Saturday, 6 October 2007

Balgonie Castle Fife

Balgonie Castle Fife
Fife's most famous buildings include Dunfermline Abbey, with its sturdy Norman nave; St Andrews cathedral, the focus of the old University town on the North Sea coast; the foursquare post-Reformation kirk at Burntisland; the palace of Falkland, where James V became Britain's first patron of Renaissance architecture on the grand scale; and the little royal burghs along the coastal fringe, each with its harbour and its strings of vernacular houses presided over by the kirk and tollbooth. Cupar, at the centre of Fife's long peninsula, is the seat of local government and one of the most charming and prosperous of Scottish towns. Less well known are Fife's tower houses like Scotstarvit, the old seaboard castles of St Andrews and Ravenscraig, the picturesque Balgonie Castle and the thoroughly domesticated Kellie Castle. Of Fife's churches one of the most beautiful is Dairsie; and three centuries of inventive design in burial monuments come to an unexpected climax in a work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the MacDuff cemetery, East Wemyss.

Read more about Balgonie Castle

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.