Saturday, 13 May 2017

Historic St Andrews

The weekend of the Genealogy Tour to Scotland is free for the tour participants to be able to travel to the part of Scotland where their ancestors lived. Time is also included to allow for genealogy research in the local archives, libraries or family history societies in that part of Scotland. 

For me, the "free time" allows me to explore my homeland. This tour was no different. The weekend, fortunately, was gloriously sunny and warm, lending to a much more enjoyable outing. 

This year, I decided to head to Fife. I have not been to Fife for a very long time. And with the Glasgow and Highland Tours, we had the chance to enjoy a brief visit to this very picturesque part of Scotland to attend the annual conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies, which this year was held in Kinghorn. 

The kids and I headed out on Sunday morning, made our way across the Forth bridge and headed for St Andrews. We stopped in Leven for a fantastic breakfast at a local tearoom. Then we were off to historic St Andrew's University. 

We toured the campus and enjoyed a visit to the University Museum. The Museum boasts a wonderful viewing platform lets you see across to the Angus coast. 

We wandered past the ruins of the old Castle

and then enjoyed a tour around the old Cathedral grounds. 

From St Andrews, we made our way to Anstruther. Just three miles from Anstruther we stopped to tour Scotland's Secret Bunker. What an incredible place!

We hit Anstruther just before 4pm and the line up at the Fish Bar had already taken on a life of its own. We opted to tour the Fisheries Museum and then take a wee wander along the harbour. 

 Mourning necklace worn by the fishwives who had lost their husbands at sea. 

From Anstruther, we headed back to Edinburgh, enjoying the beautiful Fife Coastal Route along the way. 

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