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. Six centuries later, there is still no better place to encounter the game in its essential form!

Our Grand Tour of East of Scotland brings together the very finest elements of this historically vivid and visually stunning region. From the medieval closes of Edinburgh to the granite grandeur of Old Aberdeen, we encounter the castles, characters and links that make Scotland famous the world over.

 Edinburgh’s skyline reflects only the surface of the history and character that can still be encountered in the city’s Old Town

Edinburgh’s skyline reflects only the surface of the history and character that can still be encountered in the city’s Old Town

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 also happened to be 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

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

The East of Scotland offers magnificent castles, preserved and presented as some of the most comfortable exclusive accommodation. From our own 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. There is documented evidence that the game was played here in 1672 and it is claimed that Mary, Queen of Scots, played at nearby Seton Palace in 1567

Hickory Golf at Musselburgh Old Links, the oldest playing golf course on the planet. There is documented evidence that the game was played here in 1672 and it is claimed that Mary, Queen of Scots, played at nearby Seton Palace in 1567

In the evening, enjoy drinks aboard Her Majesty’s the Royal Yacht Britannia.

 Dining in the Jacobite Room of Edinburgh Castle with superb views over Edinburgh

Dining in the Jacobite Room of Edinburgh Castle with superb views over Edinburgh

We explore the city of Edinburgh, its finest restaurants, authentic ‘boozers’ and historic sites as well as a very special dinner within the glorious confines of Edinburgh Castle, encounters which are simply not easily available.

GRASS ROOTS GOLF

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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 Traveled'. 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'.

SCOTLAND’S HISTORY

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

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

Scotland's rich history has recently been made popular with television series such as ‘Outlander’ and films like ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ and ‘The Outlaw King’. We visit Midhope Castle and Blackness Castle both featured in ‘Outlander’ along with Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.

GOLF IN THE KINGDOM

Crossing the Firth of Forth into the Kingdom of Fife, we enter into golf's ancestral home, a land where links courses dominate the coastline.

 Two Dunfermline Golf Club members, John Reid and Robert Lockhart first took golf to the USA in 1888, establishing the first US golf club, The Saint Andrews Club in Yonkers, New York

Two Dunfermline Golf Club members, John Reid and Robert Lockhart first took golf to the USA in 1888, establishing the first US golf club, The Saint Andrews Club in Yonkers, New York

 The Royal Vault in Dunfermline Abbey, resting place of King Robert The Bruce

The Royal Vault in Dunfermline Abbey, resting place of King Robert The Bruce

Within a Royal Vault in Dunfermline Abbey, we discover the resting place of King Robert The Bruce, ‘The Outlaw King’ and nearby we visit the village of Culross, setting of several memorable ‘Outlander’ scenes. Culross contains many unique historical buildings and the National Trust for Scotland has done an impressive job in their restoration and preservation.

THE PILGRIMS GUIDE TO ST ANDREWS

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The Auld Grey Toon of St Andrews awaits us in the evening, the epicentre of golf lore & legend and we settle here for a few days to absorb all that golf’s Mecca can offer; its castles and cathedrals, cosy pubs and finest dining encounters.

 St Andrews Harbour, Cathedral and Castle as the sun sets and moon rises

St Andrews Harbour, Cathedral and Castle as the sun sets and moon rises

 Legend has it St Andrews students were made to wear red gowns so they could be spotted going into brothels.

Legend has it St Andrews students were made to wear red gowns so they could be spotted going into brothels.

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 LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN

 En-route to Aberdeen, we stop at Dunnottar Castle, a dramatic clifftop fortress famous for the saving of the ‘Honours of Scotland’ the Scottish crown jewels, from Oliver Cromwell's invading army in the 17th century.

En-route to Aberdeen, we stop at Dunnottar Castle, a dramatic clifftop fortress famous for the saving of the ‘Honours of Scotland’ the Scottish crown jewels, from Oliver Cromwell's invading army in the 17th century.

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. A royal family member has attended ‘The Gathering’ since Queen Victoria in 1848.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is patron to the annual Braemar Gathering in Royal Deeside. A royal family member has attended ‘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.

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 life.

 On our way to Aberdeen, we stop at the pretty harbourtown of Stonehaven for lunch at the Tollbooth, one of the finest seafood restaurants on the East Coast

On our way to Aberdeen, we stop at the pretty harbourtown of Stonehaven for lunch at the Tollbooth, one of the finest seafood restaurants on the East Coast