Edinburgh Castle
The Waldorf Astoria on the right and Edinburgh castle on the hill

While I have the opportunity to travel the world for my job as a travel writer, sometimes those opportunities present themselves in unique ways. I just returned from an amazing luxury golf adventure to the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian. The trip, which I did with my golf buddy David, was the prize from a social media promotion from Waldorf Astoria. The luxury hotel brand is a sponsor of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, which I attended.

United cockpit
Checking out the cockpit after landing in Edinburgh

My trip started with some great flights on http:United in their new Polaris Business Class. During the summer, United has a direct flight to EDI from Chicago O’Hare, so it was quite easy to get there. I also had a chance to check out their new United Polaris lounge at ORD.

United Polaris Business Class
Getting some rest on the short flight from ORD to EDI

I stayed at the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian, known locally as The Caley. The luxury hotel is in the heart of the city, directly across from Edinburgh Castle. It’s a beautiful grand hotel, retaining many period details. The hotel was originally part of a larger train station complex and the Caley retains many of the original station elements.

Scottish Breakfast
The Caley’s Quintessentially Scottish Breakfast

I had a chance to play some golf myself, at Braid Hills, a local course overlooking the city. The hilly links course, without a lot of sand traps or hazards, was a challenge just to walk, let alone play. The Waldorf is great for golfers and they set up the whole golf experience for me. The course was only about 15 minutes from the hotel.

Braid Hills golf center
Teeing off in Edinburgh at Braid Hills

I’ll be writing more about the whole experience, but after five great days at the Waldorf, I stayed in a cool boutique property on George Street called the Principal Edinburgh George Street. The cool luxury hotel is made up from a Victorian office building plus a 1970s tower block and five, listed Georgian townhouses. I had a fantastic suite in the townhouse section and loved the vibe. Great room service too.

Principal Edinburgh Hotel George Street
Selfie in front of the Principal Edinburgh
George Street Edinburgh
A drone view of George Street in front of the Principal