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Scottish anchorages


Not my game. I hate ball games. And I am hopeless at them. Apart from walking cautiously around the edges of golf courses on the way to somewhere else I have never been on one with a club in my hand. Only once did I trail after one of my sons with his clubs when I was very struck (no pun intended) by the dangers of stray balls, and the peculiar etiquette. But if you want to ruin a good walk as they say, and clutter up your quarter berth with clubs, there are a few courses which are close enough to some of the anchorages for a bit of a bash around (I suspect that is not golfspeak), and many courses I must confess are very pretty. Furthermore, after the 2020 coronavirus epidemic when we could walk around all those closed golf courses in Edinburgh, I now realise just what beautiful green spaces they can be, even in cities. What is more golf is a very Scottish game played by anyone, and remarkably inexpensive, compared with say England where it can often be a game for toffs and bankers. You may need the OS map to find the courses. More details on and below:


Arisaig: 9 holes, links course, grand views

Airds Bay, Loch Etive: 9 holes, and not too far to walk.

Balvicar, Seil Island, Loch Shuna: 9 holes, convenient for the anchorage.

Coll; 9 holes but a couple of miles from any anchorage.

Colonsay; 18 holes, on the west side about two miles from the pier, too far to walk carrying clubs, so maybe get a lift somehow.  But much nearer the Port Mòr anchorage.

Fort William, Upper Loch Linnhe: 18 holes but too far except for the desperate, 3 miles north.

Gigha: 9 holes, not too far from Ardminish Bay, about a mile.

Scallastle, Sound of Mull: 9 holes, quite close to the otherwise dull anchorage, so dull I have not included it, or walk from Craignure.

Iona: free 18-hole course, on the machair, looks amazing.

Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa, 6 holes in posh surroundings.

Oban, Firth of Lorne: 18 holes, but again a bit far away, about a mile to the east of the town.

Port Ellen, Islay: Machrie Golf Club, 18 holes, but too far along a rather dull road, get a taxi or the bus to Bowmore.

South Ballachulish, Loch Leven: 9 holes, but yet again a bit of a step from the anchorage.

Tiree: 9 holes, and not too far from the Gott Bay anchorage.

Tobermory, Sound of Mull: 9 holes, this surely must be the best, fabulous views and not far to get to up from the town.

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A golf course with a view — Iona