Craigielaw Golf Club, Aberlady, East Lothian
Founded 2001. Links Course
A welcome addition to the array of great links courses in East Lothian, which includes the likes of North Berwick, Gullane, Muirfield and Dunbar, Craigielaw was designed by Donald Steele and opened for play in 2001. Craigielaw is a relatively flat layout and has already made quite an impression, hosting the 2006 Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship along with qualifying for the 2007 British Seniors Open at Muirfield. With challenging greens, cavernous bunkers and majestic views over the Firth of Forth, Craigielaw sits comfortably in an itinerary including the more established links courses of East Lothian. It’s also ideal as a second round on any day.
Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully the other essential components are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a day off from golf or filling an afternoon after your morning round, there are many options regardless of which region you are visiting. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Central to your time in this region is the wonderful and historic city of Edinburgh. Whether you are staying in the city itself or on the East Lothian coastline, Edinburgh is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Not to be missed is a visit to Edinburgh Castle (pictured above), with its many highlights including the Great Hall, Royal Palace, National War Museum, Stone of Destiny and Scottish Crown Jewels. Other attractions in Edinburgh include the Royal Yacht Britannia, National Museum of Scotland, National Gallery of Scotland, the Scotch Whisky Experience; and the official Scottish residence of the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
To the east of Edinburgh, the Lothians landscape is dotted with castles, each one telling its own tales of bygone days. These include medieval Dirleton Castle in the village of Dirleton and the imposing Tantallon Castle in North Berwick, which stands perched in the most dramatic of cliff-top settings. Other attractions in the Lothians include Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery in the town of Dunbar, the 17th Century House of Binns near Linlithgow, Glenkinchie Distillery and the impressive ruins of Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542.