Scotland v Ireland? What's the best golf trip

Scotland and Ireland play host to some of the world's greatest courses...but which one would you choose?

Chris Bowles
Chris Bowles 5 mins read

The Emerald Isle takes on The Home of Golf

Scotland and Ireland are often mentioned when it comes to bucket-list golf and ultimate golf vacations. The first thing to note is that as golf destinations they are worthy of those labels (…the golf really is that good), and the second thing is that these countries are easy to travel to, so trips here should not be considered as, “once in a lifetime”.

But when it comes to which is best… that’s open to debate. When asked that question, we sat on the fence and instead turned to our local experts and asked them why their country should be crowned with the “Best Trip” title. To this end, in the Blue Corner, representing Scotland, we have Kieran Clark, Scottish golf journalist and self- proclaimed golfing nut. And in the Green Corner, we have Kevin Markham, author of ‘Driving The Green’, and a man who has played every course in Ireland!

We set them the task to describe their best ever seven day, seven round golf vacation and to tell the world why we should all jump on a plane to experience it.

First up, Kieran describes his love of… you guessed it, St Andrews…

Old Course St Andrews

Kingsbarn 14th hole


Old Head 4th


Ireland’s Best Ever Trip – Here’s the line-up:

Ballybunion Old Ballybunion Cashen Tralee Waterville Dooks Old Head Killarney Other Courses to consider: Ceann Sibeal, Lahinch, Doonbeg, Castlegregory, Cork, Fota Island, Bantry Bay.

Our Conclusion:

When it comes to the golf, the history of the game and the sheer feeling of the occasion when you step out on the first tee, it would be hard to beat St Andrews as the ultimate golf trip destination. However, when you take in the overall golfing experience, a trip to South West Ireland could just edge it. From the iconic links to the breath-taking landscapes, not to mention the hospitality and the craic, not many golf destinations in the world can compete with Killarney and its accompanying golfing greats.

OK, so we have sat on the fence slightly, but it’s genuinely hard to recommend one over the other. The only way is for you to draw your own conclusions… and that starts with a trip to the British Isles!

Fortunately, Golfbreaks is at hand to make that trip a reality, and we’ll aim to do all the work for you and save you time and money! So if you too would like to experience the magic of a golf trip to the UK or Ireland, please send us an inquiry.


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Chris Bowles

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist - UK & Ireland

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist, I help golfers find their ideal golfing getaway

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