#LadsTrophyTour: Highland heroes make a splash at Loch Ness

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They might lock horns on the pitch, but the players of Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle teamed up at Loch Ness to soak up the scenery and lift the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy as the #LadsTrophyTour rocked up in the Highlands.

The Staggies’ Dutch duo Alex Schalk and Kenny van der Weg, plus Caley Jags’ defender Gary Warren got on board for a boat ride across the scenic Loch, and got their hands on the monster prize both sides will be battling to lift this season.

Fans have been out in force to lift the illustrious trophy, and meet the likes of Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie – with a raft of other big names appearing throughout the tour.

Ross County's Alex Schalk (L) and Kenny van der Weg (R) take a trip with the trophy.

Ross County’s Alex Schalk (L) and Kenny van der Weg (R) take a trip with the trophy.

 
And it was a chance to kick back and relax for the Caley Thistle and County trio, before Richie Foran’s men host St Johnstone and the Staggies head to Hamilton Academical – meaning there’s every chance they’ll see the #LadsTrophyTour bus again this weekend!

We’re heading to Hamilton Racecourse for the hotly-anticipated Ladbrokes SPFL Mascot Race on Friday (August 26).

Inverness defender Gary Warren and a feathered friend inspect the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy

Inverness defender Gary Warren and inspects the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy

 
That’s followed by a short trip to New Douglas Park the following day – meaning Accies fans can pose with the Premiership crown at Saturday’s game.

Catch the #LadsTrophyTour bus this weekend as we head to Hamilton!

Catch the #LadsTrophyTour bus this weekend as we head to Hamilton!

 
We’ll be stopping off in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Falkirk after that, so keep an eye out for our #LadsTrophyTour updates, and we’ll hopefully see you soon!

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.