Our first proper trip back to St Andrews in years! This time with the added fun of being able to show it to two friends who’d never visited at all.

I arrived ahead of time to check into our Airbnb, and soon discovered why I hadn’t recognised the address on the listing: because these houses didn’t exist yet when we lived there.

I arrived ahead of time to check into our Airbnb, and soon discovered why I hadn’t recognised the address on the listing: because these houses didn’t exist yet when we lived there.

Necessary travel bag.

I had some time to kill before the rest of the guys arrived, but, by happy coincidence, had just discovered the existence of my new favourite podcast – Buffering the Vampire Slayer – which I proceeded to binge-cast whilst wandering around the town.

Castle Sands

…and its eponymous castle.

Opposite Castle House. I don’t want to accuse St A’s of a lack of imagination but I’m sensing a theme. (Also, as it happens, the School of English!)

Still one of my favourite houses in the whole of St Andrews.

West Port: the best preserved city gate in Scotland, built in 1587 as a monumental entrance to the town’s South Street.

The same gate as viewed from within the phone box because it started pissing down with rain.

Day 2: the Cathedral! And – historically – the first time John or I had ever bought tickets to ascend St Rule’s Tower on the right there.

If I’d known the view was this spectacular, I probably wouldn’t have waited 15 years to go up it!

…which is just as well really because the climb to get up there is pretty tortuous. Having said that, apparently the tower was originally ascended using ladders between wooden floors and the stone spiral staircase is a comparatively recent (18th-century) addition, so…small blessings?

The view towards East Sands.

My sole complaint would be that the viewing platform is set obnoxiously far back from the actual edge of the tower, but I definitely did not climb over to get a better shot nor can you prove it.

St Salvator’s Quad – closed off because a wedding was taking place!

By happy coincidence, our visit just so happened to fall on the exact weekend of the Lammas Fair 2017!

…though the fairground attractions were rather blocking the view of our old house at #72.

The other (more delicious) half of the market was the continental street food stalls, where we picked up some pierogis and churros.

Tragically, none the size of our forearms.

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