Whisky and Golf in the Highlands of Scotland
Whisky (Uisge Beatha – ‘water of life’)
It seems like wherever there are fine golf courses in Scotland there are excellent malt whisky distilleries. Whether this is coincidence or design is a matter for debate but what is certain is that there is nothing better after a round of links golf than a glass or two of local malt whisky in the clubhouse. If those clubhouses happen to be at Castle Stuart, The Nairn Golf Club and Royal Dornoch Golf Club, with their panoramic views and unrivalled warm Highland hospitality, all the better.
Whisky will be to the fore when all three golf courses host the Tomatin Single Malt 3 Day Pro Am on October 1 – 3, 2012. But if you’re not lucky enough to be competing it doesn’t mean you need to miss out. Culloden House, The Golf View Hotel & Spa and Royal Golf Hotel all boast excellent malt whisky collections while there are excellent, world-renowned distilleries near to all three courses that are part of the Highland Golf Links partnership. Why not plan a distillery tour or whisky tasting on non-golfing days of your visit or for non-golfing members of your party?
Across the Dornoch Firth from Royal Dornoch Golf Club are the Glenmorangie and Balblair distilleries, both with excellent visitor centres. Presently The Nairn Golf Club is offering members and guests the opportunity to buy bottles of limited edition 16-year-old Balblair single cask whisky to mark its 125th year.
Just up the coast from Dornoch at Brora is the less well-known but fantastic Clynelish distillery and further north still, in Wick, is the Old Pulteney distillery. Royal Dornoch Golf Club and the Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch stock whiskies from both.
En-route south from Dornoch to Castle Stuart and Nairn you pass close by the Dalmore and Glen Ord distilleries and when you arrive at the two clubs you are near the start of the famous Speyside Malt Whisky Trail that takes inBenromach, Cardhu, Dallas Dhu, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet, Glen Moray, and Strathisla distilleries. The less little-known but locally loved Royal Brackla Single Malt is distilled near to Castle Stuart and Nairn too.
The Highlands truly is a world-class destination for golf and whisky lovers alike. If you love both you’ll be in heaven when you visit.
Slàinte! / Cheers!