The boat trip took us there and back to the island of Inchcolm on the estuary. It is a very small island and the main feature is this former Augustinian Abbey. Although the island is inhabited the ferry service does stop to let people off and then pick them up an hour later. We chose not to get off although I would like to have seen more of this fascinating island. As the ferry continued back to South Queensferry. The total round trip took just over an hour and a half and was well worth the time and effort – I would definitely recommend it.
After an interesting but relative un-photogenic drive up the east coast of Fife we ended up at the beautiful town of St. Andrew’s. After phoning my friend Steve to find out where I needed to visit I was was told to check out the cathedral. I did and I was very impressed. It was a shame that the weather was so overcast but as you can see the cathedral is largely ruinous, but the fact it was finished in 1318 says a lot. I only spent about 2 hours in the town and didn’t get much chance to see the famous golf courses but I am definitely planning a trip back up to this area of the world in the next 12 months.
Edinburgh being near the the east coast of Scotland I thought it would be interesting to take the trip north to explore the coastal villages. To get there we travelled over the Forth Road Bridge. The photo isn’t all that interesting but I thought I would post it up here as I did take it from a moving car.
Later this afternoon we got on a more extended bus tour towards Leith, a town near Edinburgh but on the estuary of the Firth of Forth. It was traditional the docks for Edinburgh. Moored next to the new Ocean Terminal Shopping Mall was the retired Royal Yacht Britannia. This was the Queens yacht from 1953 right through to 1997. It was around 412 feet in length and had travelled over 1 million miles in its service. Photographing such a small vessel would surely not be a challenge but due to where it had been moored and the surrounding buildings etc this was the best photo I managed to get.