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Golf in South West Scotland

Scotland's Southwest is a dream destination for visitors who love the outdoors – from Golf, hiking and motorbiking to sailing, fishing, and relaxing in one of the many gardens in this area rich in forest, coast and countryside. Dumfries lies roughly 80 miles from Glasgow to the south, as does its westerly coastal sister Stranraer.

Day 1

Start your Southwest Golf Break in Oban, a lovely seaside city 2 hours to the north of Glasgow. The city of Oban has a vibrant metropolitan buzz, while just outside of the downtown some of the most beautiful nature and coastal scenery are on offer.

Spend the morning at Glencruitten, Oban's golf course (designed by James Braid), and save the afternoon for exploring Oban or taking up outdoor activities available along the coast, or why not check out McCaigs Tower, which looms over the town, and is easily accessible on foot – if you can take 144 steps and a bit of hill climbing after your golf morning, that is!

Stay in Oban at one of the many hotels or B&Bs available there, or if desired, take advantage of some top-notch self-catering accommodation available in the area.

Day 2

From Oban, travel southward and take the Dunoon ferry across to Dunoon, a town on the Cowal Peninsula with 3 courses on offer, the 18 hole Cowal, and two 9-hole courses at Innellan and Strone.

Check out Visit Scotland for accommodation suggestions or get in touch with the Dunnoon Tourist Information Centre, which is located in the heart of Dunoon, on 08707 200629.

Day 3

Located on the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula, Machrihanish promises to be a full day complete with golf and sightseeing in this remote coastal village reached by the Portavadie-Tarbet Ferry across the Sound of Mull. The course itself is set in the dunes on the coast of the village, with a challenging first shot into gusty Atlantic winds, and a varied coastal course throughout.

Thanks to remote nature of the area, the village of Machrihanish has remained a very traditional Scottish village, and its location offers big sunsets and numerous outdoor activities. There are several hotels, lodges and B&Bs in the area surrounding the golf course, including Carraig 4 star guest house, just 5 minutes from the golf course.

Day 4

The Isle of Arran Hop over onto the Isle of Arran, a beautiful but tiny island, on the Claonaig-Lochranza Ferry. Though only 23 miles from north to south and a population of 4700, there are 7 golf courses to choose from, and with the Arran Golf Pass, you will receive great deals on all the golf you undertake that day.

In order to experience as much golf as possible while on this island in the Firth of Clyde, why not golf two courses and dine and two others during your time on the Island. Choose from Lochranza Golf Club, or Machrie Bay, or why not Brodick, Corrie, Whiting Bay, Lamlash or Shiskine Golf Clubs?

You'll need a good long rest after such an eventful day of golf in Arran, so check out Arran Hideaways Cottages & Castles to book quality self-catering accommodation on the Isle.

Day 5

On the 5th day of the Southwest Scotland Golf Break, head back to the mainland and to one of the top golfing locations in the world, Turnberry. Home to the Alisa, Kintyre and Arran courses, the experience of golfing at this Championship Course is a highlight for any golf enthusiast, and after days of proper practice, and fantastic way to end your golf break at the top of your game.

The Turnberry resort itself is a top accommodation for your last night, complete with a Spa, activity centre and several restaurants and bars, while the variety of accommodation offsite is equally superb, from the five star Burnmouth Holiday Cottages to several B&B, holiday homes, camping and hotel options in and around Turnberry.

Located just 50 miles from Glasgow, a return trip from Turnberry is an easy end to an exciting 5 day Southwest Scotland Golfing Break.
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