History and golf – that’s par for the course in Scotland

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I guess you could say that it’s an unlikely match. Golf and history don’t seem like they would be natural a fit at all. Well, given that Scotland is The Home of Golf, the spiritual and historical centre of the game, you’d be mistaken.

On a Scottish break, golf and history go hand in hand and it’s par for the course to enjoy a round of golf and get your culture fix on the same day. Aberdeenshire, with its 300 castles, has more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK. There are 17 of them to experience on the fantastic Castle Trail. We’ve picked some of the best here in our Castle Trail itinerary. Aberdeenshire also has more than 50 stunning golf courses to discover, including Royal Aberdeen, the venue of The 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Teeing off from hole 15 on Stirling Golf Club, it’s hard not to be distracted by the imposing sight of Stirling Castle. The dramatic hilltop castle was the preferred residence of generations of Scottish royals and is one of Scotland’s treasures. You might even meet some of the royal family yourself, with characters such as Mary of Guise, mother of ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots, brought to life by living historians.

If you want to re-live history yourself, there is of course the chance to step back in time to the roaring 1920s and play golf as it was originally played. You can tee off with hickory sticks on the 9-hole course at the Hill of Tarvit, just 20 minutes from the birthplace of golf in St Andrews, Fife. If you’re an old romantic at heart, Rabbie Burns is sure to appeal to your sensibilities. His birthplace, and many of the places which inspired his renowned poetry, are a stone’s throw from championship golf courses like Royal Troon and Turnberry in Ayrshire.

What are you waiting for? Get planning your once in a lifetime golfing break to Scotland with our helpful information and suggestions.

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David Walsh

David is a Media Editor at VisitScotland. You'll most likely find him vagabonding around Scotland with a camera in hand; that or a dram of the finest single malt.