Scotland … the home of golf … and haggis

7.03am, Friday 8th March, Hampton Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland

Morning folks, it’s wet and cold outside, currently 4 degrees C and we’re going for a high of 6 later on! But don’t worry, I bought a new Black Watch scarf last night that’s a bit longer and 10% cashmere so a bit warmer – so I’m set for another day of 10 layers to keep the chills away … and loving it so far. Here’s a quick catch up with our travels out and about around North Berwick, which is an hour away from Edinburgh City, and is links country – Golf Links. Like Muirfields, home to The Open. I made the mistake of saying The British Open yesterday – won’t do that again. It’s The Open. Not having ever played a stroke of golf, I find myself having had the extraordinary good fortune of being in several of the most hallowed golf clubs of the current era – St Andrews, Carnoustie, and Pebble Beach to name three. So yesterday, I was right in the middle of more of Scotland’s legendary links – overlooking Muirfields from the dining room at Greywalls, where we have two wines on the list, and on the newer greens of Renaissance. Here’s what our day looked like

Magic start to the day – one dippy egg and one slice of Scottish ham:


This is The Walled Garden – opening March 21st – showcase of Scottish produce and estate brewed beer – with fires, food, wine and an outdoor cigar shack:




Out to the Netherabbey Hotel with its Fly Half bistro – bear in mind that the Welsh are on their way up to Edinburgh in force for the Six Nations rugby match at Murrayfields this Saturday. Pride and a place in the British Lions side to tour Australia later this year is at stake.

And you can see why the stately Greywalls is called Greywalls:


Complete with Roux Brothers dining room overlooking the home of The Open – Muirfields:



And of course I’d have the haggis for lunch – Haggis beignets with Isle of Arran mustard and Whisky mayonnaise:


Onto the Renaissance greens, and the Clubhouse hole:



Finishing the day back in Edinburgh up on The Royal Mile at St Giles:



So it’s about time to think about breakfast and tackling today’s schedule – we’re in Edinburgh city today, finishing with an in-store tasting at the Cask and Bottle. So I’ll see you when it’s Saturday and I’ll be on my way back to England.

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