Things to Do & See in the Tain Area

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Exploring Easter Ross

Our thriving town of Tain on the south shore of Dornoch Firth in Easter Ross is Scotland’s oldest royal burgh.

It’s not only the perfect place for golf enthusiasts, but ideal for visitors to use as a central base from which to explore the Easter Ross region of the Scottish Highlands with its many attractions and unsurpassed views.

Tain is also right on the A9 road to the north, so if you’re adventuring along the famous and fabulous North Coast 500 route you can’t miss us – and you’d be crazy to pass us by!

Golfers are spoilt for choice in the area around Tain. Not only is Old Tom Morris’ Tain Golf Course ready to give you a swinging time (with the renowned Glenmorangie Distillery close enough to be your 19th hole), but nearby you’ll find some other great courses like the fine “must play” Royal Dornoch historic natural links, Castle Stuart Golf Links Cabot Highlands, and the spectacular Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club.

The Town of Tain

If you’re on the trail of superb single malt whisky you’ve come to the right place.

Not only does Tain tempt you with the Glenmorangie Distillery alongside the golf course – as mentioned above, but you can also book a tour and taste the signature classic collection at the Balblair Distillery.

If you enjoy browsing around the shops you’ll find Tain is very crafty. You’ll enjoy discovering the hand-made and hand-painted ceramic delights at the Tain Pottery, all designed to reflect the Scottish countryside. Or pop in to the Studio Smith Tain to admire the paintings of local artists, especially Glasgow School of Art graduate Ingebjorg Smith.

Also well worth a visit is the Glasstorm Contemporary Glass Studio and Gallery – you can even arrange to try glassblowing yourself if you book in advance. More art, crafts, gifts and souvenirs produced by talented locals can be found in The White Heather shop right in the centre of town.

Tain Through Time is a fascinating Highland museum and visitor centre set in the grounds of the town’s medieval church of St Duthac, where you can explore the history of local life from prehistoric times onwards.

Grand Days Out

Around the town you don’t have to travel far to find a treasure trove of forests, wildlife, beautiful beaches, spectacular cliffs, peaceful lochs and breathtaking viewpoints.

No visit to the Highlands is complete without exploring a castle, and one of the best is to be found just north of Dornoch in the village of Golspie. Dunrobin Castle dates back to the early 1300s and is open to the public, making for a grand day out.

Those who have a fascination with ancient history will be able to step back in time on the part of the Highland Pictish Trail that winds its way through the Easter Ross peninsula, past sites of significance related to the enigmatic Highland kingdom of the Picts who ruled Scotland from 300AD to 900AD.

It’s not surprising that our town of Tain attracts visitors from near and far, who come for the golf, the Highland experience, the history and mystery, the scenery and legendary Scottish hospitality – and they seldom leave disappointed.

Become a member

Becoming a member of Tain Golf Club is a straightforward process, and entitles you to all sorts of discounts at local businesses, as well as reciprocal arrangements with other local golf clubs (including Royal Dornoch).

Go Pro

There is a well-stocked pro shop on site, where you can meet our helpful resident PGA Golf professional who is always happy to “talk Tain” and guide you through the trickier parts of the course.

Tain Golf Club Hospitality

Our friendly, sociable clubhouse is at the disposal of members and visitors with Old Tom’s Restaurant, bar and lounge providing a comfortable venue for pre- and post-game get togethers, with a highly rated menu.

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