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Scotland Golf & Experiences

9 days

Specially designed for experienced, low-handicapped golfers and their partners, this wonderful week-long adventure has been carefully-crafted and effortlessly combines playing noted Championship courses with an introduction to Scotland, a land of castles and cashmere; a country renowned for its rugged landscapes and enduring traditions.

The journey tees off in St Andrews, the undisputed home of golf. Here, play noted Championship courses and by way of the daily ballot, there will be the opportunity of playing the famed Old Course.  The journey continues to a “castle-stay” before journeying south and concluding on the cobbled streets of the capital city.

 

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your exclusive programme could include any of the following experiences:

  • For the golfers, play either the St Andrew’s New or Jubilee Course. The New Course was built in 1895 by the legendary Old Tom Morris and is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world.  It is said to be St Andrew’s best kept secret. The Jubilee Course was opened a couple of years later in 1897 and was named in honour of Queen Victoria who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on the same date. Situated alongside the New Course, the raised tees on the course offer stunning views across St Andrews Bay to the east.

 

  • For the non-golfers, enjoy a walking tour of St Andrews with a local guide. 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.

 

  • For the golfers, play Carnoustie where the great game has been played since the early 16th century. There can be no better place to test your golfing prowess.

 

  • For the non-golfers, visit Glamis Castle. The family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Glamis Castle is the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret. With over 1,000 years of history, Glamis has many tales to tell.

 

  • For the non-golfers, get a hearty dose of Scottish fresh air as you visit an organic farm where you will meet Hugh and Sascha and see how farming the old-fashioned way has helped them to create one of the most celebrated livestock farms around, plus gain an exciting and tasty insight into the local food scene.

 

 

  • Head out to lush Perthshire pastures and meet pure bred Aberdeen Angus cows, free-ranging chicken flocks and rare breed Berkshire pigs. Observe a sheepdog demonstration and meet the farm’s butcher where you will learn where the best cuts of meat come from. Your experience ends with a delicious steak-tasting as you sample four award-winning pedigree steaks (or burgers) followed by an organic lunch, served in the farmhouse kitchen.

 

  • For the golfers, travel to East Lothian. Often referred to as Scotland’s Golf Coast, it is home to over 20 wonderful courses. Noted links highlights including Gullane No 1  & North Berwick.

 

  • For the non-golfers, enjoy time in Edinburgh with a specialist guide. Topics of interest could include art, history, antiques or folklore. Explore Edinburgh Castle. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here, the battles fought over it and the struggles for control of the nation; it is rumoured to be the most besieged place in Britain.

 

  • Exclusive access to the Royal Yacht Britannia, formerly the Queen’s floating royal residence it belonged to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for over 40 years. As part of this VIP experience you will board via a red carpet on the Royal Brow, a practice previously reserved for members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries.

 

  • Round off your trip in the Trossachs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and take to the water on Loch Lomond aboard your private boat. Complete the day with a memorable private whisky distillery visit to sample the famed water of life.

 

  • For your accommodation you will enjoy stays at some truly impressive properties, commencing with a hotel that is perfectly situated close to the country’s most famous golf links. To follow, a castle-stay, a “must” for when visiting Scotland and finally, conclude your adventure in the vibrant Scottish capital as you get the chance to stay at a landmark hotel that exudes luxury and is complete with a Michelin-star restaurant.
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THINGS TO DO

ST ANDREW’S GOLF COURSES

St Andrews is the undisputed home of golf. It has seven magnificent courses, including the world-renowned Old Course, which remains essentially unchanged from the days of Old Tom Morris in the mid-to-late 19th century. To play the hallowed grounds of the Old Course is often viewed as the pinnacle in any golfers’ history.

CARNOUSTIE GOLF LINKS

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

EAST LOTHIAN GOLF COURSES

Often referred to as Scotland’s Golf Coast, East Lothian is home to over 20 wonderful courses. Noted links highlights include Gullane No 1 & North Berwick.

ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

Served HM, The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh Castle, perched on ancient volcanic rock, has stood guard over the city for 900 years and is brimming with tales, from it near destruction on the order of King of Scots, Robert the Bruce to its role as a garrisoned fortress through the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite Risings.

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.

HIGHLAND FARM VISIT

Meet the Highland Cattle. With their fluffy hair and long horns, the cows are a true icon of Scotland and make for a great photo opportunity! Perhaps also take the time to meet some of the farm’s smaller residents – chickens, turkeys, pigs, and sheep. Lambing takes place at the end of April, and you will be welcome to feed any pet lambs that may be around.

LOCH LOMOND CRUISE

Set off from the marina and relax on the upper deck with a glass of champagne in hand.

PRIVATE WHISKY TASTING

A private tour of Scotland’s oldest working single malt distillery, including an exclusive visit to the Warehouse which houses maturing casks of sleeping spirit, and a tasting of four premium whiskies.

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 LOMOND

Loch Lomond is one of the Scotland’s most famous stretches of water. Formed during the last Ice Age, the north is dominated by mountainous peaks and a scattering of islands can be found at the southern shores.

The loch is steeped in history and has inspired artists, poets and writers for centuries. Praised by such figures as Robert Burns and Gerard Manley Hopkins as well as being the focus of the ever-popular song “The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond”, which closes many a night of revelry, it has earned its place in Scottish culture both high and low.

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, St Andrews Castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral.

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.

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