United Kingdom and Ireland - Day 52

 

 

Sunday, 15 October 2017, Dundee to Scone, Perth, Falkirk, St Andrews, Lower Largo, Falkirk and Edinburgh

 

Sun shining through and overcast shy. Stayed like that all day but a strong wind blowing made the day quite cold out of the car.

 

First stop was only a short distance from our lodging to get a photo of the Firth of Tay Road Bridge. We drove across it and back yesterday, don't ask why; 2.25 klms long and 42 spans. Speed limited to 50 klms/hr.

 

Travelling west along side the Firth of Tay/River Tay through Scone and Perth then south to Falkland. In Falkland is the Falkland Castle, owned by the Queen and managed by the National Trust. We intended to take a look but we arrived at 10:00am expecting it to be open by 11:00am, but not until 12 noon. Yep, poor planning but that saved us going through another castle I guess.

 

From Falkland it was back to the east coast and St Andrews Golf Course. There are at least four golf courses in the complex and more than two club houses. We weren't at the championship course but took a look anyway and stayed for a coffee before heading into the town of St Andrews to take a look at the ruins of the Cathedral. Building of the Cathedral commenced in 1158 but apparently there were some problems, like the front wall blowing down in a storm and rebuilt between 1272 and 1279, meaning the cathedral wasn't actually dedicated until 1318. A serious fire in 1378 caused damage and resulted in changes with completion of the roof in 1416 and final completion in 1440. You wouldn't want to be waiting that long for your house to be built. Imagine managing that project for 300 years. In 1559, John Knox gave a rousing sermon in the Holy Trinity Church and that congregation was so roused they ripped down the cathedral's rich trappings and by 1561 the Cathedral was abandoned and falling into disrepair. In the late 16th century the central tower collapsed and as they say, the rest is history with the stone taken for other buildings.

 

South-west from St Andrews brought us to Lower Largo where there is a statue of Robinson Crusoe. Yes, I know he was a fictional character of the book by Daniel Defoe but there is more to the story. Apparently the character was based on a real life castaway, Alexander Selkirk, who was cast away on the Island of Juan Fernandez off the coast of Chile for four years and four months. He died in 1723 aged 47 years. The statue was erected on the site of the cottage where he was born. The island has been renamed Robin Crusoe Island.

 

Last stop was in Falkirk to look at a sculpture called "The Kelpies". Two Horses Heads, 30 metres high weighing 300 tonnes each near the River Carron, Falkirk. Made of structural steel and clad with stainless steel, the horses represent the role of horses in industry and agriculture and the tow horses of the canals.

 

We're in our accommodation in Edinburgh ready to check out the sights of the city tomorrow.

 

 

  • The Tay Road Bridge across the Firth of Tay, Dundee; 2.25 klms long, 42 spans The Tay Road Bridge across the Firth of Tay, Dundee; 2.25 klms long, 42 spans
  • Falkland Castle, Falkland; Owned by the Queen Falkland Castle, Falkland; Owned by the Queen
  • St Andrews Golf Course, The Home of Golf. St Andrews Golf Course, The Home of Golf.
  • One of the holes of the Strathtyrum Course One of the holes of the Strathtyrum Course
  • One of the holes of the Eden Course One of the holes of the Eden Course
  • Looking toward the city of St Andrews Looking toward the city of St Andrews
  • The ruins of the Cathedral dominate the street scene The ruins of the Cathedral dominate the street scene
  • The ruins of the south wall, front and rear towers, and St Rules Tower The ruins of the south wall, front and rear towers, and St Rules Tower
  • The remains of the front wall of the Cathedral The remains of the front wall of the Cathedral
  • The internal column bases near the southern wall The internal column bases near the southern wall
  • The Cathedral Rear Wall Towers and St Rules tower from the previous church on the site The Cathedral Rear Wall Towers and St Rules tower from the previous church on the site
  • The external south wall of the Cathedral and the foundations of the priory building The external south wall of the Cathedral and the foundations of the priory building
  • A Statue of Robinson Crusoe in Lower Largo; On the site of the cottage where Alexander Selkirk was born A Statue of Robinson Crusoe in Lower Largo; On the site of the cottage where Alexander Selkirk was born
  • The Statue of Robinson Crusoe The Statue of Robinson Crusoe
  • The beach at Lower Largo The beach at Lower Largo
  • The beach at Lower Largo with Oil Platforms at sea The beach at Lower Largo with Oil Platforms at sea
  • The Kelpies, Falkirk; 30m high Horse Heads Near the River Carron, Falkirk The Kelpies, Falkirk; 30m high Horse Heads Near the River Carron, Falkirk
     

 

 

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