Famous for its golf links, stunning coastline, and architecture, St. Andrews is a beautiful university town worth considering to cap off your travel adventure in Scotland. En route to St. Andrews, see the Falkirk Wheel, one of the greatest examples of modern industrial design in the world. Then, while in St. Andrews, enjoy a walking tour at the Old Course with leisure time to independently explore ancient ruins, a vibrant shopping scene and museums, or indulge in the craft gin, bespoke whisky, and small-batch beer.
Day 10: Edinburgh / St. Andrews
En route to St. Andrews, visit the Falkirk Wheel.
Standing 115 feet tall, the Falkirk Wheel is an exceptional feat of modern engineering and an inspirational work of art. Designed to reconnect the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, this remarkable and elegant mechanical marvel is the only rotating boat lift in the world. The Falkirk Wheel lies at the end of a reinforced concrete aqueduct that connects, via the Roughcastle tunnel and a double staircase lock, to the Union Canal. Boats entering the Wheel's upper gondola are lowered, along with the water that they float in, to the basin below. At the same time, an equal weight rises up, lifted in the other gondola. Visitors enjoy "The Falkirk Wheel Experience," using special "trip" boats at the site, and the distinctive new visitor center gives an absolutely sensational viewpoint from which to see things in action.
Continue to St. Andrews—the Home of Golf—and enjoy lunch at a local pub/restaurant. The food scene here is on point!
Afterward, set out on a walking tour of the legendary Old Course. A bucket list pilgrimage site for golf lovers, follow in the footsteps of legends, and experience why pro golfer Jack Nicklaus said, "I fell in love with it the first day I played it. There's just no other golf course that is even remotely close."
The remainder of the day and evening are at leisure.
Overnight: Old Course Hotel (L)
Day 11: St. Andrews
After breakfast, make today in St. Andrews "your way" with the choice of optional activities available for purchase or independent exploration.
Golf Tee Time ($249/person):
Golf enthusiasts may choose to play a round on St. Andrews' Duke's course. The Duke's is highly regarded as one of the finest championship courses in the British Isles and a must-play course for any golfer. Its style ranks alongside the great inland challenges, which demand accuracy and inventive play as well as power golf. And, with five separate tee positions at every hole, The Duke's has the flexibility and challenge to appeal to golfers at every level. The venue was chosen to host the 2014 International European Amateur Championship, one of the four majors in the world of amateur golf. (Includes greens fee, golf cart, rental clubs, and roundtrip transfers between the hotel and course.)
Note: Tee times and the course are subject to availability at time of booking.
Afternoon Tea Time ($49/person):
Non-golfers may instead choose to experience an award-winning afternoon tea with champagne and desserts at the Old Course Hotel, featuring a delicious selection of delicate pastries and cakes, including homemade scones and strawberry and pink champagne preserves.
Overnight: Old Course Hotel (B)
Day 12: St. Andrews / Edinburgh / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to Scotland. Guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to Edinburgh Airport for flights home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch
This post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.
Activities are generally not very strenuous, but a fair amount of walking can be expected. It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to follow a guide through paved and unpaved streets of even and uneven terrain at an average pace for two hours. Guests should have the ability to walk up and down stairs without assistance. Due to the nature of some structures, handrails may not be present, and facilities for people with disabilities may be limited. Participation in itinerary activities is up to the individual.
Old Course Hotel
Bordering the renowned 17th "Road Hole" of the Old Course in the Home of Golf, the Old Course Hotel boasts a spectacular location overlooking the famous links courses, the West Sands beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious five-star hotel has 144 rooms, including 35 suites, and is recognized as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, it’s a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, writing desk, interactive flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee and tea maker, minibar, robes and slippers, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.
Deluxe Accommodations Upgrade (availability limited)
While the Old Course Hotel accommodations are exceptional, guests wishing the ultimate indulgence may choose to purchase the Deluxe Upgrade, which features lodging in an Old Course Room, offering a bird's-eye view of the world's most famous golf course.
Deluxe Double: $1,495
Deluxe Single: $2,295
Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.
- 2 nights accommodations at the Old Course Hotel
- 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch
- Admission and fees for included activities
- Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff for included meals
- Private transportation
- Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times