If you love golf, you’re going to love Scotland’s twenty-six Golf Islands. Ranging from the far north down the western coastline and with a total of thirty-eight courses between them there’s nowhere else in the world that you can enjoy the variety our islands can offer. We have eighteen 9-hole courses; eighteen 18-hole courses; one 12-hole and one 13-hole course. They range from the perfectly manicured to the slightly more rough and ready but all of them share the same rugged surroundings, charming villages and spectacular sea views. The Isle of Barra’s 9-hole course is the most westerly course in Scotland, while the most northerly is the 18 holer on the picturesque Isle of Whalsay, part of the Shetland Isles archipelago. If you’ve the time to travel further south it’s well worth making provision to visit the courses around Orkney and it’s surrounding islands – all within easy reach of the mainland or Shetland. For the seemingly impossible price of only £21 you can fly with Logan Air from Westray to Papa Westray and enjoy the world’s shortest shortest flight, lasting only 47 seconds! Be sure to claim your flight certificate when you land back in Kirkwall Airport from the Logan Air flight desk. Most islands have just one course although Skye, Shetland, Orkney and Mull each have two and the Isle of Rothesay has three. Of all islands, the isle of Arran has the most courses with three 18-hole, three 9-hole and one 12-hole course, all of which are over 100 years old. Author Jim Henderson has written extensively about the history of Golf on Arran and we would like to extend our thanks to Jim and the Arran Voice who have generously allowed us to publish his work on our site. Typically you can expect to pay between £10 and £15 a round, but all clubs have offer’s to suit every player’s pocket. Iona has without question the lowest price per round of golf on offer, not just on the islands but possibly mainland UK as it’s free of charge to all! This seemingly impossible situation has arisen due to the islanders maintaining the 18 hole links course with views onto the North Atlantic for their own pleasure and that of visitors. As all the courses on our site promote pay and play, it would be advisable to reserve a tee time, especially in the busier summer months, either by phoning the clubs directly or by clicking ‘Play’ on menu option above where you will be able to email them.