Nov 11 - Scotland

Visited Edinburgh in the fall; leaves changing colors and a touch of cold in the air but overall we loved Scotland.  Edinburgh is unique among Scotland's cities. Tourism, its proximity to England, and its multicultural population set it apart. Its superb architecture ranges from ancient churches to monumental Victorian masterpieces - all dominated by a castle on a precipitous crag in the city's heart. Pick any street to stroll - you'll be wowed by sudden vistas of looming battlements, cold volcanic peaks and hills steeped in memory.

Borthwick Castle

If you ever wondered what it was like to be transported into another century well, look no further. This is the place to do it and you will not need to stretch your imagination. Everything is as it was then and we had an unforgettable experience. Lisa and I spent one night in this Castle, in the Earl of Bothwell  room, and it will forever stay branded in our memories. The walls are oozing with history and atmosphere and the quietness of the surroundings is heavenly. What's more, the staff will kindly oblige to give you a historical tour and introduce you to the resident ghosts.

St. Andrews - The Home of Golf

A tip to Scotland must include a trip to Golf's Mecca. It's a game that draws them here, for St Andrews is the home of golf, the sport having been  played here for some 600 years. The Old Course is arguably the most famous golf course in the world, and the Royal and  Ancient Golf Club is still the ruling body for the rules of golf. Fittingly, the Old Course hosted the Open during the  millennium year and did so again in 2005.

Dalmohoy Hotel and Country Club

Originally a Scottish baronial manor, the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club is set in one thousand acres of wooded parkland with some of the best golf in Scotland on two eighteen hole courses Baronial fireplace in our room, chandeliered ceilings and original oil paintings add to the country house atmosphere while the views across the rolling fairways and lake can only be described as stunning.

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