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A historical ribbon of cobblestones connecting the Capital’s Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is the main artery of the city, and a perfect place to start your journey. Between the maze of medieval buildings, secret closes, talented street artists, top eateries and menu of attractions, this part of the Old Town is punctuated with personality and soul.
Placed on the edge of Edinburgh, Cramond is a fairytale village with charming Scottish vernacular architecture, a magical sandy beach and picturesque harbour with lulling bobbing boats. Cramond Falls, with their white cascading gushes of water, are a beautiful sight to behold for any traveller. This soothing waterfall is guarded by rows of leafy trees along the River Almond, making it by far the prettiest place to stop on your trip from Edinburgh to St Andrews.
Edinburgh’s own Golden Gate, the Forth Bridge, is somewhat of a Scottish icon. Constructed between 1883 and 1890 as a railway crossing from South Queensferry to North Queensferry, the notable red hues, three prominent towers and industrial look add a dramatic essence to the Firth of Forth. Its impressive length led to the popular Scottish saying ‘it’s like painting the Forth Bridge’, meaning it’s a never-ending ordeal!
Our next recommended stop is Elie Lighthouse. Surrounded by swirling Scottish seas, Elie Lighthouse was built in 1908 so sailors would seek solace in its powerful, incandescent rays. Today this tiny structure attracts inquisitive minds still wishing to admire its light. The nearby ruins of Lady’s Tower whisper about the days when it served as a changing room or summer house for Lady Janet Anstruther. Built in the 1770s, rumour has it that the Lady would change here before her daily skinny dip session!
By the time you arrive in St Andrews, you’re going to be pretty hungry, so stop at our favourite restaurant. A glass box perched by the water overflowing with oceanic gastronomic pleasures, The Seafood Ristorante is one of St Andrews’ hottest eateries. Whether an all-out meal with champagne and lobster or casual bite, each and every dish showcases the finest Scottish ingredients cooked with a cunning Italian twist. Between the cool contemporary setting and knock-out tastes, this place is a foodie paradise.
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 12–10pm. Sundays 12:30–10pm.
Bruce Embankment, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AB 01334 479475
West Sands, with its vast dusting of golden grains, impressive dunes and dancing, swelling sea, is one of the many alluring features of St Andrews, the world’s Home of Golf. This beautiful beach features in the opening sequence of the film Chariots of Fire and is often graced by wild swimmers, wanderers and sand yacht enthusiasts alike. The perfect place to end your trip!
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