This morning, our group enjoyed a relaxing breakfast at Lands of Loyal Hotel, Alyth in central Scotland. This country house hotel proved a great spot, combining ambiance and elegance with the bonus of bright autumn sunshine to start us on our way. The interior images below feature wood panelling taken from the RMS Mauretania when scrapped in the 1930s.

Lands of Loyal Hotel

Guest Lounge at Lands of Loyal

Tour Group at Lands of Loyal

First stop today was Glamis Castle in Angus, a very old castle dating back 600 years with strong Royal connections (late Queen Mother and Princess Margaret) plus Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The group greatly enjoyed tour of interior aided by a very competent guide.

Glamis Castle

After Glamis we drove through the industrial town of Dundee, across the Tay Bridge to St. Andrews. Here we stopped for lunch and visited the famous Old Course (see image below) and Cathedral.

Tour Group at Swilken Bridge

St Andrews Cathedral

Next we embarked on a tour of the Fife Coast taking in:

  • The quaint old fishing village of Crail.

Crail

  • Anstruther with its busy harbour.
  • Pittenweem with its commercial fishing fleet.
  • St Monans with historic church. Our visit coincided with an informal performance by a young lady guitarist, which was a pleasant bonus.

Guitarist at St. Monans

St Monans Church

 

Finally, we drove across the Forth Road Bridge to our hotel on the Royal Terrace in Edinburgh arriving about 6.15pm. After  quick check in and freshen up we made it to the local Stac Polly restaurant in Dublin St in time for our 7.00pm booking. This proved an excellent quality meal to round off another successful day. Tomorrow we tour in and around Edinburgh.

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