“The Home of Golf” and venue for the Open Championship twenty six times, St Andrews is recognized the world over as the golfing Mecca. The essential qualities of the Old Course at St. Andrews are the same today as they were when golf was first played over this stretch of ancient links land six centuries ago. From taking on the most famous hole in golf, the Road Hole, to walking over the Swilken Bridge or putting from the valley of sin, each player that plays the Old Course becomes a part of history. It surely is every golfers dream to make the pilgrimage to play the Old Course and sample the atmosphere, beauty and true Scottish hospitality of this historic town.
The Kingdom of Fife boasts more than forty courses, with several traditional seaside links to beautifully landscaped parkland and heathland courses suitable for golfers of all levels.
Home to Scotland's capital for six centuries, Fife has always been at the heart of the nation's history, evidence of which can still be found in its wealth of castles, cathedrals, and places of historic interest.
South of St Andrews, the tiny stone harbors of the fishing villages of the East Neuk - Anstruther, Crail, St Monans and Pittenweem - are an undeniably appealing extension to any visit to this part of Fife.
Edinburgh is home to some of the best galleries and museums in the UK, so whether you're into modern art, want to learn more about Scotland's history or fancy a trip down memory lane with the toys of your childhood, the city has something for you.
Beyond the city, the Lothian countryside provides a beautiful setting for the rich gems of the capital. This is an area steeped in history, filled with castles, great houses and battle sites.
It's also the ancient home of the game of golf and you can find some of the great links and parkland courses of the world here. In fact, the trails and parkland and miles of glorious coastline in the Lothians open up the countryside for everyone - from picnickers on the fine golden beaches, to walkers high in the Pentland Hills.
Golf (or gowf as it was once known) has been played in Scotland since the 14th century. Today you'll find some world-renowned courses around Edinburgh, including Gullane, the Open Championship course at Muirfield and the Open Qualifying course at Dunbar. Little wonder then, that East Lothian has been called the 'Cradle of Golf'.
Situated on the beautiful Clyde Coast, Ayrshire & Arran has it all and more. Beautiful scenery, fascinating history, outdoor activities, some of the finest golf courses in the world, superior accommodation and gourmet dining. Ancient castles, stunning country parks and gardens, bustling market towns and captivating visitor attractions are all on offer. Golf gems include the Open Championship courses of Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick, where the first Open Championship was played in 1860. These prestigious courses are complimented by many fine municipal golf courses. The whole of Ayrshire & Arran is a Mecca for golf enthusiasts professional or amateur - with over 40 outstanding courses spread throughout the area.
It is also the birthplace of world-renowned poet Robert Burns, and there are plentiful reminders of the man and his world to explore here.
The Isle of Arran, reached by ferry from Ardrossan, is known as 'Scotland in miniature'. A fascinating and surprising island, it has an unrivalled range of landscapes, covering the whole spectrum of Scottish scenery in one delightfully compact package. It is big enough to offer a bewildering variety of activities yet small enough to retain its intimate island atmosphere.
For many people around the world, the Highlands are Scotland, living up to their picture-postcard images with majestic scenery, awesome wild places, towering mountains, ancient pine forests and broad expanses of dark and shimmering loch.
The fame of Highland courses reaches its height, perhaps, with the great classic east-coast championship courses at Nairn (past host to events such as the British Amateur Championship and the Walker Cup) and also Dornoch whose grand seaside links have earned it the title of "the St Andrews of the North".
The majestic Grampian Mountains dominate the skyline to the west whilst miles of unspoiled and often dramatic coastline frame the area in the east.
With its sparkling granite buildings, Aberdeen has one of Scotland's most enchanting skylines, while the city's Old Town has a magical air of time gone by. A fantastic range of first-class restaurants and a vibrant nightlife combined with a thriving cultural calendar and shops galore all help make Scotland's third largest city a modern and lively destination that's well worth the trip.
Royal Aberdeen, Murcar and Dunbar golf clubs on the east coast are sure to challenge and should certainly be included on you Scottish golf holiday.