Golfing & Sightseeing Tours in the Scottish Highlands
Golf and sightseeing tours through Scotland’s Highlands are all part of experiencing Scottish culture at its best. Ocean Links Golf brings you to not only the top notch golf courses in the area, but offers sightseeing excursions that professionally guided clothed in full Highland Dress to provide for an authentic Highland experience.
Golfing tours can be arranged to both Championship or ‘Hidden Gem’ venues and Ocean Links Golf can provide all golf equipment necessary should you wish. Other activities can include, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Photo Safari, Fishing, Canoeing, Mountain Biking or Off Road Driving. All tours are fully inclusive and accompanied.
Ocean Links Golf was established in Jan 2006 for the purpose of promoting Golf, Activity and Sightseeing day trips for Cruise Line Passengers and Tourists visiting the Scottish Highland regio. The Company is registered with the Scottish Golf Union as a bone-fide Golf Society (the only one in the North Highland Region) and can offer fully accompanied golf tours throughout Scotland.
Read on to check out some of Ocean Links Golf’s full day excursions throughout Scotland!
Castles, Clans, Culture & Crafts – Full Day Excursions in Scotland
Balnagowan Castle, near Tain, is an ancient seat of the Ross family. They take their title and surname from the County where their forbears held lands even before their Chief brought his men to fight for Alexander II in 1215. and whose idea of showing loyalty was to present the king with the heads of his enemies!
Currently owned by Mohamed al Fayed the restored castle is a private residence. Visitors are not allowed but we can see from the roadside.
Mermaid of the North: Scotland’s answer to Copenhagen’s ‘Little Mermaid’
Set upon a rock on the shores at Balintore, the mermaid is one of five images forming the recently developed Seaboard Sculpture Park.
The park celebrates the culture of this part of the Tarbat peninsular and is the latest in a number of community projects established in the last 10 years and was officially opened in May 2007.
ANTA Craft Works
See how stoneware is made and hand-painted, visit the craft shop for traditional Scottish fabrics, carpets and furniture.
ANTA is a family-run Scottish design and architecture firm, founded in the early 1980s by Annie and Lachlan Stewart. All ANTA products are made in Scotland from the finest natural materials, with colors inspired by the Scottish landscape.
In the 13th century this Abbey was moved from Edderton to New Fearn. Lock, stock and barrel. Various reasons were given for the move, but it was probable that the Canons were interested in agriculture and that the lands around Fearn were more fertile, and also because it was still within 5 miles of St. Duthac’s chapel in Tain.
On Sunday, 10th October, 1742 lightning struck the Fearn Abbey during morning Worship and the roof, made of Caithness slabs, fell killing 38 people. They were buried in a communal grave as the separate identities could not be established.
As luck would have it, the gentry, having seats in the niches, were saved from the crash as was the minister who “was bowing down under the sounding boards.” This accident was apparently predicted by the Brahan Seer who later said that he had seen a mermaid in the morning of that very day washing bloodstains from more than thirty shirts at nearby Loch Slin.
Royal Burgh of Dornoch
Once the spiritual and administrative capital of Sutherland, Dornoch remains a thriving community today. Small in population (under 2500) but large in hospitality, Dornoch offers visitors and residents a wide range of shops and businesses, five hotels, two golf courses, two schools, a further and higher education college and an award-winning sandy beach. Its fine buildings include the 13th Century cathedral, a bishop’s palace (now a hotel), courthouse and old town jail. Sandstone cottages and town houses.
Loch Fleet reserve covers 1147 hectares. It includes a large tidal basin, sand-dunes, coastal heath, pinewoods and rich plant life. It supports common seals, terns, waders and wildfowl.
Rogart Crofting Community
One of the most prominent characteristics of this remote Highland village is the peace and tranquility. Many people who come to visit (and even live) say it is the perfect place to get away from it all. Rogart is a beautiful area to explore with lots of sheltered glens, forests, burns, and spectacular hill-top views. Come and see authentic highland crofts which are still worked today.
Falls of Shin and Harrods outlet.
The River Shin is one of the great salmon rivers in Scotland and is one of the rivers, including that of the Cassley and Carron that run into the River Oykel. The surrounding area consists of many hills and a large number of streams and burns bring water down to form the river. The water in the River Shin is fresh water and is superbly clean, the perfect conditions for the Atlantic salmon and other fish such as trout that require a constant flow of fresh water.
Visitors each year can watch Atlantic Salmon battle to return to their place of birth to spawn the next salmon generation.
The castle was built between 1905 and 1917 for the Duchess of Sutherland. Mary Caroline Mitchell’s second marriage in 1889 to George Granville William Sutherland Levenson-Gower, 3rd Duke and 18th Earl of Sutherland, made her the Duchess. She is better known as “Duchess Blair” because of her first marriage to Captain Arthur Kindersely Blair of the 71st Highland Light Infantry, who died in a hunting accident in 1883 near Pitlochry.
The marriage was not well liked in the Sutherland family. When the Duke died in 1892 his will, well in favour of the Duchess, was contested by his son and heir. In a court process that followed, the Duchess was found guilty of destroying documents and was imprisoned for six weeks in London.
Since 1843, Glenmorangie Distillery has been producing its famous malt here on the shores of the Dornoch Firth. Though the complex of buildings has seen many changes over the years, Glenmorangie is still handcrafted to this day by the Sixteen Men of Tain using tried and tested methods that have been passed down from generation to generation
OLG would be happy to welcome any enquiry and will develop a tour or holiday to cater for all tastes and interests. For more information, please visit: ocean-links-golf.com.
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