The 2014 Ryder Cup is to be held in the splendid Gleneagles Golf Resort in Scotland - a world-famous 5 Star Luxury Hotel in Scotland complete with award-winning Spa & Golf Resort. The illustrious history of the Ryder Cup dates back to the 1920s and, from the very beginning, Scots have had a telling influence on the ultimate team golf tournament. Be a part of all of the drama as you attend the tournament whilst staying in a well located stylish 3* property in the heart of Edinburgh. The Point is a beautiful, iconic building which was opened in 1892 as a branch of St. Cuthberts Co-operative Society and nowadays houses a stylishly appointed 139 room hotel.
Take advantage of being in this very special corner of Europe by doing some touring on either side of the event. Of course, you may even want to practice your swing and hit a ball or two on one of the many fantastic links courses in the area while you are here. So, what are you waiting for?!
Meet your driver for your private airport transfer today. Please note that this service includes up to 3 hours of service.
Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea. The city is intimately connected with its landscape, with various buildings and monuments perched atop crags and overshadowed by surrounding cliffs. From the Old Town's picturesque jumble of medieval tenements piled high along the Royal Mile, its turreted skyline strung between the black, bull-nosed Castle Rock and the russet palisade of Salisbury Crags, to the New Town's neat grid of neoclassical respectability, all columns and capitals, porticoes and pediments, the city offers a constantly changing perspective. And what's more, it's all small enough to explore easily on foot.
Sights that are worth considering to explore include Edinburgh Castle (of course!) and Real Mary King's Close which was originally built to serve as the Royal Exchange. The lower levels of this medieval Old Town alley have survived almost unchanged in the foundations of the City Chambers for 250 years. Now open to the public as the Real Mary King's Close, this spooky, subterranean labyrinth gives a fascinating insight into the daily life of 16th- and 17th-century Edinburgh. Costumed characters give tours through a 16th-century town house and the plague-stricken home of a 17th-century gravedigger.
The Norman style St Giles Cathedral, dating from the 15th century dominates High St. The interior lacks grandeur but is rich in history: St Giles was at the heart of the Scottish Reformation, and John Knox served as minister here from 1559 to 1572. One of the most interesting corners of the kirk is the Thistle Chapel, built in 1911 for the Knights of the Most Ancient & Most Noble Order of the Thistle. The elaborately carved Gothic-style stalls have canopies topped with the helms and arms of the 16 knights – look out for the bagpipe-playing angel amid the vaulting.
Broad, elegant Chambers St is dominated by the long facade of the National Museum of Scotland. Its extensive collections are spread between two buildings, one modern, one Victorian. The museum is actually connected to the Victorian Royal Museum which houses an eclectic collection covering natural history, archaeology, scientific and industrial technology, and the decorative arts of ancient Egypt, Islam, China, Japan, Korea and the West.
And finally, if you feel like some quiet time, consider taking a stroll through Princes Street Gardens which are split in the middle by The Mound. At the gate beside The Mound is the Floral Clock, a working clock laid out in flowers; it was first created in 1903 and the design changes every year. Alternatively, take a stroll through what is known as "Meadows" - a mile-long stretch of lush grass crisscrossed with tree-lined walks that was once a shallow lake known as the Borough Loch. Drained in the 1740s and converted into parkland, it’s a great place for a picnic or a quiet walk – in springtime its walks lie ankle-deep in drifts of pink cherry blossom, and there are great views of Arthur’s Seat.
The Point Hotel (3*) is situated in the heart of Edinburgh, and offers views over Edinburgh Castle as well as having convenient access to Princes Street for shopping and nightlife. This beautiful, iconic building was opened in 1892 as a branch of St. Cuthberts Co-operative Society. Nowadays, the hotel is stylishly appointed with 139 rooms complete with the "Bread Street Brasserie" Restaurant and "Monboddo" bar which serve the very finest in local produce in sleek surroundings.
Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast this morning.
Transfer to Gleneagles for the Final Ryder Cup Practice Rounds.
Enjoy Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony to mark the return of the event to Scotland for the first time in about 40 years.
You will have a Standard Entrance Ticket to the tournament today which allows access to the course to experience the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Transfer to Gleneagles for The Ryder Cup Fourball and Foursomes.
You will have a Standard Entrance Ticket to the tournament today.
Enjoy the Ryder Cup Fourball and Foursomes.
In the fourball format, two players make up a team and play a better ball against the other team. When playing this format, it is critical that the more accurate driver hits first. This usually means the shorter of the two would get his ball in play, allowing the longer hitter to play more aggressively off the tee. Having one ball in play at all times lessens the pressure. Also, it is important that the two players are familiar with each other's games so that there are no surprises out there.
Foursomes is the most challenging format for any player or team captain. Foursomes is sometimes called alternate shot. Two golfers play one ball, alternating between shots. Here one must factor in the strengths of a player and even the type of golf ball that's being used. The pressure in this format is greater because you never wanted to put your teammate in a bad spot or not cash in on a great shot by your partner. To play your best in alternate shot you must stay focused on every shot as if you were playing it, and communication is key, especially on the greens, where both player should help in reading putts.
Transfer to Gleneagles for The Ryder Cup Singles Matches.
Enjoy all of the antics and theatre of the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup today.
Leave Edinburgh and head through Scotland's bustling central belt to show you Scotland's largest city, Glasgow. Then it's on to Loch Lomond (the largest expanse of fresh water in the country) where you stop off at the conservation village of Luss for coffee and sightseeing. You then head deep into the Highlands, passing through breathtaking scenery (including views along Loch Awe, the longest in Scotland). The countryside here is rich with history. You will pass haunting Kilchurn Castle (historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan) and the Pass of Brander (where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory). Lunch (not included) at the sea-side town of Oban. By lunchtime, you'll have reached Oban and will have time to explore this Victorian seaside town, climb up to McCaig's Tower, take in the views to the Isles of Mull and Kerrera and try some of the freshest seafood you'll ever have tasted. Coffee and Cakes at Inveraray by Loch Fyne. On the way back to Edinburgh, you'll visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inveraray, where you'll stop so that you can enjoy ice-cream, homemade sweets, cakes and coffee and drink in the beauty of Loch Fyne. Entry fees not included.
Anyone for a round of golf?? Consider playing a round one one of the stellar golf courses along the East Lothian shoreline just east of Edinburgh and see how your swing is in the Home of Golf!
Musselburgh (a 20 mins drive from Edinburgh) is a Links course and is officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the “oldest golf course in the world”.Visitors from all over the world have come and played on this historic course and so can you! Open to the public all year round, you can experience a piece of golfing history and for a truly unique experience you can hire hickory clubs and play the course as it was in its heyday!
Located only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Craigielaw golf course is a Championship links course designed by Donald Steel. Inspired by the great links courses of Britain, particularly those on land which are less dominated by dunes, Craigielaw is equal to many of the finest examples of such courses; some of which are conveniently located nearby in the East Lothian area. With challenging greens, cavernous bunkers and spectacular views over the Firth of Forth, Gullane Hill and out towards Edinburgh and Fife, Craigielaw Golf Club is an experience not to be missed.
North Berwick (45 mins drive from Edinburgh) Golf Club is a club steeped in tradition dating from 1832, and provides generous hospitality and a testing golf challenge. The course is a traditional links, which like St Andrews, starts and finishes at the clubhouse within the town, having wound its way along the Firth of Forth. There are stunning views over white sandy beaches, islands and across to the hills of the East Neuk of Fife.
Alternatively, you may like to choose to play one of the famous courses at Gullane (1 hour drive from Edinburgh) , beautifully situated alongside the East Lothain shore and near the historic Club House Pub where you may like to take your lunch. Gullane Golf Club offers championship quality links golf courses with dramatic views across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and Fife. The three golf courses do not have names but simply numbers which reflect their age. Gullane No. 1 has a long history of hosting international Championship golf events and is an Open Championship Qualifying course. The No. 1 Course will be hosting local final qualifying for the Open in 2013 when the Championship is played at Muirfield. Gullane No.2 has also been used for Open Championship Qualifying and the Seniors Open Amateur. Gullane No.3, whilst being the shortest of the three golf courses, still provides a stern challenge for golfers of all abilities.
Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to have a round of golf pre-arranged for you and this can be added to your itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTThere are no border controls when travelling within the United Kingdom including the land border with England. Scotland has the same immigration and visa requirements as the rest of the United Kingdom.
United Kingdom is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/united-kingdom.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Edinburgh Language: English & Gaelic in parts of Scotland Religion: Predominantly Christian, with sizeable Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu minorities. Time: GMT (GMT + 1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard. Telephone: Country code +44. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in rural areas. Internet: There are Internet cafes and centers in most urban areas.
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