Trump International Scotland, MacLeod House, Balmedie

Snapshots of Scotland: Luxury Edition (11/48)

Trump International Scotland, Balmedie, MacLeod House

When Taido and I get to escape from our kids, we usually run away to a cabin in the woods. Or a tent in the hills.

But last week some friends from church graciously let us have a Spring Getaway package that they were not able to use at the last minute that included dinner, bed and breakfast.

“It’s at the MacLeod House,” my friend told me, “only about fifteen minutes away.”

So off we went, and as we came to the end of a very long driveway, we were a bit dumbfounded to discover where we would be staying for the night. The MacLeod House is the restored Scottish mansion that serves as accommodation for the Trump International Golf Links. So if you’re keen to play fancy golf in Scotland, this is where you come.

I had no idea.

Trump International Scotland, MacLeod House, Balmedie

After we checked in, we went for a walk to see the famous golf course.

Trump International Scotland, Balmedie, MacLeod House

Neither Taido nor I are golfers, but still. So gorgeous.

They were opening up for the season the following week.


But while we were there, hardly a soul in sight. It was like a giant green maze.


On the sea.

I have often wondered how golfers cope with the North Sea winds, but maybe the large sand dunes help.

The whole place was so dazzling that I actually thought about taking up golf.

Just for a second.

(PS, If you’re counting walks with me this year. This walk on the golf course is #11 of #48walks.)

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  1. what a beautiful place. A blessing for ya’ll to have a bit of time there. Glad for you. Sherry McBryde

    1. Thanks so much Sherry! SO lovely and such a treat!

  2. Oh wow… that looks amazing! I wouldn’t mind a little get away with my husband either, it looks like we are always either traveling as a family, or me and my husband separately… Maybe when the kids are little older!!

    1. I know! It’s hard to get away together when you have little ones! Loving your getaways by yourself lately though (Melbourne, Morocco!) 🙂

  3. Such a beautiful property. I love how the golf course snakes around the hills. I am lucky to get away with my husband also soon, although our destination doesn’t look quite as romantic as this!

    1. How fun…glad you’re coming up on a getaway!! I’ll look forward to seeing. 🙂

  4. That is gorgeous. I love it, of course.

    1. Just your kind of place Leigh!! I think you’d love it! 🙂

  5. Wow! What a nice treat and a getaway! I’m so looking forward to our upcoming getaway!!

    1. Right? It’s so lovely to get away!! Hope you all have a wonderful time as well!!

  6. My brother would kill to have played that course! It’s one on his must play before he dies list.

    1. It’s pretty gorgeous! It’s a bit cheaper to play there at the moment because it’s not high season, but the weather is so unpredictable!

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