St. Andrews

Scotty and I have been wanting to visit St. Andrews for a while and having Pop here was the perfect excuse.  My dad has golfed nearly his entire life and so it was fitting that he would visit the home of his favorite sport.  It was a cold and windy day but the sun was shining and St. Andrew’s was beautiful!!!  We got to see the Old Course, the Royal and Ancient, the newer courses, eat lunch at the clubhouse, explore the castle and cathedral ruins – and finally end the afternoon in a cafe where we defrosted with nice hot coffees.  

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Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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5 Responses to St. Andrews

  1. marty says:

    ooooh, this is where they filmed “Chariots of Fire”!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Yes it is. I forgot to mention that when I first posted this. The beach seen above is the one that the runners are running along during the opening scene. It was quite dramatic! Thanks for the reminder Marty.

  3. Uncle Chris says:

    Rebecca, thanks so much for the photos of the old course. Brings back memories of my trip there. I even remember my caddie’s name..Scotty! (Who would have thunk.) The Royal and Ancient Golf Club…is the official name. I did not see anyone (other than you guys) on or near the course. It MUST have really been COLD! Did you visit the Monument to the Martyrs? …(on the park overlooking the ocean). There are 4 names of men who were put to death by fire for their belief in the protestant faith. On Scores Street, up from the first tee, they have marked in the street the men’s initials in different colored cobblestones indicating the exact spot where
    they died. The history of the reformation in Scotland is a very interesting story, as you and Scott well know. Anyway, way too serious a subject for an email.
    Great you all had a fun time together and will look forward to Pop giving me the details.
    Love ya, Uncle CB

  4. Hilary says:

    Beautiful photos Becca!! That is also very cool that it was the location of Chariots of Fire. Did you run along the beach??

  5. POP says:

    Attention: All friends and/or family members of Scotty and Becca—know that if you ever dreamt of visiting them in Edinburgh now is the time to go before they head home this summer! As you would imagine, they are marvelous hosts, providing comfortable accommodations and a great bed, a bathroom big enough to turn around in (even a tub/shower with lots of hot water!), splendid fellowship, great conversation, tasty meals, super coffee, and wonderful historic tours of their temporarily adopted city and countryside. Sol and I had a memorable time that we will long cherish. Their warm hearts fight off the ever lingering chill of winter in Scotland, but still do bring that heavy coat. That is unless you schedule your visit this summer, then only a very heavy sweater will be necessary. Our trip to St Andrews was a highlight. Brilliant day. The Dome in Edinburgh was fantastic. But taking the many breaks to warm up with a latte and conversation in the cool bistros was the best. Do be prepared to walk 6 to 7 miles per day. Stopping at all the charity shops and dozens of bookshops of course. Keeping up is a must (it helps you stay warm). BTW you’ll sleep like a log. So if you ever wanted to enjoy the mystery of the land which created the bagpipe, golf, authors of great literature, and a hand in the Reformation now is the time to enjoy it with our dear ones.
    Thanks Becca and Scotty for your warm welcome, loving home and hearts.

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