After a full Scottish breakfast, free time this morning to explore the historic ‘auld grey toun’ of Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital and former royal burgh. History abounds in the heritage quarter which includes the magnificent ancient abbey, burial site of many Scottish Kings including the tomb of Robert the Bruce. The Romanesque building boats an impressive nave, whilst the monk’s refectory is a towering structure. Admire the Royal Palace ruins with lovely Pittencrieff Park close by displaying themed gardens, a glasshouse, pavilion and peacock enclosure.
In the afternoon we make our way to the lovely seaside town of St Andrews, world-famous as the home of golf, with the Old Course links overlooking West Sands, a 2 mile stretch of golden sandy beach. The delightful bustling University town has a long, cobbled centre lined with lovely old buildings, leading to the vast romantic ruins of the ancient Cathedral of St Andrew at the far end of town. This was once the largest church in Scotland built from the 12th century and it looks out over the wide sandy bay of East Sands and the long harbour wall. Nearby is the medieval Castle full of secret passageways and a medieval bottle dungeon. The British Golf Museum details the history of golf in Scotland and the UK. There is also an aquarium and many benches along the shore affording lovely views out to sea, as well as a good mix of interesting shops and cafes in the town. A really charming place to visit.
Visit St Andrews