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South East Scotland

Just 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh airport and a similar distance from the city centre is hallowed golfing country. With magnificent views over the Firth of Forth, this must be just about the finest selection of links courses in such close proximity just about anywhere.

The Mecca is Muirfield, home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers whose members drew up the original 13 rules of golf in 1774. 15 times an Open venue, more than any other club, the front nine is laid out in a clockwise direction and contains the reverse flow back nine, ensuring a constantly change of wind direction on progressive holes.

A mile or two to the west is the less rarefied yet none the less charming Gullane Golf Club with its three courses. Numbers 2. & 3. are great holiday courses, in particular No 2. No I. is a magnificent challenge with stunning views and is not to be missed.

Alongside the Gullane courses is Lufness New, which opened for play in 1872 and on towards the village of Aberlady , running alongside the water is charming Kilspindie and the newer Craigielaw course which is rapidly gaining a fine reputation.

Just a mile or two east of Muirfield on the Archerfield Estate are the other newest courses in the area, TheFidra and Dirleton Links. Although essentially private, arrangements can sometimes be made for private parties to play, especially those who stay at the recently restored Grade 1 listed Archerfield House.

Continue east along the coast road and you come to the delightful harbour town of North Berwick, where you will find what must be most golfer’s idea of a classic Scottish links, with sea views from every hole and an in town clubhouse which is such a masterpiece the members can’t currently decide on how to improve it!

Besides Archerfield House, superb country house accommodations are also available at Greywalls, which sits alongside Muirfield club house. A haven of tranquillity, the hotel with its delightful walled gardens also enjoys an enviable reputation for its cuisine and excellent service.

While in the area visit the Scottish Seabird centre at North Berwick overlooking the Bass Rock, where 100,000 Atlantic gannets return to the same mate and the same nest each year. It is the world's largest single rock gannet colony and truly one of the “twelve wildlife wonders of the world”.

For those interested in aviation history, the nearby Museum of Flight, where one of the last Concorde’s to fly is on display is also well worth a visit. Whiskey lovers can also drop by the Glenkinchie distillery for a wee tasting. For those with non golfers in tow, consider staying in the magnificent Georgian city of Edinburgh where a plethora of shops, museums, art galleries and excellent restaurants will keep them well busy.

 


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