14 Day Trip
Edinburgh to St Andrews
Enjoy a break in Fife, the spiritual home of golf, and sample some of the most famous links courses not just in Scotland, but in the world. In addition to golf, there is much to see and do, not least of all in the famous city of St Andrews, where sweeping beaches, ancient ruins and cobblestone streets provide the backdrop to a modern, vibrant university culture. Fife is one of the most delightful areas in Scotland, replete with traditional fishing villages, lively farmers markets featuring luscious produce from the land and sea (not to mention some great local ales) and historic sites, including several stunning castles.
Fife has some of the oldest and finest golf courses anywhere, each a unique challenge. The Scottish Classics Trail features seven favourites. One thing they all have in common is one of the world’s most beautiful settings. Enjoy camping and exploring the area in your motorhome hire, the best way to enjoy the natural beauty of Scotland!
Stay near St Andrews in your campervan hire for four nights, where there are many excellent touring parks within easy driving distance to four outstanding courses. Choose to pack them all in, or enjoy a more leisurely pace.
The Duke’s, St Andrews
As the birthplace of the game, The Duke’s is the spiritual home of golf, not to mention one of the finest courses in Britain. Overlooking St Andrews and the North Sea, The Duke’s offers five tee positions, so golfers of all abilities can enjoy a round at this legendary course.
The Crail Golfing Society, one of the oldest in Scotland, offers two links courses in their beautiful location of eastern Fife. Balcomie dates to 1895 and offers stunning coastal views- don’t let the idyllic setting fool you, this is a challenging course! Craighead, designed by Gil Hanse, is also a bit tricky- no two consecutive holes face the same direction.
Kingsbarns on the coast of Fife was the site of a course since the 1700’s, but the current course opened only in 2000. It may be one of the youngest in Scotland, but it has quickly garnered the reputation for being one of the world’s great courses. The dramatic views over the North Sea are matched by the challenging links par 72 links course.
Fairmont St Andrews
One of the more challenging- but also more scenic- sites on the trail is the five star Fairmont St Andrews. Fairmont features two excellent par 72 courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks. Located on cliffs overlooking the North Sea, the views are as outstanding as the golf.
Head north to Perthshire in your campervan hire for three nights for a chance at more memorable golf experiences. These courses are a bit more far apart geographically, but you can easily hit one a day.
Keen golfers may just meet their match at Carnoustie, renowned as one of the toughest courses in the world. But this is the very reason it attracts golfers from all over the world! The course, also designed by James Briad, among others, is flat but each of the 18 holes presents a unique challenge with punishing hazards.
Located at the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, Blairgowrie offers two exciting courses. Rosemount sates to 1889 but has been recently revamped by James Braid and Alistair MacKenzie. Opened in 1979, Landsdowne is longer and a bit more demanding.
The jewel of the stunning Perthshire countryside, Gleneagles is one of the most famous luxury golf resorts in the world. Thousands of golfers make the pilgrimage each year to test their shot-making skills at one or more of three courses- The King’s, The Queen’s (both designed by James Braid) and the newest, the PGA Centenary, designed by Jack Nicklaus.
After your last round of the day, head north in your campervan hire to the Highland Treasures Golf Trail. There is possibly no more dramatic place to play golf than in the Highlands of Scotland. Well known for the fabulous scenery, local hospitality and rich culture, the Highlands are also a world class golfing destination, with some of the biggest names in the sport, including Royal Dornach and Spey Valley. Enjoy staying in your campervan hire in one of the many picturesque campsites in the Cairngorms National Park, where the majestic scenery and lively culture may just tempt you way from the links!
The landscape will amaze you, but the Spey Valley course will thrill you. Snuggled between the Cairngorm Mountains and the River Spey, this course was designed by Dave Thomas, and while it only opened in 2006, it should be on any must play list.
Boat of Garten Golf Club
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Cairngorm Mountains, Boat of Garten Golf Club dates to 1898 and is great fun to play. This classic course was designed by James Braid, and each hole is unique.
Moray Golf Club
Two great names come together at Moray Golf Club. Arguably the jewel in Scotland’s golfing crown, the scenic Old Course was designed by Old Tom Morris. The New Course is shorter and tighter, with smaller greens, but both are a pleasure to play.
Inverness and golf
Inverness is a great base from which to explore the area and get in as many rounds as your heart desires. In between rounds, park your motorhome hire and explore the city, indulging in a bit of fine dining and shopping. Of course, no trip to the area is complete without a visit to Loch Ness, as well as a tour of the famous Urquhart Castle.
Nairn Golf Club
Another nominee for the finest links course in Scotland, Nairn Golf Club hugs the shores of the Moray Firth. Home of the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup recently, this course isn’t easy, but it is very rewarding for those who make the grade.
The new kid on the block for this trail, Castle Stuart may be new but, after hosting the Scottish Open twice, has earned a reputation among the greats. The setting is like something out of a fantasy, going from seaside to cliff top, and delivers an exciting game to boot.
Located in Sutherland, Scotland, the two courses at Royal Dornach attracts top golfers from all over the world. Said to “test and thrill in equal measure” the Championship course hugs the bay of the Dornoch of Firth. Old Tom Morris himself introduced distinctive greens that are a bit of a challenge. Treat Struie may be the little brother of this club, but it’s a challenge in itself- prepare to use all the clubs in the bag!