SCOTLAND

East Lothian

Map of Scotland showing East Lothian/Edinburgh

Overview

Another area with wall to wall golf courses of incredible quality! East Lothian, or Scotland`s Golf Coast as it is known, has a 12 mile stretch of links numbering 17 great courses with the Open venue Muirfield at its peak supported by some equally great courses such as North Berwick, Gullane, Luffness, The Renaissance, Dunbar and so many more! Situated so close to the great attractions of the Capital city Edinburgh with its Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia, Holyrood and so much more this area is a must visit. Our hotel partners offer fantastic lodging options as do so many restaurant owners, to complete a really magnificent location to enjoy.
Archerfield (Fidra and Direlton)

Set within the same beautiful Estate of the Duke of Hamilton as The Renaissance Club, Ex European tour player and Ryder Cup Vice Captain, D.J. Russell designed two lovely links courses here at Archerfield. Also a very private experience outside play is possible but limited. The historic Archerfield House, so beautifully restored and associated lodges make this a 5* plus experience.

Craigielaw

Craiglaw Golf Course, East Lothian

A relatively modern links designed by the former R&A architect Donald Steel, minutes from traditional Scottish links courses such as Gullane, Muirfield and North Berwick, the course is Inspired by the great links courses of Britain, particularly those on land which are less dominated by dunes, Craigielaw is equal to many of the finest examples of such courses.

With challenging greens, cavernous bunkers and spectacular views over the Firth of Forth, Gullane Hill and out towards Edinburgh and Fife, Craigielaw Golf Club is an experience not to be missed.

Dunbar

Dunbar Golf Course, East Lothian

Although Scotland is lucky enough to have nearly half of the world`s 246 links golf courses, very few have a sea or ocean view from every hole, and Dunbar is one. An Open qualifier golf course on many occasions when the Open is played at Muirfield, this wonderful links is always in immaculate conditions in one of the driest locations in Scotland. The original holes were laid out by club members in 1880 and extended/improved by Old Tom Morris in 1894 then between 1922-24 5 times Open champion James Braid and North Berwick professional Ben Sayers further extended and improved the course creating the wonderful links, more or less, still played today.

Gullane No.1 and No.2 courses

ullane Golf Courses 1 and 2

Two classic links courses and unusually with some changes of elevation which creates great vistas – the motivation for PGA.com naming it the 5th most picturesque place to play golf in the world. Gullane has a great golfing history. Although Gullane Golf Club was established in 1882 golf has been played over Gullane links for more than 350 years. In fact, the history of golf in this part of East Lothian dates back to 1650 when the weavers of Dirleton played the weavers of Aberlady annually on Old Handsel Monday. The course has staged the Scottish Open on the European tour won most recently by Ricky Fowler.

Kilspindie

Kilspindie Golf Course, East Lothian, Scotland

A great little links with a rich history which began life as the Luffness Golf Club in 1867 on land that is now in the midst of a beautiful nature reserve close to the present course. After some 27 years, George Hope, as landowner, had ambitions to create a new golf course slightly closer to the village of Gullane, which did not meet with approval of those who hailed from Aberlady where the course is located! The outcome was a non acrimonious split in the Club where half stayed to play the new course, thus forming Luffness New Golf Club (1894), whilst the remaining members accepted an offer from a neighbouring landlord, the Earl of Wemyss and March, to build a golf course on the links land bordering Craigielaw Farm. It was appropriate to rename the Club, Kilspindie in 1899.

Longniddry

Another Open qualifier course in East Lothian Longniddry is a delight to play. Formed in 1921, Longniddry Golf Club straddles the coastline of Longniddry in East Lothian the cradle of golf, arguably the finest stretch of golfing coastline in Scotland, 18 miles east of Edinburgh. Longniddry Golf Club is the closest links course to Edinburgh, with spectacular sea views from many holes. Designed by Harry S Colt, whose work at world class courses like Pine Valley, Sunningdale and Royal Portrush puts this course in high regard.

Luffness

Luffness Golf Course, East Lothian

As you will read if perusing the information about Kilspindie Luffness New was formed in 1894 when the Luffness club split. Although it is thought golf was played in the area since the 1500`s it took The Luffness New club until 1894 to engage a great architect with 4 times Open champion, Old Tom Morris creating this fantastic links.

Muirfield

Muirhead Golf Course, East Lothian

The third home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers having started out life in Leith well before 1744 but formalized as a club in that year, Muirfield has hosted the Open 16 times, second only to the Old Course of those courses currently on the Open rota.

A very subtle course with no two holes playing in the same direction an absolute classic course the work on 4 times Open champion Old Tom Morris whose design was refined by arguably the best architect in history Harry Colt. The club can lay claim to having written the first 13 rules of golf for their events in 1744 and the quality of the course is acknowledged by none other than Jack Nicklaus who played in the Walker Cup here in 1959 and won his first Open here in 1966 so called his own club in Dublin, Ohio “Muirfield Village”.

Musselburgh Old

A totally unique place and second home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the Open was played at this course six times between 1874 and 1889 on the land inside the racehorse track! Documentary evidence exists of golf being played here as early as March 2nd 1672 and it is thought that Mary Queen of Scots played here in 1567. For those who wish to play all seven of Scotland`s Open venues you must beat a path to this ancient links which can be played with hired hickories if you wish to really appreciate how good the players of yesteryear really were!

North Berwick

The West Links as it is known enjoys fabulous views to the Firth of Forth and has the world famous “Reddan green” at the 15th which has influenced so many greens across the world of golf.

Although golf has almost certainly been played in North Berwick for nearly 400 years the Club was not instituted until 1832 with 6 holes being played between the present clubhouse and “March dyke” which crosses the present 3rd and 16th holes. Over the ensuing years more land had been acquired until in the 1920`s Ben Sayers created largely the top 100 in the world golf course we know today.

Renaissance

This creation by the architectural genius Tom Doak is the centrepiece of one of Scottish golf`s most exclusive experiences. We can for certain people obtain access via the Club`s “one time experience program.”

The two time Scottish Open venue on the European tour is as their tag line says “rare indeed”.

Cucina Amore, North Berwick

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Osrteria, North Berwick

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Zitto, North Berwick

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Scott’s, South Queensferry

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La Potiniere, Gullane

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The Old Clubhouse, Gullane

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The Dome

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Balmoral One Restaurant

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Kitchen, Leith

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Fairley, Leith

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Aurora, Leith

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Cafe St Honore, Edinburgh

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Condita

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The Doric, Edinburgh

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The Witchery, Edinburgh

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Apex Hotel Grassmarket

There are two Apex hotels in Edinburgh`s historic grassmarket. The chain has properties in London, Bath, Glasgow and Dundee in addition to the 3 in Edinburgh all of which our clients like but especially the two at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. These modern, stylish, spacious and contemporary hotels are complemented by fantastic bars and restaurants and are all in great locations for many more. You’ll find friendly, dedicated teams at each of the hotels, striving to create memorable, personal experiences just for you.

”Balmoral

• We always suggest that along with the “Cale” as it is known, the Waldorf these are two outstanding hotels in the Scottish capital with Sir Rocco Forte’s iconic property at No 1 Prince’s Street The Balmoral as good an experience as you will find in any city in the world. With many stunning views of the Old town and New town of Edinburgh and a Michelin* restaurant in Number 1 overseen by Michelin Star Chef Mark Donald. There is also an excellent Brasserie restaurant and world class Spa./p>

Craigielaw

The addition to the great facilities at Craigielaw The Lodge is a fantastic base to enjoy the wonderful facilities at Craigielaw Golf Club as well as exploring the golfing county of East Lothian and all the attractions of Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh. Attached to the clubhouse, the lodge boasts 25 well appointed rooms with 13 rooms enjoy views across the course to the River Forth, Gullane Golf Courses and the kingdom of Fife, whilst 12 rooms enjoy the quiet and secluded view across a decorative courtyard Their chefs source the best in local and seasonal produce to offer diners an exceptional and varied menu.

Ducks at Kilspindie House

Duck's Inn Hotel, East Lothian

Located in the lovely, sleepy village of Aberlady this charming Inn, built in 1638, has the facilities of a hotel and the friendliness of a Bed and Breakfast. With an outstanding chef: John Paul has worked in Michelin star restaurants with Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay and Martin Wishart, as well as having his own signature restaurant with the MacDonald Hotel Group.

Greywalls

Greywalls Hotel, East Lothian

Greywalls enjoys an incredible location bordering as it does the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers clubhouse and with Muirfield`s 10th tee almost in its back garden! A great base for any trip to East Lothian and has the massive bonus of a Chez Rous restaurant giving you a dining option which will make you appreciate why Michel and Albert Rous revolutionized London cuisine when they opened Le Gavroche.

Hotel du Vin

Set in the traditional Old town of Edinburgh close to the University this 47 bedroom boutique hotel has an interesting history having been a research institute in the past and ab transfusion center during WW2a and a hotel for the past few decades. The delicious menu is a mix of classic French and modern British, with all the dishes having that unmistakable Hotel du Vin flair. Given the brand you can imagine the property has a wonderful wine list is ready to provide the perfect partner to the food.

Marine Hotel, North Berwick

Marine Hotel, East Lothian

This wonderfully located hotel overlooking the 16th fairway of the West Links at North Berwick and the Firth of Forth is renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and glorious 19th century Victorian architecture near 20 amazing golf courses in East Lothian. It boasts a luxurious spa complex making it the ideal base for your golf breaks. Plus, it is home to the award-winning Craigleith restaurant, where guests can enjoy the finest Scottish cuisine with views of the Firth of Forth

The Bonnie Badger, Gullane

Traditionally known as the Golf Inn the Bonnie Badger was taken over a couple of years ago and has been lovingly restored by the famous Michelin* chef Tom Kitchin and his wife behind the popular restaurants in Edinburgh.

The village hotel, established in 1836 has always played an important part of the Gullane community and the The kitchen of The Bonnie Badger, overseen by Chef Tom Kitchin and his team, including award-winning chef Dominic Jack, is headed up by Head Chef Matthew Budge who is local to the area. Matthew and his team bring a wealth of experience to the Bonnie Badger while remaining true to the values of the ‘From Nature to Plate’ ethos by championing seasonal produce and working closely with local producers and farmers.

The George Hotel

Situated in the Capital`s George Street originally the property was a collection of five, fine Georgian townhouses that were originally built in the 18th century but the property has been a grand hotel, historically known as “The George Hotel”, since 1881.

Over the past two hundred years, in the New Town area of Edinburgh, this elegant establishment was enjoyed by literary legends such as the iconic Scottish poet Robert Burns and author Sir Walter Scott the likes of Hollywood great, Elizabeth Taylor, and pop queen Kylie Minogue. As much as we want you to enjoy all the delights our wonderful city has to offer, you cannot miss out on our inviting options to dine here at InterContinental Edinburgh The George. The Printing Press Restaurant and Bar offer stylish drinks and a modern take on the best of Scottish produce, whilst Burr & Co. provides a cosy rendezvous to complete the offering at this fabulous mix of traditional and contemporary.

Waldorf Hotel

Waldorf Hotel, East Lothian

Known locally still as it always was “The Cale” the Waldorf brand has added to this iconic Edinburgh property at the other end of Princes Street from the Balmoral. As you would expect it has all the features of a 5* property.

You can experience Scottish fine dining dishes in the relaxed and welcoming environment created by celebrated Edinburgh chef Mark Greenaway. The menu incorporates locally sourced ingredients with unique concept dishes and surprise tasting menu created by Mark. Chef Mark Greenaway is an ambassador for Scotland Food and Drink. His commitment and drive place him in the very top tier of Scottish chefs. Mark’s first cookbook, ‘Perceptions’, received the ‘Best in the World’ award at The Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2017.