Freckles Abroad: St Andrews, Scotland

August 09, 2016  •  1 Comment

My husband is an avid golfer. When planning our Scotland adventure, St Andrews—also known as “The Home of Golf”—was a sure stop on our trip. We caught the train from Edinburgh to Leuchars, then a bus from Leuchars to St Andrews. Excitement (and paranoia at the thought of missing our stop) led us to hop off the bus early and take the long, rainy, scenic walk along the Old Course to our bed and breakfast. Our wonderful hosts at the Cameron Guest House let us check in hours early, shed our 50 lb framepacks and relax in our quintessential Scottish tartan room. Knowing it was a honeymoon, they’d even left us a bottle of champagne (which we cracked before lunch … what??).

Making use of a sun break, we walked a few blocks down the street to St Andrews Castle, a 12th century beauty. This site used to be a bishops; residence, fortress and state prison during its 450-year run. Only a shell of what it once was, it has the best views in town perched on a cliff along the North Sea.

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Mine below St Andrews CastleMine below St Andrews Castle Mine below St Andrews CastleMine below St Andrews Castle We then walked down the street to St Andrews Cathedral, St Rule’s Church and the most beautiful graveyard I’ve ever seen. With a bright, marbled sky and the threat of rain looming, we wandered around aimlessly, taking in stories written on tombstones.
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This town is so gorgeous, there's beauty on every block. Curb appeal is no joke here.

Street scene, St AndrewsStreet scene, St Andrews Street scene, St AndrewsStreet scene, St Andrews Street scene, St AndrewsStreet scene, St Andrews With lingering light and nothing to do, we returned to St Andrews Castle for late sunset shots. I stood on a bench, on my tip-toes to try and get a good shot of the castle ruins.

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St Andrews was unforgettable and we can’t wait to return!

Next stop, Aberlour and Glenlivet (aka: whisky, castles and spey fishing). To be continued!

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Linda(non-registered)
Wow!!! Amazing! Sunsets, clouds and castles are a spectacular combination! I want to return to St. Andrews and stay with Kmberly!! We visited St. Andrews on our wedding anniversary ( Dec. 29th) one year and purchased St. Andrews Crystal champagne flutes to commemorate the trip and to have a permanent reminder of one of our most favorite places on the planet.
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