We left St Andrews and headed towards Dairsie. I wanted to go see Dairsie Old Parish Church and then Dairsie Castle.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for joining us on our Grand Tour of Scotland.
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.
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.
Thank you for joining us on this last few minutes spent in the beautiful town of St Andrews.
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.
We had much more rain than the previous 3 years. The flowers are stunning this year. My fiance and I visited the West Coast National park on 22 August 2020 and I was very happy to see that this year the fields are much more colorful. In 2018 my dad and I went and it was mainly Yellow flowers…. This year there is all the colors of the rainbow…
Hope you are all still doing well. I have a huge favor to ask. If you are registered on Agora please go and vote for my photo.
This photo brings back so many good memories of travels with my late Mother.
A bit about this photo. I took in in July 2015 while my parents, the boys and I were on holiday in Pilanesberg National Park. This particular day I stopped at a water hole capturing Elephants drinking water. Then all of a sudden Mom started screaming I must move the car the Elephants are going to trample us. The kids thought it was a joke and could not stop laughing at their Grand Mother. I turned hanged out of the car and captured the Elephants while they approached the car.
Last Friday I got an email from Agora saying that this photo was selected for the top 50 of the Best Of The Week 10 competition.
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