Love is in the (Sea) Air – Valentine’s Day in St Andrews
Blog by Sara Scott aka the East Neuk Blogger – for more from Sara, see her Rose Cottage East Neuk blog.
St Andrews is a pretty romantic place, so where better to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one! All you need to do is follow four fail-safe steps:
STEP 1: GET SOME FRESH, SEA AIR – Take a romantic stroll around the beautiful, historic town of St Andrews. My favourite route is to start in Market Street, then walk through the grounds of the Cathedral (perhaps climbing St Rules Tower for a fantastic view), follow the coastal path down to the harbour and pier, cut back again to see the Castle and University buildings along The Scores, pass St Andrews Aquarium (sneak a peak at their seals and penguins!) and onto Golf Place. Then skirt around the Old Course to the beautiful, iconic West Sands beach. If you’re a sporty couple you could up the pace at this point and go for an invigorating jog, running side by side for miles along West Sands, humming the theme to “Chariots of Fire” as you go. Ahh that fresh Scottish air! NB: If you want some help, a map or lots of useful facts the St Andrews iPhone app can help.
STEP 2: REEELLLLLAAAX – Warm up and ease those tense muscles from your earlier exertions by basking together in the outdoor, rooftop pool of The Old Course Hotel’s Kohler Waters Spa in St Andrews. Maybe throw in a little back massage for good measure.
Then ease yourselves out of this bliss and get changed into something alluring, ready for a cocktail or two overlooking golf courses, sea and town at the hotel’s elegant, classy Road Hole bar. Bag yourself the seats by the open fire. Mine’s a Flirtini!
STEP 3: A DIFFERENT WAY TO SAY IT WITH FLOWERS – Flowers and starlight – what could be more romantic than the Snowdrops by Starlight event at Cambo Estate, near Kingbarns. Cambo is just a short car, bus or taxi journey away from St Andrews. So drag yourselves away from the fire and don some warm layers ready to walk under the stars through the enchanted woods, enjoying the magical spectacle created by a cleverly choreographed combination of snowdrops, lighting, music, art and, errrr, pigs. Once you’ve walked the Snowdrops by Starlight circuit you could stop for a warming beverage in Cambo’s courtyard tearoom and buy your date some snowdrops to take home.
STEP 4: DINNER DATE – Now grab a trusty taxi and whisk your loved one off for an intimate, candlelit dinner for two at The Peat Inn. Hopefully you’ve saved your pennies (and booked ahead) for an indulgent, magnificent dinner at this Michelin starred, fine dining restaurant in the country. It’s dimly lit, suitably expensive and a sensuous feast for the taste buds. If you haven’t done it yet, now’s an ideal time to pop that question!
Or if there’s no room at the Inn, you are spoilt for choice in the St Andrews area for romantic dining spots. For example you could impress your date with a meal in The Adamson at 127 South Street – its Head Chef, Scott Davies, is now a national celebrity after recently making the finals of the BBC’s Autumn series of “Masterchef the Professionals”. Share a tender Chateaubriand and feed each other spoonfuls of delicious Adamson sundae as you gaze into each other’s eyes. Awwww!
However you choose to spend it, have a very happy Valentine’s!
For other places to enjoy dinner on Valentine’s Day please click here.
Why not make a weekend of it . . . you can find places to stay here.