Story and Photos by Gary Singh
Pittormie Castle near St. Andrews, Scotland
ynchronicities happen to me so often, especially when I travel, that
I take them to be a part of nature. Such was the case at Pittormie Castle
originally the home of the first Duke of Fife in 1593.
Club car at the grounds of Pittormie Castle
The castle and residences lie within a few miles of
St. Andrews, the World Capital of golf, a center of pilgrimage and a
spiritual site for millions who make the journey. Right next door, one
finds the university village of St. Andrews, steeped in religious and
esoteric history, going all the way back to when Christianity first
arrived in Scotland.
Appropriately, Pittormie serves as the home base of
the Eden Club, an elite top-level international private club in which
membership is strictly by invitation. The membership is drawn from individuals
that belong to other notable private clubs around the world who can
prove they share the vision and principals upon which the Eden Club
was founded. The Club can refuse membership to anyone it deems unsatisfactory,
without providing any reason whatsoever. Upon acceptance, though, its
members gain ultra-privileged access to some of the finest golf courses
and accommodations across the globe.
Left: View from the lounge area;
Right: Pittormie features an exquisite collection of oil paintings
Throughout the last eight years, the property has been
refurbished to standards rarely seen in a Scottish country mansion.
The gardens are manicured with the precision of a diamond cutter. Inside,
the luxurious castle includes eight en-suite bedrooms and a variety
of lounges and rooms enabling club members to relax. Four main dining
areas all operate under the supreme guidance of Michelin Star Chef Alan
Chef Alan Donald presides over the private kitchen
In addition to the castle, the property contains separate
two- and three-bedroom residences, between 1,300 and 2,890 square feet,
all of which have been furnished to the highest levels. One can purchase
a residence in whole or in part, depending upon one's requirements.
The maximum is 24 two-week fractions; the minimum is one two-week fraction
per apartment. A fulltime, dedicated staff, including an entire fleet
of drivers, are available for guests and/or owners.
En-suite bathroom at Pittormie
I was in the bar, stone sober, when enough of a synchronicity
emerged to indicate a heightened sense of awareness. With several bottles
of whisky in the foreground, I looked up at a Sky News program on the
television. A special report discussed which particular hard drugs were
considered least harmful and most harmful to humans--heroin, crack cocaine,
LSD and ecstasy (see photo). Like a mystical white light, beaming through
from another dimension, the imagery emanating from the television stood
out amidst the more subdued illumination of the bar.
The white light of the Sky News report on drugs
illuminated the bar
There I was, in the home of the Eden Club, mesmerized
by the white hue of the drug broadcast. It reminded me of Timothy Leary's
blasphemous comedy routine about how the Garden of Eden was the site
of the very first drug bust.
Told to him by Aldous Huxley during a psilocybin session
in the early '60s, the routine claimed "original sin" was
the intelligent use of drugs in the Garden of Eden. The forbidden fruit
from the Tree of Knowledge was the first controlled substance--that
is, God established the first ever food-and-drug regulations. Adam and
Eve were forbidden to partake, because if they did, they might actually
see beyond good and evil and achieve immortality. But they partook and
they got busted. Which explains, in Leary's view, why the church remains
That's what I thought while viewing the mystical whiteness
transmitting from the Sky News drug report, on the wall, in the bar,
at Pittormie Castle, the home of the Eden Club. I have never done any
of the drugs mentioned in the program, but I felt like someone somewhere
was trying to tell me something. I felt a desire to achieve immortality
and I needed to write a story. To me, that would constitute intelligence
use of the situation.
Mesmerized by the white light of drugs in the bar
Therefore, I must claim that Pittormie left an indelible
impression upon yours truly. Those who desire the highest possible levels
of service will relish in the fine style of this lucrative private club.
Aside from providing access to world-class golf, shooting, fishing,
falconry and lowland deer stalking, the estate seems almost perfect
for high-end gatherings, conference offsite events and business meetings.
No need to feel sinful at all.
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