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Along the west coast

Saint-Andrews, Ecosse. Une Balade dans la campagne Ecossaise PLUME VOYAGE janvier 2016. @plumevoyagemagazine ©Laurence Gounel

At the North of Edinburgh, take the coastal road of the Kingdom of Fife, between Kircaldy and St Andrews. The Kingdom of Fife? A spit of land with a distinct atmosphere from the rest of the country, dotted with fishing villages and well known “capital” to students: St Andrews. First stop at Elie, a small unspoilt village with its streets lined with typical and flowered houses. Hardly troubled by the gusts of wind and cricket games on Sunday, on the shore. Continue forward Anstruther, taking the time to stop in St. Monans – sublime parish church – Pittenweem – known for its cave that served as a chapel … It is protected and locked but ask the key at the chocolaterie, at 9th High Street – and Crail, photogenic little village with its cottages and red tiles. Everywhere we buy crab and lobster in kiosks, we get into long walks along the beaches. In Anstruther, mandatory stop at the Fish bar on the harbor, famous throughout Scotland for his “best fish & chips in Great Britain”.

Continue forward St. Andrews, the oldest university town in Scotland. Here we take the time to stroll through the streets, wander amid the medieval ruins but mostly fans from around the world are about to make an old dream come true: finally tread the Old Course, the most famous golf course in the world. Overlooking the sea, on the west end of the city. Affording a course here is a privilege! The key? Book from Wednesday 1st of September of the year preceding the date chosen for the game. No reservations available for Saturdays or the month of September.
From St. Andrews, go for Dundee towards the coastal road … this time with a stop in Arbroath, for its sublime beach at the end of which stand towering red cliffs, and for its famous smockies, a smoked fish specialty, famous again throughout the country. From Dundee, go for Dunnotar Castle – a medieval castle set on a rocky outcrop – then Aberdeen for an overnight in Speyside.

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