- Starts at: Dublin, Ireland
- Ends at: Edinburgh, Scotland
- Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
“Incredible golf courses, superb landscapes, rich history and ancient culture.”
Sail from one renowned links course to another onboard the luxurious RCGS Resolute. This special 7-night voyage focuses on golf, whiskey and Celtic history, with plenty of interest for golfers and non-golfers alike. Breathtaking landscapes, historic places of interest such as 5000 year old Neolithic ruins and Celtic churches, delicious food and easy access as we shuttle you from landing to landing at six of the Top 100 golf courses in the world – all in the heart of golf’s birthplace: Scotland and Ireland.
Your journey begins in Dublin, Ireland where you will gather at a central meeting point before transferring to the pier for embarkation. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner before casting off and heading north, up the rugged Irish coast.
Sail overnight to Newcastle (Ireland) home of The Royal County Down Golf Club; currently ranked the #1 course in the world by Golf Digest magazine. For non-golfers it is a chance to explore a quaint Irish seaside town. In addition to the shops and pubs, we’ll have the option to bike or transfer to Tollymore Forest Park. On our way back to the ship we can stop at Enniskeen Country House for a traditional afternoon tea.
Your first stop in Scotland will be to play either Machrihanish (#61) or adjacent Machrihanish Dunes. These two courses are naturally maintained – so much so, that you may see the odd Hebridean black sheep wandering through the rough. The Dunes is also home to a spa for those who need a little pampering. The peaceful village of nearby Campbeltown was once known as the ‘whisky capital of the world’ as it was home to 34 distilleries. Only three remain today and are all worth a visit.
Today you will wake up anchored off the shores of South Uist, the second largest island of the Outer Hebrides. Awaiting the golfers is another course of great historical significance; ‘The Lost Course’. A true links course providing a challenging test, we play through beautiful rolling dunes alongside the bracing Atlantic Ocean. Golf is not the only history on these ancient isle. Those up for a hike can explore the beautiful white sand beaches while searching for the mysterious Standing Stones. Cyclists can stretch their legs and take in part of the 300km Hebridean Way.
Today we anchor at the beautiful seaside town of Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. Wander through town exploring local crafts, art galleries, an unexpected collection of silversmith artists, or perhaps a tour and tasting at the Highland Park Distillery! A visit to St. Magnus Cathedral is an absolute ‘must’. Later in the day we head to Skara Brae, an outstanding Neolithic village and UNESCO World Heritage Site established over 5000 years ago. While there is a golf course in Kirkwall, golfers may want to take the day off to conserve their energy for the next two days of golfing challenges.
From our anchorage in Inverness we transfer to play a choice of two courses. Castle Stuart (#53) has dramatic views over the Moray Firth out to the Black Isle. The Royal Dornoch (#2) officially opened in 1616, but the current club was established in 1886 by Old Tom Morris. If you have an interest in local history we’ll head to Culloden Moor, where the Jacobites fought their final battle in 1745. The more curious in the group may want to take a day trip to Loch Ness for a chance viewing of ‘Nessie’ – the Loch Ness Monster.
We anchor today at Aberdeen, where again we have the choice of playing two different courses – Cruden Bay (#56) or the historic Balgownie course at Royal Aberdeen (#71). Those playing Cruden Bay will again find themselves walking in the footsteps of course designer Old Tom Morris. The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded in 1780 and is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. The course hosted the Scottish Open in 2014, won by England’s Justin Rose. The green is surrounded by no less than 10 bunkers and wayward tee shots will be punished.
This morning we arrive at Edinburgh, the Scottish capital and your disembarkation point. A transfer to downtown Edinburgh, and Edinburgh Airport, is provided for all guests, however Edinburgh is well worth a day or two of exploration if your schedule allows. For those wanting to crown the voyage with a round at St. Andrews, this can be easily done from Edinburgh, and can be arranged at the time of your booking through our golf expert in Scotland.
Included in the price of this voyage:
Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants
Comfortable insulated rubber boots
Water resistant binoculars
One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub)
Natural essential oil amenities
Services of English speaking medical officer
Use of multimedia room to download images
Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers
Trekking poles available on shore
All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
Welcome reception & welcome dinner
Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga
All zodiac and landing excursions
Transfers from/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship
Additional transfers in welcome / departure cities (only applicable on certain departures)
Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin
Not included in the price of this voyage:
- International and national airfares
- Visa and passport fees, airport taxes
- Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival / departure cities
- Meals & transfers in arrival / departure cities
- Personal expenses
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Massages from registered therapist
- Personal laundry charges
- Postage, telephone calls & email set up
- Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications
- Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
- Trip interruption / cancellation insurance
- Gratuities to staff and crew