Firstly, many congratulations to Rory McIlroy, the young golfer from Northern Ireland, who won the 2014 British Open, held last week at Hoylake, near Liverpool. At the age of 25, to be a 3-time major winner, is very impressive and even more so, when you discover that only 2 men have done this before in the modern era, and they are Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. With the Ryder Cup being held at Gleneagles in September, we will all get the chance to see Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ricky Fowler again on the golf course, but this time in Scotland.

In the next few years, Scotland will host the British Open three times out of the next four years that have already been decided. The venues for the Open have been decided up until 2018. In 2015, the dates are 12-19 July, and the venue is St Andrews in Fife. In 2016, the dates are 10-17 July, and the venue is Royal Troon, Ayrshire. In 2017, the dates are 20-23 July, and the venue is Royal Birkdale, Merseyside. In 2018, the dates are 19-22 July, and the venue is Carnoustie, Angus. So Scotland seems to be cementing its reputation as the “Home of Golf”.

For those looking for a holiday house in Scotland that will sleep up to 14 people on a self-catering basis, in a region where there are a lot of golf courses, then the stand-out property is Hayston House. This fabulous farmhouse is to be found in Fife, only 8 miles from St Andrews, and is perfect for a golfing group or for a family holiday. This large holiday house has 6 bedrooms with zip-and-link beds for twin or double use, with en-suite facilities and 1 bedroom with its own private bathroom. Each bedroom has a TV in it. To the rear of the house is a section of ground which is ideal for playing football or practising your golf shots. For more information contact Scotts Castle Holidays today.