December 2015

St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews, The Kingdom of Fife, Scotland

St. Andrews is one of Scotland’s most well-known destinations. The town has long been a bastion of education — the University of St. Andrews is the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world — and it has become a kind of Mecca for golf enthusiasts, for the game was born here in the 15th century. On the eastern coast of the Kingdom of Fife and near to Edinburgh, it’s only a short train journey or drive to these hallowed grounds. But this post is neither about the university nor golf, it’s about the other compelling reason to visit St. Andrews: St. Andrews Cathedral.

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Along the coast in Fife's East Neuk

A couple of years ago I rolled out a series of Itinerary Ideas that highlighted different areas of Scotland. When I’d written as many as I could, I noticed there were still some glaring holes on the map. It was this process that kickstarted the planning of my subsequent trips – I needed to dig into and explore these areas in more depth. Today I’m highlighting the only part of Scotland still claiming to be a kingdom — the Kingdom of Fife — which lies just across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh calling visitors to make the quick journey north.

These Scotland Itinerary Ideas collect many of my previous articles on the selected region into one place… Read more...

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Dunfermline Abbey, Kingdom of Fife, Scotland

Just across the Forth Bridge in southwest Fife stands one of Scotland’s most important cultural and historic sites. You’d be forgiven if your first thought was The Little Shop of Heroes, the game store that drew me to the town of Dunfermline in the first place, for it stands near the topic of today’s epistle. No, I’m writing about a special place in the heart of Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter, tight against Pittencrief Park and the Tower Burn: Dunfermline Abbey.

The abbey has its roots in the 11th century and is the final resting place of more Scottish royalty than anywhere else in Scotland barring Iona… Read more...

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Glasgow's Merchant City

A couple of years ago I rolled out a series of Itinerary Ideas articles that highlighted different areas of Scotland. When I’d written as many as I could, I couldn’t help but notice there were still some glaring holes on the map. It was this process that kickstarted the planning of my subsequent trips – I needed to dig into and explore these areas in more depth, but one part of Scotland — the most populous part — slipped off the radar: Glasgow. I am rectifying that today with a batch of itinerary ideas to help you make the most of a visit to Scotland’s most metropolitan region.

These Scotland Itinerary Ideas articles collect many of my previous articles on the selected region into one place… Read more...

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