We started the morning in with a visit to the Pitlochry dam and fish ladder (a structure for fish to swim upstream around a dam). From there we drove to the gorgeous Glamis Castle via its epically long tree-lined driveway. The castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, is full of ornate ceilings and secret passages. We took an extensive guided tour of the castle itself followed by a nice walk of its grounds.
Then on to St. Andrews. St. Andrews is probably best known for its famous old golf course, but we didn’t care about that. What drew us was the cathedral ruin. We should have skipped visiting the fish ladder in Pitlochry because we arrived in St. Andrews just as the cathedral grounds were closing. Luckily, most of the area can be seen from outside the wall surrounding it. The Cathedral of St. Andrew was built in 1158 and is still the largest ever built in Scotland. It fell into ruin following the Scottish Reformation of 1559. It wasn’t until 1829 that the government began to preserve what was left.
We spent the night in the sleepy fishing village Anstruther. I had heard about it because it’s was known as the best place to have fish and chips in all the UK. It’s reputation was spot-on.