GRAND TOUR OF EAST OF SCOTLAND

Golf as we know it began here in the 15th century on the crumpled, wind-blasted links of Scotland’s East Coast. 600 years later there is still no better place to encounter the game in its essential form! Golfers come to pay homage to Scotland’s great golf courses to encounter golf as it began and at its purest!

Our Grand Tour of East of Scotland brings together the very finest elements of this historically rich and visually stunning region.

 Edinburgh’s skyline taken from Calton Hill with Edinburgh Castle in the distance.

Edinburgh’s skyline taken from Calton Hill with Edinburgh Castle in the distance.

EAST LOTHIAN & EDINBURGH

In Arthurian legend, Loth was the King of Lothian, a Pictish region from the late Iron Age to the early Middle Ages. He was also King Arthur's brother-in-law!

 Tantallon Castle in East Lothian was the last truly great castle to be built in Scotland, a mighty fortress of the mid-1300s, attacked by James IV, James V and finally in 1651 by Oliver Cromwell who left the medieval fortress in ruin.

Tantallon Castle in East Lothian was the last truly great castle to be built in Scotland, a mighty fortress of the mid-1300s, attacked by James IV, James V and finally in 1651 by Oliver Cromwell who left the medieval fortress in ruin.

From our 15th century stronghold, we'll tackle the world's oldest existent golf course, armed with hickory sticks and canvas carry bags.

 Hickory Golf at Musselburgh Old Links, the oldest playing golf course on the planet

Hickory Golf at Musselburgh Old Links, the oldest playing golf course on the planet

The highlights of our Grand Tour of the East Coast of Scotland line up like celestial bodies to bring you a spectacular programme filled with inspiration and gratification.

That evening you’ll enjoy drinks aboard Her Majesty’s the Royal Yacht Britannia and following a wonderful Welcome Dinner, a short performance by members of Scottish Opera,

 The Jacobite Room within Edinburgh Castle

The Jacobite Room within Edinburgh Castle

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We explore the city of Edinburgh, its finest restaurants, renowned pubs and historic sites as well as enjoy a spectacular, very special dinner within the glorious setting of Edinburgh Castle

GOLF AT ITS ROOTS

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 David completes a day at Muirfield as the moon rises

David completes a day at Muirfield as the moon rises

Our golf journeys, as always take us on a 'Scottish Road Less Travelled'. We open the gates to the likes of Muirfield and Gullane but we'd equally love to show you some of our favourite lesser-known links along East Lothian's 'Golf Coast'.

OUTLANDER & SCOTLAND’S RICH HISTORY

Scotland's rich history has become popular through series such as Outlander and films such as Mary Queen of Scots and the Outlaw King. Lallybroch, Jamie & Claire Fraser's fictional home otherwise known as Midhope Castle is a short drive away as is Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.

 Midhope Castle in West Lothian, known fictionally as ‘Lallybroch’, is used as an exterior film location during both Season 1 and 2 of Outlander.

Midhope Castle in West Lothian, known fictionally as ‘Lallybroch’, is used as an exterior film location during both Season 1 and 2 of Outlander.

Our first three days will go by in a blur of excitement and a depth of . Don't worry, we'll capture it all in video as we end this segment with a sensational 'Mystery Dinner' in Edinburgh Castle that will linger forever in the memory.

 Glamis Castle was the childhood home of The Queen Mother

Glamis Castle was the childhood home of The Queen Mother

GOLF IN THE KINGDOM

We migrate across The Firth of Forth into the Kingdom of Fife, golf's ancestral home and explore sites made famous in Outlander, Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scotland.

Dunfermline Abbey is the resting place of the heart of Robert The Bruce and from Dunfermline Golf Club, the first golfers travelled to America.

The Auld Grey Toon of St Andrews awaits us in the evening, a town rich in golf lore and legend.

 St Andrews students walk the pier wall every Sunday during term. Legend has it they were made to wear red gowns so they could easily be spotted going into brothels.

St Andrews students walk the pier wall every Sunday during term. Legend has it they were made to wear red gowns so they could easily be spotted going into brothels.

We settle here for a few days to absorb all that golf’s epicentre can offer; its castles and cathedrals; its finest dining experiences and cosy local pubs. Our trips never fall short of extraordinary.

Across the silvery River Tay lies Dundee and Scotland’s newest attraction, The V&A Museum of Design. Next to it is RRS Discovery, Captain Falcon Scott’s Antarctic Expedition ship where we dine in its Ward Room.

NORTHERN DELIGHTS

 We stop in at Dunnottar Castle on the way to Aberdeen, a dramatic cliff top fortress once home to one of the most powerful families in Scotland

We stop in at Dunnottar Castle on the way to Aberdeen, a dramatic cliff top fortress once home to one of the most powerful families in Scotland

Onward to the Great Northland where Royal Aberdeen, Trump International and Cruden Bay await. This is Castle Country and Scotland's singular Malt Whisky Trail where we’ll sample a few 'wee nips' along the way.

 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is patron to the annual Braemar Gathering in Royal Deeside, maintaining the tradition of a royal presence at the gathering since Queen Victoria in 1848.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is patron to the annual Braemar Gathering in Royal Deeside, maintaining the tradition of a royal presence at the gathering since Queen Victoria in 1848.

Balmoral Castle is where the Royal Family retreat each summer for 2 months. HRH Prince Charles has been active in the royal village of Ballater and we dine in his restaurant.

Back at base we bring you the very best of each area in spectacular fashion - a show of Scotland's wonderful tweed and tartan contemporary designs.

We are so excited about this incredible tour. Linksland is renowned for its attention to detail and superior hosted events that bring out the most incredible. Meet the locals and enjoy a trip that you will relish for the rest of your days.

 On our way to Aberdeen, we stop at the pretty harbourtown of Stonehaven for lunch and a leisurely stroll

On our way to Aberdeen, we stop at the pretty harbourtown of Stonehaven for lunch and a leisurely stroll