St Andrews is fast becoming the winter destination of choice in Scotland for those in the know. It may be cold, but with its small town charm, cute boutiques and loads of local hidden gems, it’ll warm up a magical winter experience in one of Scotland’s oldest towns. So, why not spend Christmas in St Andrews this year?
Get into the Swing of Christmas in St Andrews
Teeing off in the middle of winter may not be at the top of everybody’s Christmas in Scotland wish list, but a winter golf break should be on yours. As the rest of the UK flock to warmer climates, you can play to your advantage with quieter greens and better rates at some of Scotland’s best golf courses. Whether you tee off at the legendary Old Course, or put your skills to the test on one of the other 11 spectacular golf courses in St Andrews, play and save this winter.
Drink To Another Scottish Tradition
While St Andrews is undoubtedly the undisputed home of golf, it is also home to a number of great whisky distilleries. After a chilly day out on the green, toast a traditional Christmas with a trip to one of the many local distilleries near St Andrews and drink in the glory of one of Scotland’s grandest traditions – whisky.
Beating The Retreat
If you’re looking forward to exploring the fascinating history of this ancient city, you won’t want to miss the pre-Christmas St Andrews Day festivities, on or around 30th November each year. A celebration for Scotland’s patron saint, St Andrew, where you can enjoy traditional Scottish food, music and dancing, as well as the festive lights switch-on for a truly magical festive experience.
Just walking along the beautifully decorated streets and past the many cosy shops with a steaming cup of hot chocolate is festive treat. It’s also a great opportunity to get a jump-start on all your Christmas shopping. Free from the run-of-the-mill retail chains, St Andrews is home to a number of independent, family-run shops guaranteed to sell a unique range of gifts and gadgets.
Looking for Things to do in Winter in Fife?
With much going on and so many places worth seeing it is hard to actually decide what things to do in winter when you visit Fife. In this blog we have decided to break it down into a few favourite activities to help you decide!
Fife was used a lot as a filming location for the famous series ‘Outlander’. Falkland, Aberdour and Balgonie are but a few, and they are all beautiful in winter time. Follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire and see if you can recognise any of the sites. Check out our Outlander filming locations blog for full details.
St Monans Windmill and the Fife Coastal Path
There is nothing more exhilarating than wrapping up warm and facing the Scottish elements! And face the elements you will as you stroll the Fife Coastal Path in search of St Monans windmill. Visit this 18th century windmill and even borrow the keys for a small fee to see inside. Carefully restored, it is the last remaining windmill in Fife.
The Scottish Deer Centre
A perfect place for a family day out, the Scottish Deer Centre has 55 acres that you can explore. With 14 species of deer, a wolf pack, wildcat, otters, birds of prey and many other rare Scottish species there is much to see and learn about!
The British Golf Museum
Fife is the home of St Andrews … and St Andrews is the home of golf! It is also the home of the British Golf Museum. Situated just yards from the Old Course itself you can discover the history of golf through exploring their fascinating collections. And as it’s an indoor activity, it’s perfect for those very cold winter days.
Scotland’s Secret Bunker
Step back into history and visit Scotland’s Secret Bunker. Not only is this attraction indoors, but it’s underground! The size of two football pitches stacked on top of each other, you can learn all about this exciting hidden structure that is hidden 100 feet below ground! Find out all about the Government Cold War and why they would have survived and you wouldn’t have!
Looking for Somewhere to Stay this Winter?
Are you planning any holidays Fife? If so, we offer luxury self catering near St Andrews, where you’ll find all these things to do in winter and more!
If you want to know more then you can call us on 07840 801 114 or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you.
Are you looking for somewhere to go open water swimming in Scotland?
If you are looking for places to go open water swimming in Scotland then read on. With this fabulous hot Scottish summer this 2018, there will many of you looking for places to bathe to cool down. So this blog is going to take a look at the safety elements involved and places you can partake in outdoor swimming in the Kingdom of Fife.
First of all, it is most important that you stay safe while swimming outdoors. This involves behaving responsibly and following some basic advice which is listed below for you:
- Firstly, it is important to realise that shallow waters do not necessarily mean safe waters. Many people are caught out when suddenly there is a drop into deep water. This is particularly dangerous for non-swimmers. Therefore, if you are a non-swimmer, be sure to wear a good buoyancy aid.
- Secondly, NEVER swim anywhere, under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol affects your judgment and lures you into a false sense of security, therefore making unsafe decisions. Many deaths have occurred as a result of this behavior.
- And, always swim with others and make sure that you are visible. By wearing a bright swim cap and/or float you are identifiable by all water users. These are inexpensive and could save your life.
- Furthermore, jumping and diving into water can be very dangerous and have resulted in many accidents and fatalities. Although the water looks clear, you do not know what is underneath.
- Know your ability as a swimmer. A good rule to follow is to swim 10% of what you can manage in an indoor swimming pool. This is to factor in your body getting used to the colder temperatures of the water.
- Always research where you plan to swim beforehand to know of any safety matters such as strong currents or water contamination that could affect your safety. Ask wild swimming groups via there social pages or locals.
- Stay away from weeds as they can get tangled around your legs. The tendency is to panic when you swim through weeds but this is dangerous as they are more likely to tangle around your legs if you thrash them about. Stay calm, swim with your arms and use your legs as little as possible if this happens. Usually, it is easy to avoid this situation as weeds are easily seen.
To see some more detailed information on outdoor swimming safety click here.
Places in Fife to enjoy open water swimming…
So let’s take a look at places to swim in Fife. With having miles of coastline there is plenty of places with water, but it is useful to know where is good. Important to note is that any outdoor swimming that you undertake is done so at your own risk and we highly advise you to follow the above safety guidelines.
West Sands in St Andrews is stunning 2 mile stretch of beach by the historic town of St Andrews. And it is a popular place to swim.
East Sands is also a popular outdoor swimming spot and is also used for a variety of water sports such as kayaking, surfing, and windsurfing.
Cellardyke Tidal Pool
If you fancy a swim in an old tidal pool then head to the Cellardyke tidal pool. As this is an old and un-maintained pool it is advised not to jump in and also to swim in it at low tide.
And if you fancy a scramble along some cliffs and to take a dip along the way then the Elie Chainwalk is for you. With many crystal clear pools along the way, you are in for a scenic dip. Chain 5 is a fun spot to have a swim in.
Elie Harbour Beach
In the picturesque town of Elie lies another great spot for a swim – Elie Harbour beach. As it is home to a lovely bay with golden sands, many can enjoy a refreshing dip here. As well as this there are an array of watersports that can be enjoyed here and there are lifeguards.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
If you are looking for somewhere to stay then check out our availability here at Elderburn Lodges. After all, we are stone’s throw away from the aforementioned swimming spots making us an ideal place to stay if you fancy trying them all out. If you want to know more, call us on 07840 801114 or contact us here. Coupled with our great location we offer the finest of accommodation with our luxury lodges. So why not splash out and pay us a visit?!
Fabulous Self Catering Accommodation in St Andrews
1. Beautiful Self Catering Accommodation in St Andrews
Elderburn Luxury Lodges is only a stone’s throw away from the historic town of St Andrews. Which means finding the perfect self catering accommodation in St Andrews has never been easier. We have a number of beautifully furnished self catering lodges with free Wi-Fi, ample parking, great features and complementary extras. Designed to accommodate your every need, you can enjoy all the comforts of home away from home.
2. Golf, Golf and More Golf
It’s no secret that St Andrews is the home of golf. Known across the globe for our beautiful clubs and world-class courses, golfers the world over travel to our wee corner of the earth to tee off in true golfing style. From the legendary Old Course to the British Golf Museum, we’re all things golf here in St Andrews. And with a number of world-class golf courses on our doorstep, planning the perfect Golf Break in St Andrews is just par for the course with our luxury self-catering lodges.
3. Whisky – The Spirit of St Andrews
From one great Scottish tradition to another, why not take a tour of one of our must-visit whisky distilleries in St Andrews? With a proven track record in brewing excellence, Eden Mill Brewery and Distillery has earned a reputation as the “Spirit of St Andrews”. While Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre is the perfect day out for single malt enthusiasts.
4. Outdoor Adventures
If you don’t have a taste for golfing or whisky, St Andrews is also a favourite destination for adrenaline-rushing outdoor adventures. With fishing, cycling, off-road driving, kayaking and more, there’s no end to the outdoor fun to be had. And one of the greatest local outdoor attractions close to our self catering accommodation in St Andrews, has to be the Fife Coastal Path. A 117-mile trail through Fife history, putting your best foot forward on the Fife Coastal Path is not for the faint of heart.
5. Family Fun For Everyone
If a fun, memory-filled holiday is more your cup of tea, St Andrews has a range of great attractions and activities for big kids and small kids alike. From wildlife experiences and deep sea adventures, to treasure trails and Wee Kingdom explorations, discovering the fun of Fife with the whole family just got a whole lot better. So if you’re looking for self catering accommodation in St Andrews for a summer family getaway, you’ve come to the right place.
Shopping in St Andrews this January
Get yourself ready to combat the January blues and read our hit list of top shops to head along to this January 2017! Shopping in St Andrews is wonderful! Peppered with an array of boutiques, cafes, galleries and more you are truly spoilt for choice. Below is a list of some of our recommendations.
Fisher and Donaldson – yes please!
Do not let sugar withdrawal get hold of you! Head to Fisher and Donaldson and choose from their 400 delicious treats! This 5th generation bakery makes your taste buds tingle with delight!
Gifts in the Topdrawer
Head to Topdrawer gifts on South Street and peruse the array of gifts on offer. Be it clocks, candles, jewellery, crafts, there is a wonderful choice of tasteful gifts to add to your basket.
A tipple this 2017
Luvians bottle shop sells some of the rarest tipples to tantalise you. Passion permeates this shop and everyone is welcome to come along and hear all about the alcoholic delights. Whisky, wine, champagne and much, much more, there is something for every palate!
James Pirie, a leading retailer in crystal, houses stunning gifts and collectables for that something extra special. Treat yourself to a classic collectable and furnish your home as the Victorian villas and mansions of St Andrews have done since this shop opened in 1890.
Wemyss Ware dating back to 1882 must not be missed! Tuck in your handbags and explore the most sought after Scottish pottery. Stunning painted pigs, cats, animals, tableware, tiles and much more you will be in awe! Using a secret painting technique passed down from generations, you can buy a unique gift to cherish for life.
Burns Sweet shop is filled to the brim with brightly coloured sweetie jars and treats! Head into this Willy Wonka factory of delights and get in touch with your inner child! This is old fashioned candy shops at their very best!
Get creative and Artery!
Weave your way to the Artery Gallery and explore the beautiful designs and artwork within! Various designers in Scotland and across the UK exhibit and sell unique works here that you can buy. Glassware, sculptures, woodwork, metal work and much more, this is a truly special place to visit!
So there you have it! Shopping in St Andrews is a magical experience! If you are looking for days out in Fife this January then head to the shops! Are you looking for somewhere to stay? We offer wonderful luxury lodge, self-catering near St Andrews. Head back after a day of shopping, sink into one of our sumptuous sofas and enjoy a glass of wine. To find out more call us on 07840 801 114 or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you!
To get to the other side – Places to visit in Fife…
Did you know it took 4,500 workers to build the Forth rail bridge? Were you aware that the Forth road bridge was the longest of bridge of its kind outside the US when it was built? The Forth Bridges have been famous landmarks on the Firth of Forth for many years. Now rising out of the water like Godzilla is the new Queensferry Bridge. Joining the family of the famous duo, each bridge has its own story to tell. To commemorate these amazing structures, the Fife Cultural Trust is bringing the stories of these bridges to life. ‘SPAN- A Tale of Three Bridges’ is an exhibition being hosted at Kirkaldy Galleries and is well worth a visit!
Telling the story of three bridges
The exhibition starts by looking at how travellers crossed the Forth prior to the bridges being built. As methods of transport evolved so did the need for alternative methods of crossing this expanse of water.
Explore the exhibits and find out how these problems were solved. Look at the engineering that was involved. Delve into the facts about the workers behind the monumental construction of these incredible structures. Discover what was involved. Watch film footage, search historical photos and images, and analyse a recently created model of the rail bridge.
Perfect family day out in Fife
Plan a great day family day out here in Fife where you and the kids will all learn something special. With interactive displays, amazing stories, fabulous facts, dressing up and a giant jigsaw, there is plenty to amuse kids of all ages! As a result, you will look at these incredible structures with insight and awe every time you pass them. Also, you will appreciate the work that is presently going on with the building of the new Queensferry bridge, due to open in May 2017.
Build Bridges and visit us in Fife!
On in Kirkaldy Galleries until the 25th of February 2017, you have plenty of time to come along and see it. Maybe you are looking for somewhere to stay? Our self-catering accommodation is near St Andrews, here in Fife and a 40minute drive to Kirkaldy. Our Winter Early Bird offer is on until the end of February, tying in nicely with the exhibition dates. Find out more by getting in touch today. Call us on 07840 801 114 or email us here. Come along and enjoy Fife!
Tis the season to be jolly – find out what’s on in fife this December!
December is a busy month preparing for the festivities and there is lots of organisation and planning to be getting on with! With so much on and things to see and do we have decided to help you by collating a list of what’s on in fife this December. We will help get you in the mood for the fun and frivolities of the festive season! Read on and enjoy…
Festive fun for the kids and big kids!
Moon Dog and the Christmas Star
On in the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline from 6th – 24th Dec this is a magical treat for young children between the ages of 3 – 6. With use of puppetry and clowning the tale of Moon Dog making new friends from a distant place is told in a captivating way.
No Christmas would be complete without going to the pantomime to watch Cinderella. So head along to the Adam Smith theatre in Kirkcaldy to get your dose of the ugly sisters this year! On from Sat 10th Dec to 7th of Jan you can book your tickets and head along and see who’s foot fits that slipper once again!
We all wish we had our own magic lamp and this year in Fife you can head along to the Byre Theatre and see Aladdin and his! Sure to be a bundle of hilarity and fun you can book to see this from the 1st – 31st Dec.
Fife Farmers Market
Why not head down to the Fife Famers market and stock up for Christmas with all the delights this market has on offer? You can either go to St Andrews on the 3rd Dec, Dunfermline on the 10th Dec, Cupar on the 17th Dec or Kirkcaldy on the 18th Dec. There is nothing quite like fresh produce, especially at Christmas!
The Balgove Night Market
Enjoy a festive night out and head to the Balgove Night Market. Find unusual Christmas gifts for the stockings, visit Santa and sample the delicious delicacies on offer. This is the perfect way to escape the Christmas mayhem and enjoy some festive delights! Head down on Wednesady the 14th Dec between 5pm – 9pm to experience the fun!
Red Hot Chilli Pipers
A not to be missed concert! Head along on the 30th Dec to the Alhambra theatre in Dunfermline for a night of exciting Celtic rock from Scotland’s most famous bagpipe playing band! The evening performance is sold out but you can head along to the Matinee performance that is on at 2pm. Prepare to dance your socks off!
Span a Tale of Three Bridges
A fabulous exhibition that explores the three famous bridges – the Forth Rail Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. Learn about the history around these bridges, the Spider men of the road bridge and how close it was to having a tunnel instead of the new bridge. A perfect, fun and interactive family day out, this exhibition is on from 3rd Sept to the 25th Feb.
Planning any holidays in Fife?
If this has got you thinking about planning any holidays in Fife, we offer wonderful self-catering near St Andrews. We are in the ideal location to visit the many famous attractions in the Kingdom and of course any of the aforementioned events in Fife. If you want to know more then please call us on 07840 801114 or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Get the hard hat on and get exploring!
So you may have arrived here desperate to find out all about what these fun days out in Fife with‘Hard Hat’s’ is all about! So let’s introduce Bennet House. Bennet House is a historical property in the quaint and famous village of Culross (featured in the Outlander series). Over the years it has sadly slipped away into decline. Tiles slipping off, vegetation growth, leaks, rotten wood, broken windows and structural issues are to name but a few. Fear not as The Little House Improvement Scheme is here to save this historic building!
What is The Little House Improvement Scheme?
The Little House Improvement Scheme is a National Trust Scotland, in-house building preservation trust. They work to save, renovate and restore domestic, historical buildings throughout Scotland. This work is invaluable. This superb scheme saves a lot of Scotland’s stunning and iconic historic buildings that would not have survived otherwise. With all the modernisations made to burghs over the 20th century, many historical buildings would not be here today without the LHIS’s work.
What are the plans for Bennet House?
Culross has been a burgh The National Trust for Scotland and LHIS have worked with since the 1930’s and Bennet House is a welcome addition to their folio. Set in the heart of this burgh and believed to date back to 16th century, the aim is to restore this property back to its former glory. Most of the restoration will be on the ground floor and north wing of the property. This section has been heavily modernised over the 20th century. The remainder of the internal fabric of the property will be retained where possible. Alterations to the external fabric of the will include rebuilding the north-east gable of the property and repairing the roof. You can find out more about the details of the restoration here.
So what about the hard hat days out?
The wonderful thing is that this project is not to go on behind closed doors! You, the public are being invited to take part in the ‘Conservation Action’! Here you can come along and take part in an array of workshops that are being run throughout the project. Investigating the property structure through its archaeology, repointing in lime, repair of traditional sash and case windows are but a few workshops that you can take part in. You can also come along and be taken on a guided ‘Hard Hat Tour’ of the building while it is under restoration. Restoration started in September and will run on until June 2017. To see when the Hard Hat Tours and workshops are on check out the events page here.
Looking for somewhere to stay in Fife?
If you are planning any holidays in Fife, our luxury self-catering lodges near St Andrews provide the perfect haven to enjoy some peace and quiet. We are an hour away from the stunning village of Culross which we certainly advise you to add to your fun days out in Fife list! And it is all the better to visit, now that you can undertake a Hard Hat Tours and workshops! If you want to know more then please get in touch with us on 07840 801114 or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you.
St Andrews day celebrations in St Andrews!
November 30th marks the day of St Andrews day celebrations that will be happening across the world! So why not celebrate the in the town that bears the patron saint’s name and head to St Andrews itself? There are many events that are going to be taking place to mark this special day!
So what exactly is St Andrews Day all about?
For those of you who are new to St Andrews day we thought it a good idea to give you a brief summary of why the day is so important to us Scots!
About St Andrew…
St Andrew was a Galilean fisherman before he became a disciple of Jesus. He was crucified on 30th November, 60AD, on an X shaped cross (hence the Scottish Flag) and was recognised as an official patron in Scotland in 1320. Legend has it that relics of St Andrew were to be taken to the ‘ends of the earth’ for safe keeping which ended up coming ashore at what is now known as St Andrews. The relics included a tooth, a knee-cap an arm and finger bones. St Andrew’s became a popular pilgrimage site because of these. Sadly in the Scottish Reformation these relics were destroyed. But, in 1879, Archbishop Amalfi gifted Andrew’s shoulder blade and Pope Paul VI gifted further relics in 1969 to Scotland. These can be seen at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Why we celebrate
St Andrews day is the feast day of St Andrew who became our Patron Saint. Us Scots mark this day every year on 30th November and celebrate our Scottish culture, food and dance. The day also marks the beginning of Scotland’s winter festivals and is an official bank holiday.
So what is on in St Andrews?
Savour St Andrews is offering a variety of food and drink events throughout November. With drinks tastings, chef demonstrations and taster lunches you can sample the delights for yourself! There will be a fabulous St Andrews Day dinner where 6 top Fife chefs and hospitality students are joining forces in the kitchen to make the feast a scrumptious success! It will be held in the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa on 30th November. See last years dinner below:
Street party delights
There is also going to be a momentous street party on the 26th November where you can join a crowd of thousands to celebrate! And what’s more, it’s completely FREE! Listen to the sounds of Donnie Munroe, dance to Skerryvore and hear Caroline Gilmour an up and coming singer-songwriter. The party will be kept going with street entertainers and buskers until the Festive Lights are switched on at 5.345pm. Held in Market Street from 2pm-6pm it is an ideal family day out in Fife! A ceilidh then takes over the street from 6.30pm – 7.30 pm claiming to be the world’s largest St Andrews Day ceilidh!
Need somewhere to stay?
If this has got you warmed up and ready to celebrate and you are looking for accommodation near St Andrews, then check out our fabulous luxury lodges in Fife. We offer beautiful lodges surrounded by rolling countryside that are also ideal for accessible holidays. What’s more, we are only 3 miles from St Andrews! If you want to find out more then please call us on 07840 801114 or email us here. Join in the St Andrews day celebrations!
Days out in Fife that submerge you in history!
Are you on your holidays in Fife this September? Are you looking for days out in Fife this September? If so we have the perfect event for you to attend, happening over the weekend of September the 24th. The Sealed Knot are coming to Falkland Palace to take over the orchard with displays of battle that will leave you intrigued and wanting to know more.
Who are The Sealed Knot?
The Sealed Knot is a society in the UK and a registered charity who tour the country and re-enact historical battles and share knowledge of historical Civilian and Military life. Their re-enactments of Civil War not only honour those who died in battle but also educate the public through fabulous and exciting displays. Through their demonstrations, you can quite literally submerge yourself in historical warfare. You can explore The Sealed Knot website here for more information and explore their videos and photos. The video below shows an example of one of their events:
Usually set over a few days, you can watch soldiers take to the battlefield as they did centuries ago. Experience the explosion of canon, thunder of hooves, smell of gunpowder and clanking of metal as the clash of the enemies plays out right before your very eyes. Learn all about how civilians lived, demonstrating crafts and trades of the period. Hear all about weaponry and see how it was used in battle through watching live demonstrations. Find out about the roles various people undertook such as Pikemen, Musketeers, Sergeants, Drummers, Officers, Cavalry and much more. It is a magical learning experience for all ages that will ignite your hunger for history.
Come along and join in the fun in Fife
Interested? Well come along to Falkland Palace on the weekend of the 24th September and see for yourself. The event will take place in the historical Falkland Palace gardens. All your senses will be engaged as battle unfolds with soldiers taking over the orchard for combat. You can also explore the living history displays, living history camp and weapons demonstrations. You are guaranteed an unforgettable day and experience. If you are looking for places to visit in Fife then this is a must see event to add to your things to do list! If you have children, ‘show and tell time’ on Monday morning at school will have the class in awe and your child a budding historian.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
If you plan to come along and are looking for somewhere to stay in Fife we offer fabulous self-catering accommodation near St Andrews. You are only a 30minute drive to Falkland Palace. If you want to find out more then please call us on 07840 801114 or email us here. Let battle commence!
*Note: Ticket prices for The Sealed Knot event are included in the admission cost. To find out more about the event itself call 01337 857397.