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FOR A WEEK IN SCOTLAND STAYING AT BIRKHILL CASTLE 16 - 23 OCTOBER

Thursday 16th October

Day: Arrive at Edinburgh airport at about midday, met by myself, driven by luxury coach to Birkhill Castle, home of the Earl and Countess of Dundee. The journey from Edinburgh airport is about 1 hour.

Settle into the house and walk in grounds, swim, play tennis, rest etc.

Dinner: Dinner in the Castle.

Friday 17th October (Carnoustie)

Day: Drive to and play Carnoustie. After almost quarter of a century, the Open Championship returned to Carnoustie in 1999 and in 2007 lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest links course in the world. Carnoustie's Championship Course has been called the killer links and Walter Hagen described it as the greatest course in the British Isles. When the wind blows, it changes from a sleeping giant into a terror.

On the way back, visit Glamis Castle and have a private tour of the Castle, the birthplace of the late Queen Mother. This is one of the most beautiful and haunting castles in Scotland and dates back to the 12th Century. It is one of the castles that Macbeth of Shakespearean fame is based. After the tour, return to Birkhill Dinner:

Dinner: Dinner in the Castle.

Saturday 18th October (Gleneagles)

Day: An early breakfast in the Castle and drive to Gleneagles to play the Kings Course. Gleneagles is one of the foremost golfing centres in the country, offering three Championship, undulating moorland courses. Surrounded by the Grampian Mountains, the Trossachs and the Ochil Hills, the views are spectacular. The Kings Course is a Championship course which until recently hosted the Scottish Open Championship. You have use of the practice ground, free, beforehand. After the last group is finished, a light lunch in the Clubhouse.

After lunch drive to the Tullibardine Whisky Distillery at Blackford. (10 minutes) Tour the Distillery and have the opportunity of tasting single malts. This is one of the only distilleries in Central Scotland and is a fascinating insight into making whisky. There will be a chance to buy from a whole range of single malts after the tour. Drive to Arndean, my home, for drinks. Afterwards, at about 7.30, depart for the Tormaukin Inn, a wonderful pub with excellent food in the Glendevon Glen.

Dinner: Dinner at the Tormaukin Inn. After dinner, depart for Birkhill.

Sunday 19th October (Kingsbarns)

Day: After a late breakfast, drive to and play Kingsbarns Golf Course, just outside St. Andrews. The Kingsbarns course features dramatic sea views from each hole and a traditional links golf heritage dating from 1793. Recently upgraded to 18 holes, it is now one of the courses for the Dunhill Cup. A light lunch in the clubhouse before going out. Visit St Andrews on the way back to Birkhill to sightsee or shop.

Dinner: Dinner in the Castle followed by an amusing lecture on Scotland and some of its characteristics and history.

Monday 20th October (St Andrews)

Day: Drive to and play St Andrews New Course. The New Course is a better course than the Old Course technically and is assessed as one of the great links courses in Central Scotland. Many of the club championships are played on this course. A late lunch could be eaten in the clubhouse on the conclusion of the round. Return to Birkhill.

Dinner: Dinner in St Andrews at the Seafood Inn, a superb restaurant next to the Royal and Ancient building and the Old Course.

Tuesday 21st October (St Andrews)

Day: Drive to and play St Andrews Old Course. The Old Course is perhaps the most famous links course in the World and is the home of golf. A late lunch could be eaten in the clubhouse on the conclusion of the round.

Dinner: A whisky tasting of single malts by one of the foremost experts in Scotland followed by dinner in the Castle.

Wednesday 22nd October (Gleneagles)

Day: An early breakfast in the Castle and drive to Gleneagles to play the PGA Centenary Course. This is a wonderful championship course which will host the Ryder Cup in 2014. It is one of the three courses at the golf centre of Gleneagles set in the base of the Highlands. After the last group is finished, a light lunch in the Clubhouse at about 2.30. After lunch, return to Birkhill.

Dinner: A special last night - Dinner at Kinross House. This is one of the most stunning stately homes in Central Scotland dating back to the mid 17th Century. After dinner return to Birkhill.

Thursday 23rd October (Muirfield)

Day: Drive to and play 18 holes at Muirfield. It is one of the most exclusive courses in Scotland and often hosts the Open Championship. It is in a stunning setting overlooking the Firth of Forth and is a great test of golf when the wind blows (which it often does).

Drive to the airport and depart, mid afternoon for Canada.

Johnny Stewart, Arndean, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, FK14 7NH
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