Day 4 (1/2): Falkland, Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther, St Andrews
Another excursion led by Jean and John (who had taken a day off from golf). We were off for a day around the Kingdom of Fife. Our first stop was Falkland, where we stopped for a look around. We were all very impressed with the flowers everywhere – indeed it was ‘Falkland in Bloom’. From Falkland we made our way to the Fife coast. Our first glimpse of the sea was at Elie, where we had a short photo stop. Members of the groups that I had led in the past would remember it as the starting point for a coastal walk from Elie to St Monans and which I always included in the itinerary. However, this time the only view we had of St Monans was from the coach window because we could not find anywhere to park. From there it was on to Pittenweem, a fishing town, for another photo stop before driving on to Anstruther for a fish and chip lunch at the award winning Anstruther Fish Bar (a bit greasy for my liking). After we had stilled our hunger we boarded the coach for St Andrews, an old university town.
... with a touch of humour
Every house was decorated with flowers ...
The harbour through the coach window
The harbour with the fish hall and the town in the background
Fishing boats in the harbour
Anstruther fish bar and restaurant
George tried fish and chips with a pint inside the restaurant ...
... whilst others opt for the traditional way ...
George, not content with one pint, tried one more in the pub
St Salvator’s Quad of St Andrews University
A glimpse into another court
The castle from the footpath
West view of the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Built in the 12th century it was the religious centre of Scotland for years. St Rule’s Tower on the right is the only remains of an older Augustinian priory.
East view of the cathedral over the cemetery
View of the Cathedral from the south-west
A memorial of 1875 to ‘Tommy’, a famous golfer. Scots are absolutely mad about golf!
Street view of the town’s kirk, Holy Trinity, from where John Knox incited his congregation to ransack the Cathedral and other religious buildings in 1559.
The ruins of Blackfriars Chapel, once part of a Dominican priory