Golf and Whisky
Golf and Whisky is a short blog post about some of the least known Golf and Whisky combinations in mainland Scotland.
It is too often the case that when looking for a Golfing trip that includes Whisky, you will come across the obvious first.
The likes of Royal Dornoch & Glenmorangie Distillery, Kingsbarns & Kingsbarns Distillery, Gleneagles Resort etc pops up.
Well, there is more to Scotland than you may first think. There are many less known combinations to discover.
Some of the combis that I have listed below are some of my personal favourites.
In no particular order, I can highly recommend the following:
My favourite Golf and Whisky combinations
Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course & Ballindalloch Distillery or Cragganmore Distiller
The golf course at Ballindalloch Castle may only be 9 holes but it is a lot more challenging than you might think. Only a few years ago the Laird of Ballindalloch decided to build a distillery on the side of the golf course which is fantastic. I can highly recommend this as a day out. Remember to reserve a tour or tasting at the distillery.
Only 2 miles away is the Cragganmore distillery which has a lovely small shop with hundreds of whiskies to taste. They also have a great tour that you can take part in.
Pitlochry Golf & Edradour or Blair Athol Distillery
Recently voted the best golf course in the world under 6000 yards, this has to be one of the most scenic courses in Scotland. A wonderful 18 hole course that may not be the longest but it can certainly throw you a few challenges. Keeping the ball in play is key at this course. After the round you have a great choice of either Edradour distillery or Blair Athol distillery. Both are wonderful but my favourite is Edradour. The Caledonia is a favourite whisky of mine.
Grantown on Spey Golf & Tomintoul Distillery or Knockandhu Distillery
This is a lovely golf course in the Cairngorms National Park. A good test of golf for all levels and a lovely town to discover. A few miles down a beautiful narrow road is the town of Tomintoul and it’s distillery. A little further down the road you will find Knockandhu distillery which I love. They have some great single malts to try.
Dufftown Golf & Mortlach Distillery or Balvenie Distillery
Dufftown golf offers more than just a course. Amazing views of the surrounding area and some good holes too. This is well worth a visit. Dufftown is also known as the whisky capital. There are lots of famous distilleries in it’s surroundings but I prefer to send people to Mortlach distillery or even to Balvenie distillery. Both have fantastic single malts to enjoy. Visiting Dufftown is a real experience that you never forget.
Crieff Golf Club & Glenturret Distillery
Crieff golf boast some of the best greens in scotland. A pleasant course with some great views of Perthshire. The course is always in great condition and you are always greeted with a friendly smile. The Glenturret distillery is located just outside of town down a narrow road. The distillery is home of The Famous Grouse blended whisky. After a recent revamp the old distillery has a fresh new look. It is well worth a trip.
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