European Golf Vacations

Ultimate Golf Cruise Gets You On 8 of the World’s Great Links in 12 Days


Traveling by boat is virtually the only way to play this many top courses in Scotland and Northern Ireland in only eight days.

I was reading the July issue of Golf Odyssey when I came across something that stopped me in my tracks:

A golf cruise to Northern Ireland and Scotland to play eight of the world’s best links golf courses:

  • Machrihanish – Old (#91)
  • Royal County Down (#6)
  • Royal Portrush (#15)
  • Castle Stuart (#56)
  • Cruden Bay (#79)
  • Trump International Golf Links (#50)
  • Carnoustie (#23)
  • Kingsbarns (#55)

…with the option of extending to include a round at The Old Course at St. Andrews, which will be in particularly high demand next summer after having hosted the Open Championship this past weekend/today.

Believe it or not, this awesome lineup was not what primarily caught my attention. 

No, the fascinating part was that this trip — which could easily take weeks by land and commercial air — is being done in just twelve days by sea in early August, 2016. According to Golf Odyssey‘s editors,

“Short of chartering a helicopter, playing each of these courses in such a short period of time would be logistically impossible.”

And speaking of logistics, that’s another reason I’m tipping you off about this trip.

Get this:

“Unlike most trips to Ireland and the British Isles, you will not need to lug your golf clubs around, labor to find a good restaurant, or unpack your luggage after a long drive. Aboard Sea Cloud II you will never have to worry about getting to dinner or driving after a few pints because everything is right at hand.

Since the ship will be positioned within easy reach of each course, on most days you will simply wake up, roll out of bed, and be at the day’s links within minutes. Indeed, once you drop off your clubs in Dublin, they will be waiting for you at each course with your caddie.

Then, after the day’s round, you will return to the ship for personalized service, drinks in the lounge, and five-star dining in the elegant dining room.”

Talk about a week you’ll remember for the rest of your life: the best of the British Isles with none of the hassle.

If you’re interested in this trip (which has programs for non-golfing traveling companions), email travel [at] golfodyssey [dot] com or call Michelle at Kalos Golf (800-314-3162) and mention the Golf Odyssey British Isles cruise.

One piece of advice if and when you book: subscribe to Golf Odyssey beforehand.

As you can imagine, this trip isn’t cheap (I think it starts around $9,000), but as a subscriber, you’ll get a $500 credit and cabin preference if you book before September 1, 2015.


  1. FireFinder

    September 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    This would be the coolest golf trip I could ever hope to take. I have never been to the British Isles or Ireland but I would love to go there.

  2. Tom Lee

    September 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    This golf cruise would be awesome. I have been to Hawaii cruise with 6 rounds golf package. That was good too.

  3. Ivan

    July 20, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Are you kidding me? Have you not seen the weather out there?
    If a golf ball can’t even stay on a green, what in the world would happen to a boat with sails! You’ll be in Iceland before they can drop anchor!
    I suspect the weather is a little different on a cruise around the Hawaiian islands that the british isle.

    No thanks! I prefer to stay on solid land!

  4. Richard

    July 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    An impressive list of golf. But the price is OUTRAGEOUS! Yes, it’s convenient, but is that really worth paying double to avoid dragging your golf bag and roller back between your hotel room and the bus?

  5. Joseph Wang

    July 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I have been to Hawaii cruise at Apr. 2015 , here golf courses very nice . I will make one going to .

  6. Rick Baum

    July 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Based on Donald Trump’s disrespect for John McCain and by extension all vets and especially POW’s it is disappointing that you would promote his golf course

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