The Seaside Adventure: Anstruther, St. Andrews and Falkland

It was another beautiful day here in Scotland!  It’s been so sunny here lately that our Rabbies Tours guide, Sharon, said she was yearning for the rain!   Well, I will take sunny days at the seaside rather than the rain!   Our tour left promptly at 9:30 and we were soon headed toward the Forth bridges at Queensferry.  The three bridges together make for a stunning sight, but the true beauty is the original railroad bridge from the 1800s.

 

 The Firth of Forth Bridge

The Firth of Forth Bridge

After the stop at Queensferry, we journeyed over the new bridge and headed for a brief stop in Anstruther, a lovely small fisherman village.

 Anstruther 

Anstruther 

The brief stop in Anstruther was a nice 30 minutes to stretch your legs and breath in he sea air.   We continued on onto our next stop, St. Andrews.  Most know St. Andrews as the home of golf, but it is also home to the third oldest university in the UK and has some nice cathedral ruins and a Castle........oh and the coffee shop where William met Kate (for coffee)! 

We had three hours to explore St. Andrews which was plenty of time to see the ruins, have lunch and get back to our meeting point at The British Museum of Golf, at The Old Course.

 

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The Cathedral Ruins.

 the Castle entrance.   

the Castle entrance.

 

 Inside the Castle.

Inside the Castle.

 Market Street St. Andrews

Market Street St. Andrews

 The Old Course, St. Andrews

The Old Course, St. Andrews

To break up the drive from St. Andrews back to Edinburgh, we stopped at the charming village of Falkland. The main site here is Falkland Palace, a centuries old palace used by the Scottish monarchs for centuries.  The Palace was saved from ruin in the 1800s and was converted into a family home for the local Earl of Bute.  The Palace is small, with well manicured gardens and makes for a nice short tour. The town square was used for the filming of the show Outlander.  Falkland stands in for Inverness.

 

 Falkland Palace 

Falkland Palace 

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Falkland 

 

 Falkland 

Falkland 

 Roaming Rich in Anstruther.  

Roaming Rich in Anstruther.  

Richard Fletcher