The central event of Tain Golf Week—friendly games for a wide spectrum of golfers. Entry Fee: $75. tain-golfclub.co.uk
Tain Golf Club
Designed mostly by Old Tom Morris, the course moves from heathland to linksland as it opens up and forges closer to the shores of Dornoch Firth.
This retreat overlooking the firth offers whisky tastings and is the best of several excellent hotels in Tain. Rooms from $255. theglenmorangiehouse.com
Highland Games at Tain
If you’ve ever wanted to toss a caber or watch Highland dancing, here is your chance: Tain Golf Week coincides with this traditional festival.
The perfect excuse to explore the bucolic area an hour northwest of Dundee. Entry Fee: $110. pitlochrygolf.co.uk
Pitlochry Golf Course
The course, which has been called the “Switzerland of Scotland,” climbs up a highland valley to a rolling meadow and then back down.
Pine Trees Hotel
A Victorian-era country house, Pine Trees offers the finest accommodations in town and has a lauded restaurant. Rooms from $120. pinetreeshotel.co.uk
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
The repertory offers a year-round schedule of modern and classic dramas, literary readings, operas and assorted other events. pitlochry.org.uk
There is always a strong local contingent, and visitors from all over return year after year. Entry Fee: $90. broragolf.co.uk
Brora Golf Club
Brora, just up the coastal road from Dornoch, is one of the world’s most natural courses. Sheep and cattle graze freely across the short, craggy links.
Royal Marine Hotel
A few hundred yards from the first tee, this former country house mixes the timeless with the contemporary. Rooms from $105. royalmarinebrora.com
Although now part of Diageo’s empire, Clynelish still uses spring water from the Clynemilton Burn to produce its single malt. discovering-distilleries.com