Verdura Resort Sicily will be back to its best as 2021 unfolds, the forced closure of 18 holes in November 2018 due to a freak flood has seen the resort operate with only 18 holes. Kyle Philips completes a superb upgraded in September 21 27 holes will be open with 36 holes opening in October 2021. We have some superb deals for the months with 5 rounds of golf on a 7 night stay, with free buggies included with prices from £849.00 per person, booking has to be made by 30 April 21.
Check out our superb new addition to our Jamaica programme with the new inclusion of the exquisite Round Hill Hotel & Villas, near Montego Bay, with golf on the exceptional Tryall Golf Course.
Book now to the Ritz-Carlton, Abama for late summer 2021 to take advantage of unlimited golf offers – September is a wonderful month – the best month for sunshine in the entire year and still low season golf and hotel prices.
Coming very soon the Island of Barbados and the wonderful Sandy Lane Hotel, arguably the best golf and beach property in the world.
British Airways has moved its short haul operation to London Heathrow from London Gatwick for the rest of summer 2021, this is seen as a sensible cost cutting exercise, destinations like Tenerife, Palma, Las Palmas are affected.
If you have never played much golf in Scotland why not try one of our exclusive multi centre itineraries in 2021, whilst the Americans remain the other side of The Pond, great tours including Aberdeenshire and the Highlands with venues like Castle Stuart, Cruden Bay, Nairn and the awesome Royal Dornoch. Or try the Best of the West with venues like Machrihanish, The Machrie, Ardfin and Turnberry!
Book the ultimate 3 centre golfing itinerary to The Far East including a short stay in Singapore, a week at The Sanchaya Resort on Bintan Island, in Indonesia and a week at the sensational Datai Resort on Langkawi Island in Malaysia
Coming soon to celebrate the Olympic Games which will be held in Japan, we are launching escorted golf tours across Japan including all the best golf and cultural venues, taking in Mount Fuji, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima plus more!!

Aberdeenshire & Highlands Luxury Golf Tour

The Aberdeenshire & Highlands Luxury Golf Tour

This is our favourite golf tour in Scotland, because it is away from the busier more easily accessible venues like St Andrews, where there is more mass-market golf.

It is a more rewarding experience for this reason alone and yet the quality of the golf is exemplary and incredibly exhilarating, couple these reasons with the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of places like Brora, Nairn, Cruden Bay and Royal Dornoch, not to mention the exceptional Castle Stuart and you have the perfect formula for an incredible golfing journey. The quality of the welcome of your hosts (the hoteliers and golf course staff and management) is unrivalled across Scotland, the further north you go, the warmer the hospitality and of course not forgetting the quality of the cuisine in venues like Meldrum House and equally in the Highlands is memorable. Our tour is based on an exciting 3 centre itinerary taking up to 10 nights to complete satisfactorily but can be extended to 14-15 nights very easily. Although this itinerary is set up for a longer self-drive driving holiday, it is worth noting that Inverness airport is well served from many English airports including Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham & Belfast, so the destination can also be perfect for a shorter break to the Highlands, Aberdeen too is well served by English flight routes. Castle Stuart Golf Course is only 3 minutes from the airport and is ideal to play on your day of arrival, or departure and the Golf Lodges on the course are stunning and ideal for a party of 8 golfers looking for a short break.

Our outstanding Golfing Tour is based exclusively on the East Coast of Scotland, heading north from Edinburgh, or Glasgow, one heads up the East Coast to Aberdeen, the new ring road of Aberdeen has made this journey so much easier and quicker, shaving 40 minutes off the old journey heading north of and avoiding the Auld Grey Granite Town!

Once you arrive in this region of Aberdeen your hotel base will be at the elegant Meldrum House Hotel at Old Meldrum, from there you can enjoy the superb parkland course on the resort, followed by a game at the classic and historic Cruden Bay Links and the contemporary relatively new Trump Aberdeen International Links, which we seriously believe is the best Links Experience on the Planet.

Ness Walk Hotel

The Tour continues up the East Coast to Inverness, but with the opportunity to stop en route and play the challenging and spectacular Nairn Golf Links, which can break the journey up nicely. Venue for this year’s Amateur Championship. Within 30 minutes from Nairn you are in Inverness where the itinerary takes in a stay in the best 5-star property – the Ness Walk Hotel, which lies on the Riverside and within a pleasant leafy walk back into the town centre. The other golf course on our itinerary in this part of the Highlands is the awesome Castle Stuart course, which lies just 15 minutes away from Inverness, very close to the airport – situated on the Moray Firth.

The final leg of our Tour of Scotland takes us 45 minutes further north to the region of Sutherland, which is a beautiful part of the Country, Dornoch is our base and is a lovely old town, which lives and breathes golf and is very much a mini St Andrews. The hotel base is the gorgeous Links House Hotel, a luxury boutique property, just 1 minute on foot to the first tee of Royal Dornoch Links, regarded by Golf Digest as the No 4 best golf course in the World!

Our golfing itinerary based in Dornoch, takes in a round of golf 30 minute’s north at the breath-taking Brora Links, a James Braid classic, located on a wonderful stretch of golden sandy beach, a joy to play and the perfect partner to Royal Dornoch. We then recommend a round on the stunning links of Golspie, or Tain which have immense character and lovely sea views also.

Your Luxury Golfing Tour will end in Dornoch, the climax of the Journey north into the Highlands, but we would recommend the best way of heading back home to England is the A9, which heads back south through spectacular scenery including the Cairngorn Mountains, so you are not going back via the coast. To break up your journey we would recommend a stopover for 2-3 nights at the Gleneagles Resort at Auchterarder, just 3 hours south and very close to the A9. Enjoy some more high luxury and play the 3 exceptional golf courses on the Gleneagle’s Estate. Or travel back through Speyside and discover the gems of Boat of Garten and Spey Valley and take in some Whisky Tours of great Distilleries such as Macallan.

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Suggested Itinerary

  • 3 nights at Meldrum House, Old Meldrum
  • Golfing at Meldrum House, Cruden Bay & Trump International Aberdeen
  • 3 nights at Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness
  • Golfing at Castle Stuart and Nairn Links
  • 4 nights at Links House Hotel, Dornoch
  • Golfing at Brora, Royal Dornoch, Golspie, or Tain

Extra Itinerary Items

Consider golfing also at Murcar, Royal Aberdeen, Boat of Garten & Spey Valley, go on a whisky tour of Speyside visiting Distilleries like Macallan, which is splendid. These can be done travelling from Aberdeen to Inverness, or on the way home from Dornoch.

Whilst in Inverness a Tour of Loch Ness very adjacent is extremely worthwhile, whilst in Dornoch plan a visit to the Glenmorangie Distillery at Tain, or for one of Scotland’s finest whiskies the outstanding Clynelish Distillery at Brora is a must visit venue. The coastal walks at Dornoch are exhilarating and a highlight and we highly recommend a visit when playing Golspie, or Brora to the ancient home of the Duke of Sutherland, the spectacular Dunrobin Castle at Golspie, a wonderful site for a tour of the Castle and Grounds.

Package Prices

We tailor make the prices depending on what room categories you would prefer at all 3 hotels, but the period from 1 May to 30 September is the most expensive period, whilst the shoulder season months of March & April and October & November can be almost half the price, we experienced incredibly lovely weather in Dornoch in mid-October 2020, so these periods are seriously worth considering for a great deal without a big sacrifice on the weather conditions.

MELDRUM HOUSE COUNTRY HOTEL & GOLF COURSE

This elegant hotel lies at Old Meldrum, with its own Championship Golf Course, a hidden gem venue, an old Country Estate which has been remarkably well kept, the accommodation is split into 3 sections, the Old Stable rooms, the Old House and the modern Estate rooms which have great golf course views.  The venue has 240 acres and was originally a 13th century Manor House. The hotel has a long and impressive driveway which goes past the extravagant clubhouse of the Golf Club and lies less than 30 minutes from 2 of Scotland’s finest pure links experiences, Cruden Bay and Trump International Aberdeen. The service, dining and quality of accommodation at Meldrum House is exceptional, as is the dramatic and stately setting surrounded by wonderful countryside and a very fine parkland golf course. 

MELDRUM GOLF COURSE

Ranked in Scotland’s top 100 golf courses, Meldrum is a wonderful parkland design, laid out through mature parkland with picturesque scenery in abundance, the course is gently undulating with some nice water features. The course has excellent practice and training facilities and is immaculately maintained.

TRUMP INTERNATIONAL ABERDEEN GOLF LINKS

This extra ordinary golf course is arguably and is seriously in our view one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting golf links in the World. The dramatic sand dunes and outstanding scenery just blow you away. The elevated tees and fairways which thread themselves through mountainous sand hills, just thrill your golfing senses at every twist and turn. Spectacular and simply the best golf anywhere is guaranteed. Every hole is framed and unique, just a pleasure to look at and play. The small clubhouse offers high standards of service and cuisine. We are also able to offer great packages to the Resorts own boutique Hotel McLeod House if you prefer being closer to the coast than Meldrum House and we can offer packages which include Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay as well.

CRUDEN BAY GOLF LINKS

This exceptional old course was laid out by Old Tom Morris and is one of Scotlands most brilliant golfing experiences, the lovely, but relatively modern clubhouse, sits high up on a ridge above the golf course, so offers visitors wonderful views from the car park and restaurant before you tee off, which excites your golfing senses before you tee off. The first 3 holes wind their way north into the old town of Cruden Bay and the par 3 fourth is simply fantastic, requiring a 200-yard carry over a massive valley, whilst the 5th tee shot from an elevated tee is one of the best drives. There are some holes through the round which have blind tee shots, or approach shots which all add to the character and mystery of what is an absolute classic layout. The course has more than just holes through lovely sand dunes, but is always a thrilling and memorable design which will stir your love of this ancient game. The very friendly staff in the Clubhouse restaurant make you feel incredibly welcome.

NESS WALK HOTEL INVERNESS

Ness Walk is the premium 5 star property in the lovely town of Inverness and has been only been open a couple of years, owned by the Kingsmill Group who have another hotel (The Kingsmill), which we are also able to offer our customers, which is located a little further out from the centre of Inverness. The beauty of Ness Walk is that it has a private entrance with plenty of parking space, lovely woodland surrounding the hotel, so a very green environment even though you are City Centre. The hotel lies on the Riverside so a very enjoyable walk on the River Promenade into the heart of Inverness.

The lounge area, the bar and restaurants excel and have a warm and wonderful ambience year-round, with a fine choice of whiskies and wine lists on offer. Ness Walk oozes class and is a very luxurious base to stay at whether you are dining in or dining out. The bedrooms have a nice cosy feel and are contemporary, we like the rooms with the outdoor patios, which allow you to relax in a leafy environment and take in some sunshine in relative privacy. The hotel is only 20 minutes from the airport, from Castle Stuart Golf course and 50 minutes from Nairn Golf links.

CASTLE STUART GOLF COURSE

This exceptional golf course is highly regarded on a global scale and has been ranked in the World’s top 100 courses. Castle Stuart is a links design of the very highest calibre, with an eye catching and unique Clubhouse design, which offers the visitor the most incredible views from the bar, restaurant and lounge facilities. The course is designed on 3 plateaus above the Moray Firth and has the most dramatic scenery of any golf course we have ever visited, the panoramas are literally 360 degrees on every hole, simply outstanding. The course was designed and built by the same people as the exceptional Kingsbarns in Fife and is every much its equal, the course, despite being a wonderfully exciting layout with eye catching design features and spectacular shot making is incredibly fair and the fairway landing areas are ample. The course has many infinity greens with Moray Firth, or mountain backdrops, with classic pot bunkers around most greens and run offs from plateau like putting surfaces. Castle Stuart is an absolute joy to play and enjoy. If you really fancy a short break just playing here and staying on the course there are 3 x four-bedroom Golf Lodges we can sell and your airport transfers will be free of charge, as the venue is less than 5 minutes from Inverness airport.

NAIRN GOLF LINKS

Nairn Golf Links will host the Amateur Championship in May 2021, it has previously hosted both the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup. The course is extremely well respected and revered across the UK and North American golfers also appreciate its massive history and challenge. A classic links by the sea threading its way through lovely natural sand dunes, the course is an absolute beauty to experience and a must play venue on your Tour of this region of Scotland whether you play it on the way up from Meldrum House in Aberdeenshire to Inverness, or drive out east from Inverness.

A LA CARTE GOLF IN THE HIGHLANDS & SPEYSIDE

Why not extend your stay in this dramatic region of Scotland and take the opportunity to explore Speyside and visit famed Distilleries such as Macallan where their Visitor Centre reopened in 2019. There are some great golf courses to explore also in Speyside, such as Boat of Garten and Spey Valley, great tests of golf and offering wonderful and picturesque scenery. We can source some lovely boutique hotels to stay at in this region.

LINKS HOUSE HOTEL, DORNOCH

This fine and elegant hotel is arguably the finest boutique golfer’s hotel in Scotland, if not the UK. Condes Nast Travel magazine has ranked the hotel no 6 in the whole of the UK, some accolade from such a leading luxury travel publication.  The hotel is literally 1 minute from the Clubhouse at Royal Dornoch, you feel that you are in the heart of a golfer’s paradise staying so close to such a wonderful and famous old golfing links. The hotel was meticulously renovated over the last few years and has 3 buildings which have a small number of rooms, or suites in each, all within 2 minutes’ walk of each other.

The glorious interiors of the building excel in sheer breath-taking quality and attention to detail, the Glenshiel building is the latest one to have been renovated and possesses some of the finest suites of all. The wine list, the whisky menu, the choice of gins and outstanding champagnes are all exceptional. The ambience of the cocktail bar, restaurant and the lounge and library are simply superb, with the service levels and friendly staff to match. A stay at Links House is one you will treasure for a long time, especially if you love Links Golf, Royal Dornoch is only 1 minute’s stroll from the hotel and they even have a Bothy next to the Clubhouse where Residents can keep all their golfing gear overnight.

The hotel is located in the quaint and historic town of Dornoch one of the country’s most beautiful seaside town which remains unspoiled by Tourism with magnificent Golden Sandstone buildings none more beautiful than the Links House properties. There are a good number of independent shops, some wonderful restaurants and bars and the Links House also own and run the excellent Court Room Restaurant ,which lies in the heart of the town less than 5 minutes stroll from the hotel.

ROYAL DORNOCH GOLF LINKS

Designed by Old Tom Morris and birth place of the world’s most famous golf architect Donald Ross, Royal Dornoch is an absolute gem of a golf course, ranked as high as 4 in the World by American Golf Magazine Golf Digest, the course remained untouched until 2019-20 when Paul Lawrie redesigned the famous 7th hole to open up the hole to take in superb sea views from the plateau fairway, a marked improvement on the old 7th which was surrounded by gorse. The course heads out north on a higher piece of terrain away from the expansive beach, until you reach the 8th green close to the sea, from where you turn back and head south until you reach the 17th. The natural links terrain at Royal Dornoch is sensational, there is not one weak hole to the course, but the last 7 holes excel and build upinto a fine climax to your round ,as you head south parallel to the beach. The course is subtle and much more difficult than it appears to be, there are no massive sand dunes like at Trump Aberdeen, but there are so many challenges especially around the greens, which are more testing, because of their natural run offs and upturned saucer like putting surfaces, your short game has to be electric to score well. Royal Dornoch is a magnificent golfing experience and the course frames the ancient old town, the place lives and breathes golf with beautiful wild scenery and an incredible Bay below the golf course with golden sands.

BRORA GOLF LINKS

This is a James Braid masterpiece and one his most revered golf designs anywhere in the UK. The course has remained untouched for over 150 years and the setting is special, the course is flanked by one of the finest beaches in Scotland, wonderful golden sands and wild sand dunes which separate the course from the expansive beach. The inland scenery from Brora is also spectacular and there are superb panoramic views of mountains inland also, it really is the perfect setting for what is a great golf course. The greens make the course – they are large and undulating and don’t always catch the approach shot, there are infinite run offs, the natural layout makes it hard the first time you play the course to know where you are playing especially off the tee, indeed, there are plenty of blind tee shots and approach shots. Brora is a delightful small town and one of the most exhilarating places imaginable to play golf the way it was invented. Whilst playing Brora stop off at the Clynelish Highland Distillery, arguably the finest whisky in Scotland!

OFF PISTE GOLF IN THE DORNOCH REGION

Enjoy more golf than Brora and Royal Dornoch, the lovely links layouts at Tain and Golspie are very enjoyable, a little more modest in their green fee rates, but offering the visitor fantastic scenery and the most natural links land to play golf. As with all the courses and hotels up in the Highlands the hospitality at Golspie and Tain is exceptional. Golspie has a slight feel of a heathland design as well as a natural links. There are some remarkable golf packages available at the Links House Hotel in April and October when historically there are no North American golfers visiting the shores of Scotland.

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