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Scottish Links Golf

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Aberdeen &
Grampian Highlands

Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay...

Royal Troon, Turnberry, Prestwick...

Northern Highlands
Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Brora, Nairn...

Just east of Edinburgh
Scotland's Golf Coast
North Berwick, Muirfield, Gullane...

St. Andrews area

South West Scotland

Out of the way, but well worth a play
Machrihanish, Pitlochry,
Machrihanish Dunes....

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Great links golf for everyone


What others say

South West Corner of Scotland
Welcome to this ancient and beautiful area of Scotland.

This lesser known area of Scotland is too beautiful and too unique to be overlooked....
Warm climate, gentle scenery, high cliffs, sandy beaches, prehistoric sites, views of Ireland a short distance across the Irish Sea, and good golf to enjoy.


Golf is delightful here throughout the year. The Gulf Stream (often called the Atlantic Drift) originates below Florida and crosses the North Atlantic to warm this lovely area on the south west coast of Scotland, creating an unusually mild and frost-free climate. So golf can be played almost every day of the year.

Portpatrick and Stranraer are the main towns, the rest of this southwest coastal area is sprinkled with small villages, lots of B&Bs, self-catering cottages, historic sites and some of the finest gardens in the UK. A delightul but too often overlooked part of Scotland, this ancient area lends special attraction to golf here. We recomment that you put it on your list.

The seafront town of Portpatrick has a somewhat Mediterranean look about it,
yet the buildings you see are directly facing Ireland, not far away.

The Rhinns of Galloway is a peninsula shaped like a hammerhead. An area of great beauty, with wide sandy beaches to the east and steep cliffs to the west, from which on a clear day Ireland looks like just a swim away.

The whereabouts....

So where IS this area, the south west coast of Scotland, with the Rhinns of Galloway?

The map on the left shows you where this part of Scotland lies, and the map on the right shows the The Rhinns of Galloway. peninsula..

Looks remote, yes. But those who come here know it's definitely worthwhile.

...and some photos....
Glenluce Abbey Kennedy Gardens Dunskey Castle


Where to Stay -

This area abounds in good accommodaions -- from small hotels to B&B to self-catering (renting by the days or week). We loved staying in Portpatrick, right on the harbour. Richard and I have stayed in only one place here, so I'll give you a list of websites that offer some appealing places to stay in the area.

The Bait House, which we rented by the week. The house is excellent -- beautifully equipped and decorated -- , location exceptional, and views superb. We give it highest recommendation.

Dunskey Guest House

Portpatrick Holidays

Portpatrick Holiday Homes

Holiday Lettings


Which golf courses to play? (Click on links on left)

Portpatrick Golf Club -- Dunskey Course. Well managed and inexpensive. Fine greens and some beautiful views. The staff is friendly, the food is good and the golf course is fun.

Stranraer Golf Club -- The final golf course designed by the esteemed James Braid. .Every golfer should know and play Stranraer. It's a winner and a keeper. Right on the sea with great views.

Southerness Golf Club -- So, okay, it's about an hour and a half drive from Stranraer. A little known marvelous links course on the Solway Firth. But if you are driving towards Carlisle, don't miss this beautiful championship course. Or take a day trip from the South West coast and give yourself a true gift. Yes, you have to really want to find this one, but you'll be so glad you did..

What to Do and See in the Area

The local Information Centre has good info on the following ....

Glenluce Abbey -- founded in 1190, the abbey is the burial place of Sir Walter Scott's hero, Young Lochinvar.

Logan Botanic Garden -- a sub-tropical Eden near Port Logan. Lush and lovely.

Corsewall Point -- the rocky headland, great for ship-spotting. You can see the entire peninsula, up the coast, and across to Ireland.

Lochinch and Castle Kennedy Gardens, inspired by Versailles, 75 acres of sheer beauty.

Dunskey Castle -- on cliffs just a short walk from Portpatrick. A most dramatic setting and most dramatic walk from the harbor.

Kirkmadrine Early Christian Stones -- some of earliest Christian carved stones in Scotland, dating from 400 AD

The town of Stranraer, on the banks of Loch Ryan, is also the Stena Ferry port, for crossing to Northern Ireland. Or, you can go a couple of miles north to Cairnryan and for the P&O Ferry to Larne, North Ireland.

In a nutshell -- You haven't seen Scotland, if you haven't seen the ancient South West Coast.