Blogs from Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews August 27th 2019

Sunday was such a good weather day for golf we headed to St. Andrews, the birthplace of the game. We finished the Old Course(there are 7 courses in St. Andrews and 41 in the Fife area) in about 1 1/2 hours. It would have taken longer had we actually played! The course is closed on Sunday and they allow the public to walk around the course. We walked every hole and stopped at Swilken Bridge on the 18th fairway for some photo-ops. On the 15th fairway a friendly local, who was walking his dogs, stopped for a nice chat! As a local resident, he pays 350 pound sterling/annually for his membership which is almost the price tourists pay for one round! St Andrews is a very historic town, one of the oldest in Scotland. University of ... read more
Inside Stirling Castle
Falkirk Wheel
Creative flower pots in school yard

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews August 11th 2017

32 years ago, this 29 year old Assistant Pro from Houston CC, teed off at 8:10 with a pounding heart and the fear that the widest fairway in golf would not be wide enough. It was then and was today! However, this year I needed the 2nd tee for my approach. From there forward, our host, Justin, and another R&A member, Angus, were the perfect caddies, historians and friends on the fairways. We took the famous pics in front of the R&A as a fourball and with Mike. We both hit into and out of some famous bunkers, Mike in Specticles in front to the 5th and I took my medicine on the following fairway bunker at 6. I flaged my 2nd shot on the 10 on to receive the applause from the guys on the ... read more
The required equipment
On top of the world!
Oops, accidentally took a secret shot from inside "the Great Room"

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews August 10th 2017

After a somewhat confusing drive up the coastal tourism route where the St Andrew 12 mile sign appeared no less than 3 times in 30 minutes, we arrived at Arron House. This included beautiful villages like Crail along the way. Like anxious children who were close enough to touch and feel something truly special, we were off, on foot, with bags on backs, to Jubilee. At 16:40, with the sun at 10 o'clock in the western sky, we were off. 3 hours later, we were finished with smiles, our first on-course stories and friends with 3 Scotman and two dogs. Ian caught us on the 5th hole with his too small dogs in tow. He shered his favorite course with great stories of players past and departed to meet his wife after the 14th. We were ... read more
Justin, our host
The Jubilee
A deserved treat

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews August 9th 2017

The weather report looked good so I donned light gear and was on the road by 9:00 to catch the 10:30 ferry out of Larne to Scotland. I had reserved space in advance so it was fairly easy when I arrived. The ferry left on time for the 2 hour trek over to the UK/Scotland. I worked on my blog but lost it when I lost WIFI when trying to save it. This was by far the biggest ferry I have ever been on. I counted at least 15 semi trucks and 4 tour buses besides 50 or so cars. The weather on the other side of the channel was also looking good. My route took me up to Glasgow then due East to Edinburgh and the Marriot -Glasshouse hotel. My ride along the coast was ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews July 28th 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIRB-DOG!!! Warning: Lengthy entry. Get a glass of wine, relax and enjoy todays events. Also, I am not a historian so do not study for any history exams based off this blog. Oh, don't tell me I am wrong about any of the history. Please let me live in my ignorant bliss. --- Waking the boys up this morning was chore. The curtains were wide open, tv blarring and every light was on and these boys were not moving an inch. I tried every trick outside of throwing cold water on their face. After about 20 minutes of harassing they finally woke up. The hotel we are staying at has an option to purchase breakfast with your room reservation. They serve continental and a hot breakfast. We opted to include the breakfast in our ... read more
1 Golf Place
College Tower
Face in wall

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews June 26th 2015

Today, I hiked the section of The Fife Coastal Path between St. Andrews and Crail. It was 15 miles there & back. The path takes you from the beach by our house along the Scotland coastline to a golf course. The path is gorgeous.. I loved hiking in nature and the silence. It was so peaceful and calming. Later I will be going to dinner with Aubrey's roommates Becky and Hayley then going to be the Minion movie! I love my minions!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews June 26th 2015

Good evening/afternoon, my fellow Americans! Before I start with my adventures for the week, I just want to take a moment and brag about my wonderful boyfriend whom I love so very much. He left on Monday for his own 8 week summer adventure at an archaeological field school in Idaho. I am so incredibly proud of him and all that he has accomplished thus far in his academic career and so happy for him that he was granted this opportunity. He has said that it is very very very hot there, so I'm sure he would appreciate any and all good/positive/rainy thoughts sent his way :) Now, onto my adventures for the week. On Monday, a couple of the interns took those who wished to go on a traditional hike up to the top of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews December 23rd 2014

On Friday, 19 December I took a day-trip to St Andrew's. This was just over an hour's train ride from Edinburgh Waverley. The train calls at Leuchars, about five miles from the town of St Andrew's. While there is regular bus service to and from St Andrew's I walked what's called the Fife Coastal Path instead. It was a bit chilly but the sun was bright (as bright as it possibly can in early winter in Scotland) so I decided to take advantage of the nice day to check out the scenery on my way to St Andrew's. The town is well-known for multiple reasons, one of which is that golf was 'invented' here, of course (pun intended). On the walk into town the path travels right along the edge of The Royal and Ancient Golf ... read more
St Andrew's Castle
St Andrew's Castle
St Andrew's Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews June 12th 2014

The hard part was getting there! We (well, especially me) like to have two seats together instead of the usual three in most airplanes. This is especially important during an overseas flight, which can become very uncomfortable after sitting so long. I found that KLM, which is operated by Air France and Delta, offered 2-seat rows on their Airbus A330 flights from Seattle to Amsterdam. We flew from San Francisco to Seattle, then to Amsterdam, and then it was a short trip to Glasgow from Amsterdam. When we arrived at Seattle we found our flight was delayed about an hour, which meant we would miss our flight from Amsterdam to Glasgow. We went to the ticket counter and explained our situation. An agent spent a lot of time trying to get us on another flight, with ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews May 26th 2013

Day 11; I can't believe how fast the time has passed, in one week I will be on my way home. Today we headed south and stopped in a picturesque little village called Pitlochry. It's a small theater town with the usual touristy shops. There is also a salmon ladder here that actually counts the number of salmon that swim up the ladder. This area is known for its salmon fishing, permits are required. We then traveled to Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl, who is the only man in Britain to have a private army. Again there are no words to describe the beauty of the architecture and finishes of this still inhabited castle. Next stop, St Andrews, my picture is at the 18th hole of the Old course, not really a ... read more

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