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Nairn, Aberlour, Perthshire, Edinburg

Duration: 11 Days

Starting at: $24,780 per person

Two icons of Scotland, golf and whisky, are impeccably combined in this incredible journey. James Braid is a name that needs little introduction to golfing enthusiasts. As a leading golfer of his generation and winner of The Open Championship five occasions, he went on to model and design golf courses; it is said that there are over 200 courses in Scotland that bear his hallmark. Beginning amidst the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands, through our partner, Dream Escape, an Andrew Harper Travel advisor will plan this journey that will take you to some of Braids courses and iconic distilleries, as well as arranged private experiences. Long after the trip has ended, you will be sure to enjoy a greater appreciation of the great game and the essence of Scotland.

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Day 1 Nairn

On arrival at Inverness Airport you will be met and welcomed by your local chauffeur-guide who will provide a safe and comfortable journey to your first accommodation. Spend the afternoon at leisure, resting and relaxing following your international flight.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 2 Nairn

The day commences with a round of golf at Nairn. Nestling on the shores of the Moray Firth and founded in 1887, it is now one of the best courses in Scotland and has hosted many important championships. To follow, sit back and relax as you explore Loch Ness, Scotland’s most famous stretch of water, in true style. Step aboard a luxury motor cruiser which will be reserved exclusively for your use. The loch’s cold, deep waters are said to be home to the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie. Delicious platters of Scottish delicacies are served as you sit back and admire the spectacular scenery, including the brooding ruins of Urquhart Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Once one of Scotland’s mightiest strongholds, the castle boasts a fascinating history.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 3 Aberlour

Whisky has been lovingly crafted in Scotland for centuries. Playing host to over half of the distilleries in Scotland, there can be no better place to explore than Speyside. Whiskies from this region are typically the sweetest of all Scotch Whisky Malts and many of the most popular single malts are produced here. A very special visit is arranged to complete the day. Head to Speyside Cooperage which has been home of the ancient art of coopering since 1947. Here you will embark upon a private tour led by an experienced former Cooper. The experience will give you the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see Coopers and their apprentices make and repair casks against the clock. The visit concludes with a dram of 10 year old single malt whisky, produced in the Cooperage itself.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 4 Perthshire

Travel south, watching the stunning Highland scenery change as you pass. Nestled at the foothills of the Highlands is Scotland’s oldest working distillery and is home to Glenturret, a popular malt, in addition to one of the world’s most popular blends and reputedly the best-selling whisky in Scotland: The Famous Grouse. Enjoy a private guided tour of the distillery. As you depart, a personalized single cask edition will be presented as a keepsake. Selected by the Distillery Master Whisky Maker, these exceptional casks are rare; the bottles are only available via the Distillery.

Stay Overnight The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel

This imposing golf resort opened in 1924 on an 850-acre estate with three 18-hole championship courses and a sophisticated sports complex.

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Day 5 Perthshire

Choose to play one of James Braid’s two parkland masterpieces at Gleneagles. Recently the Queen’s Course has seen an extensive development, restoring it to its original glory. Relaunched, it tests different skills and offers golfers a more traditional playing experience to the pristine and defined PGA Centenary Course. Sweeping views towards hills and mountains add to the unforgettable experience of playing this masterpiece. At the end of the day, retreat to The Blue Bar. Complete with leather sofas, plush throws and a large circular fire pit, it is the ideal al-fresco venue to indulge in some whisky and a Cuban cigar. Discover the art of whisky blending and have a go at creating your own blend with a private masterclass. During the experience, learn how to identify and savor complementary flavors and blend your very own whisky to take home.

Stay Overnight The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel

This imposing golf resort opened in 1924 on an 850-acre estate with three 18-hole championship courses and a sophisticated sports complex.

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Day 6 Perthshire

Travel to the east coast to play the Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Links. Although the course wasn’t originally designed by James Braid, it was his re-design in 1926 that brought it up to Open Championship standard. With the great game having been played at Carnoustie since the early 16th century, there can be no better place to test your golfing prowess. The course has a fearsome reputation amongst amateurs and professionals alike.

Stay Overnight The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel

This imposing golf resort opened in 1924 on an 850-acre estate with three 18-hole championship courses and a sophisticated sports complex.

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Day 7 Perthshire

Enjoy a day trip to St Andrews, which has its place firmly in the history books as being the home of golf. Play a round on one of its eight magnificent courses. Perhaps play the New Course, it is said to be St Andrew’s best kept secret; the course is a classic links with undulating fairways and delightfully challenging greens. Alternatively, you may prefer to reserve a tee time on the Jubilee Course, named in honor of Queen Victoria who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on its opening date. Situated alongside the New Course, the raised tees on the course offer stunning views across St Andrews Bay to the east. Following a leisurely lunch, enjoy a privately guided walk on the famed fairways of the Old Course. Commonly known as The Old Lady, it is one of the world’s greatest courses. Your walk will let you encounter iconic landmarks and an unparalleled insight to its history.

Stay Overnight The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel

This imposing golf resort opened in 1924 on an 850-acre estate with three 18-hole championship courses and a sophisticated sports complex.

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Day 8 Edinburgh

The Kingdom of Fife is known as the ancestral home of Scottish monarchs and as such has always been at the heart of the nation’s history. Here, enjoy an incredibly special visit to Lindores Abbey Distillery, the spiritual home of Scotch whisky since 1494. Following a 500-year break, single malt distillation is occurring once again on this historic site under the watch of Drew McKenzie Smith, whose family have owned the 12th Century abbey and neighboring farm for more than 100 years. Drew will take you on a privately guided tour of the distillery, giving you a personal insight to the history of the sight, as well as the decades of planning behind the revival of the distillery.

Stay Overnight The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

This distinguished Edwardian hotel at the eastern end of Princes Street, the city’s major thoroughfare, is convenient to specialty shops and attractions.

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Day 9 Edinburgh

Spend the day exploring Edinburgh. Sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas; the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress, and the neo-classical New Town, dating from the 18th century. The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas is what gives the city its unique character and why it’s been a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1995. A local guide will enrich your experience on this tour. One of the best things about Scotland is that no matter where you find yourself, a castle is never far away. The country’s castles rank amongst the most iconic in the world. Edinburgh Castle positioned on top of the volcanic mound, Castle Rock dominates the skyline and is one of the country’s best visits. It’s been marked by violence, political and religious intrigue, and the rise and fall of monarchs.

Stay Overnight The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

This distinguished Edwardian hotel at the eastern end of Princes Street, the city’s major thoroughfare, is convenient to specialty shops and attractions.

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Day 10 Edinburgh

Travel east to North Berwick to play The West Links at North Berwick Golf Club. The course is an open qualifying venue and one of the best and most scenic links courses in Scotland, offering views over the Isle of May, the islands of Fidra and Craigleith, the Bass Rock and across the Forth to Fife. It starts and finishes at the clubhouse within the town, having wound its way along the Firth of Forth. The day continues with a visit to Glenkinchie Distillery. Your guide will take you around the distillery on a privately guided tour, allowing you to discover how “The Edinburgh Malt” is made. To follow, retire to the bar for a complimentary tasting of the Glenkinchie Single Malt.

Stay Overnight The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel

This distinguished Edwardian hotel at the eastern end of Princes Street, the city’s major thoroughfare, is convenient to specialty shops and attractions.

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Day 11 Departure

Your chauffeur-guide will provide a safe and comfortable journey to Edinburgh Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, except where noted. Room categories, dates of travel and change to services will affect the price. Dollar conversions shown will fluctuate throughout the year. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to customize this itinerary to fit your needs.