The bus sped through the spring country side which was highlighted by sections of vibrant yellow Rapeseed sitting between the green of young grain and what looked like brown corduroy . The neatness and regular spacing of the straight furrows amazed me …sadly I could not capture those on film as we were travelling too fast.
St Andrews a a great place to wonder around….of course there is THE golf course and the university, three almost parallel streets that have many small interesting shops, including many tiny local food purveyors and loads of places to eat ….but there are also ruins …and you know how much I love capturing shots of ruins.
This is the West Port …one of the few surviving Scottish city gates … I love entering South Street here …I feel I am stepping into history …despite the cars you need to dodge.
St Andrews Castle …it sits overlooking Castle Sands and the North Sea. There has been a castle standing there since the time of Bishop Roger (1189 -1202). It has housed wealthy bishops, been a home to kings and a feared prison for those who got on the wrong side the resident bishop and were to be incarcerated in the ‘bottle dungeon’.
This was founded in 1158 and was the seat of the Bishops and later Archbishops, until the reformation in the Sixteenth century, when it fell into disuse. It was a impressive building having a length of over 100 meters. Now the ruins are in the custody of Historic Scotland.
This is a great place to just sit … have a sandwich …and take it all in.
Many students sit and revise, reciting prose into the air or sit with earphones, motionless but intently listening. …probably to taped lectures rather than music.
I sat on the seat you can just see in the photo ......... and these were weatherd stones that caught my eye. I find it hard to believe that they have been there for nearly 900 years....if only they could talk.
Hope you enjoyed the trip
Take care xx