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Lochs and Links of Scotland

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Lochs and Links of Scotland

Twelve Days

Golf has been played in Scotland for centuries and today the country is seen as the spiritual home of the game, making it a must-visit destination for golfers at least once in a lifetime.

Specially designed for experienced golfers, this tailor-made programme combines tee times at both world-renowned courses and hidden golfing gems with special whisky experiences to showcase another beloved piece of Scottish culture.

 

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival in Inverness

Day Two: The 1st Tee – Royal Dornoch

Day Three: Loch Ness

Day Four: The 2nd Tee – Nairn

Day Five: The Spirit of Scotland

Day Six: The Highlands to The Lowlands

Day Seven: The 3rd Tee – Gleneagles

Day Eight: The 4th Tee – Carnoustie

Day Nine: The 5th Tee – St Andrews Links

Day Ten: The 6th & 7th Tees – Hidden Gems

Day Eleven: Edinburgh’s Old Town

Day Twelve: Homeward Bound

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Day One: Arrival in Inverness

From Inverness, travel north to check-in to an elegant country house hotel. Intimate in size with just eight bedrooms, it has been beautifully restored to reflect the strength and drama of its setting, overlooking the 1st tee of the famed links at Royal Dornoch. The finest Highland hospitality is promised throughout your stay.

Day Two: The 1st Tee - Royal Dornoch

Play the first course on your Scottish golfing adventure.

The Championship Course at Royal Dornoch regularly features in the very top courses in the UK and is renowned throughout the world. Without doubt, it is more than worthy of the pilgrimage that many golfers make to play this natural links.

It’s wild, remote, and utterly mesmerising. In the summer months the gorse provides a blaze of colour, while the white sandy beach which divides the links from the Dornoch Firth is beautiful throughout the year.

 

Day Three: Loch Ness

Explore Loch Ness, Scotland’s most famous stretch of water, aboard a privately chartered luxury motor cruiser. Sumptuous platters of Scottish delicacies are served as you sit back and admire your surroundings, including the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle which dates from the 13th century.

Travel onwards to your next accommodation. This beautiful guesthouse is located within walking distance of fantastic beaches and it offers panoramic views towards the Black Isle and the Moray Firth.

 

Day Four: The 2nd Tee - Nairn

Play the course at Nairn Golf Club. Nestling on the shores of the Moray Firth it was created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather.

Founded in 1887, it is now one of the best courses in Scotland and has hosted important championships such as the 1999 Walker Cup. The course is a combination of the work of Andrew Simpson, Old Tom Morris, Ben Sayers and James Braid. Today’s layout is largely the work of Braid, and the course is a fantastic legacy that Braid left in this beautiful corner of the Highlands.

 

 

Day Five: The Spirit of Scotland

Playing host to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, including the creators of many of the world’s best sellers, there can be no better place to delve into the world of whisky than Speyside. A highlight is the incredible new state-of-the-art Macallan Distillery; it makes for an awe-inspiring visit and has already been nicknamed the ‘Cathedral of Whisky’.

At one point in the day, visit the only working cooperage in the UK to discover the art of coopering – making and repairing oak casks. Using traditional methods and tools, the coopers shape, shave and char the finest casks which are integral to the whisky-making process. A knowledgeable guide will take you on a tour and you’ll have the chance to watch the Coopers at work first-hand.

Day Six: The Highlands to The Lowlands

Travel south, watching the stunning Highland scenery change as you pass.

Nestled at the foothills of the Highlands is Scotland’s oldest working single malt distillery, which dates from 1775. Reserved privately, your guide will take you through the distilling process; see the mash tun which is the last remaining hand-operated mash tun of its kind in Scotland, the tall wash which creates a very light spirit, and the traditional pot stills made of hand-beaten copper.

The tour concludes with a tasting of three whiskies from the Glenturret range, each expertly paired with your choice of sweet or savoury dishes.

Day Seven: The 3rd Tee - Gleneagles

Play one of the resort’s two James Braid parkland masterpieces – The King’s or The Queen’s – both of which are near to celebrating their 100th birthday.

The Queen’s tests different skills and offers golfers a more traditional playing experience, while The King’s is said to be one of the most beautiful places to play golf in the world. Each hole of The King’s has a pithy Scots name; the 17th for example is called “Warslin’ Lea” (Wrestling Ground), reflecting the difficulty so many golfers have with it!

Discover the art of whisky blending and learn how to identify and savour the individual flavours with your own private masterclass. Using a selection of carefully chosen single malts and a variety of foodstuffs to help you identify the characteristics that complement each other, blend your own unique whisky to take home.

 

 

Day Eight: The 4th Tee - Carnoustie

Travel to the east coast to play the Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Links. In 2018, it once again hosted The Open which saw Francesco Molinari achieve his boyhood dream of winning the tournament here.

Carnoustie has a fearsome reputation amongst amateurs and professionals alike; as Sir Michael Bonallack put it, “When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest golf course in Britain. And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest.”

To follow, travel to St Andrews which has its place firmly in the history books as being the home of golf. A privately guided walk will introduce you to the famed fairways of the Old Course. Based around the 1st, 17th and 18th holes of the course, the walk follows in the footsteps of golfing greats, allowing you to experience a player’s eye view of the fabled links.

Day Nine: The 5th Tee - St Andrews Links

Though St. Andrews is overwhelmingly associated with the world-renowned Old Course, it is also home to several other magnificent courses that it would be foolish to overlook.

The New Course was built in 1895 and designed by the legendary Old Tom Morris. It is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world and those in-the-know consider this classic links course to be St Andrew’s best kept secret. Alternatively, the Jubilee Course is widely regarded to be the most challenging in St Andrews. It is full of variety and has more than enough character to compete with its better known neighbours.

Day Ten: The 6th & 7th Tees - Hidden Gems

While there are many ‘big name’ courses on every golf tourist’s wish-list, Scotland is home to many magnificent courses that often fly under the radar. Today, play two hidden gems that both offer an excellent experience.

Situated in the East Neuk of Fife, Balcomie Links at Crail was designed by Old Tom Morris in 1895 and offers fantastic scenery. It is a course that you need to think your way around very strategically. The course measures just 5,900 yards, and so is by no means championship length. However, to stand any chance of breaking par each shot requires a carefully considered strategy to successfully negotiate the pot bunkers, deep rough, and the North Sea waiting to swallow wayward shots.

Continue along the coast thereafter to Levin. Established in 1868, Lundin Golf Club shared an 18-hole Old Tom Morris designed course with Leven Links. In 1909, this arrangement became untenable and the course was divided in two, with each club taking 9 holes. James Braid was then brought in to design the new course and very few modifications have been made since. The course boasts excellent views out over the Firth of Forth and is a wonderful links challenge.

Day Eleven: Edinburgh's Old Town

Sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas; the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress, and the neo-classical New Town, dating from the 18th century. The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and what saw it be awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

A local guide will provide a tour of the famed Old Town, ensuring that you experience the very best day possible. Their local knowledge will allow them to explain and expand on the city’s rich history and heritage like no book can, providing you with a unique insider’s introduction to the city.

Day Twelve: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will provide a transfer to Edinburgh Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

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THINGS TO DO

CARNOUSTIE GOLF LINKS

Golf has been played here for more than 450 years. Handicap required: 28(M) & 36 (F).

NAIRN GOLF CLUB

A traditional links course, nestling on the shores of the Moray Firth and created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather. Handicap required: 28(M) & 36 (F).

ST ANDREWS

TheNew Course is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world.  It was built in 1895 by the legendary Old Tom Morris.  It is said to be St Andrew’s best kept secret, the course is a classic links with undulating fairways and delightfully challenging greens. No Handicap required.

SPEYSIDE COOPERAGE

Home of the ancient art of coopering since 1947.

GLENTURRET DISTILLERY

Nestled at the foothills of the Highlands, Glenturret is Scotland’s oldest working distillery.

LOCH NESS MOTOR CRUISE

Extending 23 miles, the loch provides spectacular views – the scenery is breath-taking regardless of the time of year.

PLACES VISITED

EDINBURGH

Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo- classical New Town, dating from the 18th The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.

SPEYSIDE

Playing host to over half of the distilleries in Scotland, there can be no better place to explore than Speyside. Whiskies from this region are typically the sweetest of all Scotch Whisky Malts and many of the most popular single malts are produced here.

ST ANDREWS

Ancient coastal town widely regarded as the spiritual home of golf boasting 8 magnificent courses and also where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met, whilst studying at the world-renowned university. The town is also home to several iconic historical sights.

THE HIGHLANDS

The Highlands very much embody the romance of Scotland; they really are the Scotland of your imagination, a beautiful and inspiring region of ancient landscapes with a fascinating history. Spend the day exploring with your chauffeur-guide. There is a wealth of places to visit

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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