Food, Wine & Golf Vacation in Scotland

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Total Trip:

8 Days
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Countries Visited:

Scotland
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Places Visited:

St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Perthshire
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Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departure.
Few things are more fulfilling than the rich and succulent flavors of a gourmet meal after a day on the golf course. The scent of wet grass lingers around you and adds to the decadent aromas of earthy wine and dark chocolate soufflé. Delicate fish is brushed with smoky flavors; you sit in luxury and remember how you made par on the same hole as a British Open champion. This 8-day gourmet food, wine and golf vacation in Scotland pleasures all the senses, flush with stunning landscape and sensational

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Day 1

Arriving Home

Scotland is home to vibrant moors and elegant forests, towering mountains and snaking lochs. You arrive at the Edinburgh airport and meet you private transfer. The city brims with energy and historic architecture. Edinburgh Castle watches over the city atop Castle Rock. Pass through the city and watch the cobblestone Old Town fade away into the green countryside en route to St. Andrews. The town lays claim to the birthplace of golf and is often referred to as the “Home of Golf.”

The coastal breeze brings in the sweet and salty aroma of the sea. Historic buildings decorate the skyline, from the Gothic 15th-century university, the oldest university in Scotland, to the ruins of the 12th-century cathedral. The remains of St. Andrews Castle look over the beach. The North Sea crashes into the sand. The 13th-century castle was fortified for the bishop of St. Andrews. During the 16th century, the reformation overtook the castle and much of the religious artifacts across the country, including St. Andrews Cathedral.

The remaining stone is cold on your fingertips. The afternoon sunlight touches the ruins and casts shadows across the area. Moss covers much of the damp stones in the hidden tunnel complex. You can lower your head and wander through the historic network that led the besieged to safety. When you return to the open air you are greeted once again by the seaside aroma and the comforting crash of afternoon waves. Settle into your five-star hotel and indulge in the luxuries situated on over 520 acres of forested landscape.

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Day 2

Coastal Smoke

The unrecognized flavors of Scotland begin in the morning. A full Scottish breakfast awaits you in the lobby. A fire crackles in the fireplace and adds warmth to the polished tile floor. The elegance of leather seats embraces you at the table. Fried eggs accompany sizzling bacon and succulent sausage. Sautéed mushrooms and baked beans add a layer of hardy richness to the meal. Steam rises out of your tea mug and fills the table with an herbaceous aroma.

You make your way to Carnoustie Golf Club in the morning light. The sunlight layers the horizon in bright pink and deep purple. The grass is covered in a fresh sheet of dew. Carnoustie has hosted the British Open on seven separate occasions and is considered the most challenging venue ever played during the British Open. You place the tee, set the ball, and look out to the fairground. The fairways are long and tend to demand accuracy. Steep bunkers guard sleepy greens. The undulating narrowness of Hole One reaches 401 yards.

A small breeze encourages you to use a wood and swing away. You stay left center and have a view of the entire green. After you play the 18 you are guided to experience Arbroath Smokies. The dish began in the fishing village of Auchmithie with Scandinavian settlers, but the smoked haddock cuisine has become a Scottish sensation. The smoky aroma encompasses the local restaurant and makes your mouth water. The fish has a golden brown coloration with an unbelievable savory, smoky flavor.

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Day 3

Old Equals Classic

The comforts of your luxury hotel are hard to leave; the warmth emanating from the fireplace in the lobby is soothing. The scent of fresh tea is encouraging. The sunlight breaks through the arching glass windows - your private transfer takes you to the Old Course of St. Andrews where you will attempt to be par for the course. The Old Course is the birthplace of golf, the virtual heart of golf lovers everywhere. A stone footbridge arches over a stream that leads to the North Sea.

Historic buildings line certain holes and offer subtle reminders of the course’s deep roots. You can feel over 600 years of history rising off of the ground with every step you take. The grass is soft and the soil is fertile. The brisk breeze carries the scent of the fragrant sea. The morning is serene, bathed in easy light and peaceful ambiance. By the 16th hole you have found your stride and have enjoyed every swing of the club and push of the putter.

The 16th hole is known as the Corner of the Dyke, a par four reaching 345 yards. During the 2015 British Open at the Old Course of St. Andrews, the winner, American Zach Johnson, scored a par. You set the tee into the soft grass and feel the moisture of the early dew. You search for the green and find it tucked in the corner of the Dyke wall, accounting for the hole’s namesake. You stay to the left and play it safe searching for par, the same score of champions. In the evening you settle into the Scottish atmosphere of exceptional seafood at St. Monans.

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Day 4

Kings and Awards

When morning comes you are eager for your next excursion: the combination of golf and gourmet food encompasses the best of your personal tastes. After breakfast you make your way to Kingsbarns, a course bordered by the North Sea. The waves crash down on top of one another and rush the sandy shores and rugged knolls. Seas spray mists into the air, carried by the breeze. The golf club has houses the game since the late 18th century and continues to challenge players today. Kingsbarns consistently makes the list of the Top 100 Courses in the World. Narrow, deep bunkers disperse around the lush grass and guard the green.

The waves offer a unique soundtrack to your game. It is you and the ball, ready to take on the 11th oldest golf course in Scotland. You grab your three wood and start the journey of the first hole venturing 395 yards. In the evening, you will be treated like royalty at the only Michelin two star restaurant in Scotland. Receive a warm welcome in the opulent space where a Victorian walled garden provides the restaurant’s herbs, fruits, and small vegetables. The decadent cherry soufflé has a hint of herbaceous black licorice flavoring and accompanied by a floral scented ice cream.

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Day 5

Mountains of Flavor

You wake up from dreams of the previous night’s meal wishing you could indulge in those flavors all over again. You have the option of enjoying a morning round at the PGA Centenary Course located along the greens of your hotel and designed by Jack Nicklaus himself. The course reaches a total of 7,088 yards, filled with long putting greens and strategic bunkers. The Grampian Mountains run along the horizon and the cool morning air settles over the valley. Whether you play along the Centenary Course or prefer a day to rest your muscles your private transfer meets you at the hotel to escort you to the Nick Nairn Cook School.

The cooking school was opened in the year 2000 along the foothills of the famous Trossachs woodland glen. When you arrive at the school, the aroma of fresh herbs and produce abounds. The chefs use only organic ingredients grown and raised in local gardens or fished straight from the local rivers. The intimate classroom setting allows for individual attention throughout the demonstration. Sample locally grown rosemary and mash peas. Listen to sizzling meat and in the end enjoy bite-sized pieces of lamb with a pea and mint dip. The gentle refreshing mint flavor adds layers while the peas add a sumptuous crunch.

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Day 6

Fit for a King

Morning washes over King’s Course and brings lush green and shimmering gold to the landscape. The course is located on property at the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel. The air is cool and refreshing. The early dew lingers in the air before evaporating completely. Celebrated course designer James Braid wanted to create a club that would test the shot-making skills of all players, from amateur to professional. The towering woodlands of the Trossachs sit beneath the rising foothills of the Ben Vorlich, a mountain peak reaching 3,232 feet above sea level.

Pot bunkers encircle the green and offer only small avenues for the ball to cross. The pin cowers behind the sloped knolls and long stretches of green. The bunker on the hole known as Dun Whinny contains a bunker that sinks 20 feet below the green. The wind rustles the trees and carries your ball closer to the green. The encompassing beauty of the landscape enhances the serene pleasure of the course and the game.

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Day 7

Indulging the Capital

The day begins with the familiar aroma of fresh steeping tea. The warm mug fills your hands. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you on the quick return to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. The energy of the streets is in full swing, beginning with the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market. The market is situated on the castle terrace watched over by the imposing Edinburgh Castle. Over 60 suppliers from around Scotland come to peddle their wares, specializing in a variety of offerings, from produce to seafood. The scents of mint and basil mingle throughout the square. Stalls are tented with blue and white awnings. Fresh shellfish sit on ice. Local microbreweries offer samples.

A chocolate vendor sits next to someone selling jams and chutneys. Jovial couples stroll down the lanes and delight in free offerings. People clack their feet against the cobblestone path. In the evening, you make your way to award winning Martin Wishart restaurant located at the port of Leith. The interior walls contain a relaxing cream and mocha scheme. Fresh flowers provide a pleasant sweetness. The menu takes you into the modernized flavors of Scottish cuisine. The elegant dining experience brings to light the nuances of Scottish flavors and the decadence of modernizing tradition. Enjoy the richness of perfectly cooked lobster and smoked haddock soufflé, accompanied by spinach drizzled in soubise sauce.

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Day 8

Beyond the Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a stretch of road 357 feet long stretching from Edinburgh Castle gates to Holyrood Palace. The historic stone facades are the iconic images of Old Town neighborhood of Edinburgh. Royal Mile Whiskies offers a superb amount of premium Scottish whiskies that range from the lowlands to the Highlands, along with distinguished bottles from around the world. Old Town comes to life in the morning with the aromas of fresh tea and sizzling bacon. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to the Edinburgh airport for your flight home. While in Scotland you have played with the greats and tasted the best. Your trip may be coming to an end, but there will always be more of Scotland to enjoy, from clubhouses to castles.

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Trip Highlights

  • Play a round of golf on the oldest golf course in the world
  • Challenge yourself on the Carnoustie course, home to the British Open seven times
  • Enjoy a delectable meal at the only Michelin two star rated restaurant in Scotland
  • Indulge in a cooking class with a celebrated Scottish Chef
  • Visit the famous Edinburgh Farmers’ Market
  • Stay in luxurious five-star accommodation situated in Scotland’s extraordinary landscape
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Detailed Description

You silently cheer as your golf ball lands on the sloped green. The aroma of smoked haddock lingers in the air. The coastal breeze carries the scent of the North Sea. You listen to the waves crash down as you set the tee for your next shot. Your custom tailored tour helps you experience the food, wine and golf in Scotland that make it such a unique experience. Dine on award winning cuisine after a full day of challenging, but rewarding play. Learn master recipes from award-winning chefs. Follow the fairway and the decadent aromas of Scotland for an unforgettable vacation.

Your discovery tour of Scotland begins when you arrive in Scotland. Your private transfer is waiting at the airport to greet you before escorting you to the remarkable town of St. Andrews. The city nestles into the coastline and shimmers with historic importance, from the ruins of the 12th-century cathedral to holding the title as the Home of Golf. Settle into you plush five-star accommodations and enjoy a rejuvenating rest. Carnoustie Golf Club has held seven separate British Opens and continues to demand excellence from all who endeavor on the course.

Follow exceptional play with a traditional Scottish experience by tasting the celebrated Arbroath Smokies. The layers of flavor in the dish are truly wondrous. The Old Course of St. Andrews is legendary and housed the 2015 British Open. Discover the challenges of intimidating bunkers and expansive double greens that make the birthplace of golf stimulating. Indulge in the award-winning restaurant of St. Monans, known for its fresh and elegant seafood. Continue your course exploration at Kingsbarns to play rolling fairways and expansive greens. Follow your morning on the course with a visit to Jamesfield Farm before delighting in the only Michelin two star rated restaurant in Scotland, at Andrew Fairlie. The following day you have the option of playing the PGA Centenary Course.

The remainder of the day you will take pleasure in a cooking course at the celebrated Nick Nairn Cooking School situated in the picturesque Trossachs. Learn secret recipes from award-winning chefs while using only organic and locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a course fit for a king at King’s Course, which represents a classicist’s golf design. Your private transfer takes you to Edinburgh following your day on the fairway. The capital city is rich with history and flavor. Visit the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market and end your trip with a breathtaking meal at award winning Martin Wishart restaurant. Your private transfer escorts you to the airport the following day, but you can always extend your stay to discover more of the gourmet flavors and golf courses of Scotland.

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Starting Price

$2395 per person (excluding international flights)

This trip is customizable for your private travel.
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What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
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The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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