14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 11 – Arbroath

We left Dundee on our way to Arbroath. We spend so much time in Dundee that time was running out and, we had to start making decisions about what places of interest on our list we were going to skip. The roads were busy and, I took the wrong turn off. Had to get someplace to turn around to at least take a photo of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Arbroath was the location of the Battle of Arbroath in 1446. A series of disagreements between the Chief Justiciary of Arbroath, Alexander Lindsay, third Earl of Crawford, and Bishop James Kennedy of St Andrews resulted in Lindsay sacking the bishop’s lands and burning his properties. Lindsay was excommunicated for his troubles and, it was felt that this was incompatible with his role as Chief Justiciary. The monks of Arbroath Abbey selected Alexander Ogilvy of Inverquharity as his replacement and, the insult led to a pitched battle in the town, leaving 500 dead, including Lindsay and Ogilvy. Large parts of Arbroath were destroyed in the aftermath by the Lindsay family.

Declaration of Arbroath
Declaration of Arbroath
Arbroath
Arbroath
Arbroath
Arbroath
Arbroath
Arbroath

Arbroath Abbey was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion for a group of Tironensian Benedictine monks from Kelso Abbey. It was consecrated in 1197 with a dedication to the deceased Saint Thomas Becket, whom the king had met at the English court. It was William’s only foundation — he was buried before the high altar of the church in 1214.

The last Abbot was Cardinal David Beaton, who in 1522 succeeded his uncle James to become Archbishop of St Andrews. The Abbey is cared for by Historic Environment Scotland and is open to the public throughout the year. The distinctive red sandstone ruins stand at the top of the High Street in Arbroath. Unfortunately, dad and I ran out of time and, the Abbey had already closed. I took some photos through the fence. 

Arbroath Abbey
Arbroath Abbey
On route from Arbroath
On route from Arbroath

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me on my travels. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Till next time, safe travels and keep dreaming.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

“Stop dreaming about your bucket list and start living it.” ~Annette White

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 9 – Dundee

Good day friends,

It’s been a while since I shared a post on our Grand Tour of Scotland. I think today is the day.

We continue our visit in Dundee. We headed up to Dundee Law. The views was breathtaking.

The Dundee Law is a hill in the center of Dundee. It is what remains of a volcanic sill and, it is the highest point in the center of Dundee. With a large war memorial at its summit, it is the most prominent feature on the local skyline.

Dundee Law comes from the Gaelic word for the mound. Lava was forced through fissures in old red sandstone from a volcanic area miles to the west. Actions by subsequent rain, wind, and ice movements eroded the sandstone. The glaciers of the ice ages deposited more debris around the base creating a crag and tail. The shallow gradient of the slopes on the north and eastern sides of it suggest a northeasterly movement of ice flows. The hill’s summit is over 500 feet above sea level.

Views of Dundee from Dundee Law
Views of Dundee from Dundee Law


On 16 May 1925, a war memorial for the fallen in both World War 1 and 2 was unveiled on Dundee Law.

War Memorial
War Memorial
War Memorial
Views of Harbor from Dundee Law
Views of Harbor from Dundee Law
Views of Dundee from Dundee Law
Views of V&A Museum from Dundee Law
Views of V&A Museum from Dundee Law
Views of Tay Bridge from Dundee Law
Views of Tay Bridge from Dundee Law
Views of Dundee from Dundee Law
Views of Tay river from Dundee Law
Views of Tay Rail Bridge from Dundee Law
Views of Tay Rail Bridge from Dundee Law
Oor Wullies Big Bucket Trail
Oor Wullies Big Bucket Trail
Oor Wullies Big Bucket Trail

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me on my travels. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Till next time, safe travels and keep dreaming.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~Saint Augustine

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 7 – Dundee

Good day,

Today I am sharing some of the photo’s taken while exploring Dundee. We visited a few places of interest in Dundee and, I will break it up in different posts.

Alexandra Fountain
Alexandra Fountain
Seaplane Mercury Commemoration

The Tay Road Bridge is one of the longest road bridges in Europe. It was opened in 1966 when it replaced the old Tay Ferry. The 2,250m bridge carries the A92 road across the Firth of Tay from Newport-on-Tay in FIFE to Dundee in Scotland.

Tay Road Bridge
Tay Road Bridge
Tay Rail Bridge
View from Seaplane Mercury Commemoration

The V&A design museum in Dundee was built in the form of a ship and was design by Kengo Kuma. The V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London.

V&A Design Museum
RRS Compass
RRS Discovery Compass

The Royal Research Ship (RRS), Discovery is moored at Discovery Point in Dundee. It was built in the city in 1900, RRS Discovery was the ship, which carried Captain Scott on his first expedition across the Antarctic. For more information on the RRS Discovery please visit their Website.

The RRS Discovery
RRS Discovery
RRS Discovery
Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail Statue
OOR Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail Statue

Thank you very much for taking the time to have a look at my work.
Have a fabulous day. Till next time, please stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

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

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

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

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 9

Good day everybody,

Hope you are all still healthy and staying safe. Today’s post is not going to be long. I would rather let the photos tell the story.

Our next stop on our Grand Tour of Scotland that we booked through Nordic Visitor is St Monans.

St Monans is a village and parish in the East Neuk of Fife and is named after Saint Monan.

It was raining when we arrived in St Monans but when we got to St Monans Kirk the sun was shining.

St Monans Kirk is situated on the west end of the village on the edge of a rock overlooking the ocean. They say that St Monans Kirk is the closest to the sea in the whole of Scotland.

Dad decided to stay in the car because the wind was just too cold. I grabbed my camera and walked around the Kirk trying to capture it from all angles.

View from the road.
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
View from the church Wall
View from the church Wall
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
Beautiful Windows
Beautiful Blue door of St Monans Kirk
View from slope of St Monans Kirk and Graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
View from parking lot of St Monans Kirk and graveyard

Our next stop was St Monans harbor and the Wellie boot garden.

Next on my places of interest list was the Wellie Boot Garden. I have seen so many photos of it on Instagram and just had to capture it for myself. I had a bit of a struggle with the sun and the wet ground but I got it done in the end.

I just love the way they utilized the old Welly Boots as planters for the flowers.

The view from the slipway was also very beautiful. I just had to take some photos of the boats on the water.

Thank you for joining us for our visit to St Monans. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Till next time. Stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney