British Coastal Road Trip

Day 29 – Glenrothes to Berwick upon Tweed

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.

 

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Coastal Road Trip, North Berwick, Telescope, Bass Rock
A telescope at North Berwick.

 

Crail

Coastal Road Trip, Crail, Harbour
A quiet Sunday morning on Crail seafront.

 

Pittenweem

Coastal Road Trip, Pittenweem, Harbour, Fishing Boats
Fishing boats gathered in Pittenweem Harbour.

 

Elie Ness

Coastal Road Trip, Elie Ness Lighthouse
A modern lighthouse on the headland at Elie Ness.

 

Lower Largo

Coastal Road Trip, Lower Largo, Alexander Selkirk Statue, Robinson Crusoe
A statue of Alexander Selkirk mounted on a house in Lower Largo, the inspiration behind Robinson Crusoe.
Coastal Road Trip, Lower Largo, Colourful Bollards
Colourful bollards on the Lower Largo seafront.

 

Dysart

Coastal Road Trip, Dysart Harbour, Kirkcaldy
Just outside Kirkcaldy, the quaint Dysart.
Coastal Road Trip, Dysart Harbour, Kirkcaldy, Sea Beams, Donald Urquhart, 9 vertical oak beams, blue, sea different light,
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.

 

Aberdour Castle

Coastal Road Trip, Aberdour Castle, Julian, Jarno
Yep, no idea either, but we seemed to be enjoying ourselves at Historic Scotland’s Aberdour Castle.
Coastal Road Trip, Aberdove Castle, Beehive shaped Doocot, Dovecote, Pigeon, Dove, House
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.
Coastal Road Trip, Aberdove Castle, Beehive shaped Doocot, Dovecote, Pigeon, Dove, House, Inside
And inside the doocot, looking to the sky.

 

Firth of Forth Bridges

Coastal Road Trip, Firth of Forth, Crossing, Forth Road Bridge
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.
Coastal Road Trip, Firth of Forth, Forth Road Bridge, Queensferry Crossing bridge
From South Queensferry, looking back to the Forth Road Bridge, and the new Queensferry Crossing behind.
Coastal Road Trip, Firth of Forth, Queensferry Crossing bridge, Pedestrians
The Queen would be visiting to officially open the new bridge tomorrow.  In the meantime the bridge was open for pedestrians to cross.
Coastal Road Trip, Firth of Forth, Forth Rail Bridge
And the equally impressive Forth Rail Bridge sitting opposite the other two bridges.    OK, enough bridges for the day…

 

Royal Yacht Britannia

Coastal Road Trip, 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.
Coastal Road Trip, Royal Yacht Britannia, Dining Room
In service from 1954 to 1997, and now kept as a museum piece.  A fascinating insight into the royal life on the seas.
Coastal Road Trip, Royal Yacht Britannia, Rolls Royce
The Royal Roller kept on board for visits to local Kings and Queens.
Coastal Road Trip, Royal Yacht Britannia, Verge Inn, Royal pub, Corgi, Julian, Jarno, Beer
Having a royal beer in the royal pub with the royal corgi.  Love the bar name 😉
Coastal Road Trip, Royal Yacht Britannia, Games, Operation, Monopoly, Cluedo, Scrabble,
So The Queen likes a game of Operation!   Good for her.
Coastal Road Trip, Royal Yacht Britannia, Washing Machines, Corgi, Launderette
Royal washing machines in the royal launderette.

 

North Berwick

Coastal Road Trip, North Berwick, Law
North Berwick in the shadow of the Law hill.   A lovely little town and harbour.
Coastal Road Trip, North Berwick, Coloured doors, Storage, Harbour
Colourful doors in the harbour boatyard.
Coastal Road Trip, North Berwick, Telescope, Bass Rock
A handy telescope to view Bass Rock, 3 miles out to sea in the outer part of the Firth of Forth.

 

Bass Rock

Coastal Road Trip, Bass Rock, Lighthouse
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!
Coastal Road Trip, Bass Rock, Lighthouse
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.

 

Tantallon Castle

Coastal Road Trip, Tantallon Castle, Field
The red sandstone Tantallon Castle, as we drove east out of North Berwick.

 

Torness

Coastal Road Trip, Torness Nuclear Power Station
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.

 

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