Scotland is famous as being the Home of Golf; it is also the home of glamorous shopping experiences, relaxing spas and pampering products, all not too far from the golf courses themselves. As the country gears up for The 2014 Ryder Cup, visitors to many of the 550+ golf courses can also indulge in some me time whether they choose to tee off on the greens or not!
Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
After a spot of golf in or near the Capital at courses such as Prestonfield, Muirfield, Musseburgh golf lovers can unwind with a luxurious spa treatment at the five-star Balmoral Hotel located on Princes Street with the special ‘golf treatment’ from Pure Lochside (new at the Balmoral for 2014.) This unique, invigorating stretch treatment helps to lengthen and loosen the muscles aiding flexibility and helping to retain optimum posture during the golf swing movement. Muscle soothing treatment blends are expertly massaged into the body targeting specific muscle groups.
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ. http://balmoral.skchase.com
Archerfield House, East Lothian
Located within the gorgeous countryside of East Lothian, Archerfield House boasts 70 bedrooms on a 550 acre Scottish estate, 2 Links golf courses and Waterfront events venue. Fletcher’s Cottage Spa at Archerfield House recently launched an exclusive offer for the Supreme Happiness treatment from the Scottish luxury and natural aromatherapy brand Beatitude. The treatment combines specialised massage movements and techniques to combine the very best of aromatherapy, hot stone, Swedish, acupressure and deep tissue massage techniques. The body, scalp and hair receive intense nourishment and guests feel wonderfully relaxed yet uplifted after this treatment.
Archerfield House, North Berwick EH39 5HQ. For more information on the treatments available at Archerfield House, please visit www.archerfieldhouse.com/spa
Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Travellers to the islands in the Outer Hebrides, beyond the west coast of Scotland, will be able to unpack their golf clubs in stunning surroundings at golf courses such as Harris Golf Course on the Isle of Harris. They can also see the world- famous Harris Tweed looms at the Lewis Loom Centre or Calana Crafts. The only fabric in the world governed by its own Act of Parliament, Harris Tweed, (or Clo Mor: the Big Cloth) is produced in the hands of skilled and experienced artisans who oversee every stage of production utilising generations of knowledge to produce a product worthy of the name Harris Tweed. It has gained worldwide fame thanks to its fans in the fashion and entertainment world, including Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and even Miss Piggy! A Ryder Cup Harris Tweed was created specially to mark the sporting event at Gleneagles in 2014.
Harris Golf Course, Scarista, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides. www.harristweed.org
Isle of Islay, Inner Hebrides
Also located of the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Islay is blessed with rich farmlands which each autumn witness clouds of geese arriving. It is also home to golf courses including Machrie Golf Links, set in the dunes of the island which views to the coastline and beyond. Spirited Soaps is a company based on the island which has plenty of golfing fans due to its honey-flavoured lip balm (ideal for wind-chapped lips out on the Links!) and the whisky-scented soap.
The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll PA42 7AN. www.spiritedsoaps.com
The Old Course, St Andrews
Based within St Andrews, the world-famous golf resort the Old Course Hotel has the first KOHLER spa experience outside the USA, offering a truly world-class spa experience with the highest levels of personalised care and luxurious treatments. Treatments range from the ‘Highland Fling’ couples massage and the Neat Feet pedicure, to the new Hammam Ritual and ‘Soul to Sole’ Body Treatment. The hotel’s spa also has a 20-metre swimming pool with cascading waterfall, rooftop hot tub, thermal suite with hydrotherapy pool, poolside relaxation area and fitness suite.
The Old Course, St Andrews Link, Old Station Road, St Andrews, KY16 9SP www.standrews.org.uk
For further information please contact:
Erin Hickey, PR Executive – UK & Ireland, VisitScotland
Tel: +44 (0) 131 472 2030
Notes to Editors:
· Scotland is the Home of Golf and with The Ryder Cup coming to Gleneagles in September you can find more information on golf opportunities at www.visitscotland.com/golf.
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