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Europe | Traditional Scotland: Golf & City Adventures

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Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Glasgow, and Turnberry

Trip Duration

11 nights / 12 days

With expertly-curated getaways and handcrafted itineraries, see the wonders of Scotland just as you desire. From medieval castles to Celtic music festivals, Highland games, world-class golf and dancing, our Destination Specialists will transform your Scottish dreams into reality.

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Day 1 - 2: USA / Edinburgh |

Arrive in Edinburgh and pick-up your luxury car rental for a scenic drive to The Glasshouse Autograph Collection by Marriott. Warm and inviting, this luxuriously-appointed boutique hotel exudes grand tradition and relaxation. Unwind in contemporary, elegant guestrooms with remarkable landmark views, exclusive rooftop garden, exquisite Scottish cuisine and selection of nearly 100 Scotch whiskeys in Snug Bar, all within walking distance of many attractions including Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden.

Day 3: Edinburgh |

Following breakfast, journey in an open-top mini coach to discover the legends, sights and sounds of the city on the informative Edinburgh City Excursion. Learn about the rich history of the impressive Edinburgh Castle, before heading to the shops and pubs of the Grassmarket. Continue to the famed Royal Mile and Old Town; experience the Georgian style of New Town, and residential Dean Village with its charming cobbled lanes. Then, head to the city center and the imposing St. Mary's Cathedral prior to the regal Holyrood Palace, Canongate and the John Knox House.

Day 4: Edinburgh / St. Andrews |

Following check-out from the hotel, enjoy your drive to the Fairmont St. Andrews. Situated in the "Home of Golf," this resort is renowned as one of the world's top golf resorts, with two superb courses. Relax and unwind in sumptuous accommodations with stunning North Sea and Tay Estuary views, unique dining experiences and acclaimed cliff-top spa and well-being facility with a 52-foot indoor pool and personal training.

Day 5: St. Andrews |

In the morning, don your best golf attire and hit the links on one of two Fairmont golf courses: The Torrance Course, boasting classic Scottish revetted bunkers and large greens; and The Kittocks Course, featuring some of the most beautiful holes in Scotland, with unparalleled vistas along the dramatic Fife coastline. Both recipients of countless golf course awards, accolades and tournaments, you will be sure to earn your own bragging rights.

Day 6: St. Andrews |

Enjoy tea and sandwiches in the cafe overlooking Hole 1 of the Old Course in St. Andrews. Be sure to take a picture of the centuries-old Swilken Bridge, an iconic golf course landmark before visiting the British Golf Museum. Celebrating 600 years of golf history, this living shrine offers the largest collection of golf memorabilia in Europe, a must-see for any golf lover. Or explore the streets of St. Andrews, uncovering the legends and history at medieval St. Andrews Castle, and the largest cathedral in Scotland, St. Andrews Cathedral.

This evening, savor spectacular clifftop dining at St. Andrews Bar & Grill. Overlooking both championship golf courses, dine on sustainable, seasonal produce, fresh seafood and meats, showcasing bay lobster, Scottish oysters and Angus rib eye steaks, combined with selected wines and whiskey-soaked sultana stickey toffee pudding for a sweet ending.

Day 7: St. Andrews / Glasgow

| Following a sumptuous buffet breakfast and check-out, travel in your luxury car to Glasgow, before arriving at the luxurious Hilton Glasgow for two nights in a One-bedroom suite. Enjoy contemporary bedrooms providing every comfort, designed to make your stay as relaxed as possible. Keep fit in the hotel’s LivingWell Health Club and sample Scottish hospitality at its best in Morblas Seafood and Grill, relax with a cocktail in Whisky Mist or afternoon tea in the Tea Lounge by Dilmah.

Day 8: Glasgow |

After a morning at leisure, depart from the hotel and travel north along the Clyde River to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park on the Loch Lomond & Whisky Distillery Excursion. Marvel at the stunning natural beauty from flat fertile Lowlands to the shimmering lochs, rugged mountains and forest-filled glens of the Highlands. Stroll through Balloch Country Park, refuel at a savory cafe or drink in the views with a glass of wine along the Loch Lomond shores. Then, hike up Dumgoyne Hill to the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery, where you can sample a favorite dram of whiskey, known as the "Water of Life," before your return to Glasgow.

Day 9: Glasgow / Turnberry |

Check-out of your Glasgow hotel and enjoy the scenic drive to Turnberry. Admire the Whitelee Windfarm - the largest onshore wind farm with 215 turbines, supplying clean energy to more than 180,000 homes. Then continue through the Alloway village, home of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. Enjoy the Riverwalk, Auld Bridge and haunted ruins before arriving at Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, where you will stay for two nights. With its captivating coastal backdrop, delight in Edwardian-style luxury, magical ocean views of Ailsa Craig and Isle of Aran, bespoke spa treatments, inspiring dining options and magnificent championship golf.

Day 10: Turnberry |

In the morning, walk in the footsteps of legends as you head out for a breathtaking adventure of golf on a choice of two courses: The Ailsa, a scenic, par 71, 7,489-yard course along the Ayrshire coast, is one of golf's most storied courses and host to famous Open Championship battles with ranked golfers. Be sure to play the signature par four 9th hole, known as "Bruce's Castle," steering players past the famed lighthouse and castle ruins of Robert the Bruce. Or perfect your game on Ailsa's sister course - the King Robert The Bruce, Turnberry's newest course. Bestowed with stunning vistas and thrills for golfers of all levels, take your best shot over distinctive bunkers and captivating wetland areas, incorporating exciting challenges on this 18-hole, par 72 course.

In the afternoon, take the 5-mile drive along the coastline to Culzean Country Park, exploring its 18th-century castle overlooking the Firth of Clyde with superb views, miles of footpaths and walled gardens. Then, unwind this evening with a signature cocktail or sample one of hundreds of whiskeys at The Grand Tea Lounge & Bar.

Day 11 - 12: Turnberry / Edinburgh / USA

Following a delightful Scottish breakfast, once again play a round of golf on The Ailsa or King Robert The Bruce course before your drive back to Edinburgh. Then, check into MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, located in the city center, for your final night in Scotland. In the morning, head back to your home city, and reminisce about your wonderful days of yore and the spectacular golf courses of Scotland.

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