Scotland offers an enthralling mix of modern cosmopolitan cities, traditional highland villages and a culture and history that is famous far beyond its boundaries. Enjoy fabulous locally produced food and drink at welcoming inns or one of many Michelin-star restaurants. With more than 550 courses to choose from, there are more courses per capita than any other country and access to many of the world’s most iconic and revered links makes it truly the ‘Home of Golf’. With seven Open Championship venues and a host of quality links in the world’s top 100 courses to choose from, nowhere gets the adrenaline flowing like you can experience by teeing off on the Old Course at St Andrews, hitting a perfect iron onto one of the undulating greens at Royal Dornoch or holing a putt for a birdie on Redan at North Berwick.
Aberdeen is known as the Granite City, from the sparkling silver rock used in the constructions of its many fine buildings. It is Scotland’s third largest city and grew thanks to a thriving North Sea fishing and oil industry. In recent year’s the addition of Trump International Golf Links and the hosting of the 2014 Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen has enhanced its reputation as a world-class golf destination.
East Lothian
East Lothian may only be short drive from the center of Edinburgh but it will feel like you are a million miles away! With 40 miles of stunning coastline, gentle rolling countryside and a wonderful stretch of linksland, this is a fantastic location if you enjoy the outdoors. It’s like Scotland in miniature offering medieval castles, a whisky distillery and world-class links courses, making it a must-visit destination for both golf enthusiasts and non-golfing partners.
St Andrews Gleneagles
St Andrews is not only famous for the Old Course and its reputation as the ‘Home of Golf’, it’s also home to a historic university, medieval streets and the remains of its magnificent cathedral. There are 10 courses within the vicinity, including Kingsbarns, which has shot to stardom since it opened in 2000. As short drive inland will take you to the magnificent Gleneagles Hotel and its three championship courses, voted one of the best golf resorts in the world and host to the 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup.
The Highlands
There’s a wonderful air of mystery and tranquillity in the Highlands. Despite its turbulent history, you’ll discover amongst magnificent mountains, delightful lochs and a rugged coastline many of Scotland’s most romantic castles and quaint whisky distilleries. The city of Inverness is the Highland capital and is a perfect base for golfers combining the magnificent links at Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart and Nairn.
The southwest region lies to the south of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Glasgow has transformed into an exciting, bustling city, full of character and famous for its hospitable citizens. Ayrshire, just 30 minutes from the city, was the home of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns but has a growing reputation for its exceptional golf courses. It has 5 of the UK’s top 100 courses and 3 Open Championship venues, Prestwick, Turnberry and the venue for the 2016 Open Championship, Royal Troon.