The Independent Golfer

Planning Your Golf Vacation in Scotland

Hub Strategy for Your Scotland Golf Trip
You need to have a basic strategy to guide your planning for your Scotland golf trip and I suggest that the use of a Hub Strategy. I highly recommend that the Independent Golfer pick a hub of operations from which travel to the desired golf courses is easy. The alternative, staying a different place every night or two brings with it too much packing and unpacking, map reading and searching, and time on the road instead of the course.

If the Scotland golf trip is short, 5 - 7 days, one hub is sufficient. If you are lucky enough to be staying longer, then two hubs might work, staying in one area for the first half of your trip and another for the second.

You can look at golf courses and convenient accommodations located around each of seven individual hubs by clicking on the map below:

Dornoch as a Hub for Golf in Scotland
Inverness as a Hub for Golf in ScotlandNortheast as a Hub for Golf in Scotland
Oban as a Hub for Golf in ScotlandFife as a Hub for Golf in Scotland
Southwest as a Hub for Golf in ScotlandAyrshire as a Hub for Golf in Scotland


Select Your Hub(s) Well for Your Scotland Golf Vacation
If you opt for this Hub Strategy, selecting an advantageous hub is all-important. Two friends of mine on a week of Scotland golf were able to take advantage of an acquaintance’s apartment outside of Glasgow as their hub. Their plan was to stay there at no expense and drive a rental car each day to a different course that they wanted to play. They knew Scotland to be a small country (at 30,414 square miles, it is smaller than South Carolina) and thought the driving would be tolerable. They were wrong. Their abiding memories of that trip are not the Scotland golf courses they played but the highways they drove, the traffic cones they encountered that marked off road construction work, and the traffic jams they worked through trying to get to the golf courses they wanted to play.

Their difficulty was that Glasgow is a poorly situated hub from which to play golf. The courses that they wanted to play were all at a considerable distance from their apartment. Most required them to drive through the city in morning rush-hour traffic on motorways clogged with commuting Glaswegians whom they met again in the evening as they returned. After their trip was over they admitted that the free rent they enjoyed while using their friend’s apartment was not worth the time and aggravation that came from the driving they had to do. They would have had a much more enjoyable time if they had found a hub that was centered among a cluster of golf courses that they wanted to play.

The Independent Golfer's Guide offers extensive advice as to how to do this basic planning.


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The Independent golfer's Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

General Accommodation Services for a Scotland Golf Vacation

Below you will find links to general accommodation services that provide good accommodations for Scotland Golf across the entire country.

AboutScotland: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, Lodgings, Weekly Rentals, Hotels, Self-catering accommodation, Scotland Golf, Touring and Travel advice, Scottish castles. AboutScotland Golf
Accommodation Data Scotland: Listing of accommodations in Scotland for bed and breakfasts, hotels, self catering, farm houses, guest houses, inns, and apartments.
Accommodation Data Scotland for Golf
Alba Executive Apartments: Provides a five star executive letting service in Edinburgh’s most prestigious residential area include a selection of spacious Victorian villas and a range of new mews cottages Alba Apartments for Scotland golf Vacations
Angus and Dundee: Uncover a different part of Scotland, where two thousand years of magic, mystery, and romance, are interwoven across a land rich in history, tradition and culture Angus and Dndee for Scotland Golf
Association of Scotland Self-Caterers: The official independent Association for holiday home owners who are dedicated to providing high quality self-catering holiday accommodation to visitors across Scotland.
Holiday Homes Throughout Scotland
Bed and Breakfast Explorer: Selection of Bed and Breakfast accommodation based in farmhouses, cottages, hotels and guest houses in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
BandB Explorer for Scotland Golf

BedandBreakfasts: One of the largest and easiest to use of the UK's Bed and Breakfast, Cheap Hotel, Guest House Accommodation directories. for Scotland golf

Bed and Breakfast Worldwide: Directory of Bed and Breakfast including Guest House, Inn & Small Hotels

Bed and Breakfast worldwide for Scotland golf

Britain Express: UK Travel information for attractions in England, Scotland, and Wales. London guide, history and culture. UK hotel, self catering, and bed and breakfast bookings.

Britain Express for Scotland Golf
Carnoustie Online: Offers information on, and links to, the various organisations, groups and, or, institutions that work for, in or around Carnoustie. Carnoustie Online for Scotland Golf
Come Stay with Us: Accommodation and travel directory for United Kingdom, Ireland and around the World. Hotels, guest houses, B&B, self catering cottages, holiday homes, and car hire. ComeSayWithUs for Scotland Golf

Cottage Holidays in UK and Ireland: Self-catering cottages to let in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Book direct with owners

Cottage Holidays for Scotland golf

Dales and Vales Accommodation Directory: All types of accommodation in Scotland and Northern England, Great Britain

Destination Scotland: A comprehensive online visitor information travel guide to hotel accommodation, short breaks and holidays in Scotland.

Destination Scotland for Golf

Embankment Hotels: Offers the best rates on hotels near the Embankment in London. All of our hotels have been inspected and rated by AAA and the Mobile Travel Guide, the authorities in hotel inspection. Book securely online for great rates! Embankment Hotels
Great Hotels of the World: A reservation portal for many of the best hotels in Scotland, and the world. Great Hoels of the World for Scotland golf
Hire Motorhomes Scotland: So you want to travel without the restrictions placed on you by scheduled holidays? You want to go where you want when you want. Great! You have chosen the perfect way. A Motorhome! Hire Motorhomes for Scotland Golf

Holiday Scotland: A very complete site that offers detailed information on accommodations, travel, attractions, holidays, shopping, books and art.

Hotel Review Scotland: Experience the best hotels in Scotland. Browse 100s of 100% independent reviews, offers and ideas.
HotelReview™ Scotland, home of The Scottish Hotels of the Year Awards, welcomes you!
Hotel Review Scotland Golf
Internet Guide to Scotland: This online guide contains details on transport, sightseeing, outdoor activities and accommodation throughout Scotland with particular emphasis on the Highlands and Islands Internet Guide to Scotland for Golf Book your accommodation online; hotels, town house suites, apartments, and bed and breakfasts in Edinburgh, or a farmhouse or castle in the Highlands.

Hotels in Scotland for golf

South Loch Ness: A single source for hotel, bed&breakfast and self-catering accommodations in the area west of Inverness. Information on local attractions.

The Timeshare Beat: Presents thousands of press releases from timeshare and timeshare-related companies plus links to timeshare-related news stories from outside sources. Timeshare Beat for Scotland Golf

Trip Advisor: Just tell them where you'd like to go and they'll send you the latest deals, reviews, and articles tailored to your interests every week.

Read unbiased opinions about hotels and vacations at TripAdvisor.  
The UK Tourist: a guide to a huge variety of bed and breakfast, hotel, guest house, farm house, cottage, apartment, self catering and other types of accommodation in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
UK Tourist for Scotland Golf
VisitScotland: The Official Scotland golf site of Scotland's National Tourism Organization.

VisitScotland for Scotland golf

Wilderness Cottages: A choice of self catering cottages and chalets in superb locations throughout Scotland, including accommodation near top courses like Gleneagles.

Wilderness Cottages for Scotland golf

Caddienotes for Golf Courses in Scotland

Types of Accommodations in Scotland

The variety of lodging establishments include:

Bed and Breakfasts Small, reasonable and pleasant. A great way to go on your Scotland Golf vacation! (more)

Guest Houses A bit larger and maybe only slightly more expensive (more)

Self-Catering Cottages and Apartments A VERY good idea! If you are staying in one place (a hub) for a week, you can save a lot of money on your Scotland golf vacation while living very well by booking one of these. (more)

Small Hotels reflect a pride of ownership and may have small restaurants and liquor bars associated with them. (more)

Hotels are larger and offer all the amenities your would expect. (more)

Resorts are destinations that offer recreational facilities and fine dining. (more)

Rating System for Accommodations in Scotland

VisitScotland rates all accommodations using a rating system that involves the assigning of one to five stars, as follows:

VisitScotland one star
Being “fair and acceptable,”
VisitScotland Two Stars
Representing “good,”
VisitScotland Three Stars
Representing “very good,”
VisitScotland Four Star
Standing for “excellent”
VisitScotland Five Star
Being reserved for “exceptional, world class.”    

In assigning these ratings VisitScotland states that their purpose is to give you as clear an indication as possible of the cleanliness, ambience, hospitality, service, accommodation standard and food that you will encounter in the establishment.

As you might expect, places with more stars tend to charge more money.

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