- 3 nights – Premier Inn, Milburn Road, Inverness – 3 star – (converted former distillery)
- 3 nights – Premier Inn, Aberdeen – 3 star – twin or double room
- 1 night – The Carnoustie Course Hotel, Carnoustie, B&B – 4 star – twin room
- 1 night – Premier Inn, The Gyle, Edinburgh – 3 star – twin or double room
Breakfast is included at the Carnoustie Course. All the others are ‘room only’. In truth, you can present to the breakfast restaurant each morning at a Premier Inn and pay cash. It sometimes works out cheaper than having two breakfasts charged to a room irrespective of whether or not you take them
- up to 8 Rounds of golf, green fees for;
– Royal Dornoch
– Castle Stuart
– Cruden Bay Championship course
– Royal Aberdeen
– Trump International links or Murcar Links
– Moray Old Course
- One 9 person MPV, Mercedes Vito (or equivalent) – 5 metres in length
– Vehicle provided to carry 9 luggage items.
– Driver(s) are included as passengers.
– Unlimited mileage, includes VAT, breakdown and insurance
– Vehicles are supplied based on respective group size and seating capacities with qualified drivers for larger vehicles if appropriate
- Strathisla distillery tour, Other feasible possibilities would include
– Glenmorangie (often shut on a Sunday though)
– Glen Grant
- Management of St Andrews Old Course ballot process including rearranging any cancelled resulting from success
- Guided support as appropriate
NON GOLF – RECOMMENDATIONS
Because the default offer is self-drive, decisions regarding any non-golf activity remain very much with your party. For escorted versions of this tour, Faraway Fairways would arrange entrances and timings for you. We would however make the following recommendations.
The battlefield of Culloden (1746) is about 5 mins from Castle Stuart and costs about £12. The battlefield trails are well signposted and the narrative of events very easy to follow and understand. Culloden is a personal favourite of ours. Here history really does come alive, and most importantly, its genuine! The other apex visitor attraction of the Highlands is Loch Ness, globally famous and about 30 mins from Inverness. It’s expanse ensures it’s free to visit, but staring at black water tends to lose its appeal after a short period of time. Instead we normally suggest combining Loch Ness with the ruin of Urquhart Castle (£9). If you wanted to push the boat out a bit, we certainly wouldn’t discourage you from joining an evening sunset cruise. Prices tend to start at about £30 and rise to about £70 dependent on duration and any extra trimmings you decide to consume (imbibe). Dunrobin Castle (£11) is Scotland’s most splendid great house. Dunnottar Castle can be visited either from Aberdeen or en-route to St Andrews (£7). Up until the end of July (before the Royal court takes up residence) Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside, is open to the public (£12). If your visit coincides with early September you might even be able to take in the seminal Highland ‘Gathering’ (games) at Braemar. Finally we have made a contingent provision to try and play golf on the St Andrews Old Course on the Saturday. ‘The auld grey toon’ with its cathedral, castle, and ancient university is a legitimate attraction in its own right irrespective of golf
The price does not include air-fares, evening meals, or additional hotel expenditure such as drinks or breakfast (unless specified) etc.
The price does not include caddie hire, or any golf course equipment. Such arrangements usually involve paying on the day in local currency (cash for a caddie). We are happy to arrange this at no extra cost. A caddie normally costs in the region of $70 plus gratutuity tip (about $25). Club Hire is normally about $60. Cart Hire about $40 and a pull trolley $15. Use the booking form to enquire
The price of vehicle fuel is not included in the self-drive option, but would be included in any esorted options.
Although it’s not an integral part of this tour, the opportunity to play the Old Course at St Andrews should present itself. Under the circumstances we aren’t about to turn this down because it doesn’t fit a neat geographic pattern. Aberdeen is close enough to St Andrews for us to be asking the question. Should we succeed you will be required to pay another £195 locally to the St Andrews Links Trust 48 hours before play. It will mean cancelling and quite possibly forfeiting the green fee of any provisional golf that was otherwise booked which Faraway Fairways will arrange.
Saturday is a particularly favourable day to try and play the Old Course. The daily average across the year for a Saturday is 30%, albeit this peaks and troughs in line with the month. Faraway Fairways have structured the itinerary to permit us a ‘free shot’ at this window with no penalty involved. If we fail, then we should always be able to play the New Course en-route back to Edinburgh
Important Note, two of the Apex Courses, (Cruden Bay, Nairn, & Royal Aberdeen) are subject of a handicap threshold (24). If you are unable to meet these we have alternatives available which will result in a lower overall price. Cruden Bay barely enforce theirs, but it is worth being aware of just in case
All tours and hotels sold subject to availability and final confirmation. Entrance fees to some of the neighbouring attractions will need to coincide with helfpful tee times. In most cases no problems are anticipated, but should we need to, we’ll refund in cash