The university town of St Andrews is a genuine visitor attraction in its own right. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking this Golf and Scotland opportunity. 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.
GULLANE & MUIRFIELD for EDINBURGH|
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.
CASTLE STUART for LOCH NESS|
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 legendary 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!
CASTLE STURAT & NAIRN for CULLODEN
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
GLENEAGLES for STIRLING CASTLE & BANNOCKBURN|
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 Bruce’s defining victory over the English
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
CARNOUSTIE for GLAMIS CASTLE |
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!
KINGSBARNS for CRAIL |
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
ROYAL DORNOCH for DUNROBIN CASTLE|
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
MORAY OLD COURSE for STRATHSILA DISTILLERY|
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
ROYAL ABERDEEN for DUNNOTTAR CASTLE|
Outside the fishing town of Stonehaven lies Dunnottar Castle, one of Scotland’s most impressive ruins. A romantic, evocative and historically significant castle, Dunnottar 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.
TURNBERRY for CULZEAN CASTLE |
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
ROYAL PORTRUSH for THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY|
Ireland’s self-styled ‘8th wonder of the world’, the Giant’s Causeway is where millions of hexagonal basalt columns meet the wild ocean in a series of bays and headlands. They are unique. You have a degree of freedom to explore them.