If you’re a golf fan and looking for the perfect way to spend a break to St Andrews, why not consider staying in a grand Scottish castle for rent?
Gone are the times when fortresses housed only wealthy kings and queens – now it’s possible to hire castles to rent in Scotland for a reasonable fee and enjoy the grandeur of the structure as if you were a monarch yourself.
And if you’re hoping to divide your time between your large holiday house and the green, you might like to make sure you pick a castle near to St Andrews. The ancient town may be famous for its university, but it’s also home to the legendary Old Course, which forms part of St Andrews Links.
Golfers have been playing the Old Course for more then 600 years at the breezy coastal location of east Fife. The course can be found above the Eden Estuary, along with a number of others that all form the links.
After getting settled in your beautiful Scottish castle, head to the 18-hole Old Course and play holes such as Tom Morris, Bobby Jones and Ginger Beer. Many of the shots are par four, but you’ll find a few par threes and fives here as well.
There are ten championship courses at the links in total, so you’re not restricted to playing the Old Course alone. You might want to give the New Course a try and pit yourself against the 18 holes, which have been in use since 1897.
Next, why not head over to one of the other greens? If you’d like to enjoy some breathtaking scenery as your backdrop, try your putting skills on the Castle Course, which is set on a rugged cliff line that overlooks the town.
Or for a real challenge, test your ability on the Jubilee Course. This green started out as a basic 12-hole course but has since progressed to be arguably the most difficult of all the courses at the links.
And once you’ve exhausted of all the golf, travel back to your stately castle and put your feet up by the roaring fire before turning in for the night and getting ready for another day of golfing action.