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Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

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Virginia
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Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

Three couples in our fifties traveling to Ireland July 2015 wanting to stop in Scotland for four days/three nights. Husbands hoping to go to British Open at least one day, so exploring options and just beginning to plan. Assume accommodations in St. Andrews limited and pricey due to event, so considering staying in Edinburgh. Would appreciate your thoughts as to places to stay in either locale or points in between as well as how to make the most of our trip and see the wonders of Scotland. Open to hotel (3 to 4 star) or private accommodations, but think if we stay in Edinburgh, we could rely on public transit and not have to rent vehicle for 6 persons. Plans are preliminary so appreciate your input and knowledge of Scotland. Thank you.

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1. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

Yes you right accomadation near major events are expensive.

Edinburgh to St Andrews is approx 90 mins by train or bus.

If you opt for train you get to traverse the iconic Forth Rail Bridge enroute although the train will take you to Luechars which is a short 10 min bus journey to St Andrews.

www.scotrail.co.uk although during the Open they usually run special trains.

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2. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

Lots of people who visit the Open when it's in St Andrews stay in Edinburgh. As already advised there is a train service to Leuchars, close to St Andrews, from where shuttle buses will run direct to the course. Keep an eye on the web site opengolf.com nearer to the dates of the event and they will give information on travel options and a link to the Scotrail Golflink service which will run during the Open.

However whether or not Edinburgh is overall the right base for you and whether you should rent a car really depends on what is on your list of the wonders of Scotland you wish to see. Edinburgh alone can take up a week and you can also travel to Glasgow or Stirling by train for day trips. To the east of Edinburgh is a the East Lothian Coast and you can take a train to North Berwick in just over half an hour for a day by the sea.

All of which, with the visit to the Open, will easily use up your 3/4 days!

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3. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

Thank you both for your replies. Indeed it will be hard to explore Scotland in our limited time and we do not know if we will be able to get tickets to the British Open, so it's challenging planning around something that may or may not happen. Packages to the Open are at a higher price point than we would like, so I am trying to customize a stay that allows us to experience as much as we can. If we stay in Edinburgh, we would have day one and day four (plus nights) to explore the city, one day for St. Andrews, and one day for a trip elsewhere. I am just beginning my research, but East Lothian Coast appeals and I feel others in our group would like to see some castles. So suggestions on day trips would be helpful. Thanks!

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4. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

You do not have to buy a package to go to the Open. Unlike some of the US majors the Open has no capacity limit and tickets can be both bought in advance and on the gate on the day. There is no need to pay a premium to source tickets any other way. They are sold directly by the R&A online and at the gate - an option used by thousands each year. Don't get sucked into an unnecessary package. There are no worries about being able to attend.

For castles Edinburgh is a must see and Stirling is another option for a day trip - but one would be enough if time is tight. If you go to North Berwick Dirleton Castle is a short bus ride from North Berwick.

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5. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

PS - I'd be really interested to see what packages you thought you had to purchase, to see the costs. Just out of interest!

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6. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

I was referring to the official British Open 2015 website that offers "Tour Packages," including accommodations, transfers and tickets. There are also some golf tour websites that offer similar packages. It is extremely helpful to know that getting tickets will not be a problem. That helps considerably in planning. Now on to accommodations and other things to do and see! Keep those suggestions coming, a local is always the best source of information. Thank you.

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7. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

Hi, you are looking at a site selling hospitality packages. The real site for all essential information on attending the Open as a normal, non premium package paying visitor, is theopen.com (used to be opengolf.com but both work) .

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8. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

Others have given you sound advice. I recommend you do all the planning yourselves!

Stay in Edinburgh and rely on public transportation no matter what you do. Stirling, North Berwick and St. Andrews are easily accessible. North Berwick has a wonderful Seabird Centre and you can take boat trips to see puffins and gannets or simply use their live cameras to view the birds. Lovely variety of restaurants, the beaches are wonderful, and the town charming. In Edinburgh, stay in the Old or New Town and enjoy this wonderful city with all it offers: free museums, historic homes, and history galore!

Feel free to send me a personal message if you need more help.

Edited: 10 August 2014, 10:29
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9. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

Many thanks for the advice. It has definitely helped me narrow down options and focus. The six of us will arrive in Edinburgh from the US on a Friday morning, and will have the remainder of the day/night to explore the city on foot. (Still looking for a hotel conveniently located and am researching Old Town and New Town. Would love to stay in 5 star accommodations if we can secure a good price). On Saturday, we might take a day tour to West Highland lochs and castles or travel to North Berwick, and hopefully attend the British Open on Sunday. We will have a few hours on Monday in Edinburgh before our afternoon flight to Dublin. Hopefully this itinerary will give us a quick glimpse of different areas of Scotland.

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10. Re: Planning advice for British Open/Edinburgh July 2015

along the same lines how easy is it to get travel from Edinburgh to St. Andrews via train during the open. Do you need to book travel in advance and how far in advance is recommended. Also how much is the train approximately for the those going to the open?