Scotland Journals

A Golf Widow's Guide to Scotland

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An October 2001 trip to Scotland by BawBaw

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe Photo, Scottish Highlands, Scotland More Photos
Quote: I decided long ago that life and love would be better served by working with Himself’s passion for golf, not against it. That decision has allowed us to co-exist peacefully—and it’s provided the underpinnings for Scottish travels that have become a shared source of joy.

A Golf Widow's Guide to Scotland

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North Sea  Photo, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Scotland, as the maxim insists, is a golfer’s mecca. I’ve lost count of the exact number of golf courses in this small country, but 500 is a reasonable estimate. Based on Scotland’s current population, this means there’s a course for every 10,000 Scots. To paraphrase a slogan used by our friends in Myrtle Beach, "that’s a lotta greens!" For couples in which one partner plays and the other does not, a trip to Scotland can be a challenge. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be. Important as golf may be to Scottish culture, it isn’t everything—not by a long shot (pardon the pun). Take away the golf and there are still castles, churches and abbeys, museums, go...Read More

Greywalls Hotel

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Greywalls Hotel Photo, Gullane, Scotland
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Greywalls is a "country hotel" in the European tradition. Located in Gullane, a village about 30 minutes east of Edinburgh, the hotel was originally a magnificent walled estate house. Built in 1902, it was designed by Edward Lutyens as a country "retreat" adjoining the links of the exclusive Muirfield golf club, home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Just beyond the links themselves is the wide expanse of the Firth of Forth. The grounds also include a beautiful garden complex attributed to landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll. Born of Edwardian opulence, Greywalls enjoyed the best of fin-de-siecle aristocratic indulgence. Passing to ...Read More

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Greywalls Hotel
Greywalls, Muirfield
Gullane, Scotland EH31 2EG
+44 (1620) 842144

Machrihanish and the Kintyre Peninsula

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Kintyre Peninsula, Argyllshire Photo, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Kintyre, the southern portion of Scotland’s western peninsula, is a remote and sparsely populated region of some 500 square miles. Attached to the rest of the peninsula by a narrow isthmus separating Loch Tarbert from Loch Fyne, Kintyre is very nearly an island—indeed, as the local folks claim, "Scotland’s only Mainland island." Our visit to the Kintyre Peninsula was a daytrip from our lodgings in Ardrishaig, some 11 miles north of Tarbert—all told, a roundtrip of about 115 miles. The primary destination for this outing was Machrihanish Golf Club, with secondary targets keyed toward enjoying the marvelou...Read More

St. Andrews

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View Over the Links at St. Andrews Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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It was golf, of course, that took us on our first trip to Scotland—and more specifically to St. Andrews. For many years, I had marked the special occasions of our lives by presenting Himself with gifts from St. Andrews: a golf towel and logo ball from a shop featuring Scottish gifts, ball markers, a framed production of the 1895 Open, a miniature cast of the Royal and Ancient. Eventually, the goal became to present him with St. Andrews itself, an opportunity to play the sacred greens of the world’s most famous golf course. To accomplish that feat, I saved frequent flyer miles from business trips and from our telephone rewards plan. I moved through the daunting world of timeshare exchanges, and I ...Read More

Royal Dornoch

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Royal Dornoch Golf Club Photo, Dornoch, Scotland
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Ah yes, Royal Dornoch—for those in the know, no further comment is needed. For everyone else, please keep reading. Himself and Yours Truly go to Dornoch for golf. And quite frankly, one doesn't get to the Dornoch by chance. Located on the east coast of the Scottish mainland about 50 miles north of Inverness, it shares the same line of latitude as Canada's Hudson Bay, just 4 degrees south of the Arctic Circle. This out-of-the-way location has earned the Royal Dornoch Golf Club its nickname among golfers in Scotland as "the Star of the North." In my opinion—and more important, in the opinion of some of the world’s best golfers—Royal Dornoch is h...Read More