Inside Scotland: Heading into the Highlands

October 2, 2015 at 9:23 am 3 comments

The Forth Road Bridge
Location: Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

We left Edinburgh on the third day right after breakfast and crossed the Forth Road Bridge heading into northern Scotland.

At breakfast, I had my first haggis, the traditional Scottish food made up of sheep’s internal organs. It’s great if you don’t let your imagination run wild and don’t mind the mild aftertaste which can be drown out with beer or water anyway.

Culross Palace
 
First, we visited the Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife, Scotland and toured a large and beautiful 17th century mansion called Culross Palace. With the help of a local guide, we explored every room furnished and decorated as it was in the time of Sir George Bruce, the wealthy coal merchant, who built it.

Sir George Bruce
 
A portrait of Sir George could be found in one of the rooms dressed as a woman. As our lady guide explained, he didn’t sit for it. His head was added to the rest of the painting on a later date. At any rate, he looked so scary to be a transgender by any means.

One of the anecdotes she mentioned that stuck in my mind was the household’s strange table manners. After Sir George and the rest finished eating, they turned the table over and let the leftover food drop to the floor where the dogs finished them off. I wonder how the servants felt cleaning up the mess left behind.


St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews, Scotland

 

Our next stop was St. Andrews where Scotland’s oldest university is located. If you remember, it’s the alma mater of Prince William and Princess Kate. It’s been said that Prince William’s enrollment at the university had caused significant increase of student applicants especially from women.


St. Andrews Golf Course

St. Andrews Golf Course

St. Andrews Golf Course

St. Andrews Golf Course

 
St. Andrews is also known for its iconic golf course considered one of the oldest in the world. A member of our group, an avid golfer, told me that he joined the tour just to have his picture taken there. It was on his bucket list.

The Forth Road Bridge
 
Since I’m not a golfer, I found West Sands beach more interesting. There’s nothing spectacular about it except for the fact that it was featured in the opening scene of the Oscar-winning movie, Chariots of Fire, where you see athletes in white running barefoot on the sand. I was told the ball boys from the golf course served as extras in the film.

Chariots of Fire happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s kind of ironic why I’m drawn to movies with a religious undertone. Although I was raised a Catholic, I don’t practice anymore. Worse, I’d probably be excommunicated for my beliefs now.


St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews Cathedral

 
Another interesting site are the ruins of the Cathedral of St. Andrew. It was the largest Catholic church ever built in Scotland. Constructed in the 12th century, it fell into ruin as a result of the Scottish Reformation in the 16th century.

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  • 1. Inside Scotland: Heading into the Highlands  |  October 2, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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  • 2. lifeconfusions  |  October 4, 2015 at 10:45 am

    The photos of the landscape are stunning ! If anything this trip must have been worth it for the beautiful sceneries you must have come across alone 🙂

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    • 3. plaridel  |  October 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      zee:

      it’s been a blast. the landscape. the people. the culture. i wish i could go back but life is short and there’s more in the world to see.

      Reply

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