Silent Sunday: 27 September 2020

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 6 – Dairsie Area

Good day everyone.

Todays post is not going to be too long.

We left St Andrews and headed towards Dairsie. I wanted to go see Dairsie Old Parish Church and then Dairsie Castle.

Dairsie Old Parish Church
Dairsie Old Parish Church
Dairsie Old Parish Church

After walking around at the Old Parish Church I got into the car to get the directions to Dairsie Castle. Google maps said I have arrived at my destination. The castle was next to the church.

Dairsie Castle is a restored tower house that is situated next to the River Eden. They started building the first castle on the property around 1298. The Scottish parliament was held in the castle in early 1335. The castle was rebuilt in the 16th century by the Learmonth family.

In the 17th century it was sold to John Spottiswoode (1565–1639), Archbishop of St Andrews, who built Dairsie Old Church next to the castle in 1621.

For more information on Dairsie Castle please visit their website. Today it is being rented out as a Self Catering Castle.

I asked the grounds keeper if I could take some photos of the Castle and she said it was okay I could take a quick walk around the garden.

Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle

Our next stop was Pittormie Fruit Farm. What I had in mind when I planned this stop was a big farm with fruit trees with a restaurant and farmstall. I drove past twice looking for the entrance to the farm. Dad spotted the sign when we drove past. It was a small little shop with handmade goodies. We bought some strawberries and something to drink and got back on the road to our next stop.

Pittormie Fruit Farm
Pittormie Fruit Farm
Pittormie Fruit Farm
House next to Pittormie Fruit Farm

Our next stop was Thai Teak. I scheduled this as a tea break. When we arrived we walked around a bit and then headed inside for a lovely cup of tea.

Thai Teak
Thai Teak
Thai Teak
Thai Teak
Thai Teak

Thank you for joining us on our Grand Tour of Scotland.

Our next stop is the beautiful Dundee.

Till next time, stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 5 – St Andrews

Good day everyone,

It is a beautiful day here in South Africa. Hope you are all doing great and are staying positive.

Let’s continue our Grand Tour of Scotland and the last part of St Andrews. I know I did not cover all the attractions there is to see. This will be fixed in the future.

After we left St Andrews Cathedral we went to the Martyr’s Memorial and St James Church.

The Martyr’s Monument was built to commemorate the Protestant figures who was martyred in St Andrews during 1520 to 1560. It also highlights the important role the town St Andrews played in the Reformation. The views from the monument is beautiful. I can’t get over the beautiful architecture and colors of the buildings. The gardens are well maintained and beautiful.

Martyr’s Memorial
Beautiful buildings
Gardens at Martyr’s Memorial
Views from Martyr’s Memorial

Down the road from the Martyr’s Memorial I spotted the tower of the St James Catholic Church. I decided that I want to go and have a look at it. I was not disappointed. The only regret I had was all the cars in front of the Church.

Views of St James Catholic Church
St James Catholic Church
St James Catholic Church
St James Catholic Church
St James Catholic Church
Street views
St James Catholic Church
Leaving St Andrews

Thank you for joining us on this last few minutes spent in the beautiful town of St Andrews.

Our next stop is in the Dairsie area.

Have a great day and stay safe. Till next time.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Wordless Wednesday: 9 September 2020

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 4 – St Andrews Cathedral

Good day everyone,

Hope you are all still staying safe and are healthy.

Our next stop in St Andrews was the St Andrews Cathedral.

The remains of St Andrews Cathedral shows how impressive it used to be.  It was built in 1158 and became the center of the Medieval Catholic Church in Scotland. It fell into disuse and ruin after the Catholic mass was outlawed during the 16th-century. 

 It is currently a monument in the custody of Historic Environment Scotland. The ruins indicate that the building was approximately 119 m long, and is the largest church to have been built in Scotland.

We enjoyed our visit very much and spend about 2 hours exploring and as you can see I took a lot of photos.

Thank you for joining us on our visit to St Andrews Cathedral. Hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did.

Keep safe. Till next time.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Wordless Wednesday: 19 August 2020

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 3 – St Andrews

Good day everyone,
It is cold and wet here in South Africa this morning. Last year this time I was busy packing the last of my things and weighing our suitcases for our holiday in Scotland.

I can’t believe that the time went by so fast. The worst of it all is, I am not even halfway through editing all my photos. I better get working on that. I will still be posting about our first trip to Scotland for a long time. I am enjoying editing, posting photos, and stories of that day. It’s like I am back in Scotland.

Today I am going to share the rest of my photos of St Andrews.

Molly Malones
Crow on St Leonard’s Church

The blue door of the Lions House caught my attention when I got closer to take a photo I saw the lions and the name of the house it is very appropriate.

The Lions House
The Lions House
The Lions House
The Lions House

My next stop was the Holy Trinity Church. Another beautiful church with lots of detail. It’s a shame I did not have enough time to capture every little detail as I would like too.

Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church

I love to capture the old buildings with their unique characteristics, for example, this corner bookstore.

Here are just a few more buildings that caught my eye on my way back to the car.

Our next stop the Blackfriars Chapel.

Blackfriars Chapel
Blackfriars Chapel
Blackfriars Chapel
Blackfriars Chapel
Oor Wullie at the Blackfriars Chapel
Madras College
Madras College
Madras College
Madras College
St Andrews Baptist Church
St Andrews Baptist Church

Thank you for joining me on my walk through St Andrews.
Our next stop was St Andrew’s Cathedral. But that is a post all on its own.

Till next time. Stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 2 – St Andrews

Good day everyone,

Hope you are all still healthy. This week was very busy with my studies and finishing up editing work for clients.

For the next few days, I can concentrate on editing our Scotland vacation.
Let’s continue our Grand Tour of Scotland. Today I am sharing with you the photos I took while exploring St Andrews.

Dad was still not feeling up to walking, and he stayed in the car while I explored and took some photos of the surroundings.

My first stop was St Leonard’s Parish Church. On my next visit to Scotland, I am definitely going to make a point of it to go inside the churches to capture the interiors as well.

St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church Bell

While I was exploring, I noticed the different types of stone and brick walls. It really stood out to me.

Patched wall

Up next are some random photos of the buildings and houses.

My next stop was the Victory Memorial Hall. The blue door and entry of the hall caught my eye immediately. I searched online for more information about the Victory Memorial Hall, but shockingly, I could not find any.

Victory Memorial Hall
Beautiful blue door of the Victory Memorial Hall
Victory Memorial Hall

St Andrews has so many beautiful churches, and I only walked down one street.

The Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church have a spectacular exterior, I can just imagine how the interior must be. The beautiful flower baskets in front of the windows really caught my eye.

Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Stunning Window of Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Beautiful Hanging flower baskets of the Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Stunning Blue door of the Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church

Thank you for exploring St Andrews with me. In my next post we will continue exploring.

Keep safe and healthy.

Till next time.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 1 Knockhill Farm B&B

Good day everybody,

I am feeling much better today. I hope you are all still healthy and enjoying life to the fullest.

WOW day two on the road, but first a little of our stay and warm reception at Knockhill Farm just outside St Andrews.

Linda Wood, the owner of Knockhill Farm B&B, made us feel right at home with her friendly reception. We ran late, and she was worried that something happened to us on the way there. She even went as far and contacted Nordic Visitor, our tour agent, to find out if they had heard something.

Linda showed us to our accommodation for the evening, and we talked a bit about our day. She then told us that breakfast will be served at 8:00 AM and showed us where we must go.

Big Lounge and kitchen area

Our accommodation had a spacious lounge, with 2 comfortable couches, a television, and enough reading material to keep us busy for the night.
In the kitchen area, we had a variety of coffee and teas to choose from.

Spacious Shower and bathroom
Basket of goodies and towels

The bathroom was also very spacious and had a beautiful big walk-in shower. There were fresh bath sheets, face towels, shampoo, shower gel, and cream.

Two comfortable twin beds

The spacious bedroom had two twin beds, cupboards and, a dressing table.

After a long warm shower, I put on my PJ’s and made myself and dad a nice cup of coffee. We sat down in the lounge, dad grabbed a book and started reading and I started writing a quick blog with photos I took on the road with my phone.
When I first anticipated writing a blog every evening, I did not factor in how tired I would be after a long day on the road.

We went to bed around 10:30 PM for a well-deserved rest.

At around 5:00 AM, I woke up refreshed. I got out of bed, got dressed, and gathered all my things. I grabbed my camera and headed outside to take some photos of the farm and its surroundings.
I made dad and myself a cup of coffee then I woke him up just after 6:30 AM, giving him ample time to get ready.

Our Room The Stable

Dad finished with time to spare, and we decided to take a walk down the road.

Red champion Silene dioica
Red champion Silene dioica
Red champion Silene dioica
Red champion Silene dioica
Blue Pansy
Yellow Pansy

Thank you for joining us at Knockhill Farm B&B. Hope you enjoyed your stay just as much as we did. Our next stop St Andrews.

Till next time. Stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 10

Good day to my internet friends

I hope that you are all having a great week. Today’s post is going to be sweet and short.
I did not take a lot of photos in Anstruther, because we were running late and I could not phone the guesthouse where we were staying. I only had a data package, and it did not include airtime.
On our way to get supper, we stopped at St. Ayle Church. I took a few photos through the gate, and then we were on our way again.

Since I started planning this road trip through Scotland with dad in October 2018, I decided that we are going to visit Anstruther Fish Bar. I have seen so many posts on Instagram about this award-winning restaurant that we just could not pass through without trying out something on their menu for ourselves.
When we got there, the queue went out the door and down the sidewalk. It was late, but we were starving and decided to stay.

They did not disappoint. The food was delicious.

Haddock and Chips

Just before we left, I took some photos of the harbor and surrounding buildings.

Arrived safe at Knockhill Farm.

Thank you for joining us on this short visit to Anstruther.

Till next time. Stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney