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Teeing off to see the best of Scotland this summer

July 23, 2013

The world's best golfers will be arriving in Scotland, the home of golf, this summer for a host of prestigious golf tournaments. With just over a year to go until the Ryder Cup comes to Scotland in September 2014, visitors to these events can not only take in the golfing action, but also venture further afield to enjoy Scotland's many visitor attractions and stunning landscapes.

There are four main golfing events being held in Scotland this summer: The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links near Inverness, 11-14 July 2013; The Open Championship at Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, 14-21 July 2013; The RICOH Women's British Open at the Old Course, St Andrews; and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, Perthshire, 22-25 August 2013.  All have tickets still available and a host of other activities nearby to enjoy.

Visitors to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links are certainly in for a great deal more, as the venue lends itself as a gateway to the Highlands and all it is has to discover.  After enjoying the golf, visitors can take a trip to Inverness city, just a short drive away, and experience many attractions, including the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery , located near to Inverness Castle.   Situated right in the historic centre of the city at the foot of the Castle hill, the museum is a treasure trove of artefacts relating to the history of the Highlands.  Also worth a visit, Eden Court , located in the heart of the city and on the banks of the River Ness, offers drama, dance, shows, opera, musicals, comedy and music as the largest entertainment venue in the region.  Outside the city, history buffs can enjoy a visit to Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre , with the site restored to as close as possible to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746.  Culloden welcomes visitors with an impressive new visitor centre and exciting interactive exhibition. Finally, in terms of iconic views, very few places can compete with that of Eilean Donan Castle , set against the majestic Highlands landscape, making it a must-visit when in the area.

Those golfing fans making the journey to Muirfield in East Lothian for the Open, can also visit the Scottish capital, only 40 minutes away by car, with must-see attractions including Edinburgh Castle on the historic Royal Mile; Camera Obscura and World of Illusions , which was named as the top Scottish visitor attraction in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards; the National Museum of Scotland ; and the Royal Yacht Britannia , which celebrates 60 years in 2013.  Golfing fans at Muirfield who want to take in the natural beauty of the local countryside can also enjoy Gullane's superb sweep of beach that attracts legions of sandcastle makers and windsurfers, depending on the weather.  Other nearby attractions include Dirleton Castle , which dates from the 12 th century, and the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick.

Renowned as a haven for golfers, historic St Andrews also has a great deal to offer travellers in addition to golf, situated as it is on the beautiful coastline in eastern Scotland.  After watching the RICOH Women's British Open at the Old Course, visitors can walk to the St Andrews Botanic Gardens and enjoy 18 acres of beautifully landscape gardens and glasshouses containing exotic plants and flowers.  The St Andrews Aquarium - nestled just a short distance away on St Andrews' dramatic north facing cliffs, with stunning views of the famous west sands and St Andrews Bay - is an underwater world of adventure for the whole family to enjoy, with amphibians, fish and seals alongside reptiles, arachnids and meerkats.  In addition, the Museum of the University of St Andrews is a testament to the legacy of Scotland's oldest university. The museum's collections illustrate the history, personalities, teaching and research practices of the university and serve as unique touchstones for the history of St Andrews.  It's also worth mentioning that the museum's roof terrace has a fantastic view of the coastline along the bay!

Any golf-loving traveller making a long, leisurely weekend out of their trip to Gleneagles for the Johnnie Walker Championship will find plenty to fill their time in the local area.  The Tullibardine Distillery has a visitor centre and offers a range of tours and tastings to discover how the whisky is made.  Whisky fans can also stop by the Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff and sample some of Scotland's famous whisky at its oldest distillery.  Also in Crieff are some of Scotland's most important gardens, Drummond Gardens , which are among the finest in Europe.  The gardens were also featured in the film Rob Roy .  The nearby castle is not open to the public but the gardens offer breathtaking views of the castle and the surrounding countryside.

For more information on golf in Scotland, please visit www.visitscotland.com/golf

For more information on attractions and events in Scotland, please visit www.visitscotland.com/natural








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