If you're planning to do a bit of a tour during your stay in Scotland, we'd recommend you visit the stunning town of St Andrews. Located about 2 hours away from Gareloch Cottage - it's a pretty sea side town in Fife. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, the coast is just spectacular and the town itself with it's cute cobbled streets is full of character. You'll want to visit St Andrews Castle (above) which has picturesque views across the shoreline.
The above photo is a picture we took of St Andrews West Sands beach. It's famous for the opening scenes of iconic film 'Chariots of Fire' and extends for almost 2 miles of uninterrupted sand.
There's a lovely walk around the harbour in St Andrews, on the way to the coast - just about a 10 minute walk from the town centre.
This is another lovely view just near to the West Sands beach of the entrance to St Leonards School. The town is situated within medieval walls so steeped in history.
Just a mile outside of the town is the 18 acre St Andrews Botanic garden. We found it really relaxing - set in lovely grounds it's got an impressive collection of living shrubs, trees and plants. There's a small cafe where you can pick up takeaway teas and coffee and a little shop.
To get the best of St Andrews you need a couple of days. The town has some great independent coffee shops and restaurants and is quite a buzzy, cosmopolitan place - due to many International visitors and students who study there.
We'd go back again to explore the enchanting villages around St Andrews, so that's for another blog!