Highland Trail

From the fairways of Golspie to the spectacular scenery of Boat of Garten, James Braid certainly made his mark on the golf courses acorss the Highlands. Challenge yourself to a game at the one of the five listed below and enjoy the diversity of rugged heathlands and extensive parklands.

An aerial view of Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club in the Highlands

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club

Fortrose and Rosemarkie is a classic old links course designed by James Braid within the peaceful and tranquil peninsula of Chanonry on the northern shore of the Moray Firth. The course has a par of 71 and boasts views of the local dolphin colony.

Looking over heather and gorse to a green with a golf hole and flag in it at Nairn Golf Club, Highlands

Nairn Golf Club

This traditional Scottish links course was the scene of the Walker Cup triumph in 1999 and is a classic design of James Braid. Nairn Golf Club also has a small 9-hole course, offering an ideal introduction to links golf.

Brora golf course

Brora Golf Course

Home to the James Braid Society, Brora Golf Course is a testing par 69 on a stretch of coastline noted for fine beaches and hill walking. Golfers can look out for stunning views and local wildlife, including porpoises, otters and Arctic terns.

 Gorse bushes surround the golf course at Golspie, Highlands David J Whyte © Linksland.com

Golspie Golf Club

This is one of the most charming of all holiday golf courses; James Braid's unusual mixture of woodland, parkland and links all in the one layout. There are six holes of each, offering a perfect warm-up or practice for golfers on a par 70 course.

Two golfers walk across the fairway between shots on Boat of Garten Golf Course

Boat of Garten Golf Club

Many dub Boat of Garten 'the Gleneagles of the North'. This 18-hole heathland course sits against the majestic backdrop of the Cairngorm mountains, adding a rare dimension to the golf, which creates a bigger test of accuracy than of length.