SCOTLAND AND IRELAND
GOLF EXPEDITION
SCOTLAND AND IRELAND
8 Day Cruise from USD$3,395
IRELAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, SCOTLAND
GOLF EXPEDITION 05 JUNE 2019

INCREDIBLE GOLF COURSES. SUPERB LANDSCAPES. RICH HISTORY. ANCIENT CULTURE.

No places are as linked to the history of golf as Scotland and Ireland. The earliest mention of golf is a 1457 Scottish Act of Parliament where, ironically, it was banned because it distracted from the military sport of archery! Today more than a dozen of the World’s Top 100 Courses (Golf Digest) can be found in the region, a pedigree we are proud to match with the advanced capability and comfort of our expedition ship – RCGS Resolute.

This expedition offers a totally unique take on a traditional golfing holiday. Not only does your ‘floating hotel’ negate the need for constant packing and unpacking, but you’ll also enjoy breathtaking views and convenient access to the golf courses, as we shuttle you effortlessly from one to the next.

Our voyage begins in Dublin. From here we sail north to play The Royal County Down, consistently ranked in the top five courses in the world. We then sail up the west coast of Scotland, passing the picturesque islands of Islay, Mull and Skye and playing golf at the hidden gems of Macrihanish and Askernish.

Further north we spend a day in the Orkney Islands before sailing south to Inverness, where we have access to two outstanding courses. At Aberdeen we find ourselves on the doorstep of both Cruden Bay and the Royal Aberdeen, our final courses before the journey ends in Edinburgh. Non-golfers will also have plenty to do, with quaint Celtic seaside towns to explore, bike rides, afternoon hikes and some delicious afternoon teas.

Tour Highlights
  • Play six of the world’s Top 100 golf courses – in the birthplace of golf
  • Enjoy a unique coastal journey through Ireland and Scotland including the Outer Hebrides
  • Experience Scottish history from its famous clans and subtle whiskies, to 5000 year old Neothithic ruins and Celtic churches
  • Relax and enjoy the superb facilities and amenities on board RCGS Resolute

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    IRELAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, SCOTLAND

  • When
    :

    05  JUNE 2019

  • What
    :

    CRUISE

ON THIS TRIP
  • Unique golf experiences
  • Zodiac excursions
  • Onshore hiking options
  • Wildlife observation
  • Photographer-in-Residence
  • Sea kayaking program
  • Cycling excursions on shore
  • Stand Up Paddle boarding
  • Educational presentations
  • Active Cruising & Wellness
Itinerary

(WEDNESDAY, 05 JUNE 2019)

Our epic journey begins this afternoon in Dublin. We gather at our central meeting point then transfer to the pier for embarkation. Once on board and settled in our rooms we enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner before casting off and heading north, up the rugged Irish coast. Later we can relax on deck with an Irish whiskey and compare our ‘almost had a hole in one’ golfing stories with fellow travelers.

During the night we will have sailed north to Newcastle (Ireland) home of The Royal County Down Golf Club (*Currently ranked the #1 course in the world by Golf Digest magazine). Designed and built by Old Tom Morris, it opened in 1889 and is considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.

Consistently ranked in the world’s top five, it winds for over 7000 yards between Dundrum Bay and the striking Mourne Mountains. This is our only stop in Ireland so for those not golfing today, it is a chance to explore a quaint Irish seaside town. In addition to the shops and pubs, we’ll have the option to bike or transfer to Tollymore Forest Park. This park offers numerous hiking and walking trails of various length and difficulty.

On our way back to the ship we can stop at Enniskeen Country House for a traditional afternoon tea.

Our first stop in Scotland will be to play either Machrihanish (#61) or adjacent Machrihanish Dunes. The Dunes were designed by David McLay Kidd, architect of the celebrated Brandon Dunes, in Oregon (USA) and ‘The Castle Course’ at St. Andrews. McLay Kidd grew up playing the nearby Machrihanish Golf Club which was created by Old Tom Morris in 1876. Inspired by Old Tom’s principals of preserving the natural beauty and working with the fragile landscape, McLay-Kidd established “the world’s most natural golf course”. These two courses are naturally maintained – so much so, that you may see the odd Hebridean black sheep wandering through the rough.

The Dunes is also home to a spa for those who need a little pampering. Looking for a little activity? Any direction you head will take you to a beautiful shore line for a sandy stroll or a cliffside hike. The peaceful village of nearby Campbeltown was once known as the “whisky capital of the world” as it was home to 34 distilleries. Only three remain today and are all worth a visit.

Today we wake up anchored off the shores of South Uist, the second largest island of the Outer Hebrides. Awaiting the golfers is another course of great historical significance.

Commissioned in 1891 by Lady Cathcart, the landowner, and also built by Old Tom Morris, this course thrived until the First World War. Then for almost 100 years it sat untouched and untended until in 2005 a group of locals, with the help of some of golf’s biggest names, brought it back to life. A true links course providing a challenging test, we play through beautiful rolling dunes alongside the bracing Atlantic Ocean.

Golf is not the only history on these ancient isle. Those up for a hike can explore the beautiful white sand beaches while searching for the mysterious Standing Stones scattered throughout the Outer Hebrides. Cyclists can stretch their legs and take in part of the 300km Hebridean Way – a route that uses the tiny coastal roads to explore 10 of the islands in the archipelago. A visit to the Kildonan Centre with its excellent Museum and cafe is another interesting activity.

Today we anchor at the beautiful seaside town of Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands. Wander through town exploring local crafts, art galleries, an unexpected collection of silversmith artists, or perhaps a tour and tasting at the Highland Park Distillery! A visit to St. Magnus Cathedral is an absolute ‘must’. Started in 1137, it was built when the Vikings still ruled the Orkneys.

Later in the day we head to Skara Brae, an outstanding Neolithic village and UNESCO World Heritage Site established over 5000 years ago. Yet another option is to visit the ‘Italian Chapel’ built by World War II Italian POWs, conveniently located near the Scapa Distillery and Visitor Centre. While there is a golf course in Kirkwall, golfers may want to take the day off to conserve their energy for the next two days of golfing challenges.

Having spent the last few days ‘off the beaten track’, exploring a less known side of Scotland, we now rejoin golfing nobility, experiencing some of the most famous courses in the world.

From our anchorage in Inverness we transfer to play a choice of two courses. Castle Stuart (#53), a fairly new layout, opened in 2009 and quickly made the world’s top 100. With dramatic views over the Moray Firth out to the Black Isle, this championship course will test your mettle. The views are matched by the drama of these tees – holes 1 and 10 are cut into the cliffside and demand an adrenalin inducing drive to the fairways below. The Royal Dornoch (#2) officially opened in 1616, but the current club was established in 1886 by Old Tom Morris. Following the curve of the Dornoch Firth and its white sand beaches, this course rolls through hillocks, ridges, and classic dunes. If you have an interest in local history we’ll head to Culloden Moor, where the Jacobites fought their final battle in 1745.

The Living History presentation will bring this epic battle to life, right before your eyes. The more curious in the group may want to take a day trip to Loch Ness for a chance viewing ‘Nessie’ – the Loch Ness Monster.

We anchor today at Aberdeen, where again we have the choice of playing two different courses – Cruden Bay (#56) or the historic Balgownie course at Royal Aberdeen (#71). Those playing Cruden Bay will again find themselves walking in the footsteps of course designer Old Tom Morris. While Cruden Bay is, above all, a classic links course, it is also known for having a number of unusually quirky holes.

The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded in 1780 and is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. The course hosted the Scottish Open in 2014, won by England’s Justin Rose. The 8th hole at Royal Aberdeen is a testing par 3 at 147 yards. The green is surrounded by no less than 10 bunkers and wayward tee shots will be punished.

(WEDNESDAY, 12 JUNE 2019)

This morning we arrive at Edinburgh, the Scottish capital and your disembarkation point. After breakfast it is time to bid farewell to your crew and fellow travellers as we disembark RCGS Resolute. A transfer to downtown Edinburgh, and Edinburgh Airport, is provided for all guests, however Edinburgh is well worth a day or two of exploration if your schedule allows.

For those wanting to crown the voyage with a round at St. Andrews, this can be easily done from Edinburgh, and can be arranged at the time of your booking through our golf expert in Scotland.

Pricing and Inclusions

     

    << EARLYBIRD PRICES >> BUY BY 30 JUNE 2018

    CABIN TYPEPER PERSONONE CLUB MEMBER**
    Triple PrivateUSD $3,395
    Twin PrivateUSD $4,395USD $3,056
    SuperiorUSD $5,195USD $3,956
    Superior PlusUSD $5,395USD $4,676
    Shackleton SuiteUSD $6,595USD $4,856
    One Ocean SuitUSD $8,195USD $5,936
    Charter FlightNO INCLUDEDNO INCLUDED

    * USD$1,000 discount included in the price.

    **Everyone who has travel with One Ocean Expeditions is a One Club Member, and entitled to this program and all its benefits.

    Single travellers can choose to share with another traveller (matched based on gender and age) and pay the above prices.
    Sole use of a cabin has a 50% surcharge, and 100% for Suites.

     

    INCLUSIONS

    • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package to help you prepare for your trip in Scotland
    • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport or local hotel on disembarkation
    • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
    • High quality, eco friendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
    • All breakfasts, lunches* and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea. Lunches at the golf courses are not included
    • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in-cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate replenished daily
    • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team and a Golf Program Co-ordinator
    • Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat separating into small groups for shore landings
    • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
    • Visits to wildlife locations, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits.
    • Several whisky tastings are also included Educational presentations and talks by experts in their field (i.e.. historians, naturalists, etc). Onboard or on shore
    • Resident photographer available to assist all guests
    • Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, fi le back-up and management
    • An emergency trained medical physician onboard every voyage
    • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
    • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
    • Access to well stocked library full of reference books and holiday reading
    • An activity program that includes stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking and cycling options on shore End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
    • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

     

    GOLF INCLUSIONS AND FEATURES

    • Green fees at all courses listed in the itinerary
    • Transfer of all players plus clubs/equipment from ship to shore (and back) – and to the course at all locations
    • Pull carts are available at all locations – either included in green fees or hired from the Pro Shop for a small fee. Some courses also offer powered pull carts. Experienced caddies are available for a fee at all locations and must be arranged prior to arrival.
    • *Pre-packed lunches will be available for all golfers. Or golfers may choose to utilize the clubhouse and dining facilities when on shore. Meals or drinks purchased on shore will be at passenger’s own expense.
    • A friendly competition will take place over the duration of the voyage featuring both scratch and handicap scores at each course and a combined total score. Additional competitions could include ‘longest drive’ and ‘nearest the pin’ challenges. Specifi c details will be provided in your pre-voyage information package.

     

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
    • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
    • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
    • Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone). Note: cell phones will work in many locations on this voyage
    • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses (comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory on all One Ocean Expeditions voyages)
    • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)
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