|East Neuk of Fife, Scotland||Week 48 5th April 2012|
| And so to Scotland.
Though it struck us as a bit odd that there would be a viewing point for the Scottish Border.
Something about borders being imaginery things that governments have imposed upon the landscape.
And presumably the signpost driving the other way would have a viewing point for the English Border.
But anyway, not a customs post in sight.
|Definitely in Scotland.|
After all these miles our first obviously nuclear power station.
Very distinctive and visible for miles around. Torness power station.
| We by-passed Edinburgh, save it for later.
We crossed the Firth of Forth on the Forth road bridge.
Famous Forth Rail Bridge to the right.
| We headed west, into the East Neuk of Fife.
Camped halfway between Crail and Anstruther.
Then walked into Anstruther via Cellardyke.
| Cellardyke harbour was originally constructed with Dutch
The original construction is to the left. Newer, we think after a storm, construction to the right.
Cellardyke is one of several fishing villages along this stretch of coast.
Though the herring fishery collapsed long ago.
|Narrow, deserted, streets.|
| and a bit of a beach at Anstruther.
We thought we'd save fish and chips from Scotland's best fish and chip shop for later.
Of course later never came.
| Lions rampant on the war memorial east of Cellardyke.
What is is about lions and heraldry. Did lions ever roam Scotland?
| The other half of "welcome to Scotland".
A UK border agency patrol vessel. Presumably parked at Rossyth (naval port?) when not patrolling.
Another fish and chip shop we failed to take advantage of.
|Plenty of evidence of lobster fishing.
But the fresh fish shop was closed.
| Crail is a "Royal Burgh".
It has its beginnings in the 12th century, complete with castle. It became a Royal Burgh in the 14th century.
Basically Robert the Bruce granted the town the right to hold a market.
This is one of the market posts to show the limits.
Just a small guess, I wonder if the market was taxed!
|Spring is definitely sprung.|
| The local butcher had a jar of everything that has ever
been put in a jar labeled spread, or pickle, or jam, or ...
None of the labels on the jars (or the contents) are repeated.
Closed for lunch, or Sunday, or winter, or .....
| We headed around the coast then towards the Cairngorms.
The couple of weeks of record high temperatures finally gave way to more usual weather.
Wind and rain on this coast.
A brief glimpse of St Andrews.
| Oh dear.
Looks like our trip into Glen Doll won't happen.
Just a couple of days before the wedding so we can't stray too far.
| Do I or don't I.
Ali is non-committal but I think a tidy up would be in order.
Seems like I should look like my passport photo for weddings as well as border crossings.
|Scottish Wedding and Family Reunion, Blairgowrie, Scotland||Week 48 8th April 2012|