It’s a hole-in-one for friends of kilts, bag pipes and all things Scottish: with the UK’s northernmost country preparing for a tourism revival this summer, we’ve been eyeing a highland golf getaway for quite a while now. In fact, the news of luxury travel brand and OutThere favourite Abercrombie & Kent announcing an all-access and ultra-luxe Scottish highlights package arrived just as we poured ourselves a glass of Ballantine’s and reminisced about our Great British issue. Some call it destiny!
Think of the six-night journey as a Scotland greatest hits taking guests from Edinburgh to St. Andrews before culminating at a rather legendary address in rural Perthshire… For a first quintessentially Scottish experience, holidaymakers are invited to explore the capital at their own pace, returning at night to their oh-so-stately base of the landmark Balmoral Hotel.
In the seaside town of St. Andrews, it’s time to golf, with the Abercrombie & Kent package guaranteeing all imaginable comforts: from the famous Old Course Experience with its driving range privileges and dinner perks to reservations at both Jubilee Course and Kingsbarns Course – when visiting the latter, be prepared for the impeccably manicured lawn and undulating playing field that will have you reach for a canvas and oil colours once you’ve put down your irons (in our humble opinion, it’s no coincidence J.M.W. Turner painted his best works in Scotland!).
A final round of golf will be arranged during a two-night stay at the historic five-star Gleneagles Hotel, hidden away in the Perthshire countryside. Take to the hotel’s treasured PGA Course, home to both the Ryder and Solheim Cups, or ‘putt’ indulgence first at the resident spa and Scotland’s only restaurant awarded two Michelin stars. And did we mention the complimentary, private whisky masterclass with the hotel’s senior whisky ambassador? Slàinte Mhath to that.
Photography courtesy of the Gleneagles Hotel