Whilst staying in the Highlands, there are various outdoor sporting activities, fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting, golf, walking, stalking in season and walked up grouse, pheasant and duck shooting.
Loved by millions throughout the world, Golf is a game that was born on the links land of eastern Scotland, for over 600 years the Scots have natured the game and today, as it has always done, gold is regarded as the game of the people.
The popularity of golf was so much so that during the mid-15th century when Scotland was preparing to defend itself against an English invasion, the population’s enthusiastic pursuit of golf led to the neglect of military training such as archery practice.
This unwanted distraction led to the Scottish parliament of King James II to ban golf, the ban lasted from 1457 until it was lifted in 1502.
Today Scotland is regarded as the home of golf and has almost 500 courses many of which are survivors from the very earliest.
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Golf: Nairn Golf Club, this Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created form a wilderness of whins and heather and talents of professional and amateur alike. Nairn’s truly remarkable feature is that from every hole you can see the Moray Firth and the golden colouring and changing lights of the Black Isle. Even more extraordinary – only too easily you can strike the ball into the sea on every one of the first seven!
Tain Golf Club in Ross-shire, a traditional Scottish Highland links course designed by Old Tom Morris, situated 9 miles south of Dornoch and 31 miles north of Inverness. Our Championship length links enjoys spectacular views over mountains and sea and benefits from a sheltered climate, which allows favourable golfing conditions for most of the year. With our 3rd hole rated as one of the best 18 links holes in Scotland and our 17th acknowledged as one of the top 18 holes designed by Old Tom Morris, we believe that Tain offers one of the finest settings and challenges for a round of golf.
Inverness Golf Club, situated one mile from the city centre and only six miles from the airport, provides an excellent test of golf for all levels of player and a great alternative to the traditional links courses. Visiting golfers are most welcome to play the 6,256 yards par 69 course. There are two Bars and a Restaurant. Visitor locker rooms are available with shower facilities provided for both males and females. Handicap certificates are required.
Ski: Aviemore is the outdoor capital of the Cairngorms. It firstly developed as a ski resort and both the Cairngorm and Lecht areas have a range of pistes suitable for snowboarding and skiing. Being surrounded by the Monadhliath and Grampian mountains there are plenty of Munros, hillwalks, climbing opportunities and low level walks to suit all abilities. The rivers in the area provide excellent opportunities for kayaking and canoeing trips. There are a wealth of outdoor companies based in Aviemore for equipment hire or courses.