The first ruins we visited was St. Andrews Castle. Again, the location on the cliffs overlooking the sea made for inspiring views. And again, we had brilliant blue skies and it even warmed up a bit to the high 40's. After the castle we weaved through the University of St. Andrews (one of the oldest colleges in either Britain or Europe, I can't remember) and wandered the streets to the St. Andrews Cathedral
. I was struck by how, unlike America, this site was preserved. We could wander all around the ruins of the walls, climb on top of the remains of the cathedral columns (only 18" high now), and generally make a nuisance of ourselves. Actually, we were quite respectful as the cathedral walls that did still exist were very impressive. The town cemetary also surrounded the cathedral. After that, we climbed to the top of St. Rules Tower which was no small feat. The tower is probably ten stories tall, and accessible only via an old narrow spiral stone staircase to the top. But the views from the peak were outstanding and since it was such a clear day we could see way out into the North Sea and inland toward the hills. Great photos, but you'll have to wait another day probably until we get them posted.
After the hike we caught a quick bite at the Kabob Palace in town along with a bunch of students who had just gotten out of class. And then the train back into Edinburgh, where Caiti got told she had a nice bum from some appreciative fishermen.
P.S. - Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
This morning we boarded the train for our third of four days riding the rails. St. Andrews is an hour away to the Leuchars station, and then a conveniently timed bus ride past the famous St. Andrews Old Golf Course into town. St. Andrews is a charming University town located in the old Kingdom of Fife, with two spectacular sets of ruins set on the cliffs overlooking the North Sea. I'd love to live there, except for the Leuchars RAF taking off every ten minutes.