Sample Tours

Scotland, renowned the world over as the “Home of Golf”, is where golf began many years ago. As the game of golf has developed globally Scotland has always been a must visit on any golfers bucket list.

Beautifully crafted traditional Links Courses, five Open Championship Courses and many “hidden gems”, Scotland has everything for the visiting golfer.  In addition to the golf you can enjoy the stunning scenery, the vibrant culture, rich heritage and welcoming hospitality. If you like a “wee dram” Scotland is also home to the best whiskies in the world.

Below are examples of tours in and around Scotland. If you are interested in a specific area, check our Interactive map.

But remember, these are examples only as all of our tours are bespoke to your needs.

Platinum Golf Sample Tours

Gleneagles & St Andrews Tour

The Gleneagles and St Andrews Experience lets you play both classic inland and classic links courses. Enjoy the magic of the Gleneagles and St Andrews Courses. The James Braid designed Kings Course at Gleneagles – one of his finest designs. Play the Open venues of the Old Course and Carnoustie and follow in the footsteps of legends. The more modern yet classic Kingsbarns Links is a masterpiece. With the addition of some sightseeing this tour offers you a true Scottish journey. Both hotels offer additional activities and specialist whisky tastings.

The Gleneagles and St Andrews Experience is a mix of classic Scottish Links and Inland golf.

Day 1

  • Arrive at Edinburgh airport.
  • Transfer to the luxury 5 star Gleneagles Hotel. Set in 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, Gleneagles Hotel is home to the famous Kings and Queens golf courses and is the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.
  • On arrival at Gleneagle Hotel you will check in for 3 night’s bed & full Scottish breakfast

Day 2

  • Enjoy your first round of golf at Gleneagles on the famous Kings Course. The course, which was designed by James Braid and is home to many championship events, was described by Lee Trevino “If Heaven is as good as this, I sure hope they have some tee times left”.
  • After lunch in the Dormy Clubhouse, you will enjoy a visit to the Famous Grouse Whisky distillery where you will receive a guided tour and an opportunity to sample Scotlands national drink.

Day 3

  • Enjoy your second round of golf at Gleneagles, which will be over the PGA course, the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup match.
  • After lunch in the Dormy Clubhouse, you can indulge yourself in some of the many outdoor leisure activities available at Gleneagles or alternatively, you can relax in the ESPA Spa where a multitude of treatments are on offer.

Day 4

  • After breakfast you will be transferred to Edinburgh where you will visit the magnificent Edinburgh Castle: Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
  • You will enjoy lunch in one of the Scottish capitals top restaurants, followed by either some retail therapy or a memorable visit to The Scotch Whisky Experience for a full tour and tasting.

Day 5

  • Enjoy a round of golf on the Carnoustie Championship course, home to 7 Open championships: The course which is currently in the finest condition it has ever been – not only offers the ultimate challenge to every golfer but it provides a playing quality which is second to none.
  • After lunch you will be transferred back to St. Andrews where you are free to shop or relax and unwind at the Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel – the first KOHLER spa experience outside the USA.

Day 6

  • Start your St. Andrews golf experience with a round of golf over the New Jubilee or Castle course. The New Course is a classic links course and is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world, having been set out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris. The Jubilee Course meanwhile has developed from a basic 12-hole layout into what many consider to be the toughest test of golf at St Andrews. The Castle Course is the newest addition to the St Andrews Links portfolio and offers spectacular views over St Andrews
  • Following lunch in the Links Clubhouse you will be taken to Glamis Castle, the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years. Glamis Castle is a living, breathing monument to Scottish hospitality; a place of enjoyment, reflection, laughter and wonder for all.

Day 7

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kingsbarns Golf Club for day 2 of your St. Andrews golfing experience. From the moment you arrive at Kingsbarns, you know youre somewhere special. Kyle Phillips designed this Top 100 Ranked golf course and it is set in an amphitheatre along the coast, meaning that nearly every hole boasts spectacular views of the North Sea.
  • In the evening, you may choose to enjoy dinner in one of many restaurants in St. Andrews.

Day 8

  • Today brings you the moment you have been waiting for the moment when you step onto the 1st tee of the world famous St. Andrews Old Course, known as the traditional home of golf. Victory anywhere is always sweet, but to win at St. Andrews is so special it rises above everything else The Old Course, as described by Seve Ballesteros, after winning the Open at St. Andrews in 1984.
  • To end a perfect day of golf at St. Andrews, enjoy evening dinner in the Road Hole restaurant overlooking the famous Old Course.

Day 9

  • Departure day and transfer to Edinburgh airport.
  • Please note this is only a sample itinerary and can be lengthened, shortened or altered tosuit your individual requirements.

Luxury Highland Tour

The Luxury Highland Tour gives you the chance to stay in one of the Highland’s leading Castles. On this tour you will play some of Scotland’s best Links Golf Courses and enjoy sightseeing. Sample true Highland cuisine with the occasional “wee dram”. Experience the true nature of Scotland’s Culture Heritage and Hospitality.

The Luxury Highland Tour has everything to offer. In our opinion it is the best all round region in Scotland. For example, golf courses as good as any in Scotland. Secondly, Whisky Distilleries, Castles and Loch Ness (home to Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster). Thirdly, famous battlefields, beautiful scenery, The Cairngorms, walking and cycling. The Highlands has everything.

Royal Dornoch Golf Club sits very close to the grand Dunrobin Castle and 3 Whisky Distilleries, Balblair, Glenmorangie and Dalmore.

Day 1

  • Upon arrival at your chosen airport, you will be met by a member of the Platinum team.
    You will then be transferred to the world renowned Loch Ness in the heart of the Scottish Highlands via your chosen form of luxury transport (private car, coach or helicopter). As you travel, experience a scenic journey through some of Scotlands most spectacular scenery.
  • Should you wish to do so, you may stop for lunch en route and sample some of the fine fayre Scotland has to offer.

Day 2

  • After a full Scottish breakfast, you will be transferred to Nairn Golf Course. Located on the shores of the Moray Firth, this traditional links course is regarded as one of the best courses in Scotland, and has hosted a large number of important championships.
  • After lunch in the clubhouse, you will be transported to the Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere mill and shop. Johnstons has been making beautiful knitwear, clothing and accessories from the most luxurious wools known to man for over two centuries. Here, you will experience a guided tour which will end in the well-stocked mill shop, giving you a chance to browse and purchase some of the beautiful cashmere garments on sale.
  • A medieval evening banquet will be served at Aldourie Castle and will be followed by after dinner storytelling.

Day 3

  • After breakfast, you will travel further north to Dornoch where you will enjoy a round at The Royal Dornoch Golf Club a spellbinding course located in a timeless setting, attracting and mesmerizing golfers from all over the world. It is a wild and isolated course and yet, at the same time, is incredibly beautiful.
  • Describing The Royal Dornoch, Tom Watson, five time Open Champion said, Its the most fun Ive ever had on a golf course. And when asked what the hardest shot in golf was, he answered, the second shot to the second green at Royal Dornoch.

Day 4

  • Todays Highland safari offers you the unique chance to explore some of the most remote parts of the Scottish Highlands. An experienced guide will drive you into the Scottish hills in 44s where you will not only experience the magnificent Highland scenery, but you will also be provided with the opportunity to get up close to Scottish nature particularly the Highland Red Deer. A gourmet picnic lunch will be served on safari. Whether or not you remember to take your camera, this Highland safari guarantees memories that will last a lifetime. Suitable clothing is a must.

Day 5

  • This morning, you will play on one of Scotlands newest courses Castle Stuart. This championship links course is home of the Scottish Open and overlooks the Moray Firth, together with other well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle namely the Kessock bridge, Chanonry Lighthouse and Fort George.

Day 6

  • This is your chance to play one of Scotlands most exclusive and best golf courses. Golf is Skibos principal passion and it will come as no surprise that the club is home to one of the finest of Scotlands championship links courses with 6,833 yards of golfing genius to whet the appetite of any keen player. The club can also now boast former Open Winner, Paul Lawrie, as its Touring Professional.

Day 7

  • After breakfast travel to the Hidden gem of Scottish Golf Boat of Garten.
  • Boat of Garten should be first on every visitors itinerary. Designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture, James Braid (1870-1950), The Boat is set alongside the River Spey in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The course is not only renowned as a demanding test of sporting skill but also as a magnificent setting for the game. Braids design features 18 completely individual holes, cleverly and sensitivelyshaped fairwayslined bybirch trees, heather and broom, maximising the natural landscape and producing a beautiful and challenging course.

Day 8

  • After breakfast, you will check out of Aldourie Castle and be transferred by luxury car, coach or helicopter back to your chosen airport.
  • This tour is only suitable for groups with a minimum of ten people

The Heritage of Scotland Tour

On The Open Tour of Scotland you will play all of the Scottish based Open venues. The links courses of  Turnberry, Royal Troon, Muirfield, Carnoustie and  the Old Course St Andrews. In addition to the Open courses choose some other courses from Stuart’s clusters. These show courses from the top 100 list close to each Open venue. The Open Tour includes links courses, inland courses and “hidden gems”.

Please note the Open Tour does not include tickets to the Open Championship.

As an “Authorised Provider” of “Guaranteed Old Course Tee Times” we are now selling our 2020 packages which include Old Course Tee Times.

Day 1

– Arrive at Edinburgh airport

– Transfer to the luxury 5 star Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.

– Take time to relax in the beautiful surroundings before evening dinner in the hotels Number One restaurant. Retaining its Michelin star for the tenth consecutive year in 2012, the restaurant has a reputation for world class cuisine. Executive Chef Jeff Bland and his team provide outstanding creative dishes using only the finest and freshest Scottish produce.

Day 2

  • After breakfast you enjoy a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle for a guided tour. Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
  • You will enjoy lunch in one of the Scottish capitals top restaurants, followed by either some retail therapy or a memorable visit to The Scotch Whisky Experience for a full tour and tasting.

Day 3

  • After breakfast overlooking the Old Course and town of St. Andrews you will play the New or Jubilee golf course.
  • The New Course is a classic links course and is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world, having been set out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris. The Jubilee Course meanwhile has developed from a basic 12-hole layout into what many consider to be the toughest test of golf at St Andrews.

Day 4

  • For the second round of your St. Andrews Experience we will transfer you to Kingsbarns Golf Club. The moment you arrive at Kingsbarns, you know youre somewhere special.
    Kyle Phillips designed this Top 100 Ranked golf course and it is set in an amphitheatre along the coast, meaning that nearly every hole boasts spectacular views of the North Sea.

Day 5

  • Today brings you the moment you have been waiting for the moment when you step onto the 1st tee of the world famous Old Course, known as the traditional “Home of Golf”.
  • “Victory anywhere is always sweet, but to win at St. Andrews is so special it rises above everything else”. The Old Course, as described by Seve Ballesteros, after winning the Open at St. Andrews in 1984.
  • To end a perfect day of golf at St. Andrews, enjoy evening dinner in the Road Hole restaurant overlooking the famous Old Course.

Day 6

  • Today you will be transferred to Inverness in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and as you travel, experience a scenic journey through some of Scotlands most spectacular scenery.
  • On arrival in the Highlands, you will enjoy a short cruise on the famous Loch Ness, which will transport you over the mysterious waters to the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle. From here you will continue your journey and check into the Kingsmills Hotel

Day 7

  • This morning, you will play on one Scotlands newest courses, Castle Stuart. This championship links course overlooks the Moray Firth together with well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle namely the Kessock bridge, Chanonry Lighthouse and Fort George.
  • After lunch, you will be transported to the Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere mill and shop. Johnstons has been making beautiful knitwear, clothing and accessories from the most luxurious wools known to man for over two centuries. Here, you will experience a guided tour which will end in the well-stocked mill shop, giving you a chance to browse and purchase some of the beautiful cashmere garments on sale.

Day 8

  • After breakfast, you will travel further north to Dornoch where you will enjoy a round at The Royal Dornoch Golf Club.
  • The Royal Dornoch is a spellbinding course located in a timeless setting, attracting and mesmerizing golfers from all over the world. It is a wild and isolated course and yet, at the same time, is incredibly beautiful.
  • Describing The Royal Dornoch, Tom Watson, five times Open Champion said, Its the most fun Ive ever had on a golf course. And when asked what the hardest shot in golf was, he answered, the second shot to the second green at Royal Dornoch.

Day 9

  • Departure day and transfer to Edinburgh airport.
  • Please note this is only a sample itinerary and can be lengthened, shortened or altered tosuit your individual requirements.

The Open Tour

On The Open Tour of Scotland you will play all of the Scottish based Open venues. The links courses of  Turnberry, Royal Troon, Muirfield, Carnoustie and  the Old Course St Andrews. In addition to the Open courses choose some other courses from Stuart’s clusters. These show courses from the top 100 list close to each Open venue. The Open Tour includes links courses, inland courses and “hidden gems”.

Please note the Open Tour does not include tickets to the Open Championship.

As an “Authorised Provider” of “Guaranteed Old Course Tee Times” we are now selling our 2020 packages which include Old Course Tee Times.

Day 1

  • From Glasgow airport, you will be transferred to the 5 star Turnberry Resort.
    The Turnberry Resort is one of the most popular golf resort hotels in Scotland and enjoys a spectacular coastal setting with breathtaking views of the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and Irish Sea
  • Upon arrival at the Turnberry Resort you will check in for 3 night’s
  • In the evening, you may dine in any one of the hotels fine restaurants.

Day 2

  • Today you will play the famous Ailsa course, currently ranked no. 1 in Scotland’s top 100 courses
  • Home to 4 Open Championships, the Ailsa course has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournaments history: in 1986 Greg Norman won the Open at Turnberry; in 1977 Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by one shot; in 1994 Nick Price was victorious; and in 2009 Stewart Cink conquered the title at what was, quite simply, an incredible championship.
  • Following your day on the golf course, you will return to the Turnberry Resort for an evening of relaxation and dinner.

Day 3

  • Enjoy a days golf at the Royal Troon Old Course, currently ranked no. 12 in Scotland’s top 100 courses and host to the Open Championship 8 times, the course is both challenging and steeped in golfing history. In addition, the course is also home to both the longest and shortest holes in Open Championship golf.
  • Following your day on the golf course, you will return to the Turnberry Resort for an evening of relaxation and dinner.

Day 4

  • After breakfast, you will travel to Edinburgh where you will enjoy a morning of sightseeing.
  • Whilst in the capital of Scotland, you may wish visit the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Alternatively you may wish to partake in some retail therapy or enjoy a memorable visit to The Scotch Whisky Experience for a full tour and tasting.

Day 5

  • Today you will play your 3rd round on the Open venues at Muirfield Golf Course, currently ranked no.3 in Scotland’s top 100 courses, and host to 15 Open Championships, Muirfield Golf Course is a challenge to the worlds great golfers. Despite being the worlds oldest golf club, the design of the course layout is considered to be a masterpiece, an unusual description for links courses of this era.

Day 6

  • Your 4th round of golf will be played on the Carnoustie Championship course, currently ranked no. 6 in Scotland’s top 100 courses and home to 7 Open championships. The course offers the ultimate challenge to every golfer but it provides a playing quality which is second to none.

Day 7

  • Enjoy a round of golf over St Andrews New Course or Jubilee Course. The New Course is a classic links course and is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world, having been set out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris. The Jubilee Course meanwhile has developed from a basic 12-hole layout into what many consider to be the toughest test of golf at St Andrews.

Day 8

  • Today brings you the moment you have been waiting for the moment when you step onto the 1st tee of the world famous Old Course, currently ranked no.2 in Scotland’s top 100 courses and  known as the traditional “Home of Golf”
  • “Victory anywhere is always sweet, but to win at St. Andrews is so special it rises above everything else”. The Old Course, as described by Seve Ballesteros, after winning the Open at St. Andrews in 1984.

Day 9

  • Departure day and transfer to Edinburgh airport.
  • Please note this is only a sample itinerary and can be lengthened, shortened or altered tosuit – your individual requirements.

Southwest And Islands Links Experience

The Southwest and Islands Links Experience takes you on a Scottish Golf Links & Whisky journey. Play two of Scotland’s Open venues, The Ailsa Course at Turnberry and Royal Troon. Play and a few more of Scotland’s historic links courses – Machrihanish and The Machrie.  Shiskine on Arran is a 12 hole masterpiece of fun. In addition this trip will also let you experience some amazing scenery and sample a few of Scotland’s finest whiskies. This tour visits the islands of Arran and Islay home to the “Peaty Monsters”.

The Southwest and Islands Links Experience is a perfect mix of golf and whisky plus some of Scotland’s finest hospitality.

Day 1

  • From Glasgow airport, you will be transferred to the 5 star Turnberry Resort.
    The Turnberry Resort is one of the most popular golf resort hotels in Scotland and enjoys a spectacular coastal setting with breathtaking views of the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and the Irish Sea
  • Upon arrival at the hotel check i for your stay
  • In the evening, you may dine in any one of the hotels fine restaurants.

Day 2

  • Play 1 round of golf over the Famous Open venue, the Ailsa Course which has hosted four Open Championships
  • Enjoy the rest of the day using the hotels facilities

Day 3

  • Check out of Turnberry and transfer to Royal Troon, host to nine Open Championships, for 1 round of golf over this famous Links Course
  • After the golf transfer by car ferry to the Isle of Arran for 1 night at the Auchrannie Resort

Day 4

  • Transfer to the amazing 12 hole Shiskine Golf Course for 1 round of golf – this is without doubt one of Scotland’s “links gems” and pure fun
  • Following the golf a short car ferry trip and onto Machrihanish to the Ugadale Hotel for 2 night’s

Day 5

  • 1 round of golf over one of Scotland’s truly great links courses, Machrihanish, designed in part by Old Tom Morris
  • In the afternoon visit the Springbank Whisky Distillery for a tour and a “wee dram” tasting

Day 6

  • 1 round of golf over Machrihanish Dunes a golf course designed to feel how golf was first played
  • Take the afternoon car ferry to the Whisky Isle – Islay, home to nine whisky distilleries but also home to The Machrie, another of Scotland’s classic links courses.
  • Check into the newly opened Machire Hotel

Day 7

  • Enjoy 1 round of golf over the Machrie Golf Course overlooking the beautiful Laggan Bay – this is as good as it gets
  • In the afternoon enjoy a “whisky learning journey” and visit some of the Islands “Peaty Monster
  • Whisky Distilleries” before heading back to the hotel

Day 8

  • Car ferry back to the mainland and a scenic drive back to Glasgow Airport for departure

Golf Whisky Experiences

Scotland holds the distinction of being Home to the Game of Golf and Scotch Whisky. Both iconic and both globally seen as belonging to Scotland. We have brought the two icons together to offer some interesting Scottish Golf & Whisky Experiences.

From the famous links of St. Andrews, Turnberry and Dornoch to the hidden gems of Boat of Garten, Pitlochry and Golspie. There is an abundance of wonderful courses in regions all over Scotland to choose from. As with golf, whisky can be found in many regions of Scotland. From the “Peaty Monsters” of Islay in the South West to the “Premier Cru” of Scotch Single Malts from Speyside.

The Scottish Golf & Whisky Experiences will include some of the lesser known golf courses. It will include visits to distilleries and tastings of some very famous whisky brands that are Destination Specific to your chosen tour.

Some of the golf courses we use on these tours are classic links courses. Some are 9 hole masterpieces (don’t be put off by 9 hole courses). Others, hidden gems. Let us design your own bespoke tour to suit your whisky taste buds and choice of golf course.

Islands and Lowlands Tour

The Islands and Lowlands Tour provides you with a contrast. The heavy “Peat” flavoured Monsters of Islay and Jura. The more grassy lighter feel of the Lowlands Malts – more commonly known as the “Lowland Ladies”. Golf on the Islands and Lowlands Tour ismostly links golf. The quirky but stunning 12 hole Shiskine Course on the Isle of Arran. The Tom Morris Machrihanish masterpiece and the redesigned Machrie Course. They all have stunning ocean views. They are all classic Scottish Links Courses. You may wish to stay longer on Islay as there are 9 Distilleries to choose from plus the Jura Distillery on the Island of Jura.

The Island and Lowlands Tour is a Golf and Whisky Journey.

Day 1

  • Arrive at Glasgow Airport
  • Transfer to Mar Hall Hotel
  • Evening dinner including set the scene whisky tasting

Day 2

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Transfer to Isle of Arran
  • Visit Isle of Arran Whisky Distillery
  • Check into Auchrannie Resort for 1 night dinner bed & breakfast

Day 3

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • 1 round of golf over Shiskine Golf Club
  • Transfer to Campbletown
  • Visit the Springbank Whisky Disitillery
  • Visit the Cadenhead Whisky Shop
  • Transfer to Machrihanish
  • Check into the Ugadale Hotel Machrihanish for 1 night dinner bed & breakfast
  • Evening dinner

Day 4

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • 1 round of golf over Machrihanish
  • Transfer to Islay
  • Check into the Machrie Hotel for 2 nights dinner bed & breakfast
  • Visit the Bowmore Whisky Distillery
  • Evening dinner

Day 5

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • 1 round over the Machrie Golf Course
  • Visit the Ardbeg Distillery
  • Visit the Laphroig Distillery
  • Evening dinner

Day 6

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Transfer to Inverary for lunch
  • Visit the Loch Fyne Whiskies Shop
  • Transfer to Glasgow
  • Check into Mar Hall Hotel for 2 night’s dinner bed & breakfast
  • Evening dinner

Day 7

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Round of golf over the Earl of Mar Hall Golf Course
  • Visit Glengoyne Whisky Distillery
  • Visit Auchentoshin Whisky Distillery
  • Evening dinner

Day 8

  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Transfer to departure airport

Platinum Golf Scotland Testimonials

We’re on our way to Edinburgh. Thanks for the kind note, I absolutely loved every minute of it, even when I was in the rough and losing balls! The program you put together was everything we could have expected and your customer service was perfect; thank you for going above and beyond…

J Maia

Stuart and Platinum Golf Scotland provided a terrific itinerary for a spectacular golf and whisky (and, of course, food) experience in Scotland! The checking in, touching base, and above the call of duty service provided during our trip was great! No doubt that they would be a go to for any future travel to the UK. Thanks a bunch for making it an experience of a lifetime!

M Harthcock

We have had a fabulous time here this week so many thanks to you and Stuart for doing a fabulous job organising it all.

J Sage

Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the trip and have been very impressed with the service we received from yourselves. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of recommendations and future bookings. Thank you again for making our trip perfect in every way, we had an amazing time.

S Pallett

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