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Trip Report Scotland Trip Report-Part 1

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My husband and I are just back from our 9 day trip to Scotland. This may well have been our best vacation ever, and huge thanks are due to forum participants for the great advice. The report will be coming in installments.

Day 1-St Andrews

We fetch our rental car at Edinburgh airport and head to St Andrews. The Forth Road Bridge, which we drive on, and the Firth of Forth (rail) Bridge, are impressive. After we cross the bridge, the scenery becomes pastoral and serene. As soon as we arrive in St A, cat about town Hamish McHamish shows up immediately to welcome our son back to school. Most of the students are still gone for the summer and the town is quiet.While our son locates his flat keys, we wait at Aikman's bar and play scrabble while we enjoy a bowl of Cullen Skink and an ale. The knowledgeable and friendly barkeep gives us a tutorial on how to tap an ale keg. We enjoy dinner at Bakala, which is advertised as Indian and Bangladeshi. The menu is more Indian than Bangladeshi, but a Scottish/Indian/Bangladeshi fusion dish of salmon with eggplant is nice.

Day 2-St Andrews

Most of the day is occupied with domestic chores and shopping for our son's flat. As a result, we don't have time to visit the castle and cathedral this trip, but do recommend them. We take breaks to have a very good lunch at Mitchell cafe and deli where we meet our son's girlfriend. We find her delightful and hope we passed our audition. We shop for golfer friends, watch some golfers on the Old Course, and walk most of the really lovely Lade Braes Walk, described here: http://www.thesinner.net/guide/Lade_Braes_Walk. For dinner we drive along the coast to Anstruther a couple of towns away. The Anstruther Fish Bar has been voted the best UK chippy a few times and our son wants to be sure we try it. I have no basis for comparison, but the chips were good and the haddock was out of this world. After dinner we return to St Andrews and hit Whey Pat Tavern for a couple of ales and the regular Tuesday night folk session. The music is good and it is heaps of fun to sit right by the players and watch them interact. Tomorrow we'll leave the kiddo behind and head for the Highlands.

More to come.

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