Famed Fairways of Scotland & Ireland

A much coveted journey that will take you to the Championship Courses that have created golfing greats. Tee off in Ireland playing Portmarnock and Royal County Down before continuing to Gleneagles and finally concluding in the undisputed “home of golf” St Andrews.

For those that play golf, this is possibly the trip of lifetime.

Day 1: Arrive into Dublin

You’ll be met at Dublin Airport by your guide from where you’ll head into the city centre. Enjoy a panoramic tour before checking into your luxurious and elegant hotel, The Merrion.

Day 2-3: The 1st Tee

Enjoy your first tee, south of the city at Portmarnock, on a course which has played host to a dozen Irish Opens. Following your round, visit one of Dublin’s best loved venues; the Guinness Storehouse. This will be reserved privately for you and your guide, bringing to you the history of the famous brand before enjoying a glass in the Gravity bar.

On the third day, head north and play Royal County Down. This exclusive club is one of the oldest and best known in Ireland – and also one of the most challenging.

Continue on to Belfast and visit the exhibition centre. Stay two nights in the heart of the city at the Victorian Grade “A” listed Merchant Hotel.

Day 4: Northern Ireland – The 3rd Tee 

Head to Royal Portrush Golf Club and play the Dunluce Links. Following this, visit Ireland’s first World Heritage Site – the stunning Giant’s Causeway.  On a private tour, learn from your guide its history and how it exists due to a volcanic eruption some 60 million years ago.

Day 5: Country to Country: Northern Ireland to Scotland 

Transfer to Belfast City Airport for your flight to Edinburgh. Your guide will drive you to Gleneagles less than an hour away for the round of a lifetime. Visit the Academy to warm up your swing, participating in a private refresher tutorial with the PGA Professionals.

Take a leisurely swing on the PGA Centenary Course, created by Jack Nicklaus, which will play host to the 2014 Ryder Cup.

By invitation only, head to the Blue Bar, adjacent to the Dormy Clubhouse and learn the art of the JW Blue Label ‘Perfect Pour’.

Day 6-7: To St Andrews – The 5th Tee 

Head along the east coast to Carnoustie – one of the toughest golfing destinations in the world. After your round, continue to St. Andrews, internationally renowned as the “home of golf”. Check into your luxurious accommodation that takes its names from the next door famed course.

On the following day, play what is regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world. Situated a short putt away, enjoy a private tour of the British Golf Museum, home to an unsurpassed collection of golfing memorabilia.

Day 8; Peak Performance Preparation and the Old Course 

Kick your day off with a massage, followed by a private golf clinic entitled “Prepare to Play the Links” – a session covering all the unique skills needed for your round.

Play the Old Lady and work your way round the unique double fairways, double greens and natural bunkering of the Old Course. This may well be the pinnacle in your golfing career, undoubtedly one of the best Open courses in the world.

Day 9: To Edinburgh

Concluding your golfing journey, head to Edinburgh and check into Castle View Deluxe accommodation. Meet your top local guide and explore the UNESCO World heritage Site of the Old Town. Visit Edinburgh Castle and many other iconic spots.

Later, visit The Scotch Whisky Experience for a nosing and tasting of contrasting malts before heading to the atmospheric vaults to see The Diageo Claive Vidiz Collection – the largest in the world.

Return to Balmoral and collect a framed photo from the 1st tee on the Old Course.

Day 10: Homeward Bound

Spend the morning sight-seeing or shopping for souvenirs and gifts before chauffeur service to Edinburgh Airport.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrive into Dublin
Day 2-3: The 1st Tee
Day 4: Northern Ireland – The 3rd Tee 
Day 5: Country to Country: Northern Ireland to Scotland 
Day 6-7: To St Andrews – The 5th Tee 
Day 8; Peak Performance Preparation and the Old Course 
Day 9: To Edinburgh
Day 10: Homeward Bound

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

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St. Andrews

From 14,676 USD per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.