Scotland-Golf Galore

Old Feb 23rd, 2001, 10:50 AM
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Scotland-Golf Galore

Planning a golf vacation throughout Scotland- 2 golf addicts and 2 non-golfers. Hitting Turnberry, St. Andrews, Gleneagles, and one more. Will have a private driver. Restaurant and sightseeing suggestions appreciated!
Old Feb 24th, 2001, 08:26 AM
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Try Royal Troon and stay in Troon Hydro Hotel. You can take in Loch Lomond on the way and Burns Country around Alloway.
Old Feb 25th, 2001, 04:01 AM
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Don't know much about Ayrshire, but I would have thought that Burn's birthplace was not to be missed.

I'll put some stuff on Fife (which I just posted elsewhere in here last week)in here when I get home for sightseeing around St Andrews. Restaurants in the area which are very good would include the Ostler's Close in Cupar, the Cellar in Anstruther, the Cellar in St Monan's and the Peat Inn at Peat Inn.

Gleneagles sightseeing would include Stirling, the castle, the Wallace monument, Bannockburn and all that, Doune Castle, Drummond Castle safari Park, Dunblane Cathedral would have been on my list a few years ago. I don't know if I could bear it now. Loch Earn for scenery, Perth- again I posted fully on it a few days ago. Restaurants would include Gleneagles itself, Auchterarder House, the Tormaukin in Glendevon and Let's Eat in Perth.

Have you worked out where your fourth course will be yet?
Old Feb 25th, 2001, 12:58 PM
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Day trips (I'm going to have to split this up because it's too big for one box)

A trip underneath the castle in St. Andrews, Fife. It can be a bit of a squeeze so if you are claustrophobic then probably best to pass on this one. John Knox used to live in this castle - also get chance to see the bottle dungeon - according to (Tonyís) dad, he was imprisoned there as a student for charity or something - some horrific stories he keeps for special occasions. St. Andrews with its ancient university, its cathedral (we do have a lot of them, don't we?) and the home of golf, the Royal and Ancient is seriously worth a visit. It has one of the best beaches in the world- the West Sands, which is where they filmed the opening sequence of Chariots of Fire- shame about the weather- and one of the best ice cream shops in the world (Jannetta's) apart from being a lovely little town.
Anstruther, Fife. Visit the fishing museum, Then have the best fish in the world for your lunch. After that drive along the coast to Largo, home of the 'original' Robinson Crusoe. When Daniel Defoe wrote about Robinson Crusoe, he was writing about a real person. His name was Alexander Selkirk and he came from Largo in Fife. Defoe was an English spy up in Scotland in the 1700's and nicked the story. This is of particular interest to (Tony, as Tony is) distantly related to Selkirk. That area of Fife is well worth a visit
On the Fife side of the Forth Road Bridge is Loch Leven castle where Mary Queen of Scots was locked up. v. romantic..the story of the escape- she then fled to her cousin in England for succour. She locked her up for 20 years then beheaded her; and Vane Farm Bird Reserve on the other side of the Loch.
Try Dundee. There is a very good visitor centre (the Discovery Centre) near the station which interprets Captain Scott's voyages to the Antarctic, and his ship, the Discovery is moored alongside so you can visit. Nearby is the Unicorn, a Dundee Whaler, which is also open to the public.

Just on the Fife side of the Forth is Dunfermilne. Robert the Bruce, the hero king who won Bannockburn is buried here in Dunfermilne Abbey (although his heart is buried at Melrose in the borders);
Old Feb 25th, 2001, 01:00 PM
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and Perth
Most of Perth's interest lies in its history- ancient capital of Scotland- and in its place in Scottish literature. Just north of Perth, 2 miles or so, is Scone Palace, worth a visit itself, which was the site where the kings and queens of Scotland were crowned, seated on the Stone of Destiny, (a good fake of) which you will no doubt have seen when you visited Edinburgh castle.

The town's 12th century Church, St John's is worth a visit. It contains the remains of an Earl of Perth who is supposed to have told the town's baillies "If you give me six feet, I'll give you twa Inches"- a reference to the two parks on either side of the Old town, the North and South Inches (from the Gaelic Innis meaning meadow). In addition it is where John Knox preached the destruction of the monasteries at the start of the Scottish reformation

Sir Walter Scott wrote a novel called "the Fair Maid of Perth" and her house and that of Hal o' the Wynd, can both be visited. This will tell you all about Clan Chattan and Clan Kay and the battle they fought (staged?) on the North Inch. Next to Hal o' the Wynd's house is the City Mills which has a restored oatmeal and some nice craft shops. The City Mills Hotel, which I think is now called the Stakis, is another converted Mill, done so the lade can be seen flowing underneath.

If you walk along the Tay, you can see where the houses in the Watergate had their gardens which led down to the river, where Kate Barlass held off the soldiers come to capture and kill the king.
The town has really good shopping centered around the High street and Old High Street. On the north edge of the town is the Caithness Glass factory where you can see the glass being made and, of course, buy from the factory shop.

There are a lot of nice walks.. along the river and through the North Inch, through the Norie Millar gardens on the north side of the river, Branklyn gardens on the North side of the river, Kinnoull hill with its folly, and, near where you are staying, Buckie Braes and Callerfountain.

Places to eat- Let's Eat is without doubt the best place in town, but Timothy's is quite good too. Letís eat has a slightly down market bistro in George Street, called, inventively, Letís Eat Again and 1774 behind the Art gallery can be good. Service can be awful. Patrickís is a bistro behind the Sherriff Court which is on Tay Street), which is quite good, and Littlejohns, Paco's and and the Filling station, are all cheap and cheerful.

The Willows tea room in St John's Square is very good for coffee/ tea and cakes and things.

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