Fore and More

Scotland is known as the birthplace of golf with roots dating back to the 15th century and nearly 600 courses dotting the landscape.  So needless to say, if you are a golfer or have a golfer you like to travel with, Scotland is a dream destination.

Now I don’t play golf and my husband can take or leave it so this is aimed at the non-golfers who visit Scotland.

Bagpiper at Turnberry

Let’s focus on Turnberry.  One of the top rated courses in Scotland and a Starwood Luxury Collection property with lots to offer beyond golf.  Sure, there’s a great spa, a bagpipe player to enjoy with sunset cocktails and an outdoor activity center for archery, fishing or off-road driving.  But my favorite feature at Turnberry is the falconry!  Educational and exhilarating, various raptors you can work with, hold on your gloved hand and yes, even have them fly and land on your arm.  An amazing experience!

 

Falconry, Turnberry Scotland

Falconry, Turnberry Scotland

Abbey ruins, Scotland

Abbey ruins, Scotland

Then there are old buildings such as Abbeys and Castles.  Lots of Castles.  Some ruins, some intact.  A worthwhile day would be a visit to Culzean Castle less than 4 miles from the Turnberry resort.  There is lots to see from the building to the walled garden, the swan pond, even caves!  You can go on a ranger walk, have lunch and even do a little shopping.

Culzean Castle, Scotland

Culzean Castle, Scotland

Scotland has some colorful tartans and fabulous cashmere.

Begg Cashmere, Scotland

Begg Cashmere, Scotland

We saw a display of great scarves in the boxed displays in the lobby of Turnberry.  Alas they were not sold in the hotel boutique, but with the help of the concierge, we found the nearby Begg Cashmere factory store and left with some incredible bargains!  Yes, you now know what everyone on my shopping list got for Christmas.

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran

If you have a car at your disposal and want to venture further afield, you can take a ferry to the Isle of Arran off the coast.  There you can, of course play some golf,  visit the local creamery where cheese is made and exported all over the world as well as local distilleries.

The roads are narrow and a bit harrowing, especially for those of us not accustomed to driving on the left so be sure you have a designated driver if sampling the wares from the distillery!

Friends in Scotland Pub

Friends in Scotland Pub

Speaking of drinks, no visit to Scotland would be complete with visiting the local pubs.  A great source for local fare such as Haggis, Bannocks and tatties, they are also a warm and cozy place to enjoy a pint with friends – or make new ones!

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