Gleneagles soaring high

Next year, Europe and the US will compete for the Ryder Cup in the shadow of the Scottish Highlands. But, as Dick O'Riordan discovered, Gleneagles does not live by golf alone.

3rd November, 2013
Gleneagles: when it was built 90 years ago, it was described as the Riviera of the Highlands.' Photo: The Picture Store.

When you get to Gleneagles, be sure to look up Nigel. He's the sulky one who looks at you with contempt in an establishment that prides itself on courtesy, hospitality and tranquillity in all things.

Nigel is also moody, lazy and overweight, and casts glances that make you feel distinctly unwelcome. But strangely, for all his negativity, Nigel is – in a word – charismatic. He sits on his perch knowing he is the real...

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