COVID 19 Update

As Scotland, and indeed most of the rest of the world, gets to grip with the recovery process from COVID, it’s an appropriate time to highlight the positives for the benefit of travellers planning to visit Scotland in 2021, 2022 and beyond.

Our vaccination programme is going very well and almost everyone over the age of 40 has had one, or in a lot of cases both, shots of the vaccination. Accordingly our level of infections has dropped to negligible numbers and the numbers of deaths recently has been nil in Scotland, or single digits in the rest of the UK.

We are hoping to welcome back our international guests probably from July 2021, depending on where they are coming from . The politicians are still keen to limit travel to/from countries only, which have lower infection rates than ours, and as at today, that is just 12 countries, but they will be reviewing this “green” list every 3 weeks .

However that does give us hope that by the 2022 season, this nightmare will be behind us so we are ramping up our efforts again now to encourage travellers in 2022 and 2023 and beyond.

Our Irish business is a little less certain as their recovery process is about 2 months behind Scotland / UK so it might be August or September before they reopen sufficiently to allow trips in Ireland to go ahead. Watch this space as will will give updates when we hear from the Irish Government .

We have many clients already booked to travel in 2022 due to previous trips being pushed back, so now is the time to drive forward and get the new bookings in for those who have been waiting to see when international travel restrictions are likely to be lifted.

We are nearly back to working at fully capacity so all enquiries will be speedily dealt with and we can get your next tour booked now.

FUTURE EVENTS

In July 2022 The Open is back at St Andrews and we still have good availability for accommodation in nearby Dundee and beyond. Talk to us now about planning your trip to include to the historic 150th Open Championship. Tickets will be going on sale in June 2021 so you should be planning your trip now.

In 2024 The Open is back at Royal Troon and we are already taking bookings for that event too.

So, lets get back to looking ahead and get new trips in the diary and have something great to look forward to.

Many thanks to all our regular readers and travellers for your support during the past 14 months in particular and we look forward to welcoming you to Scotland soon.

Ronnie

11 May 2021

2021, 2022 and beyond

Happy New Year to all our existing clients and those finding us for the first time.

Scotland , like the rest of the world is still getting to grips with CV19 but the end is in sight. The vaccine programme has been rolling for a few weeks now and 1m+ have now been vaccinated. Its going to take 4 or 5 months to get enough of the population vaccinated before this virus dies out quietly, but we are maklng good progress with this.

For our international guests planning to be here in the summer of 2021, or even in 2022, the message is likely to be – bring a negative test with you. We think this travel rule is going to be in place for most of 2021 but we are expecting you to be able to enjoy freedom when you get here from possibly April onwards. These are only predictions at this stage, so things might change. But the good news is we can start planning ahead again and golfers can start looking forward to coming here and playing our great courses again.

The protection the vaccine offers seems to take a couple of weeks to kick in fully so get your jab at least a few weeks before you plan to travel, and book a test 48 hours before your flight.

If you test positive just before you travel and cant travel, then your holiday may be forfeited. Just like any other illness that prevents travel, you will need to claim on your travel insurance policy to recover your tour costs. No refunds will be forthcoming from us, our hotels or golf courses etc if you cancel at short notice. SO PLEASE ARRANGE YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY IN GOOD TIME.

Thanks for your continued support, we have an amazing year ahead of us with hundreds of clients arriving and we look forward to delivering some amazing tours that are all ready planned for you. We are also busy planning trips for 2022 and 2023. Remember, The Open is back in St Andrews in July 2022 so please view our Open St Andrews pages on this web site for more information. We have just secured additional rooms at some Dundee hotels so we have plenty capacity, but as always, if you want to attend a major event – book your trip early!

Stay safe, get vaccinated when you can and prepare for your next Scotland Golf Tours adventure. It will be worth the wait.

Best wishes for 2021.

2021 and Beyond

To our hundreds of loyal and frustrated golfers whose trips in 2020 have been cancelled and rescheduled to 2021 or 2022 THANK YOU you for sticking with us .

We have kept 97% of the 2020 business on the books and have also added signifiicant levels of new sales to 2021, so next year is going to be a great one – providing the vaccine is available!!

We are way ahead with our 2022 sales and even have a few in for 2023 . To you all, thank you for your cooperation in these past 6 months. . The good times will be back, and we’ll be ready to make them happen again.

We are noticing that a higher percentage than usual of the new business coming in is from repeat clients. Thank you . You know the efforts we make to deliver what we say we deliver, and your loyalty is sincerely appreciated.

I’ll be updating this site over the next few months with new packages etc and we also have a new site on the drawing boards at the moment so that will be here by Christmas.

Stay safe everyone and plan ahead. We all need something to look forward to!!

Ronnie

OFF tHE bEATEN tRACK…

In the post Covid 19 era, many golfers who enjoy international travel will also be looking for quieter locations that still offer great golf but without the big crowds. We have developed a series of tours that give you exactly that. Some great golf with excellent 4 star accommodations, but in some of the quieter areas of Scotland.

Please visit these web pages and explore Scotland with us.

Travelling in the post-COVID19 era might be making some people nervous, but we are recognising these concerns and can offer a number of alternatives that will still provide a wonderful vacation .

“Off The Beaten Track” – a series of 4 star tours THROUGHOUT SCOTLAND

With so many people concerned about being in larger crowds or in close proximity to other travellers these days, we have designed a series of tours that takes the golfers to some of the quieter locations where space and accessibility is good, whilst still playing some fantastic championship and local hidden gem courses.

We are promoting 2 tours per week in our newsletter so if you have subscribed to that please check your inbox. If you haven’t joined our mailing list yet, please do so and send us an email asking for more details and we can email you the recent newsletters with this series in them.

Scotland is gradually opening up for business again although there are some quarantine restrictions that exist for some countries. The situation is changing week by week and we hope that everything will be released soon.

We are busy taking bookings for 2021 and 2022 now, and with all the tours that have been rescheduled from 2020 to 2021 availability at many of the top courses is limited, so please book early.

Covid 19 Update

Greetings from an empty Scotland!

By mid May this country is usually full of travellers from overseas with their golf clubs playing, eating, drinking and generally having a great time. This year everywhere is shut and its like the Mary Celeste everywhere you look!

Now that the end of lockdown seems to be in sight, let’s hope we can look forward to near normal times later this year, or more likely next year.

Our staff are gradually returning to the office and we are trying to get back to normal using the new social distancing rules so they are not too close together.

Feel free to email us, or submit an enquiry form and we can make a start on your 2021 trip.

With the very limited number of flights this year coming to Scotland, we are unlikely to see many clients in 2020, but we are busy planning tours for 2021 so please start talking to your friends and make plans for summer 2021 or even 2022, and lets get some life back in the world’s tourism sectors .

For those of you interested in our Ireland programmes, the Irish are in a similar position to Scotland, and we are constantly listening to the Irish Government, explaining how they are emerging from lockdown.

One of positives we have learned during this crisis is how to make use of the facetime/zoom/whatsapp video calls we can now all make, to keep in contact with each other. We intend introducing this feature to our quoting service so you can talk and see us when we are planning your next trip. All of your group could login and talk through their preferences, any issues they have and generally be more comfortable with what we are doing to make your trip that bit more special. As all existing clients will recall, we enjoy a close dialogue with the group leaders- usually by email, so extending this to the rest of the group in a live face-to-face meeting demonstrates the levels of engagement we have with our clients, and that should lead to even higher levels of satisfaction in the longer term.

Lets hope the scientists can develop a vaccine quick enough to allow us all to live our lives in a safe and controlled manner, so we can all enjoy our freedom that our forefathers all fought hard to protect.

Stay safe everyone.

Ronnie

Dunfermline, Scotland

6 May 2020

The Open CHAMPIONSHIP 2020, 2021 and 2022

As you will be probably be aware, The R&A have cancelled the 2020 Open at Royal St Georges and rescheduled it at the same course from 11-18 July 2021.

This has had the knock-on effect of moving the 150th Open Championship, to be played on The Old Course St Andrews, to 10-17 July 2022.

We already had many groups booked to attend the 2021 event at St Andrews, so we will be in contact with all the group leaders to see what they wish to do. We are expecting that most will choose of push their dates of travel back to have the same itinerary in 2022. Some may prefer not to wait that long to enjoy their golf vacation and may choose to travel in 2021 anyway, and instead of attending The Open during their trip, we can include additional golf.

We will be in contact with those who have booked their trip and paid their deposits soon.

For new enquiries for 2022, we are now taking bookings for The Open in 2022 to include attending The Open in your tour. As before, we will not be including tickets to the event in your package as we are encouraging all clients to join the R&A’s ticket portal called The One Club where you can buy your tickets direct when they become available.

cORONAVIRUS UPDATE 23 mARCH 2020

In the 5 days since my last update things have changed significantly.

The UK is virtually closed and our staff are dealing with their emails from home. The lockdown down is likely to last until mid April .

We are in contact with our May and June arrivals to offer them the opportunity to rebook for 2021 or 2022. We have decided not to contact July arrivals onwards yet as the situation could be a lot clearer and perhaps back to normal by then and those travellers may get to enjoy their vacation on schedule. However if they wish, they can postpone till 2021 or 2022 if they want to make that decision early.

New enquiries are still coming in – thank you – for 2021 and beyond and we will do our best to get a quote to you shortly thereafter.

Existing clients- if you need to contact us please email the tour specialist you have been dealing with. All our files are stored in the icloud so that allows the staff access to your files from home should this be required.

New clients – If you are planning a trip later in 2020 or beyond, we like to talk through your plans before issuing your quote to ensure it as close to what you are looking for as it can be at this early stage. Please email me at ronnie@scotland-tours.com in the first instance OR complete the online enquiry form contained in this site and we can make a start on your Suggested Itinerary.

These are extrordinary times but we will all get through them soon.

Be safe.

Ronnie Pook

Managing Director

Coronavirus update

This unprecedented situation is affecting us all and we are in regular contact with those who are booked to travel with us this summer.

We are offering every client the opportunity to delay their trip up until the end of 2022 and not loose any deposits or final balances. We are currently sending out notices to those arriving in April and May and will be assessing the position for June and July travellers in a few weeks.

For those travelling later in the year we are not making any knee-jerk decisions for them . We propose to keep their plans as they are until we know the facts around any travel restrictions etc at that time. There is plenty of time to deal with the August – October arrivals in due course.

In Scotland we are getting on with life despite the restrictions that are in place. Our staff are manning the office on a rota basis to avoid too many people being together at the same time. The courses are all open, some clubhouses have some restrictions in their food and bar service, but everyone is making an effort to stay clean. It would appear that Scotland is one of the least affected areas of the world, but we are not being complacent.

There is likely to be some new availability on The Old Course later this summer should some clients rebook for 2021 or 2022. If you are interested in joining our late availability mailing list, see our St Andrews page on this web site.

With so many new and repeat clients coming here this year, we hope you all stay safe, look forward to your trip, and please follow the advice given by the health experts.

ChrIstmas and New Year Opening Hours

Our offices in Dunfermline Scotland will be closed from 2pm on Monday 23 December 2019 until 9am on Friday 3 January 2020.

We would like to thank all our clients this year for another record breaking year, and look forward to seeing some of you again next year.

From all our staff here in Scotland, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2020.