SCOTLAND & IRELAND GOLF EXPEDITION

ISLANDS OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC

JUNE 6 - 13, 2020

Travel to Ireland and Scotland to play on some of the best golf courses in the world.

No places are as linked to the history of golf as Scotland and Ireland. Today more than a dozen of the World’s Top 100 Courses can be found in the region, a pedigree of which 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.

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Starts at $4595

June 6 - 13, 2020

7 Nights / 8 Days

Starts in Dublin

Scotland & Ireland

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. 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 Machrihanish and Askernish. From here we sail west to play Ballyliffin in Ireland. 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 delicious afternoon teas.

IMPORTANT VOYAGE LOGISTICS

The trip begins in Dublin, Ireland. We strongly recommend you arrive at least one day prior
to the voyage departure. Dublin is a beautiful, historic city with more than enough castles, cathedrals, and pubs to entertain you for a day … or two! Arriving early will also provide a ‘buffer’ in case your travel is delayed.

Aboard our expedition ship – RCGS Resolute
– we chart a course from Ireland, up the west coast of Scotland, around the top and down the east coast, ending in Edinburgh. From the port in Edinburgh transfers will be provided to the city centre and to the airport.

Full arrival and departure instructions will be provided in your final travel documentation, but if you have any queries please ask us.

Day 1 – Dublin, Ireland

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.

Day 2 – Campbeltown, Scotland

Our first stop in Scotland will be to play either Machrihanish (#61) or adjacent Machrihanish Dunes. 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. 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.

Day 3 – Ballyliffin Golf Club

During the night we will have sailed west to Ballyliffin in Ireland. Ballyliffin Golf Club is widely regarded as the finest links complex in Ireland and prides itself on having world-class presentation standards all year round, renowned for its hospitality, spectacular setting and outstanding facilities.

Day 4 – The Hebridean Islands, Scotland

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. 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.

Day 5 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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’. Later in the day we head to Skara Brae, an outstanding Neolithic village and UNESCO World Heritage Site established over 5000 years ago. 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.

Day 6 – Inverness, Scotland

From our anchorage in Inverness we transfer to play a choice of two courses. Castle Stuart (#53) has dramatic views over the Moray Firth out to the Black Isle. The Royal Dornoch (#2) officially opened in 1616, but the current club was established in 1886 by Old Tom Morris. If you have an interest in local history we’ll head to Culloden Moor, where the Jacobites fought their final battle in 1745. The more curious in the group may want to take a day trip to Loch Ness for a chance viewing of ‘Nessie’ – the Loch Ness Monster.

Day 7 – Aberdeen, Scotland

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. 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 green is surrounded by no less than 10 bunkers and wayward tee shots will be punished.

Day 8 – Edinburgh, Scotland

This morning we arrive at Edinburgh, the Scottish capital and your disembarkation point. 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.

THE RIGHT SHIP = THE BEST EXPERIENCE

RCGS Resolute offers exceptional onboard facilities and provides an ideal platform for expedition cruising in locations such as coastal Scotland. Outstanding observation areas both inside and from the outer decks allow you to be completely absorbed by the coastal landscapes along the way. Our priority is to craft specially designed itineraries that provide you with maximum time in the pristine locations we visit. The vessel has capacity of just 146 guests and we break into small, special interest groups. Along with the wonderful golfing opportunities provided on this voyage, there are hiking options onshore, visits to small coastal communities, historic sites, famous whisky distilleries and we enjoy outstanding wilderness areas. Cruising in the Zodiacs photographing the landscapes, or observing coastal marine and bird life is a highlight for many. For the more adventurous, sea kayaking is another memorable experience. To learn more about this exceptional vessel, request a copy of the Ship Fact Sheet containing detailed technical specifications and additional information about cabins, amenities and inclusions.

MACHRIHANISH AND MACHRIHANISH DUNES & SPA

The Dunes were designed by David McLay Kidd, architect of the celebrated Bandon 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 principle 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.

BALLYLIFFIN GOLF CLUB

Ballyliffin Golf Club is widely regarded as the finest links complex in Ireland and prides itself on having world-class presentation standards all year round, making it renowned for its hospitality, spectacular setting and outstanding facilities. The new Glashedy Links is a Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock masterpiece,

fashioned around the incredible dunes, and is rated amongst the best links courses in the world. Ruddy cherishes Glashedy as his own and has returned in recent years to fine tune the stunning bunkers of this magnificent links.

THE ‘LOST COURSE’ OF ASKERNISH

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.

ROYAL DORNOCH & CASTLE STUART

Castle Stuart (#53), a fairly new layout, opened in 2009 and it 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.

CRUDEN BAY & ROYAL ABERDEEN GOLF CLUB

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.

The Expedition includes:

  • 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 (ie. historians, naturalists, etc). Onboard or onshore
  • Resident photographer available to assist all guests
  • Access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file 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 massage options (charge applies for massage)
  • 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 onshore. Meals or drinks purchased on shore will be at passengers 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. Specific details will be provided in your pre-voyage information package
  • Caddies are recommended for some courses and are available for hire. Please see the “Golf Enhancements Request Form” upon booking.

The Expedition does not include:

  • 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 may work in many locations on this voyage. Please check provider’s roaming costs and available travel packages.
  • 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)
Package Prices
  • Main Deck Triple USD 4595 pp (triple-occupancy)
  • Twin Private USD 5595 pp (double occupancy)
  • Superior USD 6495 pp
  • Superior Plus USD 6695 pp
  • Shackleton Suite USD 7895 pp
  • One Ocean Suite USD 9495 pp

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).
Sea Kayaking on the Scotland, Faroe Islands and Iceland departure: USD695. On our Scotland & Ireland Golf Expedition departure, Sea Kayaking is complimentary.

Non-refundable 50% deposit of full package price is due at time of booking. Balance due May 6th 2020.

Please note: All rates are subject to change based on currency fluctuation until deposit is received. 50% deposit is non-refundable.