Ayrshire & Arran Itinerary

Our golf adventure begins in the area of Ayrshire, the home of Robert Burns. You know, the guy who wrote the poem Auld Lang Syne. Need to set the clocks ahead by 7 hrs.

Day 1 (Sunday)

Leave Edmonton Saturday @ 18:25 on Icelandair with a 1 hr stopover in Reykjavik, arriving 10:40 the next day in Glasgow. Chris arrives 40 mins earlier from London which gives him time to meet our Bonnie Wee Golf representative and get all the car arrangements completed. Maybe a crash course on how to drive on the opposite side of the road as well. Then we pickup our golf club rentals and should be on the road by ~ 11:30.

It is about a 45 min drive (34 miles) to our hotel which means we will be too early for afternoon tea but maybe time for a stop at the Two Fat Ladies restaurant in the hotel.

Check in, change to golf attire and play Western Gailes sometime in the afternoon. It is about a 15 min drive from the hotel. After golf, find a nice pub, have a shot of whiskey and some food. Retire to the hotel and zonk out as will be operating on less than a couple of hours of sleep.

Day 2 (Monday)

Have our first Scottish breakfast. We play Turnberry Ailsa @ 12:00 which is ~ 45 min drive (25 miles). This is a Trump resort so maybe we will see his daughter Ivanka there where I can sign Chris up to the next season of The Apprentice.

After looking around the resort, maybe I will get Chris to take me out to supper at the Glenapp Castle which is about 30 mins down the road. Gourmet dinner is $65 GBP ($130 CAN) EACH. Sorry this location is out as it requires a shirt & coat.

Sure looks nice though.

Glenapp Castle


The other recommendations by our tour guide are Wildings and Brig O’ Doon.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

We do not play Royal Troon until 15:20 which leaves us most of the day to sightsee. The major historic sites are:

The one worth visiting is Culzean castle I believe.

Besides the historic sites, other activities are cycling, kayaking, hiking, etc.

After golf, some high end places to eat would be Sorn Inn or Lochgreen House hotel. This will be our last night in Ayrshire.

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