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No places are as linked to the history of golf as Scotland and Ireland. The earliest mention of golf is a 1457 Scottish Act of Parliament where, ironically, it was banned because it distracted from the military sport of archery. Today more than a dozen of the World’s Top 100 Courses (Golf Digest) can be found in the region, a pedigree we are proud to match with the advanced capability and comfort of our expedition ship – RCGS Resolute. This expedition offers a totally unique take on a traditional golfing holiday.
Duration: 8 Days
Our epic journey begins this afternoon in Dublin. We gather at our central meeting point then transfer to the pier for embarkation. Once on board and settled in our rooms we enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner before casting off and heading north, up the rugged Irish coast. Later we can relax on deck with an Irish whiskey and compare our ‘almost had a hole in one’ golfing stories with fellow travellers.
During the night we will have sailed north to Newcastle (Ireland) home of The Royal County Down Golf Club (*Currently ranked the #1 course in the world by Golf Digest magazine). Designed and built by Old Tom Morris, it opened in 1889 and is considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. Consistently ranked in the world’s top five, it winds for over 7000 yards between Dundrum Bay and the striking Mourne Mountains. This is our only stop in Ireland so for those not golfing today, it is a chance to explore a quaint Irish seaside town. In addition to the shops and pubs, we’ll have the option to bike or transfer to Tollymore Forest Park. This park offers numerous hiking and walking trails of various length and difficulty. On our way back to the ship we can stop at Enniskeen Country House for a traditional afternoon tea.
Our first stop in Scotland will be to play either Machrihanish (#61) or adjacent Machrihanish Dunes. The Dunes were designed by David McLay Kidd, architect of the celebrated Brandon Dunes, in Oregon (USA) and ‘The Castle Course’ at St. Andrews. McLay Kidd grew up playing the nearby Machrihanish Golf Club which was created by Old Tom Morris in 1876. Inspired by Old Tom’s principals of preserving the natural beauty and working with the fragile landscape, McLay-Kidd established “the world’s most natural golf course”. These two courses are naturally maintained – so much so, that you may see the odd Hebridean black sheep wandering through the rough.
The Dunes is also home to a spa for those who need a little pampering. Looking for a little activity? Any direction you head will take you to a beautiful shore line for a sandy stroll or a cliffside hike. The peaceful village of nearby Campbeltown was once known as the “whisky capital of the world” as it was home to 34 distilleries. Only three remain today and are all worth a visit.
Today we wake up anchored off the shores of South Uist, the second largest island of the Outer Hebrides. Awaiting the golfers is another course of great historical significance. Commissioned in 1891 by Lady Cathcart, the landowner, and also built by Old Tom Morris, this course thrived until the First World War. Then for almost 100 years it sat untouched and untended until in 2005 a group of locals, with the help of some of golf’s biggest names, brought it back to life.
A true links course providing a challenging test, we play through beautiful rolling dunes alongside the bracing Atlantic Ocean. Golf is not the only history on these ancient isle. Those up for a hike can explore the beautiful white sand beaches while searching for the mysterious Standing Stones scattered throughout the Outer Hebrides. Cyclists can stretch their legs and take in part of the 300km Hebridean Way – a route that uses the tiny coastal roads to explore 10 of the islands in the archipelago. A visit to the Kildonan Centre with its excellent Museum and cafe is another interesting activity.
Today we anchor at the beautiful seaside town of Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. Wander through town exploring local crafts, art galleries, an unexpected collection of silversmith artists, or perhaps a tour and tasting at the Highland Park Distillery! A visit to St. Magnus Cathedral is an absolute ‘must’. Started in 1137, it was built when the Vikings still ruled the Orkneys. Later in the day we head to Skara Brae, an outstanding Neolithic village and UNESCO World Heritage Site established over 5000 years ago. Yet another option is to visit the ‘Italian Chapel’ built by World War II Italian POWs, conveniently located near the Scapa Distillery and Visitor Centre. While there is a golf course in Kirkwall, golfers may want to take the day off to conserve their energy for the next two days of golfing challenges.
Having spent the last few days ‘off the beaten track’, exploring a less known side of Scotland, we now rejoin golfing nobility, experiencing some of the most famous courses in the world. From our anchorage in Inverness we transfer to play a choice of two courses. Castle Stuart (#53), a fairly new layout, opened in 2009 and quickly made the world’s top 100. With dramatic views over the Moray Firth out to the Black Isle, this championship course will test your mettle. The views are matched by the drama of these tees – holes 1 and 10 are cut into the cliffside and demand an adrenalin inducing drive to the fairways below. The Royal Dornoch (#2) officially opened in 1616, but the current club was established in 1886 by Old Tom Morris. Following the curve of the Dornoch Firth and its white sand beaches, this course rolls through hillocks, ridges, and classic dunes. If you have an interest in local history we’ll head to Culloden Moor, where the Jacobites fought their final battle in 1745. The Living History presentation will bring this epic battle to life, right before your eyes. The more curious in the group may want to take a day trip to Loch Ness for a chance viewing 'Nessie' - the Loch Ness Monster.
We anchor today at Aberdeen, where again we have the choice of playing two different courses – Cruden Bay (#56) or the historic Balgownie course at Royal Aberdeen (#71). Those playing Cruden Bay will again find themselves walking in the ootsteps of course designer Old Tom Morris. While Cruden Bay is, above all, a classic links course, it is also known for having a number of unusually quirky holes. The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded in 1780 and is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. The course hosted the Scottish Open in 2014, won by England's Justin Rose. The 8th hole at Royal Aberdeen is a testing par 3 at 147 yards. The green is surrounded by no less than 10 bunkers and wayward tee shots will be punished.
This morning we arrive at Edinburgh, the Scottish capital and your disembarkation point. After breakfast it is time to bid farewell to your crew and fellow travellers as we disembark RCGS Resolute. A transfer to downtown Edinburgh, and Edinburgh Airport, is provided for all guests, however Edinburgh is well worth a day or two of exploration if your schedule allows.
For those wanting to crown the voyage with a round at St. Andrews, this can be easily done from Edinburgh, and can be arranged at the time of your booking through our golf expert in Scotland.
|05 Jun 2019 - 12 Jun 2019||$4395 USD||Receive US$2000 travel credit, Early Bird Deal!|
|Main Deck Triple Cabin||$4395 USD||Receive US$2000 travel credit, Early Bird Deal!|
|Twin Private Cabin||$5395 USD||Receive US$2000 travel credit, Early Bird Deal!|
|Superior Cabin||$6195 USD||Receive US$2000 travel credit, Early Bird Deal!|
|Superior Plus Cabin||$6395 USD||Receive US$2000 travel credit, Early Bird Deal!|
|Shackleton Suite||$7595 USD||Receive US$2000 travel credit, Early Bird Deal!|
|One Ocean Suite||$9195 USD||Receive US$2000 travel credit, Early Bird Deal!|
|13 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020||$4595 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Main Deck Triple Cabin||$4595 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Twin Private Cabin||$5595 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Superior Cabin||$6495 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Superior Plus Cabin||$6695 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|Shackleton Suite||$7895 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
|One Ocean Suite||$9495 USD||US$750 Travel & Hotel Credit|
Located on Deck 3, two single beds, sofa lounge (that can convert into an additional single bed), writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities and flat screen entertainment system.
Located on Deck 4, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge adjacent to a large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment.
Located on Deck 5, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge adjacent to a large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment.
Located on Deck 5, two single beds or a queen bed, comfortable lounge, large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage, private washroom facilities with shower and flat screen entertainment system.
Located on Deck 6, two single beds or queen bed, sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, washroom facilities with shower, flat screen entertainment system, upgraded linens and pillows.
Situated on Deck 6, queen size bed, upgraded linens and pillows, comfortable sectional lounge with club chairs, large desk, expansive floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, spacious washroom facilities with shower and bathtub and flat screen entertainment system.
*Golf inclusions and features
**Expedition gear package
Should you choose to participate in any of the non-golfing activities, an equipment package is available to use when off the ship or on shore. This includes waterproof jacket, pants and other items. The jacket and pants are rated for 'expedition cruising' and would not be suitable when playing golf in inclement weather. We recommend you bring your own outer gear suitable for playing golf in adverse conditions.