Glencoe is often remembered as the scene of the massacre of part of the Macdonald clan by soldiers of King William’s army in 1692. The glen offers a dramatic backdrop for some of the finest climbing and walking in the country. Red deer, wildcat, golden eagle and rare arctic alpine plants can be found among the breathtaking peaks and spectacular waterfalls in the glen. Its name means “narrow glen”, and it was formed by volcanic action followed by glacier erosion, resulting in the steep sided mountains which can be seen today. The mountains and the glen are spectacular and can be accessed off the a82 17 miles south of Fort William. At the visitor centre there is a display on the history of mountaineering in the glen, a video program on the massacre, a gift shop, snack bar and picnic area. The site is open daily all year. Further information can be obtained by phoning Ballachulish 01855-811307.
On the west coast of Ayrshire there are golf courses with continuous links which stretch for fifteen miles with 270 holes and a par of over 1,000. These links contain some world famous holes where you can walk the same fairways and find yourself trapped in the same bunkers as giants such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and immortal Tom Morris, and more recently the new world champion Tiger Woods.
Between Irvine and Ayr there are some 15 courses in an almost continuous chain along the coastline which include the Royal Troon, Barassie and the Old Prestwick. The Old Prestwick course was home of the first world open championships played in 1860. The open championships were held in Turnberry in 1994 and at the Royal championships. At only 126 yds. Once on the green, however, the hole poses no difficulties. Getting there, however, may be a wee bit tricky.
The Royal Troon also has the longest hole of Scotland’s championship courses with the 577 yd. 6th hole. The Royal Troon golf club also owns the Portland course and there are three other municipal courses in Troon, Lochgreen, Darley and Fullarton. At the Old Prestwick course itself the 3rd hole known as the Cardinal has the biggest bunker in the world. It stretches right across the fairway, is deep with very steep sides and is known to make the stoutest heart falter. The town of Prestwick has two other courses St. Cuthbert and St. Nicholas. In Ayr itself there are three municipal golf courses, Belleisle famous for its lush parkland setting and beech-lined fairways, Seafield and Dalmilling.
Many courses in Ayrshire are within a sliced tee-shot of the sea, however, there are many other courses in Ayrshire set among the rolling green hills. There are excellent courses to choose from in Kilmarnock, Irvine, Stevenson, Saltcoats, Seamill, Kelburn, Largs, Skelmorlie, Gailes, Louden, Ravenspark, Dailly, Girvan, Maybole, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Blackwaterfoot, and six other courses on the Isle of Arran at Brodick, Corrie, Lamlash, Machrie, Shiskine and Whiting Bay. For those folks visiting Scotland and interested in chasing the wee white Ba’, the golf courses of Ayrshire are a mecca for golfers from all over the world.