St Andrews pulled out all the stops last weekend and proudly showed those big cities that it was more than capable of keeping up in the festival stakes.
St Andrews food and drink festival was a nine day long event and I arrived on Saturday morning armed with a list, my camera and comfy trainers, and my mum and daughter, ready to sample St Andrews finest.
The town was buzzing with tourists and locals alike, cheerily shopping for gifts and filling the cafes and restaurants. St Andrews is a beautiful historical town all year but this weekend it was truly magical. Shops were lit up with sparkly colourful lights and traditional christmas decorations hung from shelves and windows. Festive songs played inside and out and the atmosphere was fantastic.
The Visit Scotland shop had invited along some local producers with samples. Janetta’s Ice cream had a cart filled with tiny pots of creamy deliciousness and Author Richard Falconer was also there selling copies of his fantastic books, Ghosts of Fife and Ghosts of St Andrews. The town hall hosted the military wives choir and the award-winning SRUC Elmwood hospitality team of chef lecturers and students cooked up fresh Scottish meals.
This section of the Fife Coastal Path begins in East Wemyss, at the entrance to the Wemyss Caves. Drive along the main road into East Wemyss and turn down School Lane. This will take you down to the shore where there are lots of parking spaces to leave your car and begin the walk. Heading left along the path you will see the information boards describing the Wemyss Caves and the path begins just behind these. This section is around 7 miles long and should take 3 to 3 1/2 hours.