Day Three: St. Andrews
Enjoy a day tour to St Andrews, which has its place firmly in the history books as being the home of golf.
For the golfing enthusiast, enjoy the opportunity of a private guided walk on the famed fairways of the Old Course. Centred on the 1st, 17th and 18th holes of the “Old Lady”, walk in the footsteps of golf greats and experience a player's eye view of the fabled links.
To follow, perhaps browse the Tom Morris Store, the oldest golf shop in the world, or visit the British Golfing Museum. With an unsurpassed collection of memorabilia, it tells the story of golf from the middles ages through to the present day.
In the afternoon explore the town further in the company of a qualified guide. Noted sites from Scotland’s history books include St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral.
Now largely ruined after seeing many a war, the Castle was once the magnificent home of the Bishops and Archbishops of St Andrews. As to the Cathedral, it was the focal point of the Church in medieval Scotland, and in the thick of the struggle for the hearts and minds of the nation during the Protestant Reformation.
Before returning to Edinburgh, perhaps take some time to peruse the town’s delightful shops. St. Andrews is still refreshingly free of national outlets and chain stores – save a few exceptions. Instead, there is an excellent range of independent, family-run shops and businesses, where you are guaranteed to find a unique range of goods matched by personal service.
At the end of the day, perhaps saving the best for last, see the former Royal Yacht Britannia.
Opened exclusively, your VIP experience commences with a “quayside arrival” and from here, you will see the ship in all her splendour. Board via a red carpet on the Royal Brow, a practice previously reserved for members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries.
A personal guide will bring Britannia to life - she served HM, The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years. Furnished to HM, The Queen’s personal taste, each room was filled with photographs of her children, treasured family heirlooms, much-loved personal possessions and gifts from across the globe.
This was the ship that, even with its full complement of around 300 Royal Yachtsmen and Royal Household staff, HM, the Queen named as the one place where she could truly relax.