Piper at St Andrews, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Dunkeld, central Scotland and  walked round to the historic cathedral on banks of the River Tay. The site was important in the introduction of Christianity to Scotland whilst the extant structure bears witness to severe structural damage inflicted at time of the reformation in 1560. drove east to embark on a tour which covered the following sites:

Dunkeld, Scotland

Dunkeld Cathedral, Scotland

River Tay at Dunkeld, Scotland

Next.we drove east to embark on a tour which covered the following sites:

First to the village of Abernethy where we stopped to visit (and climb up interior) of Abernethy Round Tower, an ecclesiastical structure which dates from around the 11th century. The tower is believed to have been influenced by Irish Christian architecture and is only one of two such specimens on mainland Scotland. The summit provided good views of Abernethy and surrounding landscape.

Abernethy Round Tower, Scotland

Abernethy, Scotland

Next, we drove on to St Andrews where preparations are well advanced for the British Open (golf). We visited the Links Club House and walked around the Old Course including a photo stop at Swilken Bridge.

Swilken Bridge, St Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews Links with Royal & Ancient

Next, we drove to the opposite end of town to visit St Andrews Cathedral (a ruin of what was Scotland’s largest medieval cathedral) and St Andrews Castle (ruins of a large castle also from medieval times).

St Andrews Cathedral, Scotland

St Andrews Castle, Scotland

Next, we drove across Fife to Anstruther on the coast where we called in for lunch at the famous Anstruther Fish Bar, one of Scotland’s top ranked fish and chip restaurants.

Anstruther, Scotland

Next, we drove east along the coast to visit the quaint and popular harbour at Crail, which is still used for small-scale commercial fishing.

Crail Harbour, Fife, Scotland

Next, we went west, first for a drive past of the fishing harbour at Pittenweem, which is also home to a commercial fish market, and then to Lower Largo where was born Alexander Selkirk, the ‘real world’ role model for Robinson Crusoe.

Next, we moved to St Monans an historic, medieval church which is positioned close to the sea.

Inside St Monans Church, Fife

St Monans Church, Fife, Scotland

Finally, we moved on to our destination of Dunfermline where we checked into our lodgings for the night. Tomorrow, we visit Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh.

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