Tuesday Deal Day: Golf and Castles, Whisky and Water

Golf and Castles, Whisky and Water

Discover Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty by day, and enjoy the country’s most deluxe accommodations by night, with the “Golf and Castles, Whisky and Water” program developed to support the “Year of Natural Scotland.”

The “Golf and Castles, Whisky and Water” itinerary is a six-day, five-night program hosted by two luxury hotels, the Old Course Golf Resort and Spa in St. Andrews and The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa in Aberdeen.

Golf and Castles, Whisky and Water

The tour begins with arrival at the five-star Old Course Golf Resort and Spa in St. Andrews for a two-night stay. Bordering the 17th “Road Hole” of the world’s most famous golf course, the 144-bedroom resort features the city’s only heathland golf course, The Duke’s, and is home to the first Kohler spa experience outside the United States. Old Course offers guests six distinct dining options, from its famed afternoon tea menu to the 3 AA Rosettes-rated Road Hole Restaurant. The Road Hole Bar boasts a selection of more than 300 whiskies representing every operational distillery in Scotland. While visiting the resort, guests can participate in a guided walking tour of the town of St. Andrews or take their chauffeur-driven car to visit picturesque fishing villages. Additional highlights here include the ruins of St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral, the British Golf Museum, Eden Estuary Nature Reserve, St. Andrews Botanic Garden and the Fife Coastal Path.

On the third day of the itinerary, visitors travel the 80 miles to The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen’s only five-star hotel, for a three-night stay. Situated on 11 acres of beautifully wooded grounds, the luxury country property features 35 rooms, seven suites and four dining areas. Guests can enjoy a selection of more than 400 wines and 150 malt whiskies. Experience options here include a private Aberdeenshire helicopter flight, salmon or sea trout fishing, a coast and castle tour, and a private chauffeur-driven tour of the Speyside distilleries. Other pursuits that guests can enjoy during their stay range from game shooting and stalking to spending time in the hotel’s health and beauty spa.

The Golf and Castles, Whisky and Water tour is available as self-drive with a luxury rental car (starting at approximately $3,936 per couple), self-drive with your own vehicle (starting as approximately $2,487 per couple), or as a chauffeured escorted tour (starting at approximately $7,159 per couple). This luxury Scotland experience offers plenty of value-added perks, and you can customize your experience further with a variety of additional add-on options.

Note:  Rates are approximate and will be based on exchange rate at the time of booking.

Photo credit:  via TravMedia


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

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