Day 4 Kingdom of Fife & Beltane Fire Festival


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April 30th 2017
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Kingdom of Fife & Beltane Fire Festival


Day 4

Kingdom of Fife and Beltane Fire Festival

A quick breakfast and we are off to the Kingdom of Fife.

Once across the Forth river we hug the coast and travel thru tine little towns. Stopped at Aberdour Castle hoping for a quick breakfast at the tea shop but sadly it was closed. Wandering thru the castle grounds we once again found St. Finnans church. Sunday service was about to start and I got to hear the choir practicing. Absolutely wonderful sound. Many of the parishioners were asking us to join in their service but since we were pressed for time we had to decline. Back in town we found the Woodside hotel had scones and coffee.. perfect. Away again along the coast. Heading this time for Anstruther…. FISH & CHIPS!!!! This place always has a line up. Today is no different. Nothing fancy here. But it is good. Especially the deep fried HAGGIS!! ( I am sure that I just heard Nigel groan)

One more iconic stop and that is the old course. St. Andrews. Why anyone would attempt to play golf here is just simply a way to torture yourself. Ridiculous strong constant wind.
Woodside RestaurantWoodside RestaurantWoodside Restaurant

This ceiling is recovered from a 1st class Orient Line ship restaurant
A home for kite fliers & wind surfers.

Time to get back to Edinburgh to prepare for the Beltane Firs Festival on Calton Hill. Annual pagan festival to celebrate the coming of spring. Heavily ritualized with all of the characters imps, forest elves, The green Man and of course the May Queen. Some of the story by the acting group is lost because of the crowds and the inability to see the various ceremonies. Still it is quite the spectacle.

Grabbed a taxi back to the mile for a final whiskey at the Albanach and get ready for tomorrow.



Scone Palace!


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Anstruther Fish & ChipsAnstruther Fish & Chips
Anstruther Fish & Chips

it is worth the trip just for this meal
Deep Fried HaggisDeep Fried Haggis
Deep Fried Haggis

couldn't bring any back with me
Anstruther harbourAnstruther harbour
Anstruther harbour

These boats were on the mud when we got there
PiperPiper
Piper

Not as many as I would like around the city
Beltane characterBeltane character
Beltane character

they would wander in and around the crowd
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May Queen

Green Man in the background


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