Thinking about making a trip to the Solheim Cup 2019? Great stuff! The event is gearing up to be the golfing spectacular that we’ll be talking about for years to come.
Find out everything you need to know before the event with this handy guide, including dates and times, travel information, ideas for fun things to do nearby, and fabulous accommodation options to make your break even more special.
1. What is the Solheim Cup?
The Solheim Cup takes place every two years and it will be one of the world’s biggest golf events next year, as female golfers from the USA and Europe compete head-to-head in a similar format to The Ryder Cup, with 12 players from each side battling it out for glory.
2. When and where is it?
The event will return to Scotland, The Home of Golf, from 9 – 15 September 2019 at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, Perthshire. The Ryder Cup 2014 was played at this very course – always a thrilling challenge for the pros!
Gleneagles is set within the beautiful hills of Perthshire, in the very heart of Scotland. It is just one hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow International airports.
3. How do I get there?
- Edinburgh – 1 hour 12 minutes
- Glasgow – 52 minutes
- Perth – 27 minutes
- Stirling – 25 minutes
- St Andrews – 1 hour 5 minutes
- Dundee – 55 minutes
Approximate timings from Google Maps.
By public transport
Gleneagles has its own train station. Keep an eye on the Solheim Cup website for more information regarding travelling to the event.
You can reach Gleneagles by train from:
- Perth – 15 minutes
- Stirling – 20 minutes
- Glasgow – 50 minutes
- Edinburgh – 1 hour 5 minutes
- Dundee – 40 minutes
Approximate timings from National Rail.
4. Where can I stay that has good transport links to the event?
There are lots of options, wherever you choose to stay. Stay in Perth or Stirling and discover these ancient cities, just a short distance from the golfing action. Or, stay in Edinburgh or Glasgow and combine your trip with an unforgettable city break.
- Find accommodation in Perth
- Find accommodation in Perthshire
- Find accommodation in Stirling
- Find accommodation in Edinburgh
- Find accommodation in Glasgow
- Find accommodation in Fife
- Find accommodation in Dundee & Angus
5. What else can I do while visiting for the Solheim Cup?
Perth and Perthshire
Choose to stay in and around Perth, and the ‘Fair City’ will promise aeons of Scottish history, unique golfing challenges and invigorating walks.
- Squeeze in a round of golf or two before or after the event at one of the other amazing golf courses in Perthshire, such as Murrayshall, Pitlochry and Crieff.
- See if you can discover some hidden gems in and around Perth, including several age-old distilleries, one of the oldest trees in Europe, and secret viewpoints to admire this beautiful part of Scotland.
- Bag a Munro or walk through ‘Big Tree Country’. This region has some amazing walks, from woodland strolls to mountainous meanders. Wander through the leafy paths of The Hermitage, hike your way up Schiehallion or admire the Queen’s View at Pitlochry.
Discover more about Perthshire.
A wee city with a huge history, Stirling is a unique pocket of Scotland and another wonderful place to stay during the Solheim Cup.
- See the impressive castle perched above the skyline and magnificent buildings dotted across the town. Visit Stirling Castle itself and witness the former residence of the Stewart kings and queens, listen to tales of ‘Scotland’s National Hero’ at the National Wallace Monument.
- Go to the Bannockburn Visitor Centre and discover the site of one of Scotland’s most significant battles.
- For a perfect family day out, explore the nearby Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park which is filled with wild scenery, amazing local produce and lots of fun outdoors activities.
Find more of Stirling’s wonders.
Stay in Edinburgh and discover the capital city of Scotland on the east coast. With great travel links to Gleneagles, it’s possible to see the golf and tick Edinburgh off your travel list in the same trip.
- Wander around the hilly city, which is built upon ancient geology, and explore the imposing Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and the Old Town, or take a bus tour around the city to see all the highlights.
- Arthur’s Seat is 350 million years old and is one part of an extinct volcano. Standing at 251 m high, the climb rewards walkers with beautiful views of Edinburgh.
Located in the west of Scotland, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is known for its world-famous music scene and fabulous cultural hotspots, making it an amazing place to visit before or after the golf.
- Glasgow attractions are second to none, with spellbinding architecture and history around every corner, including designs and influence from Charles Rennie Mackintosh dotted across the city.
- Admire the city’s street art along the Glasgow City Mural Trail while more inspiration beckons at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, where you can view fascinating collections, paintings and artefacts.
- Dance the night away to live music – Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music, and try some of the city’s atmospheric bars and restaurants.
The Kingdom of Fife‘s golfing heritage is the stuff of legends, but if you explore the region a little further you will discover so much more, with amazing seafood restaurants, breathtaking coastlines and cute towns and villages around every bend.
- Wander along a section of the Fife Coastal Path and enjoy stopping in the seafaring spots including St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther – where you can stop for some of the land’s tastiest fish and chips.
- Keep exploring the coast and you’ll reach the lovely town of St Andrews, where you’ll find the famous Old Course. Fife is a golfer’s paradise with over 50 courses to choose from! Here’s all you need to know about playing golf in St Andrews.
- Discover the region’s age-old history at fascinating places like Falkland Palace (Outlander fans might recognise the town of Falkland) or Dunfermline Abbey which dates back to the 11th century.
Explore more of Scotland’s east coast along our 7-day itinerary.
Dundee & Angus
An east coast gem, the city of Dundee and the surrounding Angus countryside is full of treasures. Head here if you want to be wowed by innovative art and design, or if you’re looking for peaceful wanders in gorgeous surroundings.
- A trip to the fabulous V&A Museum is a must! Admire its unique shape inspired by the cliffs of the Arbroath coastline. Celebrating Scotland’s design heritage, the museum is the only V&A in the world outside London.
- Amble through the Angus Glens or take a hike up the Dundee Law for eye-popping views of the landscape.
- Take a road trip around the region with the Angus Coastal Route. Head to brilliant Broughty Ferry to see the castle and beach, and watch out for birds and wildlife around the serene shores of the Montrose Basin.
Travelling with the kids? See what you can discover along our 4-day Fife and Dundee itinerary.