Gems of Gullane & North Berwick

Savour true links golf on Scotland’s magnificent Golf Coast…

  • Rather like the St Andrews area, if you travel 45 minutes east of Edinburgh, you will find an abundance of fantastic links golf courses along the East Lothian coast. The big names of North Berwick West, Muirfield and Gullane #1 are not to be missed, but there are also plenty of great value options to choose from.

    Dunbar is a regular Open Qualifier venue and the classic golf links at Kilspindie is steeped in history. Then of course you have #2 at Gullane and North Berwick Glen, which are just as enjoyable to play. Craigielaw and Luffness New are also very much worth a visit.

    There's a reason why this area is referred to as 'Scotland's Golf Coast'!

    East Lothian Golf Guide

    Top 10 Courses in East Lothian

    Average weather graph for Edinburgh & East Lothian

  • A 4 night suggested itinerary from $1245pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive at Edinburgh Airport and drive to Macdonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick (50 mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Gullane #2 Course (10 mins drive from the hotel)
    • Day 3 – Play golf at North Berwick West Golf Links (5 mins drive from the hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Dunbar Golf Course (30 mins drive from the hotel)
    • Day 5 – Return to USA

    Includes car rental (self-drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

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      Newark Liberty International (EWR)

      Airlines: United

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      New York John F Kennedy (JFK)

      Airlines: American Airlines/US Airways

  • Tee Times
    Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.

    Attire in Golf Clubhouses
    Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues.

    Caddies and Carts
    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis.

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    Handicap Restrictions
    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

    The Weather
    The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay!

    Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!


Chris Bowles

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist

“It’s hard to find a better stretch of links golf coastline anywhere in the world, and so close to a major city! With so many Open qualifiers and classic old links to choose from, it’s easy to get fantastic value for money if the big names are not in your budget”

Chris Bowles

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist