St. Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife
It was a brisk, sunny morning as we set out on our second Rabbie’s small group tour. This time, we were off to St. Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife. Our first stop was the small village of Anstruther. We walked around and had time for a cup of tea before heading off to St. Andrews. Our bus driver, Richard, said that any student in Scotland can attend college tuition free, but students from England and the rest of Great Britain pay for attending. However, according to articles in The Scotsman and The Edinburgh Evening News, tuition is free for Scottish and EU students, but enrollment is limited since the government is paying. Paying students from other countries outnumber government-supported attendees. Tuition at St. Andrews is over $20k per year and varies depending on area of study.
Once in St. Andrews, he made a quick tour of the small town to let us get our bearings and a short stop at the Old Course. Long enough to run into the Golf Museum and purchase some Old Course souvenirs. We then had several hours to tour the town and have lunch. I took photos of the Castle, which was just a ruin, and the Cathedral, also a ruin. I stopped to take a photo of the Northpoint Café, where Kate met Wills, according to the sign in the window. We decided to have lunch at the Central Bar, a local pub recommended by our driver. I had the fish and chips and Buddy had the Hot Jacket (baked potato) and a salad. We then had a few minutes to shop on Market Street before it began to rain. We found a restaurant serving ice cream. We thought it was going to be gelato, but evidently, gelateria doesn’t mean gelato. We’re still having some trouble with the language!
We met the bus on South Street and headed off to Falkland, our final stop. Falkland is a small village with a castle and church that was used in the Outlander series. We didn’t tour the castle since the bus driver had warned everyone that there were lots of steps. We walked around in the village, took some photos, and got some water for the return bus ride. The weather turned very windy and much cooler, so most of our fellow travelers were ready to get into the warm bus and head back to Edinburgh. Click on Image to Enlarge.
St. Andrews Cathedral
On the road to Falkland