This weekend I had a chance to go visit an American friend of mine who is getting her Masters at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. This small town is quite well-known worldwide for being the birthplace of golf, but I think for me the golf is the least exciting part of this amazing town!
St. Andrews is right on the sea- there’s a lovely path that goes along the coast:
There are amazing ruins to be found here- a cathedral, a castle, and a chapel (which is oddly situated right across from a bunch of High Street shops).
The cathedral is massive- it’s hard to get the scope of all the ruins from photographs: it’s well worth it to walk around the ruins, which is completely free!
You can also climb the tower on the cathedral grounds (buy entry to it at the cathedral gift shop) and get a gorgeous view of the town:
Walking around town you see a lot of interesting little details, including a face imprinted on the front wall of one of the university buildings (supposedly the face of the first martyr of the Scottish Reformation in the 1500’s),
an inappropriately-named road,
and steps that don’t appear to lead anywhere useful
The castle ruins are quite interesting, as are the ruins of Blackfriars Chapel, which is situated on one of the 3 main roads in St. Andrews, across from a line of high street shops:
And no post about St. Andrews would be complete without having a picture of the golf course (whether you find golf interesting or not)- they’re in the middle of getting ready for the Open in less than two weeks, so there are tents up everywhere and loads of bleachers. Apparently cheap seats at the Open goes for £1000 (~$1500!)
The golf course is right next to the beach, so we spent some time there and witnessed a jellyfish invasion! They were everywhere, and they were gorgeous!
After an amazing weekend away in St. Andrews (with stopovers in Edinburgh on the way there and back to visit friends) I’m now back in the south, getting on with projects and trying not to miss Scottish accents too much (they’re my favorite!).
I’m finishing up a few pieces soon, so I’ll have new jewellery to show in the very near future if all goes well!