We started today by heading back east to the coast at Crail, as we’d run out of sunlight yesterday evening after leaving St Andrews. From Crail we then looped back west along the coast, crossing the Firth of Forth before continuing along the coastline to Berwick upon Tweed.
Photo of the day
A telescope at North Berwick.
A quiet Sunday morning on Crail seafront.
Fishing boats gathered in Pittenweem Harbour.
A modern lighthouse on the headland at Elie Ness.
A statue of Alexander Selkirk mounted on a house in Lower Largo, the inspiration behind Robinson Crusoe.
Colourful bollards on the Lower Largo seafront.
Just outside Kirkcaldy, the quaint Dysart.
And an interesting coastal art installation by Donald Urquart just by the harbour. The 9 huge vertical beams painted to represent the colour of the sea under different light.
Yep, no idea either, but we seemed to be enjoying ourselves at Historic Scotland’s Aberdour Castle.
We weren’t sure what this building was on the terraced gardens that lead down to the castle orchard. Anyway, it turned out to be an unusual beehive shaped doocot.
And inside the doocot, looking to the sky.
Firth of Forth Bridges
Crossing over the Forth Road Bridge. It was really busy, with lots of police and tourists around, then we realised it was the opening week of the new Queensferry Crossing bridge.
From South Queensferry, looking back to the Forth Road Bridge, and the new Queensferry Crossing behind.
The Queen would be visiting to officially open the new bridge tomorrow. In the meantime the bridge was open for pedestrians to cross.
And the equally impressive Forth Rail Bridge sitting opposite the other two bridges. OK, enough bridges for the day…
Royal Yacht Britannia
As we skirted around the north of Edinburgh we decided to make a stop at the Royal Yacht Britannia, one of the highlights of our day.
In service from 1954 to 1997, and now kept as a museum piece. A fascinating insight into the royal life on the seas.
The Royal Roller kept on board for visits to local Kings and Queens.
Having a royal beer in the royal pub with the royal corgi. Love the bar name 😉
So The Queen likes a game of Operation! Good for her.
Royal washing machines in the royal launderette.
North Berwick in the shadow of the Law hill. A lovely little town and harbour.
Colourful doors in the harbour boatyard.
A handy telescope to view Bass Rock, 3 miles out to sea in the outer part of the Firth of Forth.
White from bird life. Thousands of gannets visit the island every year, and as many as 150,000 in high season! Poor lighthouse, bet that needs repainting quite a bit!
We tried to zoom in, this is about as close as we could get. You can just about make out the thousands of gannets hogging every bit of the island and circling in the sky.
The red sandstone Tantallon Castle, as we drove east out of North Berwick.
Another regular along our trip, every few days passing a coastal power station. This time Torness Nuclear Power Station, peeping over the blurred fields as we drove past along the A1 to the Scottish border and Berwick upon Tweed.