What better way to round off a bit of a crazy summer than a trip to the seaside, right?
Despite having visited St. Andrews quite a few times in the past I haven't ever spent more than a few hours in the town, usually just stopping in for a little day trip or a bite to eat. Being home to one of Scotland's most prestigious universities, alongside a world famous golf course, means that St. Andrew's is often bustling with students and tourists alike. Strangely, despite the amount of people in such a small space, the quaint seaside town still boasts the peaceful atmosphere that you'd expect from a country village. Although our Scottish "summer" was far from the typical weather you'd expect of the season, we were blessed with a weekend full of sunshine and warmth which was perfect for our wanders along the beach and round of mini golf.
I suck at golf by the way.
I was visiting with my boyfriend's family and we stayed in the Ardgowan Hotel which was a few yards from the golf course, beach and the main street too. We didn't spend too much time in the hotel itself but it was a really great base camp for the weekend with friendly staff and decent food too. When we arrived on the Saturday afternoon we headed out to wander down the beach and explore the town for a little while before heading out for dinner and a ceilidh at Forgan's. This was probably my favourite night of our stay, as the food was really brilliant and I love a good ceilidh!
Sunday was spent playing golf, wandering along the cobbled streets and browsing the shops as well as getting to catch up with my best friend, Sarah, who is at university there. I was so glad I was able to meet up with her whilst I was there as it felt like we'd been apart forever! Sarah and I paid a visit to an amazing ice cream parlour called Janettas, which I ended up returning to numerous times throughout the weekend, and the most incredible book shop. I could have spent hours wandering around looking at the books on offer, the smell was just beautiful. For dinner on Sunday we grabbed some pizzas at Prezzo then enjoyed some very theatrical cocktails in The Adamson.
After picking up some insanely delicious cheese from a local shop on the Monday morning we headed back home via another beautiful seaside town, Crail. Making the most of the uncharacteristically beautiful weather we grabbed a coffee out on a local cafe's patio and soaked up the rays with a pretty fantastic view.
Scotland is really beautiful, it makes me so glad to call it home. My next few trips are all to English locations, with Manchester and Liverpool being next in the pipeline, but I definitely want to tick some more Scottish spots off too.