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The Golf Enthusiast's Itinerary

The perfect trip for any major golfing fan! If you need any supplies check out one of the golfing stores in Inverness.

Golf Warehouse, Longman Road, Inverness, IV1 1RY
American Golf, Unit 1, 17 Harbour Road, Inverness, 1V1 1SY

NB: Please note that all our itineraries are based on suggestions alone. If you would like a more comprehensive option please head to our interactive map.

Day One - Golf at its best


Arrive in Inverness
Hope you enjoyed the trip up to Inverness!
Head up the road to start your round of the North Coast 500, but don’t forget to refuel before setting off!

Enjoy the picturesque drive through Beauly and Dingwall, and if you get peckish stop for lunch or a coffee and cake at the picturesque Storehouse of Foulis for a hearty stew and a view across the Cromarty Firth. 


Once back on the road, why not take a visit to Invergordon Golf Course? At £20 per round, this 18 holer will blow you away with views across the Cromarty Firth. Some equipment hire is available. 

Alternatively, head further up the A9 to Tain Golf Club, for a traditional Scottish Highland links course. Designed for Old Tom Morris the sheltered location of the course ensures favourable weather for most of the year.

A stay at Links House Dornoch is vital for any keen golfer in East Sutherland. 

Fancy a dram?
Head to the Dornoch Castle Hotel for fantastic selection of vintage and rare bottling always available and kept under the best condition.


Day Two - Fabulous Courses


For many golfers, a visit to Royal Dornoch Golf Club is considered a highlight of their “round” of the highlands. Boasting the world’s ranked number 6 golf course, and the top course in Scotland, Royal Dornoch Championship Course is not to be missed. 

The Clubhouse has its own extensive menu, so lunch with a view over the championship course and Dornoch beach is a must do.


For a gentle afternoon activity, the award winning Dunrobin Castle in Golspie will not disappoint. With falconry displays, a museum, and the Castle and Gardens themselves there is something for everyone. 

Time for an early evening drive North, making sure to appreciate the spectacular views both North and South. Head for Wick, where award winning service, comfortable rooms and fine food awaits you at Mackays Hotel. 

Have a drink in the bar at Mackays, or venture out into Wick itself. 

If you want to stop a little further north, then we suggest John O'Groats, and a stay at Natural Retreats - plenty of luxurious room for golfing groups here!

Day Three - Up and at them


This morning holds a visit to John O’Groats, the most north-easterly village on the mainland.  After that, if you have time, take a whizz through the Castle and Gardens of Mey, and make sure to stop for a coffee and cake in the tearooms.


For this afternoon, you are exploring the hidden gem of the highlands. Designed by James Braid, Reay Golf Club is the most northerly 18 hole course on the British mainland. At 5831 yards, the course is challenging and nestled in Sandside bay with spectacular coastal vistas. 

Continuing to wind your way West along the North Coast, the spectacular 2 hour drive to Durness shows the land and geology changing incredibly from the calm flatness of Caithness to the dramatic coastline of North West Sutherland.

After a long day Hillside B&B will make you welcome. Sango Sands Oasis Restaurant and Bar, or the Smoo Cave Hotel will both fill you with a hearty meal.


Day Four - Golf for fun


Though today’s course is a 9 holer, each of the holes on Durness Golf Course have a different set of tees for holes 10 to 18. The views stay the same but the challenges change slightly giving a real 18 hole feel.


On your journey south, lunch can be taken at the award winning Kylesku Hotel. With fresh local food and an ever changing menu of spectacular seafood, this is not one to be missed. All the lobsters, langoustines, crabs and spineys are creel caught and are fished in the waters surrounding the hotel. You may even see the fishing boats landing on the slipway in front of the hotel.

Stop into the little village of Lochinver to explore before heading to Ullapool, one of the larger settlements on the West coast. With numerous hotels and B&Bs offering traditional highland welcome, you will be spoilt for choice.

The Royal Hotel boasts views over Loch Broom, and is believed to be the oldest hotel in Ullapool in continuous use. The Royal Hotel is thought to have originally been a coaching inn, in a more basic form than that of today.

You can either eat in house, or take a wander to The Ceilidh Place, which offers relaxed dining and often features live music.


Day Five - What a drive


You have a fantastic day of driving through Wester Ross, which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of Scotland. Visit Gairloch for some culture in Gairloch Heritage Museum


Stop off for lunch at the Torridon Hotel and Inn, with traditional pub food cooked to perfection from quality local ingredients and a great atmosphere to relax in after your adventures in the area.

As a spectacular final putt for your North Coast 500 trip, you will be driving through the Bealach na Bà, Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle. The historic pass through the mountains from Applecross, with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%. It boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626 metres (2,054 ft), and is the third highest road in Scotland. 

After this heartstopper, a gentle drive back to Inverness to complete your North Coast 500 experience awaits you. 

Well done! you have completed the North Coast 500!