The Birthplace of the Greatest Game Ever Played
10/19/2012 - 10/22/2012
So this past weekend, the Flint kids made it up to Scotland. We finally made it there. Scotland may possibly be my favorite place to visit of all the countries so far and is going to be a place that I will visit again sometime in my life.
The group of 6 decided to split up so that the golfers would travel up north to the Highlands and golf and see Loch Ness and then two would stay in Edinburgh and visit the city for the weekend.
So, Ethan, Clint, Brandon and myself decided to travel up north to Inverness to stay a few days, take in the sights and of course GOLF!
The first day was a long train ride to Inverness then walking in the rain to find a hostel, but it was totally worth the walk back and forth into town a few times. Saturday was a little more eventful with the help from the guy at the information center. Maps acquired, plans made and of course tee times booked for the day. It was only Ethan, Clint and I going golfing while Brandon walked the city for the day. We had to walk the 2 miles to the golf course and when we got there I got goosebumps. Granted, it wasnt the oldest course in Scotland, but I guess the 130 year anniversary is pretty legit. We didnt have any collared shirts so we had to buy some, I didnt care, I dropped 100 bucks like no big deal, it was one of those bucket list check marks I just had to jot down; Golf in the birthplace of the greatest game ever played. DONZO!
I walked away with a course polo, Scottish Titleist hat, ball marker and course towel. I was ready to go, even with some decent rented Callaway Razr Black clubs with a bag a trolley. I made best of the club situation since I didnt have my own set, but I kept telling myself, "im golfing in Scotland, I could shoot over 100 and still be happy." Luckily I didnt! haha. I shot a 90 which made me pretty happy. I took pictures of every hole marker and hole layout but pictures dont do justice of how awesome it was. We managed to walk the 18 holes in less than 4 hours and right before night fall too.
We had to wait a bit for Brandon, so we went to a pub and grabbed some pints and dinner. I had a burger with Scottish bacon served on a sheet of slate. Yea, its legit.
After dinner, we couldnt find a bus to take us to Drumnadrochit so we took a taxi were dropped off at the front door of a small hostel named Loch Ness Backpackers, it was pretty awesome. Wendy was a great host and told us to break into Urquhart Castle since there arent any trespassing laws in Scotland, so we did! haha. We walked a mile and a half to climbed a few gates and walked around at night in the castle since it was all lit up. It was very cool. I wish we would have had time the next day to do more exploring, but with the messy bus schedule we only had a few hours the next morning to explore Drum before we had to make our way back down to Edinburgh.
We were able to go through an awesome exhibit of Loch Ness and the mystery behind the Loch Ness monster. We had two beautiful days in Inverness and Drum and it was amazing. I cant wait to go back.
We got to Edinburgh Sunday night and walked around seeing the sights within our time period. 730 rolled around early Monday morning and we had to make our way home to Ulm.
Scotland is an amazing country, I want to go back so badly to experience more of what it has to offer, especially the golf scene, thats obvious.