We passed many small towns and villages along the way, including this charming one that is within view of the Firth of Forth.
When we arrived we had to find a place to eat (of course). There is nothing quite like the Sunday meal at the local pub. This was no exception with the Sunday "roast."
Can you tell how delicious this was? It was so cold outside and to sit down to roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and veggies was the perfect solution for warming the body.
The castle on the hill in Inverness.
View from the castle grounds.
Looking the other way.
Of course there were some very interesting cemeteries to walk through and read the headstones. It is amazing how many families lost small children in those days.
The next day we headed off to St. Andrews, the golf capital of the world, I'm sure. We were able to walk the Old Course and watch some pretty good golphers having a frustrating day swinging a club at a little white ball.
The city is also know for it's university - the oldest in Scotland. It sits in the heart of the city and anyone can walk through at any time.
This was a wedding that was taking place (on a Monday morning). Check out those cars.
How would you like to study Logic and Metaphysics in this building? The back of the building is on the Firth of Forth with spectacular views. Guess it would be great for that daydreaming student.
They even had charming little gardens around each building.
From there it was onto the castle at St. Andrews.
The castle sits on the Firth and is amazingly well preserved after so many years in the elements of the sea. The marker to the castle stated, "George Wishart 1513-1546. A powerful Protestant preacher, he was betrayed to Cardinal Beaton, brought here, put in the sea tower, condemned for heresy and burnt at the stake on 1 March. His friends conspired against the Cardinal, and on 26 May gained entry to the castle, killed him and hung his body from the battlements, then together in the castle they created the first congregation of the Protestant Church in Scotland."
Walking through the town, one can sense the antiquity of it all from the size of the doors of the residences. People must have been much smaller back then.
A few blocks further on our walk we came to the cathedral at St. Andrews. Again, the preservation is amazing, but this was a massive building. What was once the inside of the cathedral is a cemetery which reveals current tombstones.
This wall with the curved doorways was the midpoint of the building. You can sense the size of it in total.
One memorial that we particularily enjoyed was this one. The caption below it was precious.
Anyone want a haircut.....check out the freebee that goes with it.....
After a delightful trip we did have to return home, but we did it in style.
Thanks to a medical emergency (which is another whole story) that I volunteered for on our last flight back from London, we were able to fly home First Class. What a treat that was! This was my very own little cubicle - a chair and a footstool that actually folded out into a real bed. I was able to sleep soundly for the better part of the flight. I wish I could do this on every flight that I take.