a VirtualTourist member from Philadelphia
I know St. Andrews is a coastal area, and have heard about famous golfing, and know about the St. Andrews Abbey and Castle. Is there anything for kids in the area? Our handbell choir will be ringing a concert in Kinross at Rachel's House (for terminally ill children), so we're looking within a reasonable distance from there. Originally we were thinking of trying Pitlochry, but think that is a bit too high as they'll be "tasting" the highlands on the day trip to Ft. William.
St. Andrews is a delightful town. Situated on the North Sea, the harbor and East Sands give you a seaside view. The West Sands (where Chariots of Fire scenes were filmed) are nice to stroll. The old Cathedral grounds and the Castle ruins are bits of history. The British Golf Museum will interest those keen on golf. The town centre (Market and South Streets) provide shopping and people-watching. St. Andrews University is on of the oldest in the world. And the Quadrangle of St. Mary's College is inviting. If you are driving, go on down about 12 miles to the Anstruther Fish Bar for the best fish and chips in Scotland (voted so for the past 3 years). Regards, Jinx Hoover
A visit to Deep Sea World at North Queensferry (beneath the Forth bridges) would keep them entertained for a few hours. Visit their website at www.deepseaworld.com for more details. There is also a bird sanctuary close by at Vane Farm and I think there is a deer farm near to Kinross. I agree with the suggeastion of fish and chips in Anstruther - they're the best in Britain!!!!! There are several small fishing ports close by on the north coast of the River Forth at Pittenweem, Anstruther, Crail and St Monans - all very picturesque for any photographers in your party.
St Andrews will not disappoint you as a native of the town a few pointers. The beaches are great, bring a kite and fly it at the end of the West Sands. The East Sands and harbour are a good walk (not too taxing). Cliff top path also very nice. If you have transport consider Kingsbarns beach. Putting on the Himalyas (on west sands) part of the LInks Course no reserve needed. Boat trip to the Isle of May reasonable for the nature lovers. Deep Sea world in ST A better than the trip to Queensferry. Places to eat Scottish food (A'ster is THE BEST for fish and chips) - McGregors in Market Street for home baking, Brambles, The Dolls House for teatime grub. Dundee has a good science centre (and free pcs to get online access to emails). It also has the artic ship Discovery - sounds dull but it really was a good day out combined with the sensation centre. Close to bus station. Swimming pool is OK. Cinema is good. Prince William spotting? Ice rink at Dundee - reasonable time to skate and plenty McDonalds etc. Shopping in charity shops maybe??? Good luck with the Concert. The people at CHAS do a terrific job and are well respected in Scotland. Mary PS You will be very lucky to spend more than an hour a Deep SEa World in Queensferry. Its quite expensive and can have very large queue's in the school holidays.
Hello all~ Many thanks for your tips and input to our trip! We'll have photos and tips posted on VT after we arrive home.