Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 9.5 miles
Final leg of our walk this year was from Aberfeldy to Pitlochry. It was a nice easy start along the River Tay to Grandtully and a much deserved stop at the Highland Chocolatier, Iain Burnett, which was awesome. From there, it was a steep climb over the hill to Pitlochry. Val was none to impressed with Alan and said, after eventually catching up with him, "I've come to the conclusion your a terrible husband.... Paul is always looking after Marian and Brian's always with Audrey but you just bugger off and leave me" ........Oh dear, but can't believe it's taken you this long to realise that Valerie. JK Rowling has a summer house near Aberfeldy and we were told to look out for her house. I stupidly asked what does she write about again .......what a clown. I was watching my iPad this morning before breakfast and I heard a funny noise so hit the pause.....it was Marian shouting "Help!" as she couldn't get out of the bathroom .... The thought of leaving her in there never crossed my mind......honest. Yet again we've all had a great time during our yearly walk and had some laughs along the way. Many thanks to the Reids and the Morrisons for your fantastic company!
Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy - 14 miles
Val was on top form last night and said to the waiter "if I have 1 more gin I'm going to be wrecked ....ok I'll have a gin"..... Taxi for Valerie. Her snoring was also legendary and a room next to her from now on is a no no. Quite a steep start this morning up the hill towards Hermits Cave which was really nice. Brian swallowed a fly and was drinking a bit of water to get it to go down when Audrey grabbed it from him saying "for god sake Brian dinna drink all the water" ...... Aye Brian just choke to death !!!!!
Today was really nice walk but quite demanding with loads of ups and downs but was a really nice finishing bit at the Birks of Aberfeldy. I'm writing this from the Black Watch Inn where we're having a deserving couple of pints.
Killin to Ardtalnaig
Last night's accommodation and food was again excellent and after another big breakfast we set off on the road to our next destination.
Val is struggling with her hips, Alan is struggling with his shoulder, Marian has sore knees , shins , a blistered toe and elbows Zzzzzz, I have sore feet, Audrey has sore shoulders but Brian, the athlete, is struggling with nothing whatsoever - must be the training he did before we came !!!!
It was a very nice walk today alongside Loch Tay but it was Tarmac all the way which is hard going on the feet. We stopped for lunch at Ardeonaig Hotel which was very nice especially the two pints of east coast ipa.
We set off this morning from Strathyre after a lovely stay at the Airlie House B&B. It pretty much rained all the way but again was a really nice walk and was roughly 13 miles.
We all had rain gear, ponchos, hats and bag covers on but was again a great laugh especially when we came across a huge jobbie still steaming that even Big Innes from Still Game would have been proud of right by the side of the road - I have picture evidence but not for public viewing.
We had a pit stop at Kings House for a coffee and to dry stuff off, especially Valerie who could have easily entered a wet tee shirt comp. We are staying at the Courie Inn tonight, which is in Killin and very nice indeed.
We had a fantastic breakfast this morning at abbotsford lodge then headed off on the lovely tarred path to strathyre - only 9.5 miles today which was a nice gentle opener.
We had a stop at Forest Cabins Cafe and even managed a wee peroni around 11am. Very boring today with nothing funny to report but it was a very nice walk in perfect weather.
Rob Roy Way - Day 1
We drove to Pitlochry to have lunch and leave the cars at Fonab Hotel, as that's where we will finish on Saturday. We jumped on the 4.17pm train to Stirling followed by a taxi to Callander. Our first night's accommodation last night was the superb Abbotsford Lodge where the landlady's accent was a cross between Mary Doll and Haotong Li....but couldn't have done more to help and is without doubt the best guest house we've ever stayed in and even Audrey finished her porridge which to my knowledge hasn't ever happened before....sorry Audrey !
This week is always one of my favourite weeks of the year. Royal birkdale is one of the very best in the world and again it did not disappoint. I shot 70 on Thursday which was disapointing as I hit it really nice but missed quite a few short putts. Right from the off on Friday I was poor and ended up shooting 79 which is so disapointing but I really struggled and didn't deserve any less. We managed to get a flight home on Friday night as its always good to get straight home after missing a cut. I felt pretty close on Thursday but miles away on Friday who ever said this game is frustrating knew what he was on about. Congrats to Jordan Spieth who is the Champion Golfer of the Year. As always, The Open Championship was a huge success. Thanks to the many volunteers who work very hard all week.
Had my first look at Royal Birkdale this morning and was very impressed with the course. The whole place is looking awesome and you would be hard pressed to find a better lay out anywhere. We played with young Scottish amateur Connor Syme who looks the real deal to me and also a lovely lad. Michael and I have rented an apartment in Birkdale Village, which is only 5 mins from the course, which is handy.
Another missed cut this week with rounds of 77+76 +9 ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡
Really struggled both days which is frustrating as Scottish Open is one of my favourite weeks of the year. Massive thanks to AAM , Visit Scotland and all other sponsors who make the Scottish Open the special week that it is.
Very enjoyable afternoon today playing with Val , Dan and Bill at Dundonald links. It was a beautiful day with little or no breeze all day. I jumped straight in a courtesy car to head to STV studios in Glasgow to film an interview about this week and golf in general.
This is always a day I really look forward to and again it did not disappoint. This year I challenged Nicolas Colsearts from Belgium, who was one of my team mates at the Ryder cup in Medinah. We played PLGC Ardoe first, which ended all square, then headed out to PLGC Inchmarlo, which ended with me winning by 2holes. Both Centres were in fantastic condition and it was great to see so many people walking round. Massive thanks to Eric Herd from Farmfoods for again sponsoring the Challenge Match and of course thanks to Nico for playing and being brilliant all day. As always, the staff at both centres were brilliant.
Dubai duty free Irish open 69+73 MC
Thursday was a lovely day with only a slight breeze. I shot 69 which should have been a few less but overall I hit it good. Friday I struggled all day off the tee which makes it tough to score, shot 73, which again should have been way less but scoring skills not quite there at the moment. Cut came at -4 which was about right as course gives you plenty of chances and the weather was decent for a links. Portstewart is magnificent and really hope we go back there at some point. Crowds as always in Ireland were brilliant. Well done everyone at the European Tour and the Rory Foundation on a top event