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NON-GOLFER’S SCOTLAND

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The Scots are rightly proud of the fact that they have an accessible and genuinely unique world class golf offer. They do have one regret however, and you hear it time and time again. So many visiting golfers are missing out on so much that Scotland has to offer them. Nearby visitor attractions add easy value to your Scottish golf break. In a lot of cases these are genuine attractions too, (not the sort the tourist industry tags into a programme to pad it out). In the list below Faraway Fairways outline some of them, along with the course(s) that best support them. We also offer you a true indication of journey time to visit. Faraway Fairways have used a 30 minute isochrone from the course by road to select our recommendations, so just take a moment to consider the Non-Golfer’s Scotland and see how easy it is to add something for little to your experience

When you return home, we think we can probably promise you a few things. At some point you will speak to someone else who has played golf in Scotland. Naturally you will compare notes. Those of you who took the time to explore the country just a little bit beyond her fairways will be nearest the flag. You are the ones who will have had the richer experience

ST ANDREWS

The university town of St Andrews is a genuine visitor attraction in its own right. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking this. It’s atmospheric and ancient. The ruins of the castle are situated on a cliff-top to the north of the town. The ruin of greater historical significance lies to the east of the town centre, St Andrew’s Cathedral.

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The ruined castle. Not normally the sort of image we associate with St Andrews, but perfectly genuine and accessible
NEWSITE-PLACES-PRINCES-STREET
GULLANE & MUIRFIELD for EDINBURGH
30 minutes

The probability is that you’re staying in Edinburgh to play either of these east Lothian courses anyway, but if you aren’t, it would be a criminal mistake not to make time for the Scottish capital. Edinburgh is a charismatic city famed for its castle, royal palaces, and architecture. Perhaps more than anything though its just a good all-round, fun place to spend time.

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CASTLE STUART for LOCH NESS
38 minutes

Although strictly speaking Loch Ness is inside our 30 minutes ‘golfers commute’, we’re estimating a bit longer to get to Drumnadrochit. Here you can pick up a boat for an evening cruise on the legendery Loch, complete with food laid on and a bit of whisky tasting. And the monster (‘Nessie’)? Well we advise drinking the whisky. There is a strong correlation between consumption and sightings!

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The myths and legends of Loch Ness have endured for centuries
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CASTLE STURAT & NAIRN for CULLODEN
5 minutes & 19 minutes

Culloden, 1746, is where genuine history comes alive. The battlefield is open, and the order of battle recorded and easily understood without needing a command of complex military tactics. You are allowed to walk its trails and take up the key positions, standing in the exact same spots etc. Vert atmospheric and moving. A must for anyone playing either golf course

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GLENEAGLES for STIRLING CASTLE & BANNOCKBURN
22 minutes

Stirling castle is probably Scotland’s most famous citadel, sitting on a rocky outcrop it overlooks the university below. Stirling is also scene of two major battles. Stirling Bridge (1297) is perhaps better known today as ‘Braveheart’, whereas Bannockburn (1314) is scene of Robert ‘the Bruces’ defining victory over the English

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Stirling castle sits atop a crag and looks out across the Forth valley below
Scone Palace the ancient seat of kings
GLENEAGLES or CARNOUSTIE for SCONE PALACE
30 or 51 minutes

Scone Palace, just outside of Perth, is the ancient seat of Scottish Kings. The palace is half castle, half stately home, and famed for the emblematic ‘stone of destiny’. The crowning stone has its own fascinating history, and has now been returned to Scotland. Aside from the stone, Scone also has many interesting state rooms and beautifully maintained gardens

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CARNOUSTIE for GLAMIS CASTLE
28 minutes

Glamis Castle is probably most famous for its ghosts and ghouls, it’s normally these that capture the public imagination ahead of any state rooms, gardens, or architecture!
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It's definitely worth familiarising yourself with the Glamis ghost stories before you visit
Crail harbour is probably Scotland's most photographed traditonal fishing community. We try and use it for lunch
KINGSBARNS for CRAIL
6 minutes

Crail is a delightfully picturesque fishing village on the East Neuk of Fife. The attraction of Crail is simple. Just walk around its narrow streets and spend a little bit of time around the quay. Oh, and you really ought to try and get some fish to eat, either in Crail or nearby Anstruther
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ROYAL DORNOCH for DUNROBIN CASTLE
19 minutes

If there is one castle in Scotland that looks completely out of place, then its the distinctly French influenced Dunrobin. Overlooking the Moray Firth, Dunrobin is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and one of the best maintained

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The Castle, which resembles a French chateâu with its towering conical spires, has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed London’s Houses of Parliament, and Scotland’s own Sir Robert Lorimer.
The Strathsila Distillery
MORAY OLD COURSE for STRATHSILA DISTILLERY
30 minutes

Although the argument of ‘oldest’ distillery in Scotland rages, Strathsila claims it dating from 1786. The buildings have changed little, from the old cobbled courtyard to the distinctive double pagodas, making it one of the most picturesque distilleries in Scotland. Today is best known for being home to Chivas Regal

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ROYAL ABERDEEN for DUNNATTOR CASTLE
29 minutes

Outside the fishing town of Stonehaven lies Dunnattor Castle, one of Scotland’s most impressive ruins. A romantic, evocative and historically significant castle, Dunnattor is perched on a giant rock on the edge of the North-Sea. Everyone from Vikings to English parliamentary armies have attempted to take it at various times in history.

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A steep narrow paths winds it's way through the precipitous cliff faces that defend Dunnattor Castle, Aberdeenshire's very own Machu Picchu
Culzean Castle. The view from the castle looking out to sea is arguably the best of all
TURNBERRY for CULZEAN CASTLE
13 minutes

Culzean, home of the Clan Kennedy and one of Scotland’s more luxurious castles. It overlooks the sea and is dominated by a circular drum tower. Culzean also boasts some of the best kept gardens, benefiting as it does for being in the Gulf Stream and allowing it to support some surprisingly exotic plants
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ROYAL PORTRUSH for THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY
14 minutes

Ireland’s self-styled ‘8th wonder of the world’, the Giant’s Causeway is where millions of hexagonal bassalt columns meet the wild ocean in a series of bays and headlands. They are unique. You have a degree of freedom to explore them.

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Brought to you by legendary giant, Finn McCool


 

The importance of flexibility

Scotland is a compact country that combines stunning landscapes with what often reveals itself to be a blood curdling and and turbulent history. Perhaps the single most important ingredient to successfully integrating Scotland the country, with Scotland golf, is flexibility. The understanding between golfers and non-golfers is often important in this, and particularly with regards to vehicle sharing. Another tip to consider is that non golfers will usually get more time if the golfing party is staying in accommodation close to the course, and not requiring a time delimiting ‘pick up’. We also have the flexibility to leave final decisions reasonably late. This should be particularly valuable to any non-golfers in any group. We ensure you don’t get short changed on your experience.

How to find the Non Golf Options

You will find a button on most days itineraries called ‘Non-golf’. On the final day (the last tab) of each tour itinerary description there is another button called ‘What’s included?’, check this to see if the non-golf activity described is included as part of the ‘core tour’. It’s important, (and inevitable), to recognise that golf players will have less time for non-golf activity than non-players will. In some cases mileage, opening times, and onward travel commitments, prevent someone from doing both. Tee-times can also be a limiting factor. We have included an asterisk (*) on the ‘Non-Golf’ button, activities which we think a non-golfer could reasonably expect to be able to take at least some part in should they choose to. Anything that has been left unmarked is much more likely to be restricted to non-players only. We encourage you to be selective in your prioritising. If something is of limited interest to you, disregard it and spend more time on something else. We’d also encourage you to be ambitious with your choices> We will do our best to meet these and only advise that we don’t think something can be done inside a certain timeframe, when we really believe it can’t be!.

Prices for non-golf activity

As you might appreciate, we are able to embed some activity in a core tour as part of the overall price. It isn’t always helpful to include other optional activity however. This is particularly so where the price is influenced by the number of people participating who are able to share costs. We can supply indicative prices for discretionary day-trips and then work with you according to your priorities to refine these. In truth, where we’re able to deliver excursions ourselves, we price them very close to cost because we genuinely enjoy them!

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