avid golfer, Aberdeen is the perfect destination for a weekend away with the clubs in the boot of the car. There are more than 50 classic courses such as Cruden Bay, Murcar, Newmachar, Royal Aberdeen, Aboyne and Moray’s New and Old courses. As most of the courses are within easy driving distance of the centre of Aberdeen, golfers are given the opportunity to taste great golf and experience nightlife, bars and restaurants at the same time. Accommodation is also easy to come by and you can choose from a mix of hotels, bed and breakfasts, cottages and guesthouses. Aberdeen has it all for a golf break.
Home to some of the best courses the country has to offer, Angus boasts spectacular countryside, picturesque villages, and vibrant towns reaching the coast and estuary of the Tay. Carnoustie Country is an ideal golfing destination, with over 30 courses along the east coast of Scotland and further inland to the Angus and Perthshire glens, and all within a 40-minute drive of the Carnoustie Championship course. With a variety of inland and links courses including the home of fifth oldest course in the world and four open qualifiers, there’s no doubt that options are aplenty when deciding where to test out your game. In terms of accommodation options, Angus has a vast array to choose from. If it’s a luxury or family-friendly hotel, a self-catered holiday home or homely B&B guest houses, then Angus has it in abundance.
Ayrshire is the dwelling place for three of the world’s most treasured links courses: Prestwick Golf Club, Royal Troon and Turnberry. Saying that, the mix of parkland, heathland and moorland courses allows for a rich variety of golfing treasures to be experienced. Prestwick Golf Club has to be on the bucket list of any golf fan, given it was the birthplace of the Open Championship. The course today is just as grand and although it errs on the pricier side of courses, with its fantastic greens and variety of holes, it’s worth every penny. Aside from the big hitters in the region, green fees in the south west are comparatively cheap. Barassie, Largs, Irvine and Southerness are all of magnificent standard and worthy of your time and money. Prices for accommodation aren’t too far off the mark either, and because the region boasts several popular golfing towns, typical ‘golf lodgings’ are easy to come by.
The Scottish Borders may not enjoy the same high-profile courses that other parts of the country may have, but there's a certain delight in discovering its hidden gems: friendly locals, wonderful scenery, terrific value for money, and a brilliant collection of more than 20 golf courses. The Roxburghe, owned by the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, was the Borders' first championship golf course and remains one of the finest. Former home of the European Seniors Tour Scottish Seniors Open, it is a great test of golf amid wonderful surroundings. Elsewhere, courses such as Kelso, Cardrona, Peebles, Woll and Hirsel are excellent tests of golf and offer beautiful views of the relaxed, elegant Scottish countryside. With world-renowned courses, hidden gems and breathtaking scenery, the south east of Scotland is truly a wonderful setting for a game.
Dumfries and Galloway offers 200 miles of expansive coastline and remarkable panoramas featuring rolling countryside of dramatic beauty. There is no question that these landscapes are ideal for golf course designers to make some magic. From renowned course designer James Braid to Mackenzie Ross and Willie Fernie, some of the most celebrated names in Scottish golf have played a part in the layouts which feature in these parts. The locals will tell you that this is the friendliest region for golf in Scotland, and they’re probably not wrong. Stay in the wide range of accommodation of hotels, guest houses, cottages and caravan sites. Dumfries and Galloway offers much more than just golf and is worth visiting the many gardens, fishing on the fresh rivers and lochs, biking on forest trails or walks and watching wildlife.
No visit to Scotland is complete without a trip to the beautiful and historic capital, Edinburgh. The city combines a perfect balance of a medieval Old Town with Georgian New Town, delivering a memorable experience for all who pay it a visit. Extending along a 40-mile stretch of coastline, East Lothian has the official title as the sunniest part of Scotland, ideal for fair-weather golfers. There is a wealth of excellent tracks, so much so that the European Tour’s Scottish Open has become a regular resident in this part of the country. Clubs such as Gullane are praised for their quality links golf and from the seventh tee on Gullane’s first course there is a fantastic view of the surrounding Edinburgh and Fife areas, including the Forth Bridges. Craigielaw, Dunbar, North Berwick and Dalmahoy offer just a taste of the other great courses that the Lothians has to offer. With so many magnificent opportunities to test out your game at a convenient distance from Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, there is no underestimating the allure of the Lothian region.
The Kingdom of golf itself, Fife is golfing Mecca and features a goldmine of terrific, beautiful and challenging golf courses. The standout venue is of course St Andrews Old Course itself, which any golfer would be silly not to pay a visit to when in the region, however there is much more to golf in Fife than what can be found in the historical town of St Andrews. This much sought after region has over fifty courses on offer, catering to all tastes and abilities. Drumoig, Elie, Ladybank, Leven Links, Scotscraig, St Michaels and Crail are just some of the sensational Fife tracks that should be high on the list of courses to try out for lovers of the game. The freshest addition to the Scottish golf portfolio can also be found in this area. Dumbarnie officially opened in summer 2020 and is already making headlines across the globe with its stunning 18 holes set among man-made dunes, looking out over the Firth of Forth. With accommodation options as readily available as golf courses, Fife should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Scotland.
When taking into account the hustle and bustle of Glasgow and its surrounding area, you would probably be surprised to hear of just how many courses of genuine quality the region holds. This area is perhaps the most underrated of all the regions that make up Scottish golf. A warm, early evening round of golf high up on a hill with the shimmering lights of Glasgow in the distance is quite spectacular and as good a view as golf in Scotland will offer. Glasgow and its surrounding areas have the highest concentration of golf courses in the country with over 90 tracks to choose from to test your game. Not only are courses in Glasgow worth a visit but using the city as a base for your golf break can ensure that other regions such as the Lothians, Ayrshire and Perthshire are also within reach as well. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, so there’s no shortage of accommodation options or things to do.
A region of stunning natural beauty and steeped in history, the Highlands is worth a visit for its scenery alone, however it has also come to be known for its tremendous golf tradition. The area played host to many Scottish Opens, a Walker Cup, a Curtis Cup and Scottish Hydro Challenge on the Challenge Tour. Inverness, the Highland capital, is home to many well-known courses including Inverness Golf Club itself, one of the finest parkland tests in the area. A short drive along the A96 over to Nairn, you will find the brilliant Nairn Golf Club, a personal favourite of Colin Montgomerie, who won the Scottish Amateur there in 1987. Other top-class tracks are in abundance throughout the Highlands and courses such as Nairn Dunbar, Boat of Garten, Fortrose & Rosemarkie, Tain and Macdonald Spey Valley are definitely worth your time and money.
Perthshire is both the historic and geographic heart of Scotland and has more than indulged in its fair share of golf history. Gleneagles, the standout club in the area, has welcomed some of the biggest names and events to its course, hosting the Ryder Cup in 2014 and an enthralling Solheim Cup in 2019. Other top courses such as Alyth, Blairgowrie, Strathmore, Crieff and Murrayshall offer some of the best mountain views of any courses throughout Scotland and should all be down on the ‘must play’ list. Away from the golf, from its serene glens and endless expanses of lush forest, to its beautiful moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls, it’s easy to see why Perthshire was named ‘the fairest portion of the northern kingdom’ by Sir Walter Scott. Perthshire has a large range of places to stay including self-catering lodges, luxury spas, countryside hotels, Lochside lodges and family-run B&Bs.