Why not visit Scotland while your child is at camp?
Did you know that Scotland was voted as the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guide in 2017? When you think about it, it’s no surprise really, given all the incredible castles, landscapes, lochs, villages, cities and islands there are.
Scotland has a rich and fascinating culture that is worth exploring. So while your child is playing golf with us, we highly recommend you to have a tour around our dearest Alba.
A perfect tour of Scotland should start in the capital, Edinburgh. This town has a lot to offer, from the historical Castle to the beautiful architecture of the New Town and peaceful Princes Street Gardens. We definitely advise all visitors to walk up Arthur Seat, the extinct volcano around which the town has developed and from where you will enjoy an incredible view over Edinburgh. Hold on tight at the top as it is literally mind ‘blowing’ up there…
The Scottish Highlands
Let’s leave the city for now and head up north toward the Scottish Highlands. On your way, take a break in Perthshire and visit Scone Palace where the Stone of Destiny (originally used for the coronation of the Kings of Scotland) stands. Go a little further and you will arrive in a lovely scenic little town called Pitlochry. From there, you can visit Loch Tummel and enjoy the stunning “Queens View” named after Queen Victoria visited in 1866 and declared it as her favourite view. Of course, no trip to Scotland is complete without at least one visit to a great whisky distillery! Well, near to Pitlochry is a great one – Edradour Distillery; the smallest distillery in Scotland. Why not have a quick guided tour followed of course by some whisky tasting afterwards!
Upon leaving Pitlochry you will next enter the Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park. Here you will be spoiled with choice, enjoying one beautiful place after the other. We suggest plotting a route to include Glenshee, Glen Clova, the Devil’s Elbow and the Royal Palace of Balmoral.
As you continue north and leave the Cairngorms, consider a trip along the Spey Valley. Along this one river, there are over 50 whisky distillery’s, each as good as the other and if you have not visited a distillery before, this is definitely the time and place to do it!
The West Coast & The Isle of Skye
Let’s head toward the west coast now. Although it is known to be quite wet, the west coast of Scotland is surely the most beautiful part of the country. Again, there are so many places that are worth visiting, it’s not possible to name them all. However, here is a short list of some of our top recommendations:
- The Isle of Skye for the picturesque village of Portree and dramatic view of The Old Man of Storr
- The famous Eilean Donan Castle; one of the most iconic images of Scotland
- The stunning Glen Coe; arguably Scotlands most famous and scenic glen
- For the Harry Potter fans: the Glenfinnan Viaduct
- The highest mountain in the British Isles; Ben Nevis
Glasgow and finally… St Andrews
After a little time in the country, you may be about ready for some city culture again, so why not stop off in Glasgow; one of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic cities. Glasgow is the Scotland’s biggest city and was recently voted as the world’s friendliest city, so expect a warm welcome! With it’s vibrant art and music scene, Glasgow has a lot to offer from museums and galleries to beautiful architecture and of course, lots of restaurants and shops – you cannot get bored in Glasgow.
As they say, all good things must come to and end but, we’re not quite done yet. Obviously, the best way to finish your Scottish Tour is to come to St Andrews and return to your child! As golfers, you already know what St Andrews is all about, so why not make the most of it and try your chance to play The Old Course while you’re here? We’ll be happy to help.