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The Most Expensive Walk

My in-laws visit has come to a conclusion. Well, it actually came to a conclusion early Sunday morning but ya know, had to return to normal life. I, of course, recap visitor’s trips, but going forward they’re going to be a little more condensed. Since we’re getting more guests (only 2 more in 2015, but 2016 slots are filling fast) we often do a repeat of some of the essential Aberdeenshire hot spots. And I can only type Dunnottar castle so many times…

But with each guest, I try and schedule some trip away from Aberdeenshire and do something unique for that visitor if time allows. My mother and I went to the west coast to see puffins, my aunt and I toured the highlands, Megan and I did Edinburgh and went off to Lisbon. For my in-laws….they are BIG into golf- so they’re Aberdeen add-on was centered around golf. And what better place to golf than Scotland where it originated in the 15th century…

So the in-laws arrived on Thursday morning to jetlag and lost golf clubs. Luckily, said clubs were delivered at about 8pm- it was iffy for awhile since w were originally set out to leave on Friday morning at about 6:30 am and they couldn’t find where the clubs were….but they made it. And for once, the rain worked in our favor because it was pouring on Friday morning (to such a degree my now 3rd house in a row had a leak) and golf was delayed, as was our departure time until about 8:30 am.

When we got down to St. Andrews it was a bit overcast and windy, but we didn’t get rained on all day. It was a pretty perfect day and we all really enjoyed it. There is a strict no camera policy but ya know, me and rules…

Rainbow over the 1st Tee and 18th Hole

Rainbow over the 1st Tee and 18th Hole

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Tiger and the ole’ bridge.

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Rainbow over the 1st Tee and 18th Hole

Rainbow over the 1st Tee and 18th Hole

Boys in front of the bridge

Boys in front of the bridge

One rule The Open didn’t have was no booze…so great. And I mean, they didn’t just sell alcohol on site…you could walk in carrying your own. BYOB! We left the course to have a picnic lunch we had packed on one of the closed courses. And of course we had wine and I even grabbed some cans of Pimm’s (not so good in a can) that we then brought back in with us.IMG_0412

Love me a picnic.

Love me a picnic.

At the open

At the open

When we left St. Andrews (later than anticipated) we started a long, cramped, most driving rain journey across the country to the Loch Lomond area, specifically in Helensburgh. It wasn’t an ideal location as it was a little further away from everything than we wanted to me…but it really was like a 20 min drive to E’s race on Saturday and a 10 min drive to dinner- so not bad at all. And the B&B we stayed at- Lethamhill B&B was really lovely. E and I’s room had an incredible lake view, the grounds were gorgeous, and I got salmon and eggs for brekkie. Everybody wins!IMG_0620 (1) IMG_0616

Getting some pre-dinner sherry at the B&B

Getting some pre-dinner sherry at the B&B

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As mentioned E had a race on Saturday morning…I mean who wouldn’t want to start their 30’s with an ungodly swim in choppy, freezing Loch Lomond?! It was his first Duathlon and he did great.

Happy 30 E!

Happy 30 E!

After the race we took the Bcock Srs. to a highlands games (naturally) at Loch Lomond. We got piped in by the band, which was pretty great. And they had wrestling! What?! Hadn’t seen that one before. The downfall of the games was a lack of seats and muddy, muddy ground. I cannot stand for hours watching grown men throw heavy stuff…we were in luck, because we just acquired 2 picnic blankets with waterproof undersides so we hunkered down. I have to say, the games didn’t disappoint and I think E’s parents really enjoyed them.IMG_0490 IMG_0505

We went back to the B&B for a nap, then went out to E’s birthday dinner. Which I didn’t grab a picture of but we were at Cameron house and I got sweet breads and lamb! And actually a decent martini which if you follow, know is as easy to get your hands on as a freaking unicorn in this country. And don’t think just because it’s the national animal that it’s easy to find…

Post dinner drinks

Post dinner drinks

The next day we started a rainy drive down through Glasgow and to Trump’s Turnberry Golf Club. The course was made in 1902 and has a pretty interesting history…Trump bought it out in 2014 and now it makes him oodles of money. See here.

And well…. I googled “golf quotes” and came across this:

“Golf is a good walk spoiled.” – Mark Twain

Well that was the most expensive spoiled walk I’ve ever had! I am so mad at how I played….I even had two emergency lessons right before the trip and was crushing it at the range and even the weekend before at a local golf course. Gaaaaah. I was just so nervous. Much better on the back 9 and I even parred a hole- booyah! But still…I was awful. E’s mom actually played the best I think- good memories for her all around. So many golf balls lost…. Anyway…it was at least was a BEAUTIFUL, spoiled, expensive walk.  And ya know, everyone got some time with the sun and sand…

Greg sizing up that bunker

Greg sizing up that bunker

 

E's turn in the bunker

E’s turn in the bunker

Coming up to the first tee box.

Coming up to the first tee box.

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Seriously…could it be more gorgeous? Not my form…the view.

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After 18 long holes.

After 18 long holes.

Monday we headed back to St. Andrews- originally to check out the course without The Open going on, but it was extended to Monday due to rain delays. We were going to head in but after walking about the Castle and Cathedral were pretty tired and wanted to get home. But I have to say, E and I will be heading back to St. Andrews for a weekend sometime to enjoy the quaint little town, and because, I need to spread my hack skills around ALL the super nice, famous, and expensive courses…because hey, I really love expensive, spoiled walks.

The rest of the week had us: dining outside a few nights (hurrah nice weather), checking out Stonehaven and Dunnottar Castle, eating fish n chips, eating haggis, having afternoon tea, having drinks at Trump’s local course, eating cullen skink, some more golf for the men-folk, the in-laws went down to Edinburgh for a day, seeing seals, castles, and going on hikes, exploring Aberdeen, and drinking lots of wine. Ya know…the usual.  Odd there’s so much eating when I constantly complain about how awful the eating is here.

Man, I love Stonehaven

Man, I love Stonehaven

Banchory Lodge Afternoon Tea

Banchory Lodge Afternoon Tea

Our view from afternoon tea.

Our view from afternoon tea.

Cullen Skink!

Cullen Skink!

Greg tackling some haggis balls...or bon-bons.

Greg tackling some haggis balls…or bon-bons.

Fish, Chips, and wine at my fav Stonehaven pub

Fish, Chips, and wine at my fav Stonehaven pub

Dining al fresco in Scotland at ours.

Dining al fresco in Scotland at ours.

Overall the weather was great, I think my in-laws had a great trip, and we had a great time with family!