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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.