North Berwick Golf Club, North Berwick, East Lothian
Founded 1832. Links Course
If you are golfing in East Lothian, the West Links at North Berwick is in the must-play category. North Berwick Golf Club was founded in 1832 and the layout remains much the same today as when Ben Sayers altered it in 1932. The West Links is steeped in history and offers a unique experience, featuring all that you expect from a traditional links including revetted bunkers, blind holes, drives over stone walls, burns and magnificent sea vistas. Three of the finest holes here are from 13 through 15 but it’s probably the short 15th “Reddan” that is most remembered. North Berwick co-hosted the Amateur Championship with Muirfield in 2010 and plays regular host to final qualifying for the Open when held at Muirfield, most recently in 2013.
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.