Scottish Golf Trip? How About Scottish Golf Cruise
A growing number of the 36-a-day crowd has discovered that—gasp!—there's more to life than golf. If you'd enjoy your Top 100 Courses with shopping, sightseeing and relaxing, a luxury Scottish golf cruise is for you. Here are two great offerings from PerryGolf (perrygolf.com).
Scotland's Great Glen Barge Cruise
On this dream getaway, you'll travel from Fort William to Inverness on the Scottish Highlander. PerryGolf's Colin Dalgleish details the appeal: "Taking the Scottish Highlander through Scotland's Great Glen is the perfect trip for four couples who enjoy traveling together and combining golf and sightseeing. This exclusive-use, small floating country house hotel takes guests on Scotland's most storied and spectacular waterway journey through the very heart of the country. Guests experience two of our most famous golf courses in Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch. The scenery is beautiful, the food onboard outstanding." The package includes rounds at Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch, two of the world's Top 100 Courses, as well as at scenic hidden jewels Traigh and Fort Augustus; a cruise on infamous Loch Ness; a visit to Cawdor Castle, with links to Shakespeare's Macbeth; and a tour of Glen Ord Distillery. Rates range from $4,695 to $5,325 per person.
The Open Championship Golf Cruise
For fans of major tournament action, consider this 11-night journey on the 690-passenger Azamara Quest. Hosted by Colin Dalgleish, twice the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup captain, this unique cruise experience features travel to Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, along with play at Ryder Cup and Open Championship venues such as Royal Birkdale and The K Club, plus such Top 100 stalwarts as Royal County Down and Portmarnock Golf Club. You'll also tour and sightsee—and take in the final round of this year's Open Championship at Royal Troon. Rates range from $10,024 to $21,824 per person.