Scotland and Ireland Golf Expedition 2021

Resolute Arctic Cruise Ship
Resolute
146 Passengers
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No places are as linked to the history of golf as Scotland and Ireland. The earliest mention of golf is a 1457 Scottish Act of Parliament where, ironically, it was banned because it distracted from the military sport of archery! Today more than a dozen of the World’s Top 100 Courses (Golf Digest) can be found in the region, a pedigree we are proud to match with the advanced capability and comfort of our expedition ship – RCGS Resolute.

This expedition offers a totally unique take on a traditional golfing holiday. Not only does your ‘floating hotel’ negate the need for constant packing and unpacking, but you’ll also enjoy breathtaking views and convenient access to the golf courses, as we shuttle you effortlessly from one to the next.

Our voyage begins in Dublin. We then sail up the west coast of Scotland, passing the picturesque islands of Islay, Mull and Skye and playing golf at the hidden gems of Machrihanish and Askernish. From here we sail west to play Ballyliffin in Ireland. Further north we spend a day in the Orkney Islands before sailing south to Inverness, where we have access to two outstanding courses. At Aberdeen we find ourselves on the doorstep of both Cruden Bay and the Royal Aberdeen, our final courses before the journey ends in Edinburgh.

Explorers (non-golfers) will also have plenty to do, with quaint Celtic seaside towns to explore, bike rides, kayaking, afternoon hikes and delicious afternoon teas.

Voyage Highlights
• Play six of the world’s Top 100 golf courses - in the birthplace of golf
• Enjoy a unique coastal journey through Ireland and Scotland including the Outer Hebrides
• Experience Scottish history from its famous clans and subtle whiskies, to 5000 year old Neolithic ruins and Celtic churches
• Relax and enjoy the superb facilities and amenities on board RCGS Resolute
• No shortage of activities for non-golfers

Brief itinerary

Day 1 Dublin, Ireland
Day 2 Campbeltown, Scotland – Machrihanish and Machrihanish Dunes & Spa
Day 3 Green Castle, Ireland - Ballyliffin Golf Club
Day 4 The Hebridean Islands, Scotland & the ‘Lost Course’ of Askernish
Day 5 Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Days 6 & 7 Inverness, Scotland, Royal Dornoch & Castle Stuart
Day 8 Aberdeen, Scotland, Cruden Bay & Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
Day 9 Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland

Day 1 — Dublin, Ireland

Our epic journey begins this afternoon in Dublin. We gather at our central meeting point then transfer to the pier for embarkation. Once on board and settled in our rooms we enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner before casting off and heading north, up the rugged Irish coast. Later we can relax on deck with an Irish whiskey and compare our ‘almost had a hole in one’ golfing stories with fellow travelers.

Day 2 — Campbeltown, Scotland – Machrihanish and Machrihanish Dunes & Spa

Our first stop in Scotland will be to play either Machrihanish (#61) or adjacent Machrihanish Dunes. The Dunes were designed by David McLay Kidd, architect of the celebrated Bandon Dunes, in Oregon (USA) and ‘The Castle Course’ at St. Andrews. McLay Kidd grew up playing the nearby Machrihanish Golf Club which was created by Old Tom Morris in 1876. Inspired by Old Tom’s principle of preserving the natural beauty and working with the fragile landscape, McLay-Kidd established “the world’s most natural golf course”. These two courses are naturally maintained – so much so, that you may see the odd Hebridean black sheep wandering through the rough. The Dunes is also home to a spa for those in need of a little pampering. Looking for something more active? Any direction you head will take you to a beautiful shore line for a sandy stroll or a cliffside hike. The peaceful village of nearby Campbeltown was once known as the “whisky capital of the world” as it was home to 34 distilleries. Only three remain today and are all worth a visit.

Day 3 — Green Castle, Ireland - Ballyliffin Golf Club

During the night we will have sailed west to Ballyliffin in Ireland. Ballyliffin Golf Club is widely regarded as the finest links complex in Ireland and prides itself on having world-class presentation standards all year round, making it renowned for its hospitality, spectacular setting and outstanding facilities. The new Glashedy Links is a Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock masterpiece, fashioned around the incredible dunes, and is rated amongst the best links courses in the world. Ruddy cherishes Glashedy as his own and has returned in recent years to fine tune the stunning bunkers of this magnificent links. This is also a superb destination for a large number of non-golfing activities, including kayaking, hiking, cycling, surfing and wildlife watching.

Day 4 — The Hebridean Islands, Scotland & the ‘Lost Course’ of Askernish

Today we wake up anchored off the shores of South Uist, the second largest island of the Outer Hebrides. Awaiting the golfers is another course of great historical significance. Commissioned in 1891 by Lady Cathcart, the landowner, and also built by Old Tom Morris, this course thrived until the First World War. Then for almost 100 years it sat untouched and untended until in 2005 a group of locals, with the help of some of golf’s biggest names, brought it back to life. A true links course providing a challenging test, we play through beautiful rolling dunes alongside the bracing Atlantic Ocean. Golf is not the only history on these ancient isles. Those up for a hike can explore the beautiful white sand beaches while searching for the mysterious Standing Stones scattered throughout the Outer Hebrides. Cyclists can stretch their legs and take in part of the 185 mi (300km) Hebridean Way – a route that uses the tiny coastal roads to explore ten of the islands in the archipelago. A visit to the Kildonan Center with its excellent Museum and cafe is another interesting activity.

Day 5 — Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Today we arrive at the beautiful seaside town of Stromness, located on the shore of Hamnavoe. While there is a golf course in Stromness with the option to golf, golfers may want to take the day off to conserve their energy for the next two days of golfing challenges. Wander through town to absorb the historic winding streets, maritime influence, local crafts, art galleries and unexpected collection of silversmith artists. Our tour this day takes us to Skara Brae, an outstanding Neolithic village and UNESCO World Heritage Site established over 5000 years ago. We continue on to visit the famous Ring of Brodgar, which is a circle of ancient standing stones, similar to Stone Henge. A visit to picturesque Kirkwall treats us to quaint shops and cafes. Here we have the opportunity to visit St Magnus Cathedral as well as the resting place of John Rae, who was born in Orkney and became famous for his Canadian Arctic explorations, credited with discovering the final portion of the Northwest Passage, the Rae Straight. In the afternoon, a visit to the ‘Italian Chapel’, built by World War II Italian POWs, is conveniently located near the Scapa Distillery and Visitor Center. For the more active, there are some great cycle touring options in the area, with maps, bikes and helmets provided. There is something for everyone in Orkney.

Days 6 & 7 — Inverness, Scotland, Royal Dornoch & Castle Stuart

Having spent the last few days ‘off the beaten track’, exploring a lesser known side of Scotland, we now rejoin golfing nobility, experiencing some of the most famous courses in the world. From our anchorage in Inverness we transfer to play a choice of two courses. Castle Stuart (#53), opened in 2009 and quickly made the world’s top 100. With dramatic views over the Moray Firth out to the Black Isle, this championship course will test your mettle. The views are matched by the drama of these tees – holes 1 and 10 are cut into the cliffside and demand an adrenalin inducing drive to the fairways below. The Royal Dornoch (#2) officially opened in 1616, but the current club was established in 1886 by Old Tom Morris. Following the curve of the Dornoch Firth and its white sand beaches, this course rolls through hillocks, ridges, and classic dunes. Extra time is spent in the Inverness area to allow you a chance to either play the second course or explore the stunning surrounds by foot, Zodiac or kayak.

Day 8 — Aberdeen, Scotland, Cruden Bay & Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

We anchor today at Aberdeen, where again we have the choice of playing two different courses – Cruden Bay (#56) or the historic Balgownie course at Royal Aberdeen (#71). Those playing Cruden Bay will again find themselves walking in the footsteps of course designer Old Tom Morris. While Cruden Bay is, above all, a classic links course, it is also known for having a number of unusually quirky holes. The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded in 1780 and is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. The course hosted the Scottish Open in 2014, won by England's Justin Rose. The 8th hole at Royal Aberdeen is a testing par 3 at 147 yards. The green is surrounded by no less than 10 bunkers and wayward tee shots will be punished.

Day 9 — Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland

This morning we arrive at Edinburgh (Leith), the Scottish capital and your disembarkation point. After breakfast it is time to bid farewell to your crew and fellow travelers as we disembark RCGS Resolute. A transfer to downtown Edinburgh or Edinburgh Airport is provided for all guests, however Edinburgh is well worth a day or two of exploration if your schedule allows.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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A 5% GST tax applies to all travel on the domestic Canadian voyages and will be calculated on the full voyage cost including charter flights, hotel, and kayaking. 

Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single Supplement for twin and superior cabins is 1.5 times the twin rate & single supplement for suites is double the suite rate.

In the Canadian Arctic, charter flights are required to get to the start and finish points of the voyage. Ottawa is the gateway for Kangerlussuaq (Greenland). Edmonton is the gateway for Cambridge Bay.

All cabins are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
Trip cost does not include Mandatory Charter Flights listed in pricing chart.
Airfare to/from destination is not included.

Kayaking option available for $695 per person (maximum 30 participants). Kayaking is complimentary on 'Canada’s East Coast – Fins and Fiddles' departures.
Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.
Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

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Kayak
$8,495Full$12,295Full$14,195Full$14,595Full$15,795Full$18,495Full 
Photography, Kayak
Photography Symposium
$6,995Full$10,095Full$11,595Full$11,895Full$12,995Full$15,195Full 
Kayak
Non-golf passengers enjoy a $500 reduction in voyage price.
$5,095Full$6,495Full$7,595Full$7,795Full$9,195Full$11,095Full 
Kayak
$5,595Full$6,795Full$7,895Full$8,095Full$9,495Full$11,395Full 
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Charter Air: Kangerlussuaq/Ottawa
$6,195Full$7,695Full$8,395Full$8,695Full$9,995Full$12,095Full$995 
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In the Canadian Arctic, charter flights are required to get to the start and finish points of the voyage. Ottawa is the gateway for Kangerlussuaq (Greenland). Edmonton is the gateway for Cambridge Bay.

All cabins are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
Trip cost does not include Mandatory Charter Flights listed in pricing chart.
Airfare to/from destination is not included.

Kayaking option available for $695 per person (maximum 30 participants). Kayaking is complimentary on 'Canada’s East Coast – Fins and Fiddles' & Golf Expedition departures. Green fees are included on all Golf Expeditions.
Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.
Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required on all trips.

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   One Ocean Suites
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are located nearby on Deck 7. (475 sq.ft./44m²)
   Shackleton Suites
The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. These Suites provide easy access to the ship’s bridge, the bistro and outdoor observation spaces. The forward panoramic observation lounge and recreation facilities are also located nearby on Deck 7. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Superior Plus Cabins
Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Centrally located on the ship, these cabins provide easy access to the aft observation lounge featuring 180 degree views and the ship’s dining areas. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Superior Cabins
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the forward stairs leading up to the bridge on Deck 6 and the forward observation lounge located on Deck 7. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Twin Private Cabins
Spacious and well appointed, these cabins are situated on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the main dining room on the ship as well as the gift shop. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
   Triple Private Cabins
Located on Deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single beds and a third Pullman berth, which can fold out from the wall if required. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes with a writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway. (235 sq.ft./22m²)
Cabin and Voyage Inclusions            
Outside view with panoramic windows (triple private cabins have portholes)
Complimentary use of Expedition Gear Package (jacket, pants, boots)
Complimentary use of binoculars, trekking pole and waterproof backpack
Custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities
Canadian-made linen + ‘Dream-Sleep’ package
100% Cotton bathrobe
Hair Dryer
Digital clock with media connector
In-room tea and coffee station
Flat-screen entertainment system + onboard intranet
Welcome package and stainless-steel water bottle
In-room snack menu
In-room mini-bar replenished daily (non-alcoholic)
Resolute Adventure Concierge service
Deluxe custom blend natural Canadian-made washroom amenities    
Complimentary Resolute voyage notebook    
Resolute Expeditions Wildlife/Field Guide    
In-room mini-bar replenished daily (incl. beer/wine)    
In-room bistro menu    
Deluxe in-room Resolute Adventure Concierge service    
In-room private reference library      
In-room iPad preloaded with reference and fictional content      
Exclusive check-in service on day of embarkation        
Deluxe welcome package (as above plus wine, fruit basket + snacks)        
Single brew coffee machine (Nespresso)        
Mini stereo        
Private in-room Resolute Adventure Concierge service        
In-room dining menu        
Early morning in-room café service        
Evening après dinner drink service        
Premium in-room mini-bar replenished daily (incl. spirits)        
Complimentary 1-hour massage/spa experience