Saturday, 22 September 2007

Holiday Cottage St Andrews

Holiday Cottage St Andrews

St Andrews was granted a royal charter in 1140. The town developed as a centre of trade, its merchant burgesses building for themselves fine houses with elegant forestairs, crow-stepped gables and pantiled roofs now well known as a symbol of Fife. When the town of St Andrews declined and lost trade, the castle and cathedral fell into ruin.

Now preserved and listed the Cathedral and nearby St Andrews Castle are an interesting day trip. Stop for lunch or dinner at one of the many fine restaurants and cafes St Andrews has to offer.

Stay nearby at Lower Largo

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Holiday Cottage St Monans

Holiday Cottage St Monans

St Monans is a pretty fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife, situated between Elie and Pittenweem.Originally known as Inverin, Inverie or Inweary, its present name is derived from a shrine to St Moineinn established on the shore by early Christian missionaries. Great for a visit when village hopping or staying near St Monans in self catering holiday cottages.
See a video clip of St Monans

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Cottage St Andrews Fife

Cottage St Andrews Fife, beach near St Andrews sent by guest staying at our self catering Cottage

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Holiday Cottage Fife St Andrews Cathedral

Holiday Cottage Fife St Andrews Cathedral
The remains of what was Scotland’s largest and most magnificent church still show how impressive St Andrews Cathedral must have been in its prime.Its museum houses a collection of early and later medieval sculpture and other relics found on the site.
St Rule’s tower provides access to spectacular views.

Photo by Keith White guest at our self catering property.

Friday, 31 August 2007

St Andrews Fife

St Andrews Fife

St Andrews was and is a famous seat of learning and the home of golf. As the former metropolitan see of Scotland, the city was in the mainstream of Scottish history and its rich heritage includes a 12th Century cathedral, 13th Century castle and 15th Century university. Today the town has a charm all its own and is a busy holiday resort in summer, reverting to the role of a university town in term time with an active cultural life.

St Andrews was an early ecclesiastical settlement associated with relics of St Andrew, it grew in importance with the founding of the St Regulus Church, a priory in the 12th Century and finally a grandiose cathedral, all of which eclipsed the Celtic settlement of St Mary on the Rock. The monastic establishment renowned as a seat of learning was the precursor of the university. With a growing university attracting scholars and students of a high calibre. 15th Century St Andrews was an active and prosperous burgh well meriting the attribution of a national role as ecclesiastical capital of Scotland in 1472. Prosperity and the population declined in the 17th Century, owing in part to the loss of the archbishopric (1689 Revolution), the changing trading patterns (now with the American colonies), as well as the political changes after the 1707 Act of Union.

Stay a short 15 minute drive away at Castaway Cottages in lower Largo