Thanks to the fine folks of Aberdeen Asset Management and Visit Scotland, WUP is in Scotland this week covering the Scottish Open and playing some of the great courses in the area. Check out my Instagram, YouTube and Twitter for more behind-the-scenes coverage of the event and my adventures.
Hello from Inverness! Apologies for the delay on posting this, but we had a late dinner (amongst several Ryder Cup greats, no less) and I was absolutely knackered when I got back to the hotel last night.
Besides, I’m sure most of you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, in which case you’ll have seen some of the following photos and videos. For the rest, you’re in for a treat! — at least I think so. I mean, I’ve been here for just over 24 hours and I’m in love with the Scottish Highlands without even having played golf yet. It might have something to do with the gorgeous weather.
I’m staying at the Golf View hotel at the famed Nairn — and no, I haven’t played the course yet — which is downright stunning. Maybe it has something to do with the fantastic weather. When I arrived on Tuesday around noon, I walked outside the hotel and this was what I saw:
And, here’s the bar. I had a diet coke, but I thought the presentation was very aesthetically pleasing.
Then, the nice folks from Aberdeen Asset Management, the title sponsor of the Scottish Open, took us into Inverness for dinner at Rocpool restaurant — which I highly recommend if, you know, you like really delicious food, particularly shell fish.
And if you walk around or even if you don’t, you’re bound to run into players. At dinner, we saw Jose Maria Olazabal, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez, along with Andrew Coltart, but he was with our group. I excused myself to go outside to take this picture and I ran into Matteo Manassero, who looked confused to see me. “What are you doing here?” he asked.
“Um, I’m covering the tournament and playing golf!” I replied.
The Lochness monster lives down the river, apparently.
You often hear that it doesn’t get dark until quite late in Scotland and that’s indeed true. This picture below was taken at 10:30pm!