Gleneagles Golf Club, Auchterarder, Perthshire
Founded 1919. Inland Course
Gleneagles offers a traditional and luxurious taste of Scotland. The facilities here are truly amazing, not least in its three championship golf courses on-site known as the Kings, Queens and PGA Centenary layouts. The Kings and Queens Courses represent all that is good about traditional Scottish inland golf, while the PGA Centenary Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is more modern in design and recently played host to the 2014 Ryder Cup. If you have room in your itinerary for just one inland course, then the Kings Course at Gleneagles probably gets the verdict but you can quite happily play the lot and make an informed decision. It’s also just over an hour from St Andrews so can easily be scheduled from there if not actually staying at Gleneagles.
Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully, the other essential component parts 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 Scotland.
SCOTLAND – ST ANDREWS & PERTHSHIRE
As part of a golf trip to this region, it is likely that you will stay in or close to St Andrews or Gleneagles. It’s also likely that you will be too busy playing golf to take in anything else but there are always options. Recommendations in St Andrews include the British Golf Museum, St Andrews Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Botanic Gardens, while venturing slightly further afield, the likes of Aberdour Castle and Inchcolm Abbey are also worth a visit.
Other possibilities from either St Andrews or Gleneagles include the many attractions in Perthshire and Stirling. Like the Highlands, Perthshire boasts its fair share of distilleries with two excellent options being the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff and Blair Atholl Distillery in Pitlochry, one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Other locations of interest in Perthshire include Blair Castle, Drummond Castle Gardens near Crieff, Scone Palace in Perth and Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for a time.
Connecting Perthshire with Greater Glasgow, Stirling also offers many attractions, particularly from an historical perspective. The Bannockburn Heritage Centre and impressive Stirling Castle are both must-sees in Stirling, while the National Wallace Monument, through a variety of exhibits and displays tells the story of William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland.