The city of St. Andrews is approximately two hours away from the city of Edinburgh. So behind the wheels, we were off to explore the Golfer’s Oasis!
The “home of golf”, the city of St. Andrews is most famous for the its Old Golf Course because the most popular links course is the frequent host of The Open Championship, which is one of the four main championships. The sandy beach just along the course is famous for the song “Chariot of Fires” running scenes.
So with two crazy golf fans we headed straight towards the Golf Course in the city of St. Andrews. And I must tell you not knowing much about golf in particular I loved the environment and the vibe of the whole place. We spent the morning exploring the golf course, with a lot of history filled in the place we completed about an hour on the ground. Walking on the ground we headed to a small stone bridge which is very cute and famous in respect of it’s history. A very famous player had clicked a photo on the bridge when he had completed his game way before everybody which makes the bridge a photographic place to click photos.
After clicking numerous photos, we moved on to the club house to shop. So spent some time there and decided to head to the beach! Tired and hungry we did not want to delay our lunch so, we cut short our time at the beach and headed in the city to eat some delicious food.
We went to a food joint named “St. Andrew’s” and had the most delicious meal of our lifetime. Okay, so one very interesting story that happened was, we ordered our food, and it was taking little bit of time so we slept, then the food came! We had ordered the typical English meal. We enjoyed our meal and asked for the bill, as we were sitting a level above, they were taking some to get us things, so we all slept again! We must have slept peacefully for an hour so and then realized that they had not brought the bill to us yet, so we all freshened up and went down, paid the bill and left. Now after such a nice sleep, we all wanted coffee, so we headed to a nearby coffee cafe and had amazing coffee.
But our day was not over yet. After the coffee, we again headed to the beach to take in the last view of the beautiful ocean. Sat in the fresh air, watching the people go by, some playing with dogs, some group of friends enjoying themselves and some just taking a nice walk! We sat there taking in the culture of the place, which was relaxed, laid back and yet interesting!
Taking the last few moments on the beach we headed out of the city and went back to Edinburgh!
There is not much to say about the place, except for the feeling and vibe you get in the place. So here are some pictures that you can enjoy and hopefully get the essence of what we felt, while we were there!
After experiencing the Vibrant London and on the road attractions, we headed to a more quieter place with less hustle- bustle into the district of lakes. Lake District is called so because it houses Sixteen absolutely jaw-dropping Lakes!
Packed and on the road we hopped on the Euston London to Oxenholme. We had to catch a train from Oxenholme to Windermere, and from there starts our self-drive adventures.
Tip: So if you are traveling from Virgin Trains to Oxenholme and you have a connecting train to catch, chances are that it might get late and you might miss the connecting train. But you don’t have to worry because there are trains from one stop to another quite often and the ticket is valid for the next train as well, but it works if you are traveling on the same date. (From my experience)
Once in Windermere, the town is small, not that small but relatively small, we walked down from the train station to our lodging. A beautiful sunny day with a little cloud over our heads we reached the lodging with our bags. “The Grey Wall” as the name suggests the walls were grey which gave a vintage English feel of the place. Basically our lodge was a pub and the rooms were a floor up.
We all had lunch in the Pub because we were to tired to go anywhere. After a delicious lunch we headed out for a drive to Ullster our very first lake!
After returning we headed to our rooms, freshened up and got dressed for the night. Okay, now the thing is, the FIFA World Cup going on so the Pub was full with people, and it was England who was playing. And there I witnessed the typical English sports culture, where people had drinks in one hand and celebrated every goal the team made! I was absolutely glad to witness this proper culture!
After everyone was dressed we headed out to the Lake. And oh, the whole town was DEAD silent. Whatever noise came, came from the pubs around the lake. We spent some time on the lake and then suddenly saw people coming out on the streets, which indicated that the match was over. Though there were people on the streets, still the town seemed DEAD silent. Then I realised England must have lost, and it had!
Up on our feets the next day we headed out to explore the picturesque Lake District early! Our first stop was Grasmere, as “The Grey Wall” did not give us breakfast we decided to have it there. On the way to Grasmere we saw a lake called Rydal, which was absolutely beautiful, seldom did we know hat it was just the beginning for many more awe-striking lakes to come.
Reaching Grasmere did not take very long. When we reached, everything was close. We were quite hungry and were looking for breakfast. So we parked our car a little outside the town of Grasmere and started walking into the town. We crossed the beautiful Dove Cottage on our way to the town, but did not go inside. There was a very cute place which was about to open, so while we waited for it to open, we talked to a complete stranger duo of father and son, and on talking to them we came to know that the World’s Best Gingerbread is just a few meters away. So we walked to the shop, it was a vintage shop that had absolutely delicious homemade Gingerbread, the shop was known as “Grasmere Gingerbread”. Just beside that shop was the Wordsworth Garden, so we walked through the gates and witnessed the place where William Wordsworth came to write.
The Parking of Dove Cottage
The Dove Cottage
Inside the GingerBread Shp
The Gingerbread Shop
The Gingerbread Shop
After sometime we headed to the breakfast place and had a typical English breakfast, which included, scones, tea, salmon, eggs and toast! And trust me this breakfast was quite heavy!
Tip: Salmon that they serve are usefully boiled, which according to your palate might not taste very good. But the people of UK are very customer friendly, so if you request them to bake them or fry them, they will be happy to do it!
On the road again we were now headed to Keswick where we planned to have our lunch. The roadside attractions made us stop every time! An extremely notable stop was the one we made on Thirlmere lake. There was a small 20 minutes hike on the lake which we took and enjoyed the amazing view from the top.
After experiencing the beautiful drive, we finally reached the city of Keswick! Just near where we parked was an amazing flee market. We walked along the market and to the Derwenwater, which by the way was quite a walk! The walk was not tiring and we got to see almost the whole town. Along the walk way was a beautiful garden and when we finally reached the lake, oh my, what a view! The mighty lake had a nice mountain range on the other side and a land which was accessible to people where they could sit and enjoy the view, but we all napped!
After waking up, we realised to start back on the road, and we were not hungry so ice-cream became our lunch! On the road again we wanted to take a circle of the while Lake District through scenic route, but we got lost in way too many places. So we decided to enjoy the lost route. On that route we saw multiple lake namely, Bassenwaithe, Grummock Lake which is considered one of the most beautiful lake and the last one was Buttermere.
After enjoying the most confusing and re-routed route ever, we headed back to Windermere, where we took a boat ride, we were lucky enough to get the last one! We ended our day by eating at a restaurant named Pizzeria and headed home early to pack!
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