Our writer goes back in time when he stays at Prestonfield House, a lavish boutique property in a late-17th-century mansion 3 miles from Edinburgh.
The restored Machrie hotel on the Isle of Islay, in the Scottish Hebrides, is a new addition to the American golfer's bucket list.
Over the years, Islay has nurtured the growth of a tourist industry, and today, visitors travel from far and wide for tastings of not only whisky but also gin.
Willie Campbell was a successful golfer in Scotland who became an expert club- and ball-maker. He went on to become a course architect who designed the Machrie.
Our writer stays in one country and experiences two wildly different hotels: an over-the-top 17th-century mansion and a historic golf resort.