The Independent Golfer

Enjoying the Out-Of-Doors

It may seem a little silly to talk about walking, cycling, whale watching and canoeing as an alternative activity on a golfing vacation in Scotland. There may, however, be somebody along on the holiday who is not keen to play golf every day but would enjoy spending time in the wonderful outdoors of the Highlands and Islands. Hiking, or as the Scots refer to it, hill-walking, bird watching, cycling, and viewing sea life are all popular outdoor pastimes in the North. These activities are typically found in a few “centers” in the Highlands and, fortunately, these places generally feature wonderful opportunities for golf as well.

Following are some websites that might interest you or your traveling partner as you plan for your trip. To view them, click on the icon to the right of the description.

A good general introduction to conservation activities can be found at...

Muir Trust
The John Muir Trust

The official hill walking site for Scotland's National Tourist board is...

Walk Scotland
Walk Scotland

The BBc has a wonderful introductory site to bird watching in Scotland.

Scotland The Wild

Surrounded as it is by water, Scotland offers exciting opportunities to observe sea life.

Whale & dolphin
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust


Inter-Island Cruises

Sealife Adventures
Sea life Adventures

Dive Scotland
Dive Scotland

The angler can find a wide variety of sport fishing in Scotland, from salmon, sea trout and brown trout to pike and steelhead.


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