Stornoway Golf Club, Lewis (18-hole parkland, 5,252 yards, par 68, sss 87)
Start your tour at Stornoway Golf Club, just a few minutes outside the town centre in the grounds of Lews Castle. This 18-hole course demands a keen judgement of distances from its players, with a variety of uphill and downhill holes leading through the undulating terrain. Blind greens and dogleg holes present their challenges, and watch out for hazardous gorse and heather. As you reach the higher parts of the course you’ll be treated to spectacular views out to the town harbour in the east and to the mountains of Harris in the south.
The largest town in the Outer Hebrides, Stornoway offers much to see and do away from the course. The An Lanntair Art Centre hosts excellent art exhibits and live performances, while the Calanais Standing Stones, 30 minutes’ drive away, are a must for those interested in history. You’ll find a range of accommodation options in and around the town, as well as first-rate restaurants – make sure you try the local speciality, Stornoway black pudding.