Family trip to Scotland

I am station in Italy with my family and working on a family trip to Scotland. Does anyone know any go deals for golf packages, places to stay, prices, and things to do with the family. i want to golf as much as i can but still want to make the trip enjoyable for my family as well. thanks for the help in advance.



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  • Qqq123xxQqq123xx I wake up take a few steps and am in a haze the rest of the day. Members Posts: 6,209 ✭✭
    edited Oct 7, 2014 #2
    I have been to Scotland twice, pretty limited for ideas. You could go to St. Andrews. Lots of golf of course. Nice quaint town with two streets of shops, restaurants etc. And the big wool shop, sweaters etc., across the street from Old Course 18th green. There is a small Castle there the kids could explore. Was a siege laid to it long ago and it shows the huge tunnel of attackers and smaller ones of the defenders. All of which is open to the public. Also old cemetery there which was fun checking the dates etc. Big huge beach area to walk along, although it is probably getting a bit chilly. Kinda fun getting there train ends in the middle of nowhere and then doubledecker bus picks you up for a twenty minute ride into St. Andrews. Not sure if enough for kids to do, thought I would pass this on anyhow.
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  • jay65jay65 Members Posts: 4,678
    The only negative issue I can speak of with regards to St Andrews is the cost. Holiday rentals are relatively expensive in comparison to other parts of Scotland. You can get over that by staying in places like Leven/Lundin and other areas of Fife, then just visit St Andrews for the day, or when Golf is going to be played.



    Ayrshire is another area you may want to consider. Holiday rental prices are a little cheaper than St Andrews, and the Golf is fabulous. Turnberry, Royal Troon, Western Gailes, Dundonald, Kilmarnock Barassie, Prestwick are just some of the Golfing options and Glasgow is only 40 mins away on an excellent train service. I have a property in Ayrshire and we are very lucky to split our familys' time between Scotland and our family home down South.



    Aberdeenshire is another option, and so is Moray. Also East Lothian is very good, with Edinburgh only 25 mins away on the train for the family, and Golfing is excellent with Muirfield, Gullane, North Berwick, Kilspindie all on the doorstep. Holiday rentals are a little more akin to Fife as far as price goes, but it's worth some research.



    If you want Holiday rental, you may want to check some initial costs on websites such as Cottages4you, Sykescottages, Ownersdirect, and even Tripadvisor. Go check out the Holiday rental prices in some of those areas, and some of the Courses you would like to play but please come back to me if you need any more help? I will be only too glad to help and advise.
  • sabramsabram Members Posts: 1,536 ✭✭
    There's a lot for the family to do and see in Edinburgh, which will give you the opportunity for a short drive or train ride to any of the famous golf courses of East Lothian or Fife
  • JJShanleyJJShanley Members Posts: 124 ✭✭
    I grew up in Edinburgh. I can vouch for the variety of things to do that will keep all the family happy.
  • golfpar112golfpar112 Members Posts: 267 ✭✭
    Thanks everyone for the input. I have 2 kids a 3 year old and 1 year old so they really do not have to be to entertained. I also want a nice place so my wife has something to do with the kids while i play. i will post back with some more questions once i start digging in different ideas. Thanks again
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  • jay65jay65 Members Posts: 4,678
    golfpar112 wrote:


    Thanks everyone for the input. I have 2 kids a 3 year old and 1 year old so they really do not have to be to entertained. I also want a nice place so my wife has something to do with the kids while i play. i will post back with some more questions once i start digging in different ideas. Thanks again




    No problem. As I said, please feel free to PM me at any time. I would be more than happy to help with some advice and specifics, as soon as you have decided which area of Scotland you prefer.
  • drn92drn92 Members Posts: 1,766 ✭✭
    Our kids are older so this may not work for you, but we stayed in a converted manor house/castle in Dollar for four nights, rented a car, and were able to visit quite a bit of southern Scotland. We spent a day in St Andrews, a day in Loch Lomond, a day in Stirling, and a half day in Edinburgh and loved every minute. It was a little over an hour to St Andrews and Loch Lomond, and Stirling and Edinburgh were about half that far. Dollar itself was fun to see and there is the Castle Campbell ruins above town as well. We took a boat ride on Loch Lomond that was also fun.



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  • HoffTTMHoffTTM Members Posts: 2,120
    drn92 wrote:


    Our kids are older so this may not work for you, but we stayed in a converted manor house/castle in Dollar for four nights, rented a car, and were able to visit quite a bit of southern Scotland. We spent a day in St Andrews, a day in Loch Lomond, a day in Stirling, and a half day in Edinburgh and loved every minute. It was a little over an hour to St Andrews and Loch Lomond, and Stirling and Edinburgh were about half that far. Dollar itself was fun to see and there is the Castle Campbell ruins above town as well. We took a boat ride on Loch Lomond that was also fun.

    drn92




    If you catch a sunny day the Dollar glen on the way up to the castle is absolutely stunning as well, wouldn't say Dollar itself is that interesting aside from seeing what a typical Scottish village is like. Very decent location for Edinburgh/St. Andrews, the castle in Stirling, Loch Lomond within reasonanable reach.



    Something like that is a good compromise if you can live without being in immediate reach of many decent restaurants etc.



    Golf in that immediate region is quite affordable, but I am unsure of any specific packages as such. My club is one of the better ones in the area and charges 30 quid (USD 50) during the week and 35 on the weekend with reduced rates if playing more than 18. Doubt anywhere will charge more than GBP50 unless you are aiming at the big names & open venues.



    http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/activities/golf/golf-passes-offers-tours/passes/?page=1#resultsPane it seems most counties do offer golf passes for multiple rounds at different clubs. The important thing to remember is that the clubs have active competitive sections and therefore will usually not allow visitors on the course within a certain timeframe before and after a competition.



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  • br43headbr43head Members Posts: 42
    As a Fifer I would have to say Fife. You've got access to all the St. Andrews courses - all expensive - but then Leven, Lundin, Elie, Anstruther, Crail, Ladybank, Scotscraig and many more. A short drive over to Tayside for all the great courses there too. What time of year are you coming?
  • drn92drn92 Members Posts: 1,766 ✭✭
    Dollar Glen was stunning.



    We stayed in an apartment with a kitchen, so ate breakfast and dinner there and lunch wherever we ended up each day.



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  • golfpar112golfpar112 Members Posts: 267 ✭✭
    What time of year would be the best Price/weather? i went am talking with some one from scotland tours that sets up golf courses and places to stay. but i think it will be cheaper if i do it my self. I am looking to stay about 7 days and play golf 3 or 4 days and while i play have something my wife can do with our 2 little ones. Below is what she sent me. let me know if what you guys thinks































    Package:

    Touring Vacation

    Accommodation Summary:

    Pitmilly Self Catering Cottage, 4 Nights, 4 Star cottage, St Andrews

    Hilton Coylumbridge, 2 Nights, 4 Star Resort, Aviemore

    Norton House Hotel, 1 Night, 4 Star Hotel, Edinburgh

    Tour highlights

    New Course, Kingsbarns, Balcomie Links and Landmark Adventure Park

    Price Per Person

    £1150



    Introduction

    Thank you for your inquiry. Scotland Tours is a specialist tour operator providing guests from overseas with high quality tours using our extensive local knowledge.

    A tour to Scotland should be a well-planned, fun experience that everyone will enjoy, and we will be making every effort to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations in every way. Our personal service means you are never far away from some friendly advise or assistance should this be required.



    Route

    On arrival to Scotland you will firstly travel to St Andrews where you will stay in a two bedroom self catering cottage just outside of St Andrews. Here your family can enjoy use of the swimming pool, tennis courts and children’s play area. Michael will enjoy rounds on some of the best courses Scotland has to offer including the New Course, Kingsbarns and finally Balcomie Links at Crail. The family can enjoy some of the local attractions around the Kingdom of Fife whilst Michael plays.



    On day five you will travel to the highland town of Aviemore where you will stay in a four star family resort which has some fantastic family facilities including, a swimming pool, outdoor play area, indoor play area and also a dry ski slope. Included is a visit to Landmark Adventure Park where the family can enjoy a ride on the great waterslides, children can play in the Ant Village outdoor play area and also enjoy the science centre.



    You will spend your final night in an airport hotel in Edinburgh where you can get ready for your returning flight home.



    Included is a self drive hire vehicle.





    ***All attraction entry fees which are included in the package are presented in bold***



    Suggested Itinerary



    Date:

    June 2015

    Itinerary

    Overnight at:

    Mon 22 June

    Arrive at Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport where you will be met by a representative of Scotland Tours who will hand over your welcome pack. We will also assist you with the collection of your hire vehicle.

    You will then travel to St Andrews and check into your accommodation.

    On route you can stop in some of the Kingdom of Fifes villages and enjoy some of the local attractions.

    Places of interest include:
    • Inchcolm Island Boat Trip
    • Deep Sea World
    • Craigton Park


    St Andrews

    Tue 23 June

    This morning michael will play The New Course. The rest of the family are free to explore the local area.

    You could travel to Muddy Boots Park where you can take a trip on the quad train, play at the adventure park and jump on the large trampolines. There is also a great farm shop here.

    This afternoon the family could spend some time at the cottage and use the facilities including the swimming pool and tennis courts.

    St Andrews

    Wed 24 June

    This morning Michael will play Kingsbarns. The rest of the family could visit Cairnie Fruit Farm where you could pick some fresh strawberries and berries. There is also a children’s play area and maze to enjoy and a great tea room for lunch (not included).

    St Andrews

    Thu 25 June

    This morning michael will play Balcomie Links at Crail Golf Course.

    The rest of the family could spend the day at Crail Beach (weather permitting) or take a walk around the scenic harbour and coastal path.

    St Andrews

    Fri 26 June

    Check out of your accommodation and travel north to Aviemore.

    On route you can stop in the Victorian spa town of Pitlochry where you can enjoy lunch (not included).

    You should then travel to Aviemore and check into your hotel.

    Aviemore

    Sat 27 June

    The family will travel to Landmark Adventure Park and enjoy a great day out enjoying the adventure play area, take a trip on the waterslides designed for all of the family and stroll around the woodlands looking for red squirrels.

    Aviemore

    Sun 28 June

    Today check out of your hotel and spend the day exploring the local area.

    Places of interest include:
    • Highland Safari Park
    • Loch Al Eilean
    • Rothiemurchus Estate
    • Blair Castle and Gardens (Blair Athol)


    You should then travel to Edinburgh and check into your airport hotel.

    Edinburgh

    Mon 29 June

    This morning check out of your hotel and take a taxi cab to Edinburgh airport for your return journey home taking with you the memories of Scotland.



    All Reservations are Subject to Availability



    Package Details







    Ø 7 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels as specified

    Ø Round on New Course

    Ø Round on Kingsbarns

    Ø Round on Balcomie Links in Crail

    Ø Family ticket to Landmark Adventure Park

    Ø Based on x 2 adults and x2 children sharing 1x self catering lodge and 1 x family room

    Ø Hire of mid size automatic self drive rental vehicle including, insurance, GPS, excluding excess.

    Ø Maps and guidebooks

    Ø Detailed Final Itinerary

    Ø Local taxes (VAT at the current rate of 20%)

    Ø Meet & Greet service on arrival in Scotland

    Ø 24hr emergency assistance from Scotland Tours



    Payment Information

    Tour Cost per person £ 1150

    Deposit Due on Confirmation 25% £ 287

    Balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival £ 863







    Currency and Exchange Rate Information

    All tours are payable in GB£





    Attractions

    So that your tour offers flexibility the attractions we have mentioned each day can be paid on entry. However, we have incorporated a few attractions where pre booking is necessary.

    If you have any other requests or wish other activities included for example white water rafting, falconry, off road driving, theatre, special helicopter or seaplane trips etc please let us know.





    Items not included

    Flights, lunches, drinks, dinners (except where stated), entrances to places of interest, travel insurance, incidentals charged to the room and any other items not mentioned in the itinerary.



    Accommodation







    The tour cost has been based on the hotels noted (Subject to availability) Please take a few minutes to browse on their web sites and if you are not happy with any of our choices please let us know and we can offer alternatives.



    Meals

    Breakfast is included each morning.

    Dinners are not included; however you can upgrade to include meals.





    Payment Options

    We offer different methods of payment that you can choose from. Not everyone in the group must take the same payment option. Individuals in the group may choose different methods of payment if they wish.

    · 25% deposit at time of booking and the 75% balance 8 weeks prior to arrival

    · Equal monthly instalments from now until two months prior to your arrival date. We will simply charge your credit card on your preferred date each month.



    Ready to pay your deposit?

    We have a few different ways to pay your deposit so you can secure your package and we can begin making your arrangements for you. If you need help with any of the choices below, please contact your tour specialist and we’ll be happy to assist you.



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    Pay by bank: If paying by international wire transfer please advise your bank of the following information and ask them to quote the tour reference number as stated:

    Bank: Royal Bank of Scotland

    Branch: Durie Street, Leven KY8 4EW

    Account Name: Scotland Tours Co Ltd

    Reference Number: T14603

    Sort Code: 832424

    Account Number: 00202390

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    SWIFT BIC: RBOS GB2L





    Your Tour Co-ordinator at Scotland Tours is Lindsay Steward 9th October 2014

    Your Vacation of a Lifetime Awaits…

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  • br43headbr43head Members Posts: 42
    There is almost never a good time for weather but May is often better than June. Prices will be a touch lower too but courses will just be coming into season so might not give you the true links experience. I think you could do better for price going direct. It depends how much travel you want to do too.



    I thought some of the descriptions were great travel agent bull. Very attractive but not very accurate. Your kids are still going to be very young next summer so things like the Landmark I Aviemore are a waste of time. The Highland Wildlife park is good though.



    With young kids then I would look at a holiday cottage in Elie. They have a great beach the kids could play on while you explore golf courses in and around Fife. There are a couple of nice cafes too and it's a short drive to St. Andrews. I'm assuming it is mainly links v parkland you are after? The St. Andrews courses are expensive but you might get a deal staying somewhere like the Fairmont Hotel - it has two good courses itself.



    There are some good courses up in the Aviemore area but it's a tougher place to get to and I'm assuming you want to keep the driving to a minimum with kids.



    How much golf and how much sight seeing with the family?
  • golfpar112golfpar112 Members Posts: 267 ✭✭
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    br43head wrote:


    There is almost never a good time for weather but May is often better than June. Prices will be a touch lower too but courses will just be coming into season so might not give you the true links experience. I think you could do better for price going direct. It depends how much travel you want to do too.



    I thought some of the descriptions were great travel agent bull. Very attractive but not very accurate. Your kids are still going to be very young next summer so things like the Landmark I Aviemore are a waste of time. The Highland Wildlife park is good though.



    With young kids then I would look at a holiday cottage in Elie. They have a great beach the kids could play on while you explore golf courses in and around Fife. There are a couple of nice cafes too and it's a short drive to St. Andrews. I'm assuming it is mainly links v parkland you are after? The St. Andrews courses are expensive but you might get a deal staying somewhere like the Fairmont Hotel - it has two good courses itself.



    There are some good courses up in the Aviemore area but it's a tougher place to get to and I'm assuming you want to keep the driving to a minimum with kids.



    How much golf and how much sight seeing with the family?




    Thanks we are wanting to make it about a 7 day trip. i want to play about 3 to 4 rounds. the place with a beach sounds the best. We are thinking about flying in to edinburgh stay there for a day. drive to st andrews for a day or to of golf and looking hanging out. Then at a lost of what else to do. I really want to go to St Andrews to see the sights and find a golf course there but then open for ideas of other great places to play.



    Thanks again for all the input



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  • HoffTTMHoffTTM Members Posts: 2,120
    Many cheaper alternatives out there compared to the links trust courses which are just as good.



    Lundin, Leven, Crail, Elie are all very good links courses, Ladybank is a quality tree lined course for a bit of a difference. Many more options if you decide to go outside of the Kingdom of Fife. I'm not too sure about family activities in the immediate area (mainly because I'm in my early twenties, but one good one is the national deer centre (with some other animals too).
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  • HighlandLairdHighlandLaird Members Posts: 152 ✭✭
    I'm a Scot, born in Stirling and have played golf for 60 years. I have played most golf courses in Scotland, but have to tell you that you will enjoy unknown courses far more than the famous. The latter are VERY expensive to play, prohibitively so at St. Andrews, Gleneagles and the Open Championship tracks.

    One of the most scenically amazing is Callander in Perthshire, and Rosemount at Blairgowrie in Perthshire is beautiful. One course that is little known is Tulliallan in Clackmannanshire----it is also stunning and you are sure of a great welcome there.

    It really is best to visit these lesser known courses as they are cheaper, quieter and usually better all round than the famous places.

    I would suggest you stay in Stirling which is the historic seat of Scottish kings and the site of all the famous battles between the Scots and English in the 13th and 14th centuries, with a magnificent castle which was the scene of historic moments. From Stirling, all the best golf courses are within a few miles, and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Crieff and St. Andrews are all within easy striking distance.

    Best wishes for your trip----I hope you enjoy it, but I would advise you to avoid the winter, unless you want to ski!!
  • br43headbr43head Members Posts: 42
    I'm a member at Lundin and if dates worked then I would be happy to host you for a game there. Take a look at the web sites for Lundin, Leven (golfing society), Crail, Elie, Ladybank, Blairgowrie, Montrose, Monifieth, Scotscraig. Lots of great course all with history. For three or four games you have a lot of choice. Playing St Andrews is a great experience but so is just visiting and walking around - tons of golf shops. For the kids there is a small aquarium there too and a great ice cream shop.
  • golfpar112golfpar112 Members Posts: 267 ✭✭
    So got my tickets with the family to Scotland. We fly in sept and looking for 2 great course to play around St. Andrews. Also I love food and what kind of food should we try.
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  • az2auaz2au Members Posts: 1,795 ✭✭
    I am sitting in Machrihanish right now and today was beautiful but I got lucky. Rain can happen anytime but o find the early part of September to be the best bet for weather. I am only up for two days so I hope I get lucky again tomorrow. Edinburgh is definitely the place you want based on what you said. Best combo of golf and giving the family something to do.
  • golfpar112golfpar112 Members Posts: 267 ✭✭
    Thanks i can't wait.. I do have a questions about renting clubs. do most course have good sets to rent. since i am traveling with family i will not be able to take my clubs. any insight would help. thanks.
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  • golfpar112golfpar112 Members Posts: 267 ✭✭
    my trip is coming closer only a couple more weeks. anything last min I should know or that will help me out? I am looking to play the old course/ or new course one day and then need one more course to try to get one.



    Also how hard is it to get on and take pictures on 17 on the order course with the family in the evening? do they allow it?
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  • jay65jay65 Members Posts: 4,678
    golfpar112 wrote:


    my trip is coming closer only a couple more weeks. anything last min I should know or that will help me out? I am looking to play the old course/ or new course one day and then need one more course to try to get one.



    Also how hard is it to get on and take pictures on 17 on the order course with the family in the evening? do they allow it?




    Don't worry, it's a public course so people take their dogs for walks across the Links at all manner of day and night, so you won't have any probs with photos with the family on the Course in the evening. Enjoy.
  • HoffTTMHoffTTM Members Posts: 2,120
    golfpar112 wrote:


    my trip is coming closer only a couple more weeks. anything last min I should know or that will help me out? I am looking to play the old course/ or new course one day and then need one more course to try to get one.



    Also how hard is it to get on and take pictures on 17 on the order course with the family in the evening? do they allow it?




    Best save it for a Sunday when the course is closed to golfers and you can walk the whole thing
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