The golf at this week’s Scottish Open venue Gullane offers up all that’s great about golf in this part of the world. The names of North Berwick, Muirfield, Renaissance Club certainly turn heads for golf aficionados. There is a reason why they call it Scotland’s Golf Coast. With this run of links golf courses that can more than keep you golfing for over a week I thought it only right to share some of the off course delights, after all the Scottish summer days are long and plentiful.
— David howell (@davidhowell530) July 9, 2015
The coastline as you can well imagine is beautifully accessible. A visit to the town of North Berwick is a must as David Howell discovered. Perfect for young families or for an evening stroll.
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For those on a couples trip to Scotland a visit to East Lothian has you in easy reach of one of Europe’s most visited cities and Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. Enjoy the tourist feel of the town with Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. With bars, shops and restaurants you might even miss your tee time.
— Jim ☆☆☆☆☆ (@MightyMeadow) July 8, 2015
A Belhaven please. For those who have visited Scotland on a golf trip will have likely said those words. Belhaven is more often than not the smooth pint that awaits you after a hard 18 on the links. From Gullane head to Belhaven HQ for a tour of the brewery. The fully guided tour ends up with a sampling session in their own in-house bar, The Monks Retreat.
The real home of golf, documentary evidence proves that golf was played on Musselburgh Links as early as 2 March 1672 although Mary, Queen of Scots reputedly played here in 1567. If you can get over that phenomenon make a visit to the race track and watch live horse racing on the edge of Edinburgh.
The lighthouse you can see off the coast is on a ‘wee’ island called Fidra and is said to be the inspiration for Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.