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Edinburgh and Gleneagles, Scotland

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$9,950
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Max People
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Six days & five nights, 6 matches & 3 distilleries in Edinburgh and Gleneagles, Scotland.

Castles and crags, kilts and bagpipers, Georgian streets and Gothic alleys are all part of the vitality and romance of Edinburgh. We’ll scour the city for the best Cranachan (spoiler alert: we did the research!).

Experience 6 days of croquet, fine dining, and luxurious accommodations. Enjoy tours of historic Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano and an Iron Age Fort, the 900yr old Edinburgh Castle, plus tours and tastings at 3 of the oldest distilleries in the land. Stay in the Edwardian splendour of the Balmoral Hotel and the 5-Star luxury of the Gleneagles resort. Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia and spend an unforgettable night aboard her sistership MV Fingal.

Play croquet at Gleneagles, the Edinburgh Croquet Club, the University Cricket Club and the National Croquet Centre of Scotland, all door-to-door by Range Rover. Wrap this up with a fun Roaring ’20s Awards Ceremony and dinner.

Invite your travel companions, choose your 2024 dates (Jun 10-15 / Jul 15-20 ) or set your own start date, and we arrange your trip. Offered May - September 2024 (excl. August). Limited 6-8 guests only. *Minimum age is generally 18, but we can certainly make exceptions for family parties. Please enquire at info@jiminywicket.org

$9,950 per person includes all meals, rooms, activities, admissions, gratuities & taxes. 100% of proceeds support our croquet programs with Special Olympics.


About the Balmoral Hotel: The Balmoral, meaning “majestic dwelling” in Gaelic, officially opened its doors 120 years ago on October 15, 1902, as the North British Station Hotel. The hotel’s roots were quite literally in the railway, with a dedicated entrance from Waverley Station to the hotel. The iconic clock tower is famously set three minutes fast, so travelers won’t miss their trains – a tradition which has remained to this day with the exception of Hogmanay for the city’s New Year’s Eve Street Party, and 2021 in order to end that year of Covid just a wee bit sooner!

Number One is a 4 AA Rosette Restaurant where modern Scottish cuisine meets world-class service, while Brasserie Prince, celebrates the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking, serving seasonally inspired, classic bistro dishes that harmonize quintessentially French flavors with local ingredients.

Notable guests at the Balmoral have included Laurel and Hardy, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul and Linda McCartney, the Queen Mother, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and in 2006, J.K. Rowling who wrote for 6 months in Room 552 to conclude her Harry Potter series - the culmination of 17 years of writing.

About the Gleneagles Resort: In the early 1900s, during the era of ‘Grand Hotels,’ General Manager of the Caledonian Railway Company, Donald Matheson, enamored by the countryside, envisioned a large country house hotel that would attract people to come and enjoy the great outdoors and the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. He would give this project his utmost attention, and spare nothing in making this hotel the “eighth wonder of the world.”

During this era playing golf was considered to be the height of fashion, so Matheson commissioned two courses for the Hotel, one named the King’s and the other the Queen’s Course. Set on 850 acres, in 1921 Gleneagles made sporting history when it hosted the first international match between American and British professional golfers - the precursor to The Ryder Cup. Today, Gleneagles is a 5-Star luxury resort and the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards: World Hotel of the Year 2022 offering falconry, shooting, 4x4 offroad driving, archery, croquet, tennis, horse riding, a ferret school, a world class spa and, of course, golf.

About The Royal Yacht Britannia: Launched in 1953 by Queen Elizabeth II, she was built by the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland and was the 83rd Royal Yacht, a tradition begun by Charles II in 1660. In later years, Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton would each step aboard. Charles and Diana took their honeymoon cruise on Britannia in 1981. Bon voyage!

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Highlights
  • Lauriston Castle & croquet
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Holyrood Distillery - Tour and Tasting
  • Gleneagles & Edradour Distillery - Tour and Tasting
  • Glenkinchie Distillery - Tour and Tasting
  • Tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Night aboard MV Fingal

Tour Plan

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Day 1 Arrival Day in Edinburgh

12:00 - Welcome lunch at The Spence restaurant in Gleneagles Townhouse

14:00 - Lauriston Castle: ‘The Yanks are Coming!’ Match 1 with Edinburgh Croquet Club (whites please)

16:00 - Arrive the Balmoral, settle into rooms, enjoy a stroll in the Princes Street Gardens

18:00 - Cocktails and dinner at Number One, their AA Four Rosette restaurant (jacket and tie) followed by a fun, brief illustrated history of the 700yr-old game of croquet

Day 2 Edinburgh Castle

08:00 - Breakfast at Balmoral Hotel

09:00 - Depart for Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Palace and the Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

12:00 - Luncheon at Eleanore or Little Chartroom

13:30 - Learn the 7 Skills to Play Like a Champion. Match 2 at the University Cricket Club (whites please)

15:30 - Holyrood Distillery: Tour and tasting

18:00 - Cocktails and dinner at Brasserie Prince in the Balmoral and after dinner enjoy SCOTCH, their whisky bar with more than a wee dram of 500 unique varieties to choose from!

Day 3 Glenkinchie Distillery

08:00 - Breakfast at Balmoral Hotel

09:30 - Depart for Croquet Match 3 at The Meadows Croquet Club (whites please)

12:00 - Glenkinchie Distillery and luncheon at the Lookout, then the best Cranachan in town

14:00 - Depart for Gleneagles

16:00 - Croquet Match 4 at Gleneagles

18:00 - Cocktails and dinner at Andrew Fairlie, the only Michelin Two-Star restaurant in Scotland

Day 4 Gleneagles & Edradour Distillery

08:00 - Breakfast at Balmoral Hotel

09:30 - 4x4 offroad driving experience, hiking, cycling, clay pigeon shooting, croquet, tennis, fly fishing, falconry, gun dog school, ferret school, archery, golf and spa – your choice!

12:00 - Luncheon at the Birnam, Gleneagles

13:30 - Match 5 (whites please) then depart for a tour and tastings at Glenturret Distillery

18:00 - Cocktails and dinner at the Strathearn, Gleneagles

Day 5 The Royal Yacht Britannia & MV Fingal

08:00 - Breakfast at Balmoral Hotel

09:30 - Croquet Match 6 at Gleneagles (whites please)

11:00 - Return to Edinburgh for lunch at Scran & Scallie

14:00 - Tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia

17:30 - Cocktails, dinner and the night aboard Britannia’s sistership MV Fingal with Awards Ceremony for best player, best team, best dressed, best shot, and of course, the best croquet joke! (Striped blazers & bow ties, flapper dresses & fascinators)

Day 6 Time to say Goodbye

08:00 - Breakfast on MV Fingal

10:00 - Farewells and depart MV Fingal

10:01 - Dream of your next croquet trip with Jiminy Wicket!

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These trips are curated by James Creasey, Founder & CEO of Jiminy Wicket, (USCA GC Eights National Champion, 2022 and USCA GC Mid-Western Regional Champion, 2022).Trip details are subject to change. Substitutions will be equivalent or better. To secure your place on this tour, a 25% non-refundable deposit is due upon reservation. There is a 20% surcharge for single occupancy. Balance due 60 days prior to start date. PFC Hoop Maker mallets and all croquet equipment will be provided. No prior experience necessary.

Price is all-inclusive of rooms, meals, house wines, gratuities, activities, admissions, taxes, etc.

For more information, contact info@jiminywicket.org

Castles & Croquet, Codebreakers, Colleges & Croquet, Mansions & Mallets, Whisky & Wickets, Wine & Wickets, and Jiminy Wicket are service marks and/or trademarks of Jiminy Wicket LLC. Copyright © 2023, Jiminy Wicket LLC

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