Northern Scotland The Road Less Travelled
Northern Scotland The Road Less Travelled No-one who travels here can fail to be struck by a sense of being somewhere different. The sheer atmosphere of these northlands makes a big impression. The Northern Scotland region is of the most stimulating places in Britain to play a round of golf, with many varied links courses including Royal Dornoch the â€˜St Andrews of the Northâ€™ and other top100 rated courses in the such as Machrihanish, Castle Stuart and Cruden Bay. To compliment the golf, history and natural scenery it is only fitting to stay at some wonderful accommodation. Another great aspect to this tour it is so simple to extend your vacation before or after with more golf and sightseeing. Starting with playing at St Andrews Old Course, Kingsbarn, Carnoustie and finish the tour play in Ireland. The Travelling Golfer is happy to have this tour for any number of people, this is a great self-drive tour or plenty of fun with a large group.
Itinerary Day 1 Arrive in Aberdeen for stay overnight at Ardoe House Hotel. Royal Deeside Tour: This route travels west from Aberdeen following the Dee River to Balmoral Castle. Visit Crathes Castle & Gardens and Drum Castle. Day 2 Today you’ll play Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Founded in 1780 as the Society of Aberdeen Golfers this is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. Bernard Darwin wrote “it represented a huge gap in my golfing education not having played Balgownie until now. It is much more than a good golf course – it is “a Noble Links”. Royal Aberdeen also hosted two British Senior championships, and has the reputation of having the best front nine in all of Great Britain. After golf you’ll stay overnight at Ardoe House Hotel. Day 3 Today you’ll play at Trump International Golf Links, a course which opened to rave reviews. Donald Trump himself declares it is “the best course in the world” After golf you’ll return to The Ardoe House Hotel.
Day 4 After breakfast you will motor north and play Cruden Bay Golf Club. Although this is not a long course ( at 6,300 yards par 70 ) , it weaves through sand dunes and kisses the sea on many of its magnificent 18 holes. Youâ€™ll need to be very careful! The fourteenth hole is only a 250yard into the wind blind par 3!! Stay overnight at Ardoe House Hotel. Day 5 Today youâ€™ll meander your way north to the village of Dornoch via the medieval town of Elgin. On the way you will stop to visit the fairytale, pink castle of Craigievar, and the romantic Cawdor Castle in Nairn. Stay overnight at Royal Golf Hotel.
Day 6 Today you’ll play at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, which winds along a piece of linksland unmatched in the Scottish Highlands. It is consistently rated amongst the top golf courses in the world. In addition to being one of the finest and most enjoyable tests of golf anywhere, Dornoch is also the home of legendary golf course designer Donald Ross. After having played Royal Dornoch, you will quickly understand much of the inspiration for many of his famous courses. Stay overnight at Royal Golf Hotel. Day 7 Today you have the option of playing the mighty Royal Dornoch again. In the afternoon we tour the Highlands near Dornoch (Tain is Home of Glenmorangie Scottish Whisky) , stopping along the way at Dunrobin Castle Day 8 It is an early rise today and transfer to Inverness for golf at Castle Stuart. Home of the last two Scottish Opens, this course is known for the Rumple. Many links courses are known for their uneven or 'rumpled' fairways. Fairways can be flat in areas and 'rumpled' in others with differences in 'lie and stance' of tactical significance. Greenside rumple can disturb the release of an approach to a 'short pin' from certain angles. After golf you’ll motor south overnight through the ‘Great Glens”, past Loch Ness for your stay at Inverlochy Castle.
Day 9 Today, we detour to do the ‘Road to the Isles’ tour before heading south to Machrihanish. We stop along the way in the village of Oban for a Whiskey tour at Oban Distilleries and visit McCaigs Tower, Crarae Gardens and Inveraray Castle along the way. We stay at Ugadale Hotel (Located right across the street from the Course). Day 10 Today you’ll play a morning round at Machrihanish Dunes. This “new” course is situated on pristine linksland protected by the Scottish government, and offers you a rare opportunity to craft golf shots just as the men of Scotland did centuries ago. Machrihanish Dunes encourages creativity and imagination. For the golfer who accepts the challenge, the reward is a truly unforgettable experience.. Stay overnight at Ugadale Hotel. (Afternoon to watch Ryder Cup final round) Day 11 Today you’ll play at Machrihanish Golf Club, which is famous for it’s exceptional first hole. It requires the opening shot of the round to carry the Atlantic. It is a tough start, particularly into a breeze! Stay overnight at Ugadale Hotel Day 12 Depart for next destination.
Pre â€“Trip Add On Why not fly in a few days early and play some of the other iconic golf courses of Scotland? Play North Berwick and Muirfield Golf Clubs (Muirfield only take visitors on Tuesdays & Thursdays and only 12 guests) and stay overnight at Marine Hotel in North Berwick. Perhaps play at the home of golf at St Andrews and combine some of the famous links courses such as Kingsbarns, Carnoustie etc.
Post - Trip Add Ons Play at the famous Royal Portrush and surrounding courses, and take in the local sights. Visit Dunluce Castle, Carrick a rede bridge, The Giantâ€™s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery. Stay at a modernised version of the fabulous old coach inn. Alternatively.... Spend some time in Ireland Golf includes Royal County Down, Portmarnock, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Tralee, Killarney, Old Head...and more
Golf Clubs & Course Overview Royal Aberdeen Golf Club Royal Aberdeen is one of the truest links land layouts in golf. It's a course to test the better golfer, someone who can cope with the many and variable conditions this arduous links can throw at you. Royal Aberdeen's front nine holes rank amongst the very best in the world!
Trump International Golf Links Donald Trump himself tells us this is the best course in the world! It is pretty good but you make up your own mind…
Cruden Bay Golf Club Cruden Bay is situated on the east coast of Scotland 23 miles north of Aberdeen and 8 miles south of Peterhead. It is claimed that golf was played in the village of Cruden Bay as early as 1791. The course is not overly long, but fun and funky…
Castle Stuart Golf Club Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands - a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world. Come and experience ‘The Rumple’.
Golf Clubs & Course Overview Royal Dornoch Golf Club Dornoch Golf Club was formed in 1877, and became Royal in 1906 courtesy of King Edward VII. The course is generally regarded as one of the best on the world, and a wonderful site for the Open championship but for the remoteness of the site.
Machrihanish Dunes Set hard against the Atlantic Ocean on Scotland’s west coast, the award winning Machrihanish Dunes shares breathtaking views and a majestic dune-scapes with the neighbouring Machrihanish Golf Club, a world-top-100 course laid out in 1879 by Old Tom Morris himself. More than 100 years later, renowned present-day golf course architect, David McLay Kidd, realized a longstanding dream to build a second course at Machrihanish. This “new” course, situated on pristine linksland, offers you a rare opportunity to craft golf shots just as the men of Scotland did centuries ago….
Machrihanish Golf Club The course is set in wonderful dunes in the small village of Machrihanish, which is situated on the western side of the remote Kintyre Peninsula. The course is famous for it’s wonderful opening hole across the ocean.
Accommodation Overview Ardoe House Hotel Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa is a 19th century mansion house set in 30 acres of tranquil countryside. This 4 star Aberdeen hotel is 3 miles outside the city centre, and has 109 traditionally decorated guest rooms with satellite TV and internet access throughout. Enjoy sophisticated dining in Blairs Restaurant or a nightcap in Soapie's Lounge Bar. The spa has luxurious treatment rooms as well as an indoor heated pool and fitness room.
Royal Golf Hotel Located on Royal Dornoch's First Tee, The Royal Golf Hotel is a Scottish Golfers' Paradise providing a traditional Highland welcome. Many of the 22 en-suite four star and individually styled bedrooms overlook both the golf course and Dornoch Firth beyond. All rooms are well equipped with direct dial telephone, flat screen televisions incorporating free view channels, hospitality tray and complimentary toiletries to ensure a comfortable stay. Free Wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel including all of the bedrooms, the bar and Conservatory restaurant.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel Inverlochy is Scotland's finest luxury hotel and restaurant uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland. At Inverlochy you will experience one of the most relaxing and exciting vacations of a lifetime, where every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered.
Accommodation Overview The Ugadale Hotel Once regarded as the pinnacle of luxury accommodation in the west of Scotland, The Ugadale Hotel has been restored to its former glory and now serves as the centrepiece of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes. In its heyday Imagine waking up in the morning to views of the sparkling Atlantic and the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura out your window, enjoying a hearty Scottish breakfast, and then making your way to the first tee .
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