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St Andrews Castle

St. Andrews Castle

Today, we benefited from hot and sunny weather, ideal for touring the coastal areas of Fife and the East Neuk in Eastern Scotland. We commenced our tour at the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and then headed north, across the Forth Road Bridge with views of the Firth of Forth and new aircraft carrier under construction, new Forth Bridge (also under construction) and the 19th century Forth Rail Bridge. Next, we travelled east to Lower Largo, a picturesque fishing village which was home of Alexander Selkirk, the real world role model for Robinson Crusoe. Next, we called in at the coastal village of Elie where we stopped to view the coast and sandy beaches.

Elie Beach Scene

Next to another quaint former fishing village, St. Monans. Here, we viewed the ancient church on a  high elevation, coastal setting with views across the Firth Forth.

St. Monans Church

Next, to historic, Kellie Castle which is now owned by The National Trust for Scotland, with a history dating back to the 14th century. Key attraction here was the Arts and Crafts influenced garden, rich in colourful flowers. We had lunch outside in the garden.

Kellie Castle

Next to the popular harbour at Crail, once a very busy fishing port but with focus now on lobsters, tourism and artists. Despite the brilliant sunshine, there was an eery mist which covered the coast in this area.

Crail Harbour

Next, on to St. Andrews, famous for its ruined Cathedral, University and Golf Links. We first called at the Cathedral and then moved to the other end of town to visit the club House with views of the famous Old Course.

St. Andrews Cathedral       St. Andrews Links

 

After concluding our visit to St. Andrews, we drove for over one hour into Central Scotland and our lodgings for the night at Birnam, close to the River Tay. During our travels today we encountered hay making, harvesting of the ripening barley fields flocks of sheep and extensive cultivation of soft fruit (strawberries and raspberries).   Tomorrow, we embark on a back roads tour of Perthshire.

This evening, I am posting information on the U.K.’s tallest, single drop waterfall which can be found in a remote spot, four miles from the village of Llanrhaeadr ym Mochant in the Berwyn Mountains just inside the Welsh border, west of Oswestry.

This quiet and peaceful spot is open all year round providing opportunities for outdoor activities such as photography, hiking and camping.

Close to the waterfall is a cafe offering refreshments and B&B accommodatioon. Camping facilities are also available.

Image of Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

 

View from elevation close to Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall

 

View from Pistyll Rhaeadr

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Garden

This evening, I am posting information on the Italian Garden at Glamis Castle in the East of Scotland.

Glamis Castle has a history dating back to the 14th century and even features in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The Castle has been in the family of the Earls of Strathmore since 1372 and has connections with British Royalty through the late Queen Mother. The Castle and grounds are a popular visitor attraction.

The Italian Garden was commissioned by Countess Cecilia in 1910 to resemble the garden at her family home in Italy.Key features:

  • Pleached beech bowers.
  • Herbaceous borders.
  • 17th. century style gazeboes.
  • Fountain.
  • Box hedges arranged in the shape of a fan which, in conjunction with different coloured plants, provide a rainbow effect.
  • Wrought iron main entrance gate commemorating the 80th birthday of the late Queen Mother.

 

Italian Garden

 

Video clip of the Italian Garden