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The Traveller’s Guide to Scottish Open

There are lots of reasons why travellers visit Scotland. There’s the fantastic scenery, the fascinating history, and during the summer there are some great sporting events, including the legendary Scottish Open. If you are a fan then why don’t you start making plans to make a visit this yearand head north to Inverness, for what promises to be a spectacular week of golf.

Scottland 1The Scottish Open competition takes place over the course of four days and it is generally held in the week immediately prior to the British Open. This year, the event will take place from 11th until the 14th of July and for the third year in a row, the event is being held at Castle Stuart Golf Links, a spectacular course in the north east of Scotland on the shores of the Moray Firth. With the British Open taking place in Muirfield in East Lothian the following week, golf fans will be able to see some of the best golfers in the world playing on some of the finest golf links Scotland has to offer over the course of two weeks in July.

Running for over 40 years, the Scottish Open has taken place at some of Scotland’s finest, world-renowned courses such as Carnoustie, St Andrews and Gleneagles. For the ten years from 2001 through to 2010, the championship was based at the beautiful lochside course of Loch Lomond, hosting winners such as Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell and Tim Clark. Since 2011, it has been held at the new Castle Stuart Golf Links near Inverness which opened for play only two years earlier in 2009.

The first year of the competition at Castle Stuart is remembered for the fact play had to be reduced to 54 holes rather than the planned 72. Fierce summer storms led to flash flooding and two landslides on the course and in an unprecedented move, play was suspended for the whole of the third day. The weather in 2012 was thankfully less eventful and that year’s event passed without a hitch.

Tickets for all four days of the 2013 competition, plus the Pro-Am event on 10 July, are on sale now. If you are planning to visit this year, now is the time to book accommodation in Inverness as rooms are filling up fast in advance of the competition. Castle Stuart is conveniently located for golf fans travelling to Inverness with the city centre and railwaystation, a mere 7 miles away. Inverness airport is just 2 miles from the course.

If accommodation in Inverness is not available, or you simply want to find hotels further afield, then there is a huge range of accommodation available in the wider area. Castle Stuart is situated in a beautiful part of Scotland and there are many towns and small villages within easy driving distance. With a wide variety of accommodation ranging from small B&Bs to guest houses and large hotels in the surrounding area, there is bound to be something to suit every golf fan planning to visit.

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