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Scotland and Ireland: Golf and Touring

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Scotland and Ireland: Golf and Touring

15 Days

Designed for couples travelling together, this inspirational chauffeur-driven journey effortlessly combines golf and sight-seeing through the countries of Scotland and Ireland.

 In Scotland, walk the famed fairways of the Old Course in St Andrews, explore the historic streets of Edinburgh, and step aboard a luxury motor cruiser to discover the famed waters of both Loch Lomond and Loch Ness. Travel onwards to the Emerald Isle thereafter where you will delve into culture in Cobh, listen to traditional music in local pubs, and take in awe-inspiring views from the Cliffs of Moher.

 Impeccable accommodation, expert guides and special experiences feature throughout, creating memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One:  Arrival in Edinburgh & Onwards to St Andrews

Day Two: Glamis Castle and Carnoustie

Day Three: St Andrews

Day Four: Kingsbarns, The Kingdom of Fife & Onwards to Edinburgh

Day Five: Edinburgh’s Old Town

Day Six: Scotland in Minature

Day Seven: The Lowlands to The Highlands

Day Eight: Highland History, Loch Ness & Castle Stuart Golf Links

Day Nine: Country to Country

Day Ten: County Cork

Day Eleven: Kinsale & Old Head Golf Links

Day Twelve: The Castle Finale

Day Thirteen: County Clare – Countryside & Coast – Part I

Day Fourteen: County Clare – Countryside & Coast – Part II

Day Fifteen: Homeward Bound – Shannon Airport

 

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Day One: Arrival in Edinburgh & onward to St Andrews

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport you will be met and welcomed by your chauffeur-guide.

Golf in Scotland was first recorded in the 15th century.  Fast forward several centuries and the country is home to nearly 600 golf courses. Some say that Scotland boasts more courses per head of population than any country in the world.

It seems fitting that the trip commences in St Andrews – it has its place firmly in the history books as being the home of golf.

 

Day Two: Glamis Castle & Carnoustie

The day begins with a privately guided walk on 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.

Commonly known as ‘The Old Lady’, it is one of the world’s greatest courses. Your walk will let you encounter iconic landmarks and gain an unparalleled insight to its history. It has played host to 29 Opens and has a habit of throwing up winners who are the best of their generation.

This afternoon, the golfers will continue the golfing theme as they travel north to play the Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Links.

While the golfers play, the non-golfers will visit Glamis Castle which is famed for its connections to the British royal family and many myths and legends in British history and literature.

 

Day Three: St Andrews

St. Andrews is home to eight magnificent courses, including the world-renowned Old Course. To play the hallowed grounds of the Old Course is often viewed as the pinnacle in any golfers’ history.

You may like to enter the ballot to play the Old Course. Despite its overwhelming popularity, it still upholds the tradition of a ballot drawn two days ahead of play. This reflects the public spirit of St Andrews Links and its commitment to staying as open and accessible to all.

Alternatively, a tee time can be reserved at another of St. Andrews’s courses. Highlights include:

  • The New Course – Often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world, it was built in 1895 and designed by the legendary Old Tom Morris. Those in-the-know consider it St Andrew’s best kept secret

The Jubilee Course – Opened on the 22nd of June 1897, it was named in honour of Queen Victoria who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on the same date It is widely regarded to be the most challenging and the toughest of the courses in St Andrews. It is full of variety and has more than enough character to compete with its better known neighbours

A local guide will accompany the non-golfers. Golf aside, the town is a charming place to explore, and is steeped in history both ancient and modern, as it is now famously known as where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met, whilst studying at the world-renowned university.

 

Day Four: Kingsbarns, The Kingdom of Fife & Onwards to Edinburgh

This morning, take the opportunity to play Kingsbarns Golf Links.

Opened in 2000 to rapturous applause, Kingsbarns has since received accolade after accolade. It is frequently a local qualifying course for the Open and it also plays host to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a prestigious PRO/AM tournament every October.

The non-golfers may wish to spend the morning further exploring the Kingdom of Fife.

Return to Kingsbarns to collect the golfers following their game and continue onwards to Edinburgh.

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 saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

Check-in to your accommodation in the city, the Rocco Forté Collection’s Balmoral.

 

Day Five: Edinburgh's Old Town

This morning, your guide will meet you in the hotel foyer and will provide a walking tour of the city’s charming Old Town. Your guide will ensure 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 Six: Scotland in Minature

Today head out of Edinburgh, travelling west.

Perhaps begin the day with a visit to Stirling Castle; it is one of Scotland’s most famous castles – whoever ruled here often ruled the nation.

Continue into the Trossachs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an area that straddles the colourful meeting of the Highlands and Lowlands and is often referred to as Scotland in Miniature – within a few miles, you can find towering peaks and deep wooded glens, as well as babbling streams and rivers which run into magnificent lochs.

 Arrive on the shores of Loch Lomond and explore in style with a private cruise on board a gleaming 46ft luxury motor cruiser. Set off from the marina and relax on the upper deck with a complimentary glass of champagne. Your cruise will last 60 minutes and take you past islands and hidden coves found situated around the banks of the loch.

Day Seven: The Lowlands to The Highlands

Depart Edinburgh and begin the journey north into the Highlands.

Pause in Perthshire to explore one of the region’s most photographed spots, the Pass of Killiecrankie, a magnificent wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing along its base. Reserved privately, a local Ranger Guide will take you on a walk through this hugely historical area, which was also said to be one of Queen Victoria’s most favourite parts of the country.

Continue north to the highest working distillery in Scotland.

Enjoy a privately guided tour of the distillery followed by a special tasting experience. Sample six different single malts, each specially paired with an artisan chocolate produced by the award-winning Highland Chocolatier served on the side. It is said that whisky and chocolate is a match made in heaven – we couldn’t agree more.

Next, make your way to a sheepdog farm for a unique show. During a 45-minute demonstration amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, you will see up to eight dogs working as a team manoeuvring sheep and ducks through various obstacles. Every dog has its own set of commands enabling, visitors to see just how each of them responds to their individual whistles. As you watch, each move by the dogs is explained by their handler.

Day Eight: Highland History, Loch Ness & Castle Stuart Golf Links

For the golfers, travel along the Moray Coast, to Castle Stuart Golf Links. Opened in 2009, the course gained immediate renown. It has since regularly featured in ‘best of’ lists and, in 2017, was placed 9th in Golf World’s Top 10 courses in Scotland.

With views of the Chanonry Lighthouse and Kessock Bridge, this championship course aims to test a player’s perceptual ability and is said to be challenging without being difficult for the sake of being difficult.

The non-golfers will spend the rest of the day exploring with the chauffeur-guide. The Highlands is a truly inspiring region; heather clad hills and ancient landscapes combine with castles, clans and culture to very much embody the Scotland of your imagination.

At one point in the day, travel to the shores of Scotland’s most famous stretch of water: Loch Ness. Extending 23 miles, the loch provides spectacular views – the scenery is breath-taking regardless of the time of year.

There can be no better way to see the water than from aboard a luxury motor cruiser which, with a capacity for just eight guests, would be reserved exclusively.

Day Nine: Country to Country

Travel to Inverness Airport where you will board the short direct flight to Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. You will be met on arrival by your chauffeur-guide who will take you on a panoramic tour of the city.

Set on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin is an essential stop for any visitor to the Emerald Isle. With a history that stretches back over 1,000 years, there is much to be discovered. Today, the city is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.

For the golfers, take the opportunity to play Royal Dublin. Founded in 1885 these renowned links are Ireland’s second oldest golf club. Located on Bull Island off the north shore of Dublin Bay, the views of the city are first-class.

Day Ten: County Cork

Depart Dublin and travel south to County Cork and to the bustling port of Cobh (pronounced like cove). It is a place that is known for its maritime and emigration legacy. It was once the main departure point for emigrants to America. From the time of the Potato Famines of the 1840s through to 1950, over 2.5 million Irish people left the country.

Meet your private guide and Cork historian for a walking tour through Cobh. It provides an amazing insight into the real stories and historical environs of Cobh, tracing its buildings and monuments connecting you to the underlying narrative of locations associated with Titanic and the heritage of this harbourside town.

To follow, enjoy a privately guided visit to the Queenstown Story Heritage Centre. Audio-visual displays capture the reality of emigration, and the significant importance of Cork Harbour in affairs such as the sinkings of Titanic and Lusitania, the flood of emigration and the tragedy of transportation.

Travel onwards to Cork, Ireland’s second largest and southernmost city. It has a history dating back to the 6th century when it was founded on islands in an estuary, where the River Lee joins the world’s second largest natural harbour. Sight-seeing highlights here include the historic and bustling English Market which has been serving the best Artisan fare to the people of Cork for more than a century, and Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, a beautiful neo-gothic building.

Day Eleven: Kinsale & Old Head Golf Links

Travel to Kinsale. With its crooked streets, slate hung houses and bow-fronted shops, it is one of the prettiest small towns in Ireland. Take time to explore the historic streets and the many independent shops and galleries found tucked away.

The town has a wonderful reputation for dining and, unsurprisingly given its location, its seafood.  There is no shortage of award-winning restaurants and authentic Irish pubs to visit.

In Kinsale, the non-golfers will join with fellow food enthusiasts for a guided walking tour through this colourful town. Your guide will take you to different eateries where you will meet local characters and producers, allowing you to discover their stories and the history of this unique part of Ireland.

The golfers will have the chance to play one of the world’s most spectacular courses.  Built on a 220-acre diamond of land jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head Golf Links occupies a piece of golf estate like no other, causing many golfers to pinch themselves as they drive through the ancient gateway with the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean some 300 feet below.

Day Twelve: The Castle Finale

This morning, depart Cork and travel onwards to your final accommodation, one of the finest hotels in Ireland.

The beautiful 16th century castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic royalty, the O’Brien clan, who were direct descendants of legendary Irish King Brian Boru.

The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure on-site. You can enjoy falconry, archery, boating, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, and walking. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing horse ride through the picturesque Castle Estate or a guided trek in the nearby environs. The property Pony and Jarvey is at guests’ disposal each day (weather permitting) for a truly regal exploration of the Estate.

Some members of the group may wish to enjoy a round of golf. Widely regarded as one of the finest 18-hole parkland golf courses in the country. It has been described as an experience never to be forgotten, presenting a stern challenge to both professionals and amateurs.

 

Day Thirteen: County Clare – Countryside & Coast – Part I

The Wild Atlantic Way claims to be the world’s longest defined coastal touring route, stretching for 2,500km along Ireland’s western seaboard. It’s a place where the wild Irish landscape collides with the dramatic Atlantic seascape; County Clare is home to some of the route’s most beautiful highlights.

The golfers will play travel to Lahinch Golf Club to play the Old Course. Situated on the coast, this is an enchanting place to play golf. Started by Old Tom Morris in 1894, he believed that Lahinch was one of the finest natural courses he had ever seen. In 1999, famous English golf architect Martin Hawtree gave the greens more size and slope, adding bunkers and reshaping fairways, which modernised the course to present a new challenge in the modern era.

The non-golfers will travel onwards to visit the Cliffs of Moher. They are selected as one of the signature experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way and are a breath-taking Discovery Point.

 

Day Fourteen: County Clare – Countryside & Coast – Part II

Today, explore The Burren, which takes its name from boireann, meaning ‘rocky land’ in Gaelic. It truly is a special place, full of wonder and other-worldly beauty.

A specialist local guide will take you on a walk, bringing this extraordinary landscape to life.

Caherconnell Stone Fort perhaps takes centre stage of the ancient sites in the Burren.  Here, a private demonstration by working farm dogs will be arranged. The sheepdog is an integral part of farming culture in Ireland; see these impeccably trained dogs respond to their individual whistles as they work with both cattle and sheep while navigating the unique Burren landscape.

Day Fifteen: Homeward Bound - Shannon Airport

Chauffeurs from will provide transport to Shannon Airport where you will board your departing flight.

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THINGS TO DO

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.

STIRLING CASTLE

Perhaps one of Scotland’s most important castles as whoever ruled here, often ruled the nation.

GLAMIS CASTLE

Glamis Castle is famed for its connections to the British royal family and many myths and legends in British history and literature. It has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372.

JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

Travel over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnian Viaduct, now best known from the Harry Potter films.

LOCH NESS MOTOR CRUISE

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

DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS

The wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, passing the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter Rising and birthplace of the Irish Nation.

LAHINCH GOLF CLUB

Started by Old Tom Morris in 1894, he believed that Lahinch was one of the finest natural courses he had ever seen.

ROYAL DUBLIN GOLF CLUB

Founded in 1885, these renowned links are Ireland’s second oldest golf club.

THE OLD HEAD GOLF LINKS

Has been ranked #1 in Links Magazine’s listing of the most spectacular golf courses on the planet.

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.

LOCH NESS

Extending 23 miles, Loch Ness provides spectacular views regardless of the time of year.The loch’s cold, deep waters are said to be home to the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie. It is said that the first sighting of the monster was in the 6th century by St. Columba, and sporadic sightings have been reported ever since.

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

THE TROSSACHS

The ‘Trossachs’, are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 
Straddling the border between the Highlands and Lowlands, the Trossachs is often referred to as Scotland in Miniature – within a few miles, you can find towering peaks and deep wooded glens, as well as babbling streams and rivers which run into magnificent lochs.

DUBLIN

Dublin is steeped in history, with Viking, medieval and Georgian influences all having left their marks. Since the time of the Vikings, Dublin has been the principal gateway to the Emerald Isle. The medieval city, with its intimate knots of small alleys and broad streets south of the river, was developed in Norman times around St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and later came to symbolise British rule in Ireland. The 18th century was the “Age of Elegance”, a time of relative prosperity when the Irish gentry set about remodelling the city into one of elegance, replete with graceful terraces, wrought-iron balconies and fanlight doorways. The city became Ireland’s capital with the establishment of the Republic of Ireland in 1937, and today is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Selected as one of the Signature Experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are a breath-taking Discovery Point. They are the crowning glory of the Co. Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, they provide an unrivalled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean

CORK

Cork is Ireland’s second largest and southernmost city with a history dating back to the 6th century; Founded on islands in an estuary, waterways circle the city centre crossed by over 20 bridges. Hilly neighbourhoods climb the river banks, stacked with colourful houses. These along with the Georgian architecture give the city a Continental feel. It is a creative and exciting city, renowned for learning, with a world class university and specialist colleges. It has a rich musical traditional and is home to no less than 24 festivals running throughout the year.

THE BURREN

The Burren is truly is a special place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. It is a karst landscape made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage with parts of the region classed as a National Park. This limestone plateau resembles a lunar landscape; in the spring and summer months, great colour abounds against the stark landscape. Ruined forts and castles and numerous prehistoric sites dot the landscape; the region has been aptly described as ‘one vast memorial to bygone cultures’.

  • 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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