Taste of the Highlands Package

Scotland Highlands Golf Tour: 4/1/15 – 10/31/15

Day 1:

Depart USA for Scotland.

Day 2:

Upon your arrival in Scotland (Glasgow or Edinburgh) you will be met by a SGH Golf representative, who will assist you with your luggage and present you with your travel guide, before showing you to your waiting rental vehicle. You will then transfer to your Designated Hotel: Luxury, First Class, or Standard.

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The rest of the day is free to relax and unpack.
Overnight at your Designated Hotel.

Day 3:

Today after breakfast golf will be arranged at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

Castle-Stuart.jpg As Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands – a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world. The centerpiece for this destination golf resort will be Castle Stuart Golf Links, a championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle - Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse, perhaps the most notable.

 

Non golfers may like to visit Cawdor Castle.

cawdor-castle.jpg Cawdor Castle is one of the most romantic and commodious castles in Scotland. Still lived in by the Cawdor family, it maintains an air of pleasant domesticity making more of a home than an ancient, chilly keep. The main tower is 600 years old with several quixotic additions that flourish around it. This is the Cawdor of Shakespeare’s Macbeth where the character becomes Thane of Cawdor thus fulfilling the witches’ prophecy, encouraging him to murder Duncan to become king. One of its most pleasant aspects is the walled garden, not so stately and formal as some but more congenial for its simple arrangements. Be sure to obtain a copy of the castle guide book which humorously helps to make a visit more interesting, especially how the castle was founded.

 

After golf you may like to visit Benromach Distillery.

Benromach-Distillery.jpg Our distillery – Speyside’s smallest - is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres, in north-east Scotland. Just two experienced distillers passionately hand-craft Benromach using the finest Scottish barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach Hills. They personally ensure that only the highest quality spirit is filled into sturdy oak casks before being left to mature at Benromach for many years. Only when it has matured to our highest quality standards do we bottle it and proudly label it – Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. We adopt a very simple approach to creating our Single Malts - each part of the art of whisky making impacts on the final product. Like a jigsaw, each part of the whisky making process contributes to the final quality product.

 

Overnight at your Designated Hotel.

Day 4:

Today after breakfast golf will be arranged at Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal-Dornoch.jpg Originally laid out in 1891 by Old Tom Morris the course received a slight makeover from John Sutherland, the club's secretary. It is one of the finest links courses in the world and regularly features in the top ten of best course listings. At just over 6,500 yards it is not too long compared to modern layouts but still presents a mighty challenge regardless. It is bordered by the Dornoch Firth and exhibits rolling fairways and small saucer-like greens. Royal Dornoch is a favorite of former Open champion Tom Watson, who said: "It was the most fun I've had playing golf in my whole life."

 

Inverness to Dornoch is approximately a 1 hour drive.

Non golfers may like to visit Dunrobin Castle.

dunrobin-castle.jpg Magnificently set in a great park and formal gardens overlooking the sea, Dunrobin Castle was originally a square keep built about 1275 by Robert, Earl of Sutherland, from whom it got its name. For centuries this castle has been the seat of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland and fine paintings, furniture and a steam-powered fire engine are among the miscellany of items to be seen.

 

After golf you can visit Glenmorangie Distillery.

glenmorangie.jpg The Glenmorangie Distillery tour gives you unparalleled access to the distillery and warehouses. With the help of an expert guide you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing - all culminating in a dram or two of your choice!

 

Overnight at your Designated Hotel.

Day 5:

Today after breakfast you will transfer to Aberdeen and your Designated Hotel: Luxury, First Class, or Standard.

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Inverness to Cruden Bay is approximately a 2 hour and 50 minute drive.
Cruden Bay to Aberdeen is approximately a 40 minute drive.

 

On route to Aberdeen golf will be arranged at Cruden Bay Golf Club

Cruden-Bay.jpg Designed by Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews, and opened in 1899, Cruden Bay offers an internationally famous golfing experience – old fashioned links golf at its best – on one of the best links courses in Scotland. Last year Cruden Bay was placed at No. 52 in the world by “Golf Magazine”. Cruden Bay Golf Course creates unique challenges demanding the skills of power, placement and fine judgment upon the discerning golfer. Set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views, a visit to Cruden Bay will be a most memorable one.

 

Non golfers may like to tour the Grampian Highlands.

Grampian Highlands.jpg Aberdeen and Grampian has some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery, with untouched wilderness in some parts and some of the highest mountains in the country which swoop down to a dramatic and unspoilt coastline to the north and east, characterized by picturesque fishing villages. Deeside is the area discovered by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which charmed them so much that the Prince built Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s holiday home for seven generations. With its sparkling granite buildings, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city. Excellent shopping, a good range of first class restaurants and a vibrant nightlife make this an excellent destination for visits to the area. On the city’s doorstep are more than half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries, and visitors can follow the Malt Whisky Trail along Speyside, or immerse themselves in the traditional games celebrated each summer at the many Highland Gatherings. Aberdeen and Grampian’s turbulent past is interpreted through its many historic sites, castles and archaeology, and visitors can follow the Castle Trail, taking in 11 of the finest castles.

 

After golf you may like to enjoy Glen Moray Distillery.

Glen Moray Distillery.jpg A warm welcome awaits you at Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin. Glen Moray has been distilled on the banks of the River Lossie since 1897 by a small dedicated team of craftsmen. In over a century of distilling at Glen Moray, much has changed. However, the ingredients, processes and the skills of those responsible for producing this finest quality single malt whisky remain constant. A small, friendly and informal distillery, Glen Moray is situated in the city of Elgin, the historic capital of Speyside. The area around Elgin is known as the Laich of Moray and has a mild climate. Indeed, an old Moray saying proclaims that the Laich of Moray has forty days more summer than any other part of Scotland – making Glen Moray one of the sunniest distilleries in Speyside.

 

Overnight at your Designated Hotel.

Day 6:

Today after breakfast golf will be arranged at Trump International Golf Club.

Trump-International.jpg Spanning approximately 500 hectares of land on the north-east coast of Aberdeenshire, the proposed development comprises a world class championship links golf course suitable for hosting major international events and a second 18-hole links golf course; an iconic hotel set amidst an array of luxury holiday homes; and a residential village formed within the unique setting of Menie Estate. The proposed layout of the world class championship links course will complement the natural landscape and offer golfers dramatic sea views from nearly every hole. The links promise to be both challenging and beautiful for golfers of all levels.

 

Non golfers may like to relax and enjoy some of the gardens of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Garden.jpg Aberdeen is the floral capital of Scotland and no matter what time of year you visit, the gardens will be beautiful. Aberdeen has won the competition for Britain’s best floral town 10 times. A few of the parks and gardens include Candacraig Gardens, Cruickshank Botanic Gardens, Dutch Flower Bulb Garden, Grant Park, and the Pitmedden Garden.

 

Overnight at your Designated Hotel.

Day 7:

Today after breakfast golf will be arranged at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Royal Aberdeen.jpg Set alongside a picturesque shoreline featuring sweeping sand dunes, Royal Aberdeen is a highly rated traditional links course. Possessing many eye-catching features, most notably the quality of the opening and closing holes, it boasts a balance of long and short par 4's, testing par 3's and tricky par 5's, which due to wind speed and direction, play differently each day. Royal Aberdeen is ranked as the sixth oldest club in the world.

 

Non golfers may like to visit Balmoral Estate.

Balmoral Castle.jpg Balmoral Castle is most famous as a favorite summer royal residence. The castle began as a home built by Sir William Drummond in 1390 and was passed around to several Earl’s until it became the summer home of Queen Elizabeth II. Its connection to the royal family extends further back, however, to 1848 when Queen Victoria began renting the castle as a summer home. The estate is still a working estate as well as being open to the public.

 

After golf you may like to visit Royal Lochnagar Distillery.

Royal Lochnagar Distillery.jpg Royal Lochnagar distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies. A visit to Royal Lochnagar is a timeless experience. You can see the distillers tending to the traditional mashtun and gleaming copper stills. At the tour end your complimentary dram will confirm that Royal Lochnagar is a malt whisky worthy of the "Royal" prefix to its name. As with many distilleries Royal Lochnagar's routes lie with the Illegal distilling that took place up until the early 1800's. James Robertson a local man began distilling legally around the area of Lochnagar in 1826, this was aptly named Lochnagar Distillery, situated on the North side of the Dee. It was believed that competitors were responsible for the fire that burnt the distillery to the ground in 1841. This distillery was re-built and he continued distilling in this area until 1860.

 

Overnight at your Designated Hotel.

Day 8:

Today after breakfast you will depart Scotland for home.

 

Cost Includes: Taste of Highlands Tour

  • Mercedes-Vito-Van.jpgMeet and greet service at arrival airport by local SGH Golf staff.
  • All bag handling at Scotland airports.
  • 6 nights' accommodation, double occupancy, at hotels indicated.
  • Full breakfast each day.
  • Rental vehicle - unlimited mileage - CDW included, gas extra.
  • Starting times and green fees for 5 rounds of golf at: Turnberry Ailsa, Royal
  • Troon, Carnoustie, St. Andrews Old, Kingsbarns.
  • Full use of all golf clubhouses including access to the changing rooms, showers, lockers, dining room and bar.
  • All local taxes and service charges on all services included in the attached itinerary.
  • SGH Luggage Tags.
  • Personalized travel pack with useful information, maps, helpful hints, recommended restaurants, pubs, shopping and sightseeing options.
  • Assistance of SGH Golf's local office at your destination.
  • 24/7 emergency help line.
  • A dedicated professional SGH Golf representative to coordinate all aspects of your tour.

Transportation: If Escorted

  • Sprinter-Coach.jpgYou will have the services of an experienced SGH Tour Manager Driver who will greet you at the airport and accompany you for the duration of the tour. All SGH Tour Managers have many years of experience and are on hand to assist with all aspects of your tour. He will make sure you reach the destinations on time, will assist with check-in and luggage at the hotels making the process as seamless as possible. At the golf courses, he will handle your golf equipment check you in and assembles the caddies you have requested while also arranging a second round if desired. The knowledgeable Tour Managers are indispensable when providing daily sightseeing guidance for golfers and non golfers whether it be touring a distillery, castle, or shopping excursions. He will also be an asset when recommending and making dinner reservations at local restaurants.
  • The Tour Manager will provide the small touches along with local knowledge and experience that turn a “good” golf tour into a "GREAT" golf tour.

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