Royal & Ancient, St Andrews Links.

This morning, the tour group split into two with half staying to explore Edinburgh and remainder joining tour of Fife. This post covers the Fife trip.

First, North-West to Culross via Forth Road Bridge. On crossing the Firth of Forth we saw the new Queensferry Crossing (bridge) which is near completion, the 1890 rail bridge and two aircraft carriers under construction.

Upon arrival at Culross we spent about one hour exploring this 17th century village comprising twenty buildings and palace all of which have been heavily restored by Scotland’s National Trust. Wealth for original construction of the properties was generated from coal mining and salt panning. There is also a 13th century ruined Abbey. In recent times Culross has been used for filming including scenes for the Outlander series.

Culross Street Scene

Village houses at Culross

Mercat Cross, Culross

Craft Shop and Cafe,Culross

Culross Palace Garden

Culross Palace

Next, we transferred east to the coastal village of Anstruther which benefits from a marina, shops and small beach. We availed of fish and chips lunch at the famous Anstruther Fish Bar.

Shore Street, Anstruther

Anstruther Marina

Beach at Anstruther

After lunch we moved on to the nearby university town of St Andrews which boasts a ruined medieval cathedral and the famous links golf courses including the Old Course where there is a record of golf being played as far back as 1457. We visited both Cathedral and golf links sites before transferring back to our lodgings in Edinburgh for the evening.

West Sands, St Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews Links Golf

St Andrews Links Golf

St Andrews Cathedral

Tomorrow we visit the Scottish Borders.