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April 18, 2018 Cruise No Comments Email Email

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) brings novelty and excitement this coming cruise season, and next, with the introduction of non-polar destinations including Chile, Central America and the Islands of the North Atlantic, starting in March 2019. In addition, OOE adds two impressive golf programs, one beginning this summer. 

The first voyage, Fiddles & Sticks, will sail to Canada’s East Coast in July and take golfers and non-golfers alike to the country’s finest golf courses and picturesque islands. This voyage offers a high dose of soft adventures and wildlife viewing. In summer 2019, the second voyage, Scotland & Ireland Golf Expedition will travel to British waters, to some of the world’s best courses. This voyage will operate with Celtic culture, history and a splash of whiskey.

More than a dozen of the World’s Top 100 courses (Golf Digest) are located in Ireland and Scotland, and what better way to visit some of these renowned links courses than by cruising up to them on board OOE’s newest vessel, RCGS Resolute?

Beginning in Dublin June 5th 2019, the eight-day voyage will head north along the rugged Irish coast, dropping anchor for the first and only stop in Northern Ireland to play the Royal County Down. Recently named the top golf course in the world (Golf Digest Top 100), it was designed by Scottish legend and four-time Open Championship winner, Old Tom Morris. Golfers will be challenged in equal measure by its beauty and location between Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.

There is also plenty on offer for non-golfers, with the exploration of the Irish seaside town of Newcastle, a bike ride or hike in Tollymore Forest Park, and afternoon tea at Enniskeen Country House.

The first courses played in Scotland will be the Machrihanish or Machrihanish Dunes on the Kintyre Peninsula, both built on a site of special scientific interest and protected by the Scottish government.  Among the world’s most natural golf courses, they feature undulating greens and fairways that are mown, but not manicured, offering views across to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha. The course opened in 2009 – 130 years after its esteemed neighbour was extended to 18 holes by Old Tom Morris.

Machrihanish Dunes also features a spa for those in need of a little pampering. Campbeltown, once known as the whiskey capital of the world, still boasts three distilleries, all worth a visit to learn about the centuries-old tradition of whiskey making and to sample a dram or two of single malt.

Continuing north, RCGS Resolute heads for the Hebridean Islands, passing Islay, Mull, and Skye before stopping on South Uist, the second largest of the Outer Hebrides islands and home to Askernish Golf Club, yet another 19th century Old Tom Morris creation.

Next stop, the Orkney Islands, where guests can explore the seaside town of Kirkwall, enjoy local craft shops, art galleries, join a tasting tour at the Highland Park Distillery and visit the Neolithic village and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skara Brae, settled 5000 years ago.

Continuing around the tip of Scotland, traveling ‘off the beaten track’ and experiencing the rugged seascapes, the vessel makes its way to Inverness, where guests may choose to travel to one of two of the World’s Top 100 courses, Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart.

Choosing between soaking up Scottish history or playing either a young championship course with dramatic views across the Moray Firth OR Royal Dornoch, which dates back to 1616, will possibly be the most difficult decision of the entire voyage.

Aberdeen is the penultimate visit on this voyage and provides the gateway to two further courses – Cruden Bay, where visitors once again walk in the historical footsteps of Old Tom Morris, co-designer of the original course, and Royal Aberdeen, the sixth oldest golf course in the world.

The final stop on this golf-packed cruise is Edinburgh. Guests may choose to extend their stay in the Scottish capital and also have the option* of playing a final round at the world-famous Old Course at St Andrews, arguably the home of golf, to crown off this amazing week of golfing, Scottish history and culture.

Prices for the eight-day Scotland & Ireland Golf Expedition start from US$4,395.00 per person, based on Triple private and US$5,395.00 per person, based on twin private and include ship transfers to/from Dublin/Edinburgh, accommodation, all meals, green fees, transfers to and from courses, excursions, guides, presentations plus whiskey tastings!


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