St. Andrews Abbey Ruins

St. Andrews Abbey Ruins

The ancient abbey at St. Andrews is now in ruins but even the ruins are spectacular

I never finished posting images from our trip to England and Scotland back in April. It’s now mid-summer but revisiting the images brings memories of our time there flooding back. I love how pictures trigger that imagery.

Our time in the UK was split between London and Edinburgh. While in Edinburgh, we decided that we would like to see a bit more of the country outside of Edinburgh. So, we boarded a train almost at the back door of our hotel and traveled a bit over an hour up the coast to St. Andrews. Well, we actually had to take a bus for the last few miles but it dropped us near the heart of St. Andrews. The town is not very big and can be covered walking easily in half a day. We wandered from the north side of town visiting the ruins of St. Andrews castle and St. Andrews castle to the south side where the abbey ruins are located.

Of course, we also walked a part of the Old Course and had lunch at a pub on the 17th fairway. We were blessed with incredible weather and enjoyed walking in the bright sunshine and ocean-scented air. It happened to be the day of the Royal Wedding and the town was decked out for the festivities. There were a few naysayers and diehard Scottish loyalists but most of the town residents were enthusiastically enjoying the wedding ceremony. Since William and Kate met at St. Andrews College the town had a unique appreciation for the couple’s wedding.

One of my favorite sights was the ruins of St. Andrews Abbey. The abbey was once the second largest church in England and is impressive even in its current state. One unique aspect of the abbey is that the grounds are also a cemetery. The gravestones are standing where the floors and walls of the abbey once stood. It’s a beautiful yet eerie reminder of the amazing culture that once thrived here. While the abbey and castle were once the center of life in this coastal village, a university and golf course have taken their place. The mix of ancient and modern St. Andrews makes for a visual feast.

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