Scotland – Day 4

Sunday morning we ate a delicious breakfast at the guest house, and then went to church.  The ward we went to was so great- there was a big, friendly primary for the kids and the speakers in Sacrament meeting were really inspiring.  I might have to write an entire post just about the way that believing something will be good makes it more likely to be good.  I feel like that summarizes my experiences here in London so far. 

After church we walked down to the beach.  I sometimes forget that Great Britain is an island, which means you are never too far from the coast.  

It was cool on the beach, and we were all wearing jackets, but Mim begged to take off her tights and boots.  I couldn’t blame her from wanting to feel the sand between her toes, as I had already removed my shoes. 

Eli and Simon had a fantastic time looking at dead crabs and collecting sea shells.  We walked along the beach to find a place for a late lunch but there wasn’t much that was open. Apparently a lot of restaurants close between 2-5pm so we settled for ice cream cones and walked back to the guest house to get our cars.  

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The Stonelee Guest House – as charming inside as it is outside. I wish I’d taken pictures of the rooms, they were decorated in Victorian period style and were also comfortable and functional.

We drove to St. Andrew’s which is RICH with history.  It made my head spin.  It is the home of St. Andrew’s University which is the 3rd oldest English speaking university in the world.  It is also credited as the birthplace of golf, and on a more somber note, the site of many executions during the Scottish reformation. 
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St. Andrews University Clocktower

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I know this is hard to read, but it is the words of Pope Benedict XIII at the dedication of the university in 1413. The school celebrated 600 years last year. 600 years!

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Does every university have a “quadrangle”? It seems to be the centerpiece of every campus I’ve ever visited.

Our first order of business in St. Andrew’s was to eat, so we did that straight away at Nandos.  It’s a chain that we’ve become familiar with in London and we knew it would satisfy us.  

Then we just started walking and came across the university by accident.  By the time we left Nando’s it was after 6:00 and just about everything was closed so we just walked.  

From the university we walked to the ruins of the castle and then on to the cathedral.  It was all along the coast and of course it was all stunning.  

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These are some of the buildings at the university but I took this picture mostly to capture the sky. It was the bluest sky we saw the whole time we were in Scotland.

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A picturesque little street we passed through.

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Castle Ruins

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There was a paved pathway down to a rocky beach and although the beach was pretty, there was something mysterious about it. There were staircases that led to nowhere and old rail tracks. I wish I could have known what used to be down there.

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Gotta get a picture of this guy now and then.

We walked back up to the castle ruins, and looked around a bit but it was closed for the day.  We then walked along the coast toward the Cathedral ruins.  The Cathedral took 150 years to build, beginning in 1158.  It was the largest church in Scotland, and you can tell from the ruins that it was massive.   In 1559 during the Scottish Reformation, Catholic mass services were banned and the Cathedral was abandoned and fell to ruin.  That was such a sad bit of history, such an impressive structure ignored and neglected.
We loved St. Andrews and wish we could have spent more time there.  

After we left the ruins we walked back to our cars and drove back to Dundee for our last night in Scotland.  

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