Golfing in Aberdeenshire © VisitAberdeenshire
With courses stretched out over rambling beaches, or hidden within castle-dotted forests, Aberdeen is likely to tempt even the most unenthusiastic of golfers to a round. Some of the world's greatest golf tournaments have taken place in the area. The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club having hosted the Scottish Open in 2014, and the Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie wears the title of Best Modern Golf Course in Great Britain and Ireland. The UK's highest golf course is housed at Braemer, which straddles the majestic Cairngorms National Park, and it is even possible to attempt a birdie at the royal's summer retreat, Balmoral Castle. Come summer time, when this northern area gets twelve hours of sunshine, it is possible to enjoy a full day of the favourite Scottish pastime, before retiring to a nearby country pub to enjoy one of the region's many fine whiskies.