In November, my husband and I used our vacation to tour through the UK and Ireland, starting in London and ending in Scotland. Little did I know going into it that a little town called St. Andrews would steal my heart and create some pretty amazing memories to look back on.
We drove to St. Andrews from Edinburgh, winding up through the countryside as a golden hue of light fell over the land that seemed other-worldly, covering the fields of Scotland in an intoxicating glow. As we wound through the country and made our way into the town of St. Andrews, it blew me away. It was a magical little town, charming to say the very least. It’s stone buildings, narrow little streets, cathedral ruins and of course the famous golf course and gorgeous beaches made me fall hard for the town where Kate and Prince William fell in love.
While sitting in a little Scottish restaurant for lunch, enjoying amazing lamb shank followed by incredible Sticky Toffee Pudding, I watched out the window and imagined what it would be like to live in this charming Scottish town, living simply. Someday perhaps… that’s how hard I fell for this place. It touched something in me, something that I’ve only ever felt in a few other places in the world.
I spent the afternoon wandering up the main street to the ruins of the St Andrews Cathedral at the end of the lane on my own, as my husband (an avid golfer) went back to the Old Course to photograph it more in depth. I wandered as the sun began to set, taking in the views from the bluff over the ocean, the ruins from so many years ago and imagining all those people who have lived there for hundreds of years, taking in the same views, the same feelings.
After meeting up with my husband as the last of the sunset was beginning, we turned to find the most stunning colours I’ve perhaps ever seen. We jumped in the car and raced up the road back to the cathedral ruins to grab some photos of the sun setting behind the stone columns, just in time to take in the final hours of daylight among the hundreds of years-old cathedral. The colours and vibrancy of the sun setting were incredible and the most magical way to end our day in lovely St. Andrews.
About the Author:
Casey is an Interior Designer and run a travel blog called True Colours. Her husband Nick is a photographer and together they do a lot of traveling each year, both abroad and within the USA. Casey and Nick reside in Portland, Oregon.