Scotland is the Birth place of Golf and offers some of the finest golf courses in the world. Scotland features several outstanding destinations including the Ayrshire Coast featuring Prestwick, Turnberry and Royal Troon, the Highlands featuring Nairin, Castle Stewart and Royal Dornoch and the Kingdom of Fife featuring the Old Course at St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie, just to name a few. Allow us to provide a custom Scotland golf package for your group.
Glenturret Whisky Distillery (Included as part of your Package)
Visit Scotland’s oldest distillery and learn about the favorite whisky of the Scots. Glenturret is Scotland's oldest distillery and the spiritual home of The Famous Grouse Whisky. Located in the beautiful town of Crieff, only an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, the distillery is the perfect location for a day out in Scotland. Your tour will take you on a journey round the working distillery, which was established in 1775 and where we still use many of the traditional methods of production. You will be introduced to The Glenturret Highland Single Malt, one of the key malts within The Famous Grouse. Then explore the world of The Famous Grouse, Scotland's favorite blended whisky. Take part in our BAFTA-award winning interactive show where you will soar across the landmarks of Scotland through the eyes of the grouse. Our shop has over 60 fantastic whiskies to choose from and a selection of gifts.
Historic St Andrews
St Andrews is steeped in History with many ancient and well maintained buildings as well as the ruins of the Cathedral and the Castle. The Reformation started here and many of the sites where people were burned at the stake are still evident. Mary Queen of Scots planted a tree which is still alive today. The university also offers beautiful buildings and many excellent summer courses. For the shopper there is an interesting and unique selection of places to browse. Guided Walking Tour of St Andrews Old Course (Included as part of your Package): Join an expert guide on a tour of the world's most famous course. Walk in the footsteps of golf's greats and experience a player's eye view of the fabled links. All tickets include a voucher for a complimentary Old Course scorecard that can be redeemed in our St Andrews Links Golf Shops. The lasts about three hours and will take in notorious features such as Hell Bunker and The Coffins as well as landmarks like High Hole, the most celebrated par 3 in golf. Tours begin at the shop behind the 18th Green at 10am.
St Andrews Castle
St Andrews Castle has been by turns a fortress, palace and prison. It is largely ruined, battered from 400 years of wars and sieges, but remains a fascinating visit on any trip to St Andrews. Children will love the visitor’s centre, with its beautifully illustrated history of those who lived – and died – in the castle. St Andrews Castle’s infamous “bottle dungeon” and the underground mine and countermine are well-preserved evidence of the castle’s medieval past, but they may not be suitable for the faint-hearted! St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum: For further glimpses of days gone by, don’t miss the museum operated by St Andrews Preservation Trust: housed in a charming 17th Century house on St Andrews’ North Street, it displays recreations of old St Andrews shops and buildings and also boasts a lovely sheltered garden. The museum is open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and admission is free of charge.
St Andrews Cathedral
The remains of St Andrews Cathedral are impressive enough, but they can only hint at the vast grandeur of what was once the largest cathedral in Scotland. A ticket to the cathedral’s museum offers the chance to view a collection of medieval sculptures from the site and also includes entry to St Rule’s Tower. A climb to the top of this prominent structure rewards visitors with magnificent vistas of St Andrews and the surrounding Fife countryside. St Andrews Cathedral dominated the history of the medieval church in Scotland from its construction in the 12th century until the Protestant Reformation in 1560. Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church, the cathedral was the seat of Scotland’s leading bishops (and from 1472 archbishops). It occupied a site used for worship since the 8th century AD, when the relics of St Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, are said to have been brought here. The cathedral buildings are surrounded by a graveyard, and encircled by the most complete and imposing monastic enclosure walls in Scotland. Even in its ruinous state the cathedral remains a prominent landmark, the focus of the three medieval streets of St Andrews, and highly visible from the sea.
The British Golf Museum (Included as part of your Package)
The British Golf Museum is a great place for young people to learn about the history of golf. Discover fascinating histories, incredible facts and take part in fun hands-on interactives. Their collection tells the fascinating story of British golf, through material dating from the 17th century to the present day. It is the most comprehensive golf collection in Britain, and one of the finest worldwide, celebrating golf from grass roots to international level. Over 16,000 items cover equipment (clubs, balls, manufacturing and clothing), prizes (trophies and medals), decorative art (artworks, ceramics, silverware and ephemera), film, photographs and archives (books, periodicals, programs and patents). The displays and archives are enhanced by unique loan collections from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and The Women Golfers’ Museum. The entire collection is a Recognized Collection of National Significance, formally acknowledged as being of great importance to the life and culture of Scotland, and internationally significant. The Recognition scheme, run by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, promotes and supports these collections.
The Museum of the University of St Andrews
The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) is the newest museum on the St Andrews scene. It offers four galleries about the long history of the University of St Andrews, notable alumni, the university’s contributions to art and science, and a glimpse into the everyday life of University of St Andrews’ students during various eras. A trip upstairs to enjoy panoramic views of the West Sands is also well worthwhile. The museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm and admission is free of charge. St Andrews Museum: St Andrews Museum is situated in a beautiful Victorian mansion within the grounds of Kinburn Park. Within the shop there is space for displaying a range of arts and crafts which we are happy to sell, on a commission basis, on behalf of the artist - please ask the staff for further information. The museum is home to the 'Cafe in the Park' selling homemade food during Museum opening hours. The long term display, St Andrews A-Z, is housed in the downstairs gallery. This tells the story of the history of St Andrews through star objects and images from the Museum's collections. The upstairs Kinburn Gallery features a program of changing temporary exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. There is a program of events and activities throughout the year. The museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm and admission is free of charge.
Edinburgh Castle (Included as part of your Package)
Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it. Fierce Iron Age warriors defended a hill fort here, and the nation's oldest poetry tells of a war band feasting here for a year before riding to their deaths in battle. The Scots and English struggled for control of the castle during the Wars of Independence. In 1314 it was recaptured from the English in a daring night raid led by Thomas Randolph, nephew of King Robert the Bruce. The castle has sheltered many Scottish monarchs. They include Queen Margaret (later St Margaret), who died here in 1093, and Mary Queen of Scots, who gave birth to James VI in the Royal Palace in 1566. Her great-great-great grandson Charles Edward Stuart - Bonnie Prince Charlie - captured Edinburgh but was unable to take the castle during the 1745-6 Jacobite Rising. In 1996, the Stone of Destiny, on which kings were enthroned for centuries, was returned to Scotland. It is now displayed in the Crown Room. In the 1600s, the castle became a military base. Some buildings were rebuilt and new ones were raised to house a huge garrison - and provide a secure jail for prisoners of war. The military presence remains, but over the last 200 years the castle has become a national icon. It is now Scotland's leading tourist attraction, and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
The Royal Yacht Britannia (Included as part of your Package)
Britannia was launched from the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank on 16 April, 1953. For over 44 years she served the Royal Family, travelling over one million miles to become the most famous ship in the world. To Her Majesty The Queen, Britannia proved to be the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits, official receptions, royal honeymoons and relaxing family holidays. For Great Britain, she was a majestic symbol of the Commonwealth and a proud ambassador. For the Royal Family and dedicated crew of Royal Yachtsmen, she was home. Britannia was the only ship in the world whose Captain traditionally was an Admiral. Nowhere on her side will you see her name, yet she is recognized around the world. She was built for the dual role of becoming a hospital ship if needed. Discover what a typical day aboard the Royal Yacht was like for The Queen. With Britannia playing such a major role in The Queen's life, it is clear why the Royal Yacht's decommissioning was so sad for her. The Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed at Leith, Edinburgh is now a five-star visitor attraction and an exclusive evening events venue.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse (Included as part of your Package)
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining. During The Queen's Holyrood week, which usually runs from the end of June to the beginning of July, Her Majesty carries out a wide range of official engagements in Scotland. The Investiture held in the Great Gallery is for Scottish residents whose achievements have been recognized in the twice-yearly Honors List which appears at New Year and on The Queen's Official Birthday in June. King George V and Queen Mary held the first garden party in the grounds of Holyroodhouse and the tradition has been maintained to the present day. Each year, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh entertain around 8,000 guests from all walks of Scottish life during Holyrood week.
EDINBURGH BUS TOUR INFORMATION: VALID FOR 48 HOURS FROM FIRST USE (Included as part of your Package)
One unique ticket is all you need to get the most out of your visit to Edinburgh by exploring the splendors of Scotland's capital city and experiencing its magnificent royal attractions. The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is The only ticket which includes: A fantastic all inclusive ticket with entry to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Yacht Britannia as well as 48 hours on all 5 city tours. Includes 2 for 1 entry to The Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. The tours are all hop-on hop-off tours so you can jump on and off as you like.
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From the opening of the new Scottish Parliament in 1999, to the stone circles scattered across Scotland’s islands, which are thought to date back over 5,000 years, Scotland has a rich and colorful history. As you travel around Scotland, uncover stories of heroes, villains, fallen monarchs and bloody battles all while playing some of Scotland’s greatest golf courses! Play golf in the land of its birth all while marveling at some truly breathtaking castles, monuments and architecture.
British Open venues Turnberry and Carnoustie are rated among the top golf courses in the world, while a round on Turnberry’s Kintyre course is always one to savor and will provide happy memories for many years to come. The New Course has its own piece of history to share. If the New was situated next to any other course in the world than the Old its star would have shone with a far greater degree of brilliance. As if those courses weren’t enough, as the pièce de résistance of our trip, situated just six miles from St Andrews, Kingsbarns Golf Links is as good as it gets! It is safe to say that this might be one of the last true links courses to be built along Scotland’s coastline. This course is an absolute gem and deserves to be ranked alongside the greatest courses in the world. Needless to say this is a golfer’s dream Scottish golfing adventure and surely not one to be missed!!
The four-star Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel is right in the heart of Scotland's historic capital city, situated on North Bridge overlooking the Royal Mile. The hotel is just a few minutes from Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle, with 189 bedrooms it's the perfect base for exploring what the city has to offer. Take the Edinburgh Dungeon Tour, unearth the city's history at the National Museum of Scotland then take in the spectacular views of the skyline from Arthur's Seat. Get your heart rate up in the squash courts, pamper yourself in the spa and beauty rooms then enjoy excellent local food in the contemporary Bridge Restaurant.
Turnberry From your very first visit, you will notice there is something distinctive about Trump Turnberry Resort. An iconic landmark on the spectacular Ayrshire coastline, Turnberry is the world’s original golf resort with over a century of hospitality and tradition. It is a place where championship golf, award winning cuisine, family adventures and a relaxing spa await your discovery. Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland offers a sparkling selection of accommodation, and your room will overlooking the famous links golf courses and the sea beyond. The warmest of welcomes from the kilted doormen, an iconic lighthouse and captivating views of the rugged Ayrshire coastline; this could only be the inspirational setting of Turnberry.
One of the most magnificent destinations for golf vacations in Scotland, Trump Turnberry is home to the iconic Ailsa: an Open Championship course four times over and consistently voted as one of the world’s best. Undulating greens, ocean-hugging holes; this is links golf at Trump Turnberry. Trump Turnberry’s six restaurants and bars each provide unique memorable dining experiences. Enjoy exquisite afternoon tea, savour French Escoffier inspired dishes in 1906, or embark on a culinary journey at the Chef’s Table. Indulge in The Spa at Turnberry, a restful haven with stunning ocean views, offering bespoke ESPA treatments and spa day rituals.
St. Andrews St Andrews is a must-visit destination: from being a Scottish setting for Royal romance, to its vast beach, Cathedral, aquarium, Stanza Poetry Festival and boutiques. Oh, and did we mention golf? Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is within a sand wedge of the 18th hole of the famous Old Course and is part of The Macdonald Hotels' Signature Collection. Stylishly remodeled on a golfing theme, Macdonald Rusacks Hotel offers luxurious accommodation occupied by some of the great names in the game's history.
Their award-winning Rocca Bar & Grill serves fine food and drink against a backdrop of the world's oldest golf course. Magnificent views out to sea take in St Andrews' West Sands, immortalized in the Oscar-winning movie Chariots of Fire. Unquestionably one of Scotland's greatest golfing hotel, they even have a dedicated Golf Concierge so you won't miss a thing. Macdonald Rusacks Hotel offers a great selection of meals at the Rocca Bar & Grill and One Under gastro pub - and they even have their very own sophisticated champagne and whisky bar, R Bar at Macdonald Rusacks Hotel - the perfect place to relax and unwind after golf.
Deluxe Coach Transportation We work with a coach company that was formed in 1992 and has emerged as one of Scotland's premier golf transportation specialists. With offices in St Andrews - minutes away from the Old Course - it is ideally situated to service the golf industry. A wealth of local knowledge and personal service are the hallmarks of their drivers. It operates a policy of vehicle replacement after only four years and consequently boasts one of the newest fleets in the country. We are sure you will enjoy being chauffeured as this will give you plenty of time to gaze upon the beautiful Scottish countryside.
The Building on the challenges laid down by the famous old Arran course, which the Kintyre course was literally built on top of, the Kintyre is links golf at its exhilarating best. The course offers undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes, and all with stunning views of Kintyre, Arran, and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse. This is certainly a championship caliber venue as in 2004, the Kintyre hosted the Open Championship Final Qualifying round. The view that greets you from the brow of Bain's Hill is just one moment among many you'll want to savor again and again. As the short ascent is made from the 7th green, it is as if a theatrical curtain is opened to reveal a stunning set. The extra elevation multiplies the panorama that stretches in every direction, but the shots, too, are breathtaking. These range from a delicate pitch in a rocky dell on the 8th to a thrilling second along the shoreline on the 9th. Widely regarded as the Kintyre's signature hole, the 8th, involves a drive from an elevated tee towards the sea and an unforgettable blind second shot to the green set in a gully by the rocks. Unseen from the tee, hidden by a narrow ridge, the green is in a cove that seems to merge with the craggy beach beyond. As for the 9th, an invigorating drive offers the choice between adventure and caution, a par 5 set against the background of the renowned symbols of Turnberry, Ailsa Craig and the Lighthouse. A climb up to the 10th puts players at the highest point of the course, and in the way of any weather in the vicinity. After the myriad tests posed by the back nine, to escape the closing hole and its 11 bunkers without using a sand wedge is an accomplishment in itself. Be sure to bring you camera!
There are few more inspiring places to play golf than Turnberry. The granite dome of Ailsa Craig, the lighthouse, in the distance the Isle of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre, add to the breathtaking landscape that is a match for any course in the world.Home to four Open Championships, the Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament's history and was voted best course in the UK by two leading golf publications. In 1986 Greg Norman won the Open at Turnberry, in 1977 Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by one shot and in 1994 Nick Price was victorious. Stewart Cink conquered the title at an incredible championship in 2009. This par-70, 7,217-yard championship course is one of golf's storied places. Its first three holes pose a fairly tough opening, particularly when the wind blows from the direction of its namesake, the brooding isle of Ailsa Craig, 11 miles out to sea. From the 4th to the 11th, the coastal scenery is magnificent and the course is demanding. Commanding a passage of stout hitting throughout, the 5th to the 8th holes are framed by sandy hillocks, while the 9th, 10th and 11th are flanked by craggy rocks. On its stony ridge on the edge of the sea, the 9th hole is Turnberry's trademark. The landmark lighthouse casts shadows over the 13th century ruins of Bruce's Castle, the reputed birthplace of Scotland's hero king Robert the Bruce, and the narrow path to the tee and the drive across the corner of the bay fills players with trepidation. The 17th, named Lang Whang, is the only par 5 on the course. A short but challenging hole, its subtle contours slightly obstruct each shot-characteristic of the trickery of Turnberry. The finishing hole of the Ailsa, the ‘Duel in the Sun’ was renamed in honor of the 1977 Open Championship when Tom Watson had a one shot lead over his great rival, Jack Nicklaus.
The New Course is often regarded as the oldest "new" course in the world. A classic links course with undulating fairways and delightfully challenging greens, it was set out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris. Named the New to differentiate it from the original course at the Links which became the Old Course, the course remains one of the finest examples of Morris' work to be found anywhere. The construction of the New Course was paid for by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which engaged B Hall Blyth, an Edinburgh civil engineer, to plan the New Course, and entrusted the layout to Morris and his right-hand man David Honeyman. The result is a classic links course which is a first class golfing challenge. The course has the traditional out and back layout, with the 18th green just to the right of the first tee. It also has, in the great St Andrews tradition, shared fairways and even a double green at the 3rd and 15th holes. No one can ever take away the history and tradition that is held exclusively by The Old Course at St. Andrews and neither should they. It will always bring out the deepest of emotions in every golfer, whether playing it for the first or twenty-first time. When it comes to those who seek a true links challenge however, there can be no better place than The New Course to test your abilities against Mother Nature. It also happens to be one of the best-preserved 18-hole courses that Old Tom Morris designed. And for those who accept the challenge, The New Course has its own piece of history to share. If the New was situated next to any other course in the world than the Old its star would have shone with a far greater degree of brilliance.
According to golf historian Bobby Burnet, golf at Kingsbarns dates back to 1793. A nine-hole golf course once played over part of the current layout. The “nine-holer” was commandeered by the military at the outbreak of the Second World War because they felt that the beach at Kingsbarns was an invasion risk. The golf course disappeared until American architect Kyle Phillips came along at the close of the 20th century. Phillips studied various courses, including Royal Dornoch, to ensure that the end design would look natural. The earthmovers then rumbled in and shifted hundreds of thousands of tonnes of earth to create the moonscape that is now Kingsbarns. The course opened in July 2000 to rapturous applause. The course appears so natural that you would think that it had been there for years, an outstanding achievement. One of the many delights of Kingsbarns GolfLinks is that you can see the North Sea from virtually every part of the course. What’s more, it has its own burn (the Cambo), which was uncovered during all that earth moving. The terrain is perfect for golf, rippling fairways, humps and hollows. What’s more, the course is always maintained in immaculate condition. The green fee is not insignificant, however, the goody-bag that is handed out on the first tee is a really nice touch. Situated just six miles from St Andrews, Kingsbarns is an important addition to the superb links courses in this area. It is feasible that this might be one of the last true links courses to be built along Scotland’s coastline and if so, it is just as well that this course is an absolute cracker and deserves to be ranked alongside the greatest courses in the world. Golf Magazine rated it the number 1 course in Europe in their “50 Greatest Courses Created in the Last 50 Years.”
Much has been written about Carnoustie over the years. The finishing holes are especially brutal at this seven-time Open Championship venue and many consider that it has one of the greatest back nines in championship golf. Others will recall John Van de Velde’s barefoot paddle in the Barry Burn at the 18th hole during the 1999 Open Championship. Bernard Darwin perhaps had Van de Velde in his mind when, in 1910, he wrote in his book The Golf Courses of the British Isles: “he had got burns badly on his nerves… there really is some justification for the nervous golfer who has water on the brain after a round at Carnoustie.” You have to cross the snaking burn no less than five times whilst playing the closing two holes. We mustn’t forget to mention the wee Jockie’s Burn either - he’s the young son of Barry, and he comes in to catch your approach shot to the 3rd green. The first record of golf being played across this links land dates back to 1527; a 10-hole course was laid out in 1842. Fifteen years later, in 1857, an 18-hole course was fashioned by Old Tom Morris. James Braid extended the course in 1926 and it has hardly changed since. In recent years, the Carnoustie Championship course, rated among the top golf courses in the world, has returned to world-prominence as the host of numerous Scottish Opens and the venue for the British Open Championships in 1931(Tommy Armour), 1937(Henry Cotton), 1953(Ben Hogan), 1968(Gary Player), 1977(Tom Watson), 1999(Paul Lawrie), 2007(Padrig Harrington).