Take me to St Andrews, Scotland

Take me to St Andrews, Scotland

Every time I wear my Celtic cross pendant, it takes me back to St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

We were on a paper crafts tour of the UK, and had taken a day out to tour Fife.

Having parked alongside the famous golf course on a blustery day, with the wind whipping in from the North Sea, we walked into the town. After exploring the ruined castle and abbey, and lunch at a café where Kate and William met (for coffee), we strolled through the shops.

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Northpoint Cafe – A must visit!

Since arriving in Scotland, I had been keeping my eye out for a Celtic cross (to purchase), but I wanted just the right one – and I was excited to find it that day.

Travel Tales - St Andrews

Many travellers visit the town for golf, as it is the home of The Old Course at St Andrews. Its university, while the oldest in Scotland, gives the town a modern student vibe. Tucked in among the old stone buildings and quaint lane ways are student digs and cosy cafes. As we explored, I imagined Kate and William living here – can you tell I’m a royal enthusiast?

The town is named after Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. The ruined Cathedral of St Andrews is open to the four winds, for the public to explore. It was built in 1158, and is the largest church to have been built in Scotland.

“Misty water-colour memories” – take me back to St Andrews!

Fun fact – the Cathedral of St Andrews was consecrated in 1318, in the presence of King Robert 1, who,
according to legend, rode up the aisle on his horse.

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Looking across the Old Course at St Andrews

Looking back to the twin towers at the entrance to the ruined Cathedral of St Andrews. The nave of the church was 120m long! By contrast, the nave of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia, is 103m long.

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