Embark on an eye-opening journey to explore the origins of golf
Highlights include the famous old course at St Andrews and the chance to discover the real home of golf. Take in the beautiful North Sea coastline and historical monuments along the way.
Start in Edinburgh.
Visit the sites of two ancient golf courses in Edinburgh dating from the 18th Century. Find out which public park was one of the earliest places to play golf in Scotland. Then onto Carlton hill. This striking landmark was also once popular with early golfers. Next, head down to Leith Links for more surprises and discover why this public park is the real home of golf.
Then it’s time to leave the city
Travel through the East Neuk of Fife. Sit back and enjoy the scenery while the black cab cruises along the rugged coastline.
The East Neuk is famous for its charming fishing towns including the picturesque Elie. Visit the iconic lighthouse in its dramatic and beautiful location. Imagine the vital assistance this gave to vessels coming in from the North Sea.
Next stop is the Kingsbarns Golf Course which stretches along the coastline for 1.8 miles. Let the bracing salty air blow away any cobwebs and feel how invigorating it would be to play a round.
Arrive at St Andrews around midday
After a reviving lunch, dive straight into more history and architecture. Become spellbound by the rich past behind these old buildings.
First off is St Andrews castle, which was the official residence of Scotland’s leading bishops throughout the middle ages – until the upheaval of the Reformation.
Continue on to St Andrews cathedral. Marvel at the remains of Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church.
The world’s oldest and most iconic golf course.
Here comes the highlight of our tour: the old course at St Andrews. Stop at the famous Swilcan bridge and Hell’s bunker. Connect to the roots of golf by taking a swing at an old-fashioned ball with an original hickory stick . Or simply make the most of the photo opportunity.
Step back in time to the charming village of Falkland
In Falkland be transported to a bygone era via the village’s historically preserved features. Walk the same quaint cobbled streets and alleyways as seen on TV’s ‘Outlander.’
Enjoy the bustling centre as locals and fellow day-trippers sample the selection of independent shops. At Falkland Palace and gardens absorb more history, architecture, and beauty. Formerly the country residence of Stuart monarchs, check out the tennis courts from 1539 which are still in use today.
Last stop on the journey: Dunfermline Abbey.
Visit the final resting place of Robert the Bruce (minus his heart – see Melrose Abbey on our Scottish Borders tour).
Look upwards in awe – as medieval people once did – at the impressive nave and Romanesque architecture. Conclude your tour on a high by admiring one of Scotland’s most important Royal sites.
Then it’s time to return home
Relax as your kilted guide brings you safely back to your doorstep. Tuck into the snacks provided, share highlights with your fellow travellers, or just reflect on a day well spent.
So Much More Than Golf
The St Andrews tour is not only a delight for golf lovers. As the day unfolds, become enriched by the history, culture, and beautiful landscape that go alongside.
This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:
- Charity fundraising
- Hen / Stag parties
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