SCOTLAND & IRELAND GOLF TOUR

Scotland Golf Tour

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Scotland and Ireland are dream destinations for the passionate golfer. The game originated in Scotland and has been played there for six centuries and is as popular in Ireland as it is in the ‘home of golf’. Many golfers dream of playing some rounds in Scotland and Ireland whether on their many championship standard links, wonderful parkland courses or ancient heathland courses. There are many golfing gems to discover and play in these beautiful Celtic countries.

SAMPLE ITINERARYDAY 1 – Arrival Glasgow and St Andrews

DAY 2 – St Andrews

DAY 3 – Excursion to Dundee and Edinburgh

DAY 4 – St Andrews

DAY 5 – Gleneagles and the Queens Course

DAY 6 – The Royal Troon, Championship Course

DAY 7 – Royal Troon Portland Course

DAY 8 – Royal County Down

D DAY 9 – Royal County Down – Annesley Links

DAY 10 – Lahinch Course

DAY 11 – Ballybunion Old Course

DAY 12 – Tour of Killarney

DAY 13 – Portmarnock Course

DAY 14 – Depart

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers at start and end of the tour
  • Professional Chauffeur Driver/Guide
  • Luxury Mercedes Viano or luxury coach
  • Green fees
  • Return ferry Cairnryan/Belfast
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation *
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Tour of Dundee/ Edinburgh
  • Entrance and tour of Edinburgh Castle
  • Overview of Belfast
  • Tour of Killarney
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage 
  • Not included – Flights, Travel Insurance

*Accommodation to suit all budgets from cosy family  run guest houses to 5 star castle hotels. All meals can be arranged to suit your requirements.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY 

DAY 1 – Welcome

Cead Mile Failte! A hundred thousand welcomes. You will be met at Glasgow airport and we will drive to St Andrews for a four night stay beside the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse and the 1ST tee on the Old Course. 

 

DAY 2 – St. Andrews

Day 2 St AndrewsSt. Andrews is world-renowned as the home of golf. The Old Course is the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world and there are 6 more courses – The Castle Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Strathtyrum Course and Balgove course. Records show that golf was played at The Old Course as early as 1672. However it is claimed that Mary Queen of Scots played the game as early as 1567. Even earlier, in the 15th century, a rudimentary version of the game was banned by King James II as it was considered a distraction from military practise. Golf developed into the game as we know it today between 1750 and 1850 with the establishment of some of the world’s most prominent golf clubs.

St. Andrews itself has long been recognized as one of the great historical cities of Europe with a fine cathedral and Scotland’s oldest university, established in the 15th century. The University’s most famous alumni are of course Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. William met Catherine Middleton whilst they were both students at St. Andrews, and modern history was made when they married in 2011. If you are interested in learning more about the history of St. Andrews, The Preservation Trust Museum and Garden are close by and well worth a visit

  

DAY 3 – Excursion to Dundee and Edinburgh

Day 3 Edinburgh CastleFrom St. Andrews, visit the wonderful city of Dundee, site of the famous Discovery ship that travelled with Scott and Shackleton to the Antarctic. After, visit Scotland’s showcase capital city, Edinburgh with its magnificent castle, Holyroodhouse Palace, the ‘old’ and ‘new’ towns and marvellous shopping. A local qualified guide is included in Edinburgh for a guided tour of the Castle.

 

Day 4 St Andrews 2DAY 4 – St. Andrews

Another wonderful opportunity to play any of the iconic courses at St. Andrews – The Castle Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Strathtyrum Course and Balgove course.

 

DAY 5 – Gleneagles and The Queens Course

Day 5 Gleneagles and the Queens courseLeaving St. Andrews in the morning and travelling to the world famous Gleneagles Hotel in the village of Auchterarder in Perthshire. This luxury hotel has three golf courses – the King’s Course opened in 1919, the beautiful Queen’s Course and the PGA Centenary Course. Created by Jack Nicklaus, the PGA Centenary Course was the host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, where the cream of European and American golf battled it out on Scottish soil for the first time in more than 40 years.

 

DAY 6 – The Royal Troon Championship Course

Day 6 Royal Troon championship courseThere are many prestigious golf courses in this area but the best known are the Royal Troon and Turnberry. Troon Golf Club was formed by a group of enthusiasts on the 16th March 1878, in the Portland Arms Hotel in Troon. By 1880 the Club had six holes, and by 1888 these had been extended to eighteen holes measuring 3 miles, 1 furlong and 156 yards. By the time of the 1997 Open Championship the Old Course stretched to over 7000 yards. The Old Course is a challenging Links course and a test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. The prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult. Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered and is shorter with five par 3 holes and four par 5s.

 

DAY 7 – Royal Troon Portland Course

Day 7 Royal Troon portland courseThe Portland Course was opened in June 1895 although it was only in 1924 that the name was changed from the Relief Course. In more recent times, the qualifying rounds for the European Open in 1979 were played over the Portland Course. The first Clubhouse was completed in 1886 and additions and alterations over the years have provided the Members with a building of character and considerable charm. In the Centenary Year, 1978, the Club was proud to receive the Royal Accolade.

 

DAY 8 – Royal County Down

Day 8 Royal County DownTravel to Ireland via the ferry crossing from Cairnryan to Belfast. After disembarkation travel to Newcastle, County Down with the shores of Dundrum Bay at its feet, the Irish Sea to its front and the majestic Mourne Mountains watching over it. This is the location of the Royal County Down Golf Club, founded in 1889 by a group of influential business and professional men from Belfast. Boasting a ranking of number 3 or 4 in World rankings consistently, playing the Royal County Down course is really something to talk about! There is some evidence to suggest that even before then a primitive form of golf was being played by the townsfolk on the rabbit warren at Newcastle. In Victorian times, Newcastle became a desirable seaside resort and the development of a railway line from Belfast provided the impetus for the first formal golf course.

 

DAY 9 – Annesley Links

General viewA leisurly day to enjoy a round of golf on the shorter Annesley Links or relax and enjoy the area. Although a shorter course than the Championship Links, it still shares the same stunning setting and is full of character. A testing course but with magnificent views of sea, mountains and duneland to enjoy.

 

DAY 10 – Lahinch

Day 10 Lahinch Golf courseAfter check out, travel southwards by-passing Dublin, and westwards across Ireland via Limerick and Ennis to Lahinch in County Clare. Lahinch Golf Course is located on the northwest coast of County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland. It was founded in 1892 and is now world famous and has often been described as the “St Andrew’s of Ireland”. It is truly a spectacular setting and highly regarded as one of the world’s finest links golf courses and consistently ranked among Europe’s Top 20 and the world’s Top 50 golf courses.

 

DAY 11 – Ballybunion Old Course

Day 11 Ballybunion Links course“If sheer pleasure is the yardstick, then Ballybunion’s Old Course gets my vote as the No. 1 in the world”. So said Peter Dobereiner, the famous English golf writer. The Old course ranked number 14 in the World rankings of golf and in 2007 won the World’s Best Golf Resort. Rolling sandhills and grassy dunes and stunning views of the Atlantic make this a truly memorable course to play. It begins gently but by the seventh hole, it is clear why it is ranked as one of the best in the world. A real challenge for any golfer and a formidable test of their shot-making and placement.

 

DAY 12 – Tour of Killarney

Day 12 Touring KillarneyA day at leisure in Killarney. Take a ride in the town’s most famous jaunting cars (horse drawn carts) operated by local jarvies to Ross Castle, situated on the banks of one of Killarney’s lakeshores. The remainder of the afternoon and evening can be spent exploring this vibrant “little” town with its incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside, brim full of history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality. There are many fine eateries and lively nightly entertainment in Killarney for you to savour.

 

DAY 13 – Portmarnock Course

Day 13 Portmarnock Course“ I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock”. So said Bernard Darwin, the famous golf writer and passionate golfer. It is best loved and known for its memorable set of finishing holes. The 18 hole championship golf course has been re-developed in 1995 and offers panoramic views of the Irish Sea and surrounding countryside. It originally opened in 1894 and back then could only be accessed by boat as it was a water enclosed Golf Club. A wonderful challenge for golfers of all levels. The course is situated along a stretch of coastline on the Howth Peninula less than 10 miles from Dublin city.

 

DAY 14 – Departure

Slan agus beannacht! Goodbye and blessings with you and we hope you have enjoyed your tour, played some wonderful and memorable golf and truly enjoyed the Scottish and Irish golf experience. After checking out of the hotel we will transfer you to the airport in time for your return flights.

N.B. We can alter this sample itinerary to suit your needs and requirements depending on your preferences.