After check-out, depart for St Andrew’s, on the coast of Fife, via a stop at Hopetoun House, just an hour’s drive away. The house is still owner-occupied, as it has been since the late 1600s, and Lord Hopetoun and his family enjoy a magnificent 18th-century home with vast, colonnaded flanking wings - largely the work of Robert Adam’s father, the Palladian architect William Adam. For a leisurely stroll pick a trail in the 100 acres of surrounding grounds, complete with deer park.
After our break, we take the Queensferry Bridge over the Firth of Forth and drive north east to St Andrews, where we start with a visit to the British Golf Museum, which traces the game’s history from its origins in the 17th century to the modern day with the help of 16,000 different objects, from the oldest existing clubs to gutta percha golf balls.
We have free time for lunch – choose from the rooftop café at the Golf Museum, which overlooks the first tee of Old Course; the Royal and Ancient Club House, always busy with golfers arriving back from their rounds; the bar at the St Andrew’s Hotel (sister to this evening’s hotel, Gleneagles); or grab a pint at the Hams Hame Pub & Grill, all near – or on! - the golf course.
Your afternoon is free to take a tour of the historic course and stroll the charming town of St. Andrews to see its ruined 12th-century cathedral, the university where William met Kate and enjoy the little shops, either on your own or on a tour with our guide.
Golfers! If it has always been your dream to play at St Andrew’s, please let us know and we will arrange a golf day especially for you – you can play a round or take advantage of the excellent pros at the St Andrew’s Links Golf Academy to improve a specific part of your game. We won’t watch, we promise!
In the late afternoon, we depart for Gleneagles, a drive of an hour and 15 minutes through the glorious countryside of Perth & Kinross-shire, just as the leaves are beginning to turn. On arrival, we check into our rooms and have a generous two hours to explore, shower and change before a relaxed dinner together in the hotel’s popular Brasserie.
GLENEAGLES HOTEL (B,D)