As an old Scots saying has it, good things come in small packages. And despite its small size, Scotland certainly has many treasures crammed into its compact territory. Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, and sharing a border with England to the south. An interesting fact is that in addition to the mainland, Scotland constitutes over 790 islands. The whole of Scotland was covered by ice sheets during the “ice age” with the landscape being mostly affected by glaciations.
Edinburgh is the second largest city, the country's capital and one of Europe's largest financial centres. From the atmospheric cobbled streets of the Old Town to the beautiful Georgian avenues of the New Town, Edinburgh is a city of contrasts blending shopping, historic attractions, gardens and plenty of restaurants and cafes where one can relax.
The town of St. Andrews is known internationally as the Home of golf and to many golfers the Old Course, an ancient links course dating to before 1574, is considered to be a site of pilgrimage. There are many other famous golf courses in Scotland, including Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Muirfield, and Royal Troon, not to mention a host of fantastic courses that are located off the beaten track.
Boasting many of the world’s most famous and historic golf courses, Scotland truly is the Home of Golf. From championship links to hidden gems, there is something for everybody. There is nothing quite like experiencing a round of golf on a links course, in the land where the game was first played. From championship-standard tests to lesser known seaside courses, Scotland’s links layouts are a joy to behold.